Do You Believe In Mild Upsets?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

John Feinstein's Olympian hyperbole in comparing Navy's win over Notre Dame to the 1980 U.S. hockey team's win over the Soviet Union ["Miracle on Turf," op-ed, Nov. 5] was insulting to any halfway-attentive sports fan. In truth, Navy's overtime win was a mild upset of a terrible (now 1-8) Irish team. Yes, it's impressive that Navy's comparatively undersized, overtaxed student-athletes beat Notre Dame's bigger, more highly touted ones. But the real question is why the Air Force Academy, which plays at Notre Dame this week, has been able to perform the "miracle" of beating Notre Dame five times since Navy last did so.



The writer is a former Air Force Academy professor.

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