In sports, the first week of February is jam-packed with action: there's the Super Bowl, NBA and NHL regular seasons, and preparation for the Summer Olympics forgotten stepchild the Winter Olympics. So it's no surprise that this week is full of entertaining, bizarre, and tragic sports moments to look back on. Everything from a wardrobe malfunction to the birth of that NHL commentator whose wardrobe made you wish you never got HD. Let's take a trip back for This Week in Sports History...

2/1/84: David Stern takes over as commissioner of the NBA.
• Since Stern took over from Larry O'Brien as commissioner, the NBA has added seven new teams and grown in popularity thanks to stars such as Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Charles Barkley all entering the league in Stern's first year. Over the years, Stern has added new regulations to improve the league's image including a new dress code. However, changing players' fits couldn't cover up the NBA's gully side: there's has been refs fixing games, gun-toting players, and of course the most entertaining sports moment of the 2000s.


2/1/2004: Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at Super Bowl XXXVIII.
• Wardrobe malfunction, nip slip, whatever you want to call it, those who tuned into the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show were treated to a nine-sixteenths of a second peep show of Ms. Jackson. Co-performer Justin Timberlake kept to his word while they performed "Rock with You" and indeed did have her at least partially-naked by the end of the song. While the FCC went into conniption fits and eventually sued Viacom (owner of CBS) for $500,000 which was originally thrown out but recently revisited. Sadly, since then it's been strictly senior citizen acts booked for halftime shows.


2/4/1993: Marge Schott, owner of the Cincinnati Reds is banned from MLB for a year.
• Marge Schott received her one year suspension and $25,000 fine from baseball's executive council after a New York Times interview in November of 1992 revealed that she didn't know why the term "Jap" was offensive and stated that "Hitler was good in the beginning, but he went too far." Further investigation revealed that a Reds employee heard Schott refer to then-Reds outfielders Eric Davis and Dave Parker as "million-dollar niggers" (a reference that Schott said she made jokingly). Logorrhea + racism = no sports ownership. But Schott was reinstated eight months later and went on to own the Reds until 1999, just five years before her death in 2004.


2/5/1934: Don Cherry is born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
• The former hockey player, coach, and current NHL commentator has become one of the most entertaining aspects of the sport over the years with his rants and his every-color-of-the-rainbow wardrobe. We still have love for the man whose suits are just as loud as his personality.


2/5/1972: Bob Douglas becomes the first African-American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
• From 1922 to 1949 "The Father of Black Professional Basketball" coached and owned the New York Renaissance. Despite facing racial discrimination such as being banned from white hotels and restaurants while playing on the road, Douglas led the team to a record of 2,318-381 during his tenure. Maybe some of their all-white opponents would have fared better with this set of rules.


2/6/1958: Munich Air Disaster
• The Manchester United soccer team boarded British European Airways Flight 609 in Munich, West Germany while en route home from a European Cup match in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. On its third takeoff attempt on the slush-covered runway, the plane crashed killing 23 of the 44 passengers. Among the dead were eight Manchester United players and officials, as well as eight journalists. Surviving teammates grieved but battled to complete the season and reach the 1958 FA Cup final—which they lost to the Bolton Wanderers. To this day, less sensitive fans of ManU's opponents will occasionally make plane noises to taunt Big Red.


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