On a sad day for Houston Oilers fans, a look back at other sports anniversaries


The Houston Chronicle reminded us that Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of the Houston Oilers giving up a 35-3 lead to the Buffalo BIlls during a 1993 AFC Wild Card game.

I know. Sorry. It’s still too soon for some folks. In fact, given that some of us remember it so clearly, it’s hard to believe it’s been a quarter of a century.

That inspired us to take a look. What other sports anniversaries are happening this year?

100 years ago

Between World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic, many sporting events — from American football to the Tour de France — are not held.

On Sept. 11, 1918, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. The defeat of the Chicago Cubs didn’t seem all that noteworthy at the time. The Red Sox had won the World Series with some regularity since their first title in 1903. But they wouldn’t win it all again in 2004.

50 years ago

On Jan. 14, 1968, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl II.

On Oct. 16, 1968, the American track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a black power salute during the Mexico City Olympics. Smith and Carlos had one gold and bronze in the 200 meters.

On Nov. 17, 1968, NBC gave football fans what would be known as “The Heidi Game.” With just over a minute left to play, the network, cut off coverage of a Raiders-Jets game to broadcast the movie “Heidi.” Oakland fans missed a late comeback by the Raiders.

25 years ago

On Jan. 31, 1993, the Dallas Cowboys won their first Super Bowl since 1978 (OK, that seems like a long time ago) as the Buffalo Bills would become the first team to lose three straight Super Bowls. 

On June 20, 1993, the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls won their third straight NBA title.

On Nov. 6, 1993, parachutist James Miller (“Fan Man”) crashed into the side of the ring during the 7th round of a heavyweight title fight between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield.

10 years ago

On Feb. 3, 2008, the “helmet catch” helps the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, ending the Patriots’ run at a perfect season.

On Aug. 16, 2008, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt dominated the 100m race at the Beijing Olympics, winning with a world record time of 9.69 — even though he slowed down to celebrate once the race was obviously his.

On Dec. 28, 2008, the Detroit Lions become the first NFL team to lose every regular season game since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did it in 1976.


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