What would Herb Brooks have said?
Scott Weltz fielded that question after his surprising victory in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Brooks, who died in 2003, knew something about upsets from coaching the 1980 U.S. hockey team that stunned the Soviet Union. And Brooks was listed as Weltz's sports hero in his old bio in a UC-Davis swimming press guide.
Weltz imagined it might be something like a line from "Miracle," the movie Weltz watches before going to meets.
"I love that speech he gives, and he would probably say something like that," Weltz said. "You know, what did he say? 'Play them 10 times, they might beat you nine. But not tonight. Not this time.'"
Friday night was Weltz's one time.
People before the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials had predicted there would be surprises and upsets. I just don't recall anybody going out on a limb and saying Scott Weltz would pull off one of them - not with Brendan Hansen, Eric Shanteau and Clark Burckle in the other lanes for the 200 breaststroke.