Herb Brooks Miracle Man Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Brooks got cut from the 1960 US. Olympic hockey team a week before the opening ceremony (Posnanski). He watched the team that he just got cut from win the gold medal, and his father said, “Well, I guess the coach cut the right guy.” (Coffey 4) Fueled by his disappointment, Brooks went on to play on both the 1964 and 1968 Olympic teams, but he did not receive a medal (Herb Brooks-Miracle Man). Brook’s eagerness to coach the 1980 Olympic team with the knowledge of how little of a chance they had at bringing home a gold medal for USA proves his determination and courage, both key qualities in the path to the American Dream (Posnanski). When USA Hockey started interviewing coaches for the job, Brooks was very low on the list of options; his interest in creating a whole new style of play wasn’t popular among the board (Herb Brooks-Miracle Man). After winning the job, Brooks further bothered USA Hockey when he picked his final roster after watching one day of summer tryouts without input from the board (Herb Brooks-Miracle Man). At the time, nobody understood Brooks’ choice of players for his team; the players really disliked each other (Russell). Brooks’ extremely rigorous drills, verbal floggings, and intense practices had his whole team hating him, leaving there no time for them to dislike each other over simple collegiate rivalries (Herb Brooks-Miracle Man). “I’m not here to be your friend,” Brooks said, “I’m here to be your coach.” (Coffey 9) That statement alone proves just how determined Brooks was to have his team win the gold …show more content…
The conditioning and verbal whippings that the team went through were very intense, and they prepared the team for everything they would experience at the Olympics (Coffey 27). Brooks even had a drill nicknamed after him called “Herbies”, because of how much of a nightmare it was and how often he had his team do it (Posnanski). Mike Eruzione, team captain, said, “It wasn’t a miracle. We weren’t lucky. It was a process.” (The Miracle on Ice– with Mike Eruzione) This is an excellent example of the American Dream, because it shows how much hard work and perseverance the American Dream requires if one wants an incredible outcome. The team didn’t stop giving the game all they had until they heard the final buzzer go off and Al Michaels’, the game announcer, famous call, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” (Posnanski) After this, the crowd of rowdy, excited Americans starting to chant, “USA! USA!” endlessly, giving the team an even deeper sense of patriotism and pride

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