1986: Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Len Bias, Bill Buckner And The Cutlass SupremeBaseball, Basketball, Bull City, Football — By Joe Simmons on February 11, 2013 at 11:36 am
Some years of your life just stick out. In the past few months I have been doing a lot of reflection. It’s no secret that I am the oldest of The Sports Fan Journal writers, but I relish the fact that I have lived and witnessed so much history.
Just recently I was remembering some of the best years of my life and one of the years that stuck out … 1986.
December 25, 1985, was a memorable date to me because it was the Christmas that changed my life. I was a young disc jockey in the hood, and people always knew that I would have the most current music even though I was a young G. That Christmas was special because it was when my family put together the greatest gift that anyone could have given me.
When I say pieced together, that is what I literally mean. My mom bought me two Philco turntables, one sister bought me an Alpine mixer and my other sister bought me two Cerwin Vega speakers. From that point on, shit got real for my disc jockey career.
The New Year rolled in and the New Year’s party was in my partner’s basement. Everything was coming together as I broke out the new equipment, and we rocked the house all night long. I was merely a kid, and I had grownups doing that damn thing until two in the morning.
All of this may seem minor, but it was big to me. I made $250 that night, and I was proud of it. As a matter of fact, I used that money to go see my first ever New York Knicks basketball game. I remember it was January 7, 1986, and the Knicks were playing the Pacers. The rivalry wasn’t that big then, but it was a chance to see my man Patrick Ewing for the first time live.
Pat didn’t disappoint either as he was a box score stuffer. I remember that he had 24 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Seriously, Pat was balling out in the low rider booty shorts that the NBA was sporting at that time.
Things didn’t slow down much after that week. We got word that we would have another holiday to celebrate as January 20, 1986, became the first official Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Although the bill was signed in 1983 by Ronald Reagan, it wasn’t officially honored until January 20, 1986.
Good times were had from no school on that Monday to the countdown to one of the greatest displays of defense ever seen during a Super Bowl. On January 26, the crew gathered up at the local sports bar to watch the Bears play the Patriots in the Super Bowl. If you know anything about the 85-86 Bears, you know that it was a thumping. The team that was known for its defense laid the pure smack down on the Patriots. Walter Payton finally gets his ring, and Mike Singletary does what he does to bring a title back to the windy city.
After the Super Bowl, the sports scene slowed down quite a bit, but I remember other things that were popping. A month or so passed and I remember it well as my home boy E Double got his license and his dad had just gotten a promotion on his job and he went out and bought him the infamous 1986 Cutlass Supreme.