An ESPN 30-for-30 film is surely in the works and an HBO Real Sports segment is a given following Wednesday’s “Miracle on Water” at the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco.
Down 8-1 on the brink of elimination, Oracle skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill led Team USA to an unprecedented eight consecutive wins to knock off the Kiwi’s led by Emirates skipper and helmsman Dean Barker.
Proud as Oracle’s billionaire CEO Larry Ellison was, the victory is not without taint as Team USA – which has only one American sailor – started with a two-race penalty for cheating at the 2012 America’s Cup World Series, a preliminary competition to the Cup.
In that regard, Team USA overcame scandal and early deficit to win a championship, something many major sports teams have done – San Francisco Giants fans remember the role PED user Melky Cabrera played in the 2012 World Series title run.
But as monumental a victory as it is, with so few genuine yachting fans it’s hard to believe that the America’s Cup win will be mentioned by American sports fans in the same breath as the Boston Red Sox winning the 2004 Fall Classic or the “Miracle on Ice” at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
A documentary might help do it.