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 —The Braves on TBS and Skip and Joe alternating with Pete and Don between TV and radio (RIP Skip and Pete)

—The NBA on CBS and NBC

—First round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon

—ACC basketball games on Raycom. It’s just not the same on the actual ACC Network. I don’t miss Raycom football as much because it started at 12:30 and it forced WBTV to have to join the SEC game in progress afterwards (never understood why they got away from noon)

 

—The double round robin in ACC basketball but I know why it had to go

—The Braves making more than one trip to cities in their league outside their division

 

—Only having interleague in May and June, can’t expand fast enough. But I do like interleague.

 

—The Astros being in the National League. Shutting the state of Texas out of the NL was a huge mistake. They should’ve moved the Rockies to the AL West and the Astros to the NL West.

 

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9 hours ago, nelroy78 said:

 —The Braves on TBS and Skip and Joe alternating with Pete and Don between TV and radio (RIP Skip and Pete)

—The NBA on CBS and NBC

—First round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon

—ACC basketball games on Raycom. It’s just not the same on the actual ACC Network. I don’t miss Raycom football as much because it started at 12:30 and it forced WBTV to have to join the SEC game in progress afterwards (never understood why they got away from noon)

 

—The double round robin in ACC basketball but I know why it had to go

—The Braves making more than one trip to cities in their league outside their division

 

—Only having interleague in May and June, can’t expand fast enough. But I do like interleague.

 

—The Astros being in the National League. Shutting the state of Texas out of the NL was a huge mistake. They should’ve moved the Rockies to the AL West and the Astros to the NL West.

 

Cubs on WGN (with White Sox mixed in too)

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Pretty much everything about late 1980s NHL.  Most teams had their best looks then.  White at home.  Prime Wayne Gretzky.  Me going to North Stars games.  The North Stars. The Whalers. The Nordiques.  Goalies wearing #1.

 

ESPN/SportsCenter's peak (mid-1990s).  NFL Prime Time. 

 

The NFL being popular but not overwhelmingly so (being #1 in the sports news 350 days/year).

 

The blissful ignorance about the long-term impacts of football on quality of life.

 

Big Ten basketball with no conference tournament.

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Surprised at how recent a lot of stuff is listed here (I mean late 2000s and 2010s) I expected a lot more 70s and 80s!

 

Anyways here is more of mine:

NBA on NBC (did you know Jim Fagan who says "This is the NBA on NBC" sadly passed away?

The old FSN college football theme (If you were a Big 12 and Pac-10 fan you are probably familiar with it)

ABC Sports (Espn on ABC is lame I want to feel like ABC is broadcasting it not ESPN)

New Jersey Nets of the Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin days

 

 

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One more--

 

Back when HLN was CNN Headline News, on a rotating half-hour format, with sports at the :19 and :49 minute mark.  

 

Good to catch scores and maybe a highlight or two, and of course they had the best announcer, Van Earl Wright.  Even though he was never shown on-air, Wright's wacky voice mannerisms and pronunciations became legendary during Headline News' sports segments during the 80s and 90s;  especially his elongated pronunciation of 'Los An-ge-leeees' and the way he read his mandated sign-off with a series of all kinds of interesting inflection.

 

"I'm Van Earl Wright!!! CNN!!! Headliiiiinnnnne SPORTS!"

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on Christmas Day, would have dinner at my house (or at my Uncle's house) around 2:00pm and at 3:30pm, would watch the Aloha Bowl.

the day after Thanksgiving, at 12pm, the Florida vs Florida State game would be played and at 3:30pm, Nebraska vs University of Colorado would start (if at Nebraska game would be at 12pm and the Florida vs Florida State game would start).  Both would be on ABC.       

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7 minutes ago, goalieboy82 said:

on Christmas Day, would have dinner at my house (or at my Uncle's house) around 2:00pm and at 3:30pm, would watch the Aloha Bowl.

the day after Thanksgiving, at 12pm, the Florida vs Florida State game would be played and at 3:30pm, Nebraska vs University of Colorado would start (if at Nebraska game would be at 12pm and the Florida vs Florida State game would start).  Both would be on ABC.       

would add, Nebraska vs Oklahoma.  

