One of the potential criteria I left out of yesterday's post on defining miracles was the enemy factor. The Soviet Union circa 1980 is the (pardon the pun) gold standard of villains. They represented communism and therefore were anti-capitalism and anti-American. The stakes were raised that the game was more than a game, it was a statement on a way of life. There really isn't much comparison since 1980, but if you go back in time Jesse Owens feats in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin in front of Hitler is the type of transcendent overcoming the villain sports story for which there are few and far between. The drop-off to Phi Slamma Jamma is laughable.However, that 1983 Houston team stands the test of time. The Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown Hoyas team in 1985 likewise fills the Goliath shoes....

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