ESPN Films will debut a new film in its SEC “Storied” series this weekend. Miracle 3 will debut this Sunday, March 3rd at 8pm EST on ESPNU. The latest in the series focuses on the events of March 14th, 2008. It was on that date that an EF2 tornado touched down in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia during a matchup between Alabama and Mississippi State in the SEC tournament. Alabama was trailing Mississippi State 59-56 in the final seconds of regulation of the first of the tournament’s quarterfinal games. The game went into OT after Alabama guard Myka Riley hit a three-pointer to tie the game. The irony of the shot is that not only did it keep the Crimson Tide in the game, but because it extended the game, it may have been to thank for saving thousands of lives.
Because of that shot, the thousands in attendance of the game stayed inside the Georgia Dome instead of going outside. Had they gone outside, those thousands could have been injured or worse because only minutes after that fateful shot, a tornado touched down just outside the Georgia Dome. Nobody inside the Georgia Dome was injured. Though, the arena did sustain enough damage that it forced the remainder of the game to be delayed. It also caused the last quarterfinal game of the day to be postponed. SEC officials would end up having to find a new home for the tournament’s final games as a result of the damage to the Georgia Dome so as to finish the tournament on schedule. The Bulldogs would end up going on to the NCAA tournament after winning three games in a 30-hour span.
The story of Miracle 3 is built around interviews with people involved in those affected by the tornado including players and coaches from teams playing in the tournament, SEC officials, referees, fans, meteorologists, and many more. Along with airing at 8pm on ESPNU, Miracle 3 will also air earlier in the evening on March 3rd on ESPN. It will air at 5pm on ESPN this Sunday evening.
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