 

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On 5/18/2020 at 10:04 AM, Wade Heidt said:

When team won the Stanley Cup, they used to do laps around the rink with it while handing it off to the players.  I miss that.

 

Now they just stay in the same spot and hand the Cup off to players. 

 

 

Why did this even change?

 

Also, I miss the sort of wild west feel MLB had in the 70s and 80s. Flamethrowing pitchers fiercely protecting the plate, fans celebrating on the field, the Kissing Bandit, real all-out brawls would flare up and you never knew who was gonna come out of the pile with a bloody nose

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11 hours ago, ManillaToad said:

Why did this even change?

 

Also, I miss the sort of wild west feel MLB had in the 70s and 80s. Flamethrowing pitchers fiercely protecting the plate, fans celebrating on the field, the Kissing Bandit, real all-out brawls would flare up and you never knew who was gonna come out of the pile with a bloody nose

Her she is (in spoiler and border line NSFW)

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I miss the opening themes...

MLB on NBC from 86-89

HNiC theme

NFL on CBS late 80's theme

ABC MNF 80's theme

NFL on NBC theme 80's & 90's

Cubs baseball on WGN and seeing Harry Caray everyday

Keith Jackson, Dick Endberg, Charlie Jones, Don Criqui, John Madden, Pat Summerall, Vin Scully. I also miss fans celebrating on the field.  I miss the imperfect grass playing surfaces (mud, snow, rain, dirt fields at the end of the season).  I miss college bowl games meaning something.  I miss the old NHL with enforcers.  Old sportscenter.   I miss unique super bowl logos and fields, I miss daytime MLB playoffs and daytime Super Bowl's.  I miss the easy access of sports.  You could watch more on OTA or superstations or very basic cable.   

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23 hours ago, FiddySicks said:

I miss those summer nights as a kid where I would stay up ridiculously late and watch replays of some weird obscure sports league like Pro Beach Hockey. 

I have this same memory with Slamball (I think?). I'm pretty sure I only saw it one time, but it was imprinted into my mind.

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There’s a lot of things I miss about the NBA. It used to be my favorite league and sport to watch as a kid, but a lot of stuff seemed to gradually change and it just doesn’t hold the same excitement to me now as it did then. I still follow it, but not nearly as enthusiastically.  
 

1. I REALLY miss the NBA on NBC; the theme, the announcers, the pregame, the graphics, everything. I don’t know what it was, but everything about NBA on NBC seemed like a huge deal and was super exciting as a kid. ESPN/ABC has just never held a candle to all of that for me.

 

2. I also miss the days before the modern super-teams. Yes there were technically similarly stacked teams back then, but it seemed in the 90’s and early 2000’s that despite the Bulls, Spurs, and Lakers, there was still some kind of parity and talent spread out across the league. Those dynasty teams of the 90’s-early 2000’s always had different challengers and competitors (Bulls faced five different teams in six Finals, Lakers threepeat faced three, the early Spurs faced multiple teams as well). Warriors vs. Cavs three years in a row was so fatiguing to me that by part III, I didn’t even care. At least seeing new blood in one of the conferences every year for a long time was refreshing enough to stay interesting for me, even if that team was likely to lose.

 

3. Purely 90’s kid nostalgia speaking, but I miss a lot of the 90’s uniforms too. There’s a lot of them that wouldn’t work at all full-time today, but I’ve still got a soft spot for many of them, garish and cartoonish as some were. The mid-2000’s went a bit too dull and conservative across the league and killed off a lot of personality in NBA team branding, and I think that lent to me losing some interest as well. Brand-wise, it didn’t look as colorful and fun as it once did. It was fine and inevitable to tone down the whimsy a bit, but I think some changes went too far.

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