Happy 40th Anniversary ESPN.

By Scott Manning
Sep. 07, 2019

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

It's ESPN's 40th Anniversary Everybody, And What a Road We Have Traveled Down Over These 40 Years Together. It All Started On September 7th 1979. And Since Then ESPN Has Provided Tons Of Sports Memories Over The Years.

Here Are Some Of The Memories That Stick Out To Me Since ESPN Debuted.

1980: The United States Olympic Hockey Team Beats The Heavy Favorite Soviet Union. Two Days Later The U.S Would Beat Finland To Capture The Gold Medal.

1981: Indiana Beats North Carolina For The Men's NCAA Basketball Championship. But The Game Was Almost Not Played That Night Due To The Assassination Of President Ronald Regan.

1982: North Carolina Beats Georgetown To Win The NCAA Men's Basketball Championship As The Country Was Introduced To a Young Michael Jordan.

1982: The Cincinnati Bengals Face The San Diego Chargers In The Freezer Bowl AFC Championship Game With The Bengals Winning 27-7.

1983: The NC State Wolfpack Upsets The Houston Cougars To Win The NCAA Men's College Basketball Championship.

1984: Brigham Young University Would Go On To Beat Michigan In The Holiday Bowl 24-17 To Capture The National Championship.

1985: The Cinderella Slipper Fitted For Villanova As They Captured The First NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Over The Heavy Favorite Georgetown.

1986: The New York Mets Defeat The Boston Red Sox In 7 Games To Win The World Series, Thanks To Bill Buckner's Error In Game 6.

1987: Al Unser Sr. Wins His Fourth Indianapolis 500 As He Joined AJ Foyt As A Four Time Winner.

1988: The Los Angeles Dodgers Would Go On To Win The World Series Over The Oakland Athletics As Orel Hershiser Was Named MVP. But It Was Kirk Gibson's Home Run In Game One That Provided The Spark For The Dodgers.

1989: A Massive Earthquake Puts The World Series On Hold As The Earthquake Shook Candlestick Park In San Francisco At 5:05 PT And The Battle Of The Bay Is Put On Hold. The Oakland A's Swept The San Francisco Giants In 4 Games To Win It All.

That Was Just The 80's, The 90's Had A lot Of Memories.

1991: The Persian Gulf War Hits The Sports Seen As The North Carolina- NC State Game Is Cancelled Due To The War.

1991: Rick Mears Wins His 4th Indianapolis 500, Joining AJ Foyt And Al Unser Sr As Four Time Winners.

1993: The Dallas Cowboys Capture Their First Of Back-To-Back Super Bowls Under Head Coach Jimmy Johnson.

1994: The Trail Of The Century Gets Underway As OJ Simpson Stands Trail For The Murders Of His Wife Nicole Brown Simpson And Ronald Goldman.

1994: The New York Rangers End The 54 Year Curse Without a Stanley Cup As They Beat The Vancouver Canucks In 7 Games.

1994: The Major League Baseball Season Was Cancelled Due To The Players Strike And The World Series Is Also Cancelled.

1995: OJ Simpson Is Acquitted Of Two Counts Of Murder And The Country Becomes Divided Over The Verdict.

1998: Dale Earnhardt Finally Wins The Daytona 500 After 20 Years Of Trying To Win The Great American Race.

The 2000's Gave Us Some Memories, Some Happy, Some Sad.

2001: Michael Waltrip Wins The Daytona 500 As Dale Earnhardt Sr. Dies In a Crash On The Last Lap.

2001: The 9/11 Attacks Puts Sports On Hold As 3,000 Americans Lose Their Lives On September 11th. The Baseball Season Resumes On The Following Monday As New York Mets Catcher Mike Piazza Hits The First Home Run After 9/11

2001: The Arizona Diamondbacks Win Their First World Series In 7 Games Over The New York Yankees.

2002: The New England Patriots Start Their Dynasty In The Super Bowl After Upsetting The Heavy Favorite St Louis Rams In Super Bowl 36.

2004: The Boston Red Sox Sweep The St Louis Cardinals In The World Series Ending The Curse Of The Bambino And Ending a 86 Year Drought.

2007: The Boston Red Sox Sweep The Colorado Rockies In The World Series To Win Their 2nd World Series Crown In 4 Years.

2008: The New York Giants End The New England Patriots Dream Of An Undefeated Season In Super Bowl 44 With a 17-14 Upset Victory.

The 2nd Decade Of The 21st Century Gave Us A lot Of Moments.

2010: The Chicago Blackhawks End Their Stanley Cup Drought With a 6 Game Victory Over The Philadelphia Flyers.

2010: The San Francisco Giants Beat The Texas Rangers In 5 Games To Win Their First World Series Since 1954.

2011: The St Louis Cardinals Comeback To Beat The Texas Rangers In 7 Games To Win The World Series.

2012: The San Francisco Giants Sweep The Detroit Tigers To Capture Their 2nd World Series Crown In Three Years.

2013: The Chicago Blackhawks Capture Their 2nd Stanley Cup In 4 Years As They Beat The Boston Bruins In 6 Games.

2014: The San Francisco Giants Win Their 3rd World Series In 5 Yeas As They Beat The Kansas City Royals In 7 Games.

2015: American Pharhora Becomes Horse Racing's 12th Triple Crown Winner Ending The 37 Year Drought.

2016: The Cleveland Cavaliers Upset The Defending NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors In 7 Games.

2016: The Chicago Cubs Defeat The Cleveland Indians In 7 Games To End The 108 Year World Series Drought.

2017: The Houston Astros Win Their First Ever World Series As They Beat The Favorite Los Angeles Dodgers In 7 Games.

2018: The Golden State Warriors Sweep The Cleveland Cavaliers In The NBA Finals And Lebron's Journey In Cleveland Ends For a 2nd Time.

2019: The St Louis Blues Beat The Boston Bruins In 7 Games To Win Their First Ever Stanley Cup.

2019: The Toronto Raptors Shock The Golden State Warriors In The NBA Finals In 6 Games.

So There You Have It, 40 Years Of Memorable Moments. I know I Forgot Some Moments And I Do Apologize For That. But The Bottom Line Is ESPN Is Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon. So Happy Anniversary ESPN And Congratulations. And Here's To Another 40 Years.

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