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O.J. Simpson Vs. Mike Tyson: It’s The Most Memorable ’90s Sports Moment Championship!

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The NCAA Tournament is in full swing, and we’ve got ​bracket fever!

Over the past week, we’re been 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 of 16 is now down to the final two, with the two one-seeds facing off in the championship; you can see the final four voting here. Over the next couple days, vote for which ones stand out the most in your mind to establish our champion. The big winner will be revealed on Wednesday, March 23.

(Illustrations by Dave Rappoccio; Words by Matt Rothstein)

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. 1 Mike Tyson Bites Off Evander Holyfield’s Ear (1997)
Last round: Beat Brandi Chastain’s World Cup winner

Tyson entered the ’90s on top of the boxing world, but after spending three years in prison for rape and losing his title to Holyfield, he was desperate to grab onto what once was — even if it was Holyfield’s ear, and he was grabbing with his mouth. This was one of the biggest Did you see that?! moments of the decade.

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