The Sports World
What was September like? Ten days before Manning's Volunteers debut, and two and a half weeks before his first start, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig (some things never change) called off the '94 World Series due to the ongoing player's strike. Jason Kidd and Grant Hill were rookies preparing for their first pro training camps. In the NFL, the Rams and Raiders held their home openers in L.A., while the Oilers opened at home in Houston. Today MLB is going strong, while top NBA draft picks may not open training camp until next year. And L.A. still doesn't have an NFL team.
Derek Jeter's Whereabouts: Shortstop on the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Before he started smashing every celebrity hottie you've dreamed of, DJ was moving up through the ranks of the Yankees farm system. In '94 Jeter was named the Minor League Player of the Year in a season where he batted .344 with five home runs, 68 RBIs, and 50 steals. 3,000+ hits later, Jeter is an worldwide icon.
Highest-Paid Athlete: Michael Jordan ($30 million). Even though MJ left the NBA to pursue a baseball career with the Birmingham Barons, he maintained his title as the highest-paid athlete. At least Jordan earned his. The same can't be said for these dudes.
The Champions: Houston Rockets, Dallas Cowboys, Brazil (World Cup), New York Rangers. No one remembers second place but everyone remembers the champs. Well, except the winners of the '94 World Series. The NBA Finals and Stanley Cup had two of their most memorable series ever with each going seven games. Brazil won the World Cup on our turf and the Cowboys blew out the Buffalo Bills 30-13 for their fourth Super Bowl title. The Packers, Mavs, Bruins, and Japan (World Cup) are the reigning champs of 2011.
LeBron James' Whereabouts: 10-year-old fourth grader in Akron, Ohio. Before he uttered that infamous "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" line, and before people ever started proclaiming him to be "The Chosen One," LeBron James now tapping into his natural athletic talent as he bounced around a number of elementary schools in the Akron area. That's cool and all, yet we can't help but wonder what the state of Bron Bron's hairline was at that age?
Years Since Last Red Sox World Series Win: In '94, the BoSox were 76 years removed from their last title, with another 9 to go before they broke the curse. This year, they're just 4 years out from a chip, with a great chance of picking up their third in 8 years this fall.