A lot changes in a decade, and this is especially true in sports.
Only 10 short years later, mention of the rules, story lines and players from 2004 seems akin to discussing the Roman Empire or the Jurassic period. Playoff droughts have turned into dynasties. Heroes have become villains. Suspicions have blossomed into scandals.
And yet, of course, we must be sure to never forget. Today, I'm going to play the Ghost of Christmas Past. Let's turn the clocks back 10 years and take a quick trip to exactly a decade before this very day—August 15, 2004.
Be warned: This might not look a lot like the world you're now used to. What was true in sports 10 years ago may seem absolutely insane to the more enlightened minds of today.
But we won't be long—and I promise, as soon as this slideshow is done, I'll bring you straight back to your iPhones and your extra Wild Card.