Detroit Lions: What Was Going on the Last Time the Lions Made the NFL Playoffs?

Brandon Alisoglu@@BrandonAlisogluCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2012

Detroit Lions: What Was Going on the Last Time the Lions Made the NFL Playoffs?

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    The Detroit Lions play the New Orleans Saints this weekend in the NFL playoffs.

    If that sentence seems incredible, it's because nothing like it has been written in a long time. In fact, such a statement hasn't been uttered in over a decade.

    Many things have changed since the Lions lost to the Washington Redskins in 1999.

    So take a walk down memory lane, and enjoy a few quick hits on what the world was up to back then.

Cell Phones Were Few and Far Between

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    The most convenient method of getting contacting another person was to page them. Seriously.

    Cell phones were still relatively expensive.

    Therefore, if you weren't leaving a message on an answering machine, it was because you had left your parents' number on the person's beeper.

    Granted, they were small, but where are they all now? 

Bill Clinton Is Acquitted

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    Bill Clinton had a pretty solid run in the White House, but he did suffer through some public embarrassment. Or, maybe it would be more accurate to say that his wife did.

    Regardless, the Monica Lewinsky scandal was a press bonanza. The President was inundated with questions regarding his sexual relationship with an intern as opposed to his foreign policy.

    The subject year brought some closure for the POTUS since he was acquitted during his impeachment proceedings. Apparently, the Senate realized it was none of their business.

The Los Angeles Lakers Were Beginning Their NBA Reign

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    The Los Angeles Lakers boasted one of the best duos in the league with a young Kobe Bryant and a dominant Shaquille O'Neal.

    The Lakers won their first of three straight NBA championships the same year the Detroit Lions last made the playoffs. 

    Kobe and Shaq had yet to go public with their feud, and life in L.A. was beautiful.

    It was a simpler time.

You Got Mail!

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    The world was well into its obsession with the Internet, and all the cool kids were instant messaging thanks to AOL.

    You got mail! Yay!

    Now those with an AOL email address are considered ancient.

    How times have changed.

"I See Dead People"

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    Bruce Willis was at the peak of his powers in 1999, but the breakout star of 1999 was M. Night Shyamalan.

    People claimed they knew Willis was dead the whole time. However, such proclamations weren't ever heard until the movie was over.

    The Sixth Sense set the world on fire. Unfortunately for Shyamalan, it would be the peak of his career.

Britney Spears Took the World by Storm

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    Before she was guano-crazy, Britney Spears started out as the cute girl who debuted to the world in a Catholic school girl outfit.

    Men of all ages were enraptured by her stunning beauty. Teenage girls all over the world began an equal obsession.

    As you can now see, 1999 was a long, long time ago. 

    It's about time, Detroit.