I Love The 90s: The Best Sports Moment From Each Year (With Video)
I loved the 1990s decade. It may very well be my "Wonder Years". Everything seemed unique during those times. The music, movies and especially sports of the 90s gave all of us a special feeling.
These are my most precious sports memories from each year of the best decade ever. I'm simply listing my favorite sports event from a specific year, so feel free to add your own memories in the comments section.
1990- Pistons/Blazers NBA Finals
The 1990 NBA Finals is when I became a basketball fan. Watching Isiah Thomas was exciting. I had not watched a basketball game before that time, but I became hooked on the sport from Thomas' performance.
He propelled the Detroit Pistons past Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trailblazers and my love affair with b-ball was official.
Check out Thomas drop 23 in one quarter in the 1990 NBA Finals.
1991- A Legend Is Born
In 1991, before Youtube and the Internet, it was impossible to watch any games played in previous years. I'm sure Michael Jordan was basketball royalty in the 1980s but I had no recollection of those days.
My introduction to MJ was in 1991.
My family has always been Los Angeles Lakers fanatics. I appreciated Magic Johnson and the Lakers but had no sense of loyalty to them. While watching the 1991 NBA Finals between the Magic Johnson led Lakers and Jordan's Chicago Bulls, I was floored. The man who wore the No. 23 jersey stole my attention and the championship. It was Michael Jordan's first title and my introduction to "His Airness."
Check out Magic Johnson describing Jordan's breathtaking layup from the series.
1992- Atlanta Braves Defeat Barry Bonds and the Pittsburgh Pirates
Before Barry Bonds was the face of steroids, he was a great player who many wanted to see in the big dance.
Bonds' Pittsburgh Pirates were on the cusp of greatness until the Atlanta Braves' Sid Bream stole the 1992 NLCS with a game-winning hit.
Check out Barry Bonds' throw to the plate and the game-winning run.
1993- Joe Carter's World Series Walk-off Homer
This was when baseball was fun to watch. There were "characters" in the MLB at this time, not just players. These guys loved the game and always put on a show.
Joe Carter and Mitch Williams were no different for this era and provided great theater in the 1993 World Series.
Check out Carter's walk-off homer against Williams.
1994- O.J. Simpson Car Chase
This moment trumps anything going on in sports at that time.
O.J. Simpson took the world hostage from the backseat of a Ford Bronco. People literally stopped their cars on the highway to get a glimpse of Simpson's vehicle passing by.
It was the beginning of what would be a long, bizarre and controversial time in the former NFL great's life.
Check out the most watched car chase ever.
1995- Michael Jordan Returns to Basketball
"I'm Back." Enough said!
Check out the buzz Michael Jordan created with his return to professional basketball.
1996- New Era of New York Yankees Begins
The New York Yankees have long been the standard by which baseball teams are judged. 1996 ushered in a new era in Yankee history as the Yanks would start another dynasty.
Their 1996 World Series title was their first since 1978.
Check out how the Yankees beat one of the best pitching rotations ever.
1997- Mike Tyson's Bite Heard 'Roun the World
I remember when Mike Tyson's life was calm and simple. OK, I'm joking. This may be the most bizarre event to happen in any sport.
After realizing he was about to be defeated once more by Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear to stop such a thing from occurring. It became one of the most popular events of 1997, and still is an event we will not soon forget.
Check out Iron Mike's bite heard 'roun the world.
1998- Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa Make History
Despite Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa being linked to performance-enhancing drugs, I take nothing away from their accomplishments in 1998.
The world watched as Big Mac and Sammy broke a record that stood for decades. It was exciting to watch the guys hit homer after homer.
Check out some of Big Mac's most memorable swings from the 1998 season.
1999- Women's World Cup Victory
Brandi Chastain ripped off her shirt and a phenomenon was born. Everyone cheered the ladies as they defeated China in the 1999 World Cup, held right here in the states.
Check out Brandi's game-winning kick.