— Retired New York Times sports columnist and 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Anderson has fielded this question before. The answer has been the same for a long time now.
What is the all-time favorite event that you have covered?
Without hesitation, Anderson answers, "The 1980 USA hockey team that beat the Soviets."
"Bingo," says Jim Spence, the former ABC Sports senior vice president and current College of William and Mary visiting scholar.
Spence, too, witnessed the "Miracle on Ice" in the compact Olympic Center arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.
More than 36 years later during Spence's "Television Sports Today" course at...