On March 14, 2008, Alabama found itself trailing Mississippi State 59-56 in the final seconds of the first quarterfinal game of the evening session. Crimson Tide guard Mykal Riley sank a desperation three-pointer as time expired, sending the game into overtime. That shot not only extended Alabama's season for the moment, but it may have prevented thousands of fans from pouring into the city streets just as a tornado touched down outside the Georgia Dome a few minutes later.
Though no one in the Georgia Dome was injured, the building felt the effects of the twister. Enough damage was done to the Georgia Dome to not only delay the completion of the Alabama-Mississippi State game and eventually cause a postponement of the last quarterfinal game of the day, but also to force SEC officials to find a new home to finish the tournament on schedule. Ultimately the University of Georgia Bulldogs, who finished last in the regular season, managed to win three games in a 30-hour period to earn the conference's automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
In Miracle 3, director Rory Karpf explores how a stunning and potentially devastating weather event touched off a series of situations that tested all involved like never before.
Directed by Rory Karpf, Miracle 3 features interviews from various people involved in the events surrounding the tornado, including: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi St. and Georgia players and coaches, Georgia Dome executives, SEC executives and staff, game producers and broadcasters, referees, meteorologists and fans in the arena.
"SEC 'Storied' Series aims to illustrate defining moments, events and people in the Southeastern Conference, and Miracle 3 tells a unique story in the conference's rich history," says ESPN Films executive producer John Dahl. "The story's ability to transcend sports makes the film a perfect addition to the series while diversifying the scope of films in the collection."
ESPN Films launched the "Storied" documentary series in September 2011, presenting fans the opportunity to explore the rich athletic history of the Southeastern Conference. From extraordinary athletes and coaches to defining games and moments, the "Storied" series features films from the SEC's recent and more distant past.