Friday, June 17, 2016

June 17, 1994

It happened 22 years ago today.....

Arnold Palmer playing his final round at the U.S. Open.

The commencement of the FIFA World Cup.

The New York Rangers celebrating their win at the Stanley Cup Finals with a ticker-tape parade on Broadway.

Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks.

Ken Griffey, Jr. tying Babe Ruth's record of the most home runs (30) before June 30th.

And of course.....

Six years ago, ESPN debuted the documentary June 17, 1994 as part of its 30 For 30 video series. It is fascinating viewing, as it intertwined multiple video clips of each of the aforementioned events. This film was also unique in that there was no narration. One of the more interesting clips was the behind-the-scenes conversation between NBA on NBC host Bob Costas and a producer. Costas was contemplating the logistics of his network balancing coverage of NBA Finals Game 5 while also keeping folks updated on the developments in the O.J. saga.

As I've said before, this day in history was arguably the beginning of two major trends in American culture. First was our country's obsession with reality based TV. Second (and perhaps most unforgivable) was the name "Kardashian" becoming a household word.


1 comment:

Bike Bubba said...

Q. Why is Denver superior to LA?

A. When Denverites think of a Slow White Bronco, they think of John Elway.

(I was actually in LA when that happened....and heard from someone around Denver)