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Basketball: A busy 50 years

Boy, a lot has happened since that most recent title in 1960 . . .

JFK beats Tricky Dick . . . The Beatles on Ed Sullivan . . . Neil Armstrong on the moon . . . Ali is The Greatest . . . Gretzky is The Great One . . . LeBron is The King . . . the personal computer and the cell phone . . . the Berlin Wall falls . . . so does Tiger Woods . . . two Godfather movies win Academy Awards . . . a third is forgettable . . .  JFK, Bobby and MLK are assassinated . . . Elvis dies, or does he? . . . Vietnam . . . Watergate . . . The Play, The Catch, The Drive . . . The A’s move to Oakland and win four World Series . . . the Raiders move to Los Angeles, then back. Sort of . . . Walsh, Montana and Rice dominate the NFL . . . Carson dominates late night TV . . . Motown dominates everyone . . . Letterman vs. Leno . . . Palmer vs. Nicklaus . . . Connors vs. Borg . . .the Big Mac vs. the Jumbo Jack . . . Wilt scores 100 . . . Wilt scores 20,000 . . . Bird and Magic . . . MJ  . . .O.J. . . . Nadia’s perfect 10 . . . Pistol Pete . . . Spitz and Phelps  . . . Billie Jean beats Bobby Riggs . . . Title IX . . . the UConn women . . . the Slinky, Frisbee, pet rock and Rubik’s Cube . . . UCLA wins 10 NCAA titles in 12 years . . .  the Warriors win the 1975 NBA title, then perform magic and disappear . . . disco . . . global warming . . . SNL . . . reality TV (help!) . . . steroids . . . the Red Sox win two World Series . . . the Cubs don’t . . .  ditto the Giants . . . Star Wars, Forrest Gump and Harry Potter . . . Miracle on Ice  . . . 9/11 . . . Usain Bolt breaks the speed of sound, almost . . . something called Lady Gaga . . . a body builder/actor in Sacramento  . . . an African American in the White House . . . and, finally, a banner at Haas.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Bear IV

    Lot more happened tonight in Berkeley at Kips!!!!! Word. Go Bears!!! Don’t make me sing, already lost that voice….

  • Bill

    Li’l Abner and Dick Tracy parish. Doonsbury is born.