The NCAA Tournament is upon us, and we’ve got bracket fever!
This week, we’re looking back on the 1990s, a decade in which everyone had the same set of enduring sports memories, before the Internet splintered our culture into an endless series of insular communities. If you lived through these moments, you remember them well.
The field is now down to the final four, with all of the top seeds making it this far; you can see the second round voting here. Over the next couple days, vote for which ones stand out the most in your mind to establish our championship matchup.
No. 1 O.J. Simpson’s Bronco Chase (1994)
Last round: Beat Michael Jordan’s Finals dagger
It was only a “sports” moment in that it involved a former athlete, but you could also argue that it turned rubbernecking into a national pastime. It was surreal, unbelievable and a more universally shared moment than anything in the Internet age — which makes it possibly the most quintessentially ’90s moment there is.
No. 2 Christian Laettner’s Game-Winning Shot (1992)
Last round: Beat Scott Norwood’s wide right kick
Outside of Durham, Laettner’s not exactly a well-loved figure, even decades later. However, unlike his sore-thumb appearance on the Dream Team, no one can argue that his perfect game in the 1992 National Championship, capped by an all-time great buzzer-beater, earned him legend status.