The Best Sports Photos of the '90s

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIOctober 15, 2012

The Best Sports Photos of the '90s

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    The '90s were a golden age for mankind: denim jackets, dial-up Internet, Pulp Fiction, Jim Carrey in his prime. Comedy had real substance, and obnoxious fashion was acceptable (see Will Smith).

    Now, we have jeans with holes in them, web hackers and Honey Boo Boos.

    In an attempt to revert the world to a glorious decade, we'll target society's most beloved industry: sports. You've seen the striped style and the pink-brimmed snapbacks, but only the sports world can reveal that decade's true colors.

    Let's take a retro trip down memory lane.

30. Barry Sanders Joins the Record Books

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    For 10 years, Lions great Barry Sanders revolutionized the way backs broke a defender's ankles.

29. Charlotte Trio Prepares for Battle

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    Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues and Larry "Grandmama" Johnson unite as one.

28. Loving Legends

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    Andre Agassi post-ponytail and Pete Sampras pre-weight gain, heated rivals, share a moment of levity.

27. A Young Goose

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    Once a snarling defensive tackle for the Colts, Tony "Goose" Siragusa now tickles our eardrums with his timely sideline broadcasting.

26. Messing with the Bulls

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    Chicago Bulls legends Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman gasp for air during the '97 Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat.

25. Mike Tyson's Transformation

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    Iron Mike Tyson during a rare moment of tranquility.

24. Don Shula Hoisted Toward Greatness

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    With his 325th victory, legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula set an NFL record for most career victories. This was his celebratory ascent.

23. Emmitt Smith's White House Visit

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    President Bill Clinton was the face of the '90s. He honors a fellow legend.

22. A Historic Game 6

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    The epic masterpiece, Jordan's final shot, from a new perspective.

21. Hogan Knows Best

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    Hulk Hogan shows NBA legend Karl Malone, dubbed "The Mailman," how he delivers packages during the 1998 WCW Bash at the Beach.

20. Rickey Henderson's Defining Moment

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    The King of Steal.

19. Prime Time Conversation

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    Deion Sanders exchanges pleasantries with fellow superstar Barry Bonds before the 1992 NLCS.

18. The Fab Five

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    Michigan's talented bunch hit the college hardwood scene in the summer of '91.

17. Lawrence Taylor Behind the Scenes

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    Love between heated rivals.

16. The Dream Team

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    Air Jordan's Zubaz shorts tell the whole story.

15. Afro Man

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    Colombia's Carlos Valderrama brought fans a curly masterpiece that we've yet to forget.

14. The 1996 NBA Draft Class

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    The 1996 crop was among the greatest in hardwood history. Allen Iverson is missing in action here.

13. Dreaming of Pinstripes

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    Derek Jeter, the future captain of the Yankees, shows off his stance as a student at Kalamazoo Central High School.

12. A Lakers Legacy

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    Whereas Kobe Bryant often towered over the competition, Shaquille O'Neal towered over the world.

11. A Bulls Breather

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    A steam room cigar session featuring a legend and his partner in crime.

10. San Francisco's Dynasty

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    Steve Young with the retro haircut. Joe Montana with the cool demeanor.

9. Tiger's Early Years

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    An innocent Tiger Woods at the 1992 L.A. Open in a galaxy far, far away.

8. The FILA Stack

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    The third pick in the 1995 pick, Jerry Stackhouse is seen soaring over Philly in his Stack Mids.

7. Dennis Rodman Shares His Secrets

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    Vintage Dennis Rodman educating David Letterman in the art of obscure fashion. 1990s television at its finest.

6. The Big Hurt

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    Dubbed The Big Hurt, designated hitting legend Frank Thomas crushed the hearts of opposing pitchers for 19 powerful seasons.

5. Michael with Mars

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    Spike Lee around the hardwood as always, acting as Mars Blackmon in an ad with Michael Jordan.

4. Indianapolis Colts Suit Up

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    Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James display their fierce chemistry away from the field.

3. Just the Kid Playing Ball

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    Ken Griffey Jr. gracefully patrolled professional outfields for 22 years.

2. The '90s

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and House Party 2 merge with Michael Jordan for an ideal hi-top fade representation of the '90s.

1. Mt. Urkel Is About to Erupt

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    Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters and NBA basketball. Perfect.