I was always wondering about how the Americans victory over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid in 1980 would have been impacted had they lost to Finland in their final match.
IIRC, back then the format worked out so that had the US lost, the USSR would still have received the gold.
So how would the media today have viewed the US win? Would it have been just has big and memorable? Would it have been a forgotten upset? Would it still have recieved the same amount of media coverage that it continues to get?
How would a US loss to the Finns have impacted their improbable win over the Soviets?
It was a weird format that year, or should I say back then. Had the Americans lost the game then the Soviet upset would have been forgotten. You could argue that the 1980 US Olympic team was the best coached team in hockey history, so I don't think Brooks was letting them lose that one
It would have been quite an upset if Finland had beaten the US, after the Americans beat the Czechoslovaks and Soviets. The Finns at the time were considered only a little better than West Germany and a fourth place for them was considered pretty good.
I think if the US had beaten the Soviets but only won the silver in the end, the team would still likely be remembered more than the 1960 and 1972 US olympic teams, because of the increased press coverage at the time, but not as much as they are.
I still get goosebumps and get emtional watching replays of that game against the USSR. There was no way they were going to lose to Finland even tho like pretty much every other game they had to come back from down 2-1 after 2 to win.