The Big Three-Oh: #10

Welcome to “The Big Three-Oh!” I’m turning 30 at the end of July and to celebrate, I am counting down my best/favorite sports moments in my lifetime. If you missed the kickoff post, check it out for the background for the seriesI missed writing the blogs for both #12 and #11 over the week. I did post the moments on Instagram as well as the athletes but I do want to catch up. I decided to do #12 and #11 yesterday and double up #10 with #9 today (Tuesday).

#10 — The 1998 Chicago Bulls

Similarly to Michael Jordan’s return and the 1998 Home Run Chase moments earlier on the list, Emily and I recently podcasted about ‘The Last Dance’ which covered this entire season. The events the 1997-98 Bulls season should be pretty fresh in all of our memories. The documentary is probably a big reason for it cracking the Top 10 but there is certainly a personal moment connected to this season as well.

1997 saw the Bulls’ fifth title which spawned the “Gimme Five” Bulls hats of which, my uncle sent our house a whole box of them:

That spring also saw the Flyers lose to the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final which stunk, but both events had me pumped for basketball and hockey to come back. Admittedly, I paid more attention to the Flyers’ regular season than the Bulls, although I did get to see them in person. By the time the Playoffs rolled around and the Bulls were on National TV every night, I was raring to go.

What sticks out to me most about this moment was going into the Finals, whether or not you wanted the Bulls to win a sixth title became a playground for me and the rest of my first-grade friends. WE WERE FIRST GRADERS. I was team Bulls but I remember a fellow seven-year-old commenting that he was sick of the Bulls winning all time. At age 7. Just how ridiculous that is to think back on takes the cake right there but having the feeling of being right, was and still pretty awesome.

Today’s Instagram Athlete

John LeClair comes back in at #10 after having the spot nine years ago but he was pretty hard to dethrone. He was one of my favorite Flyers growing up and I’ve now met him! He was an awesome guy to talk to even for just 30 seconds and I’ll always have the memories of those late-90s and early 2000s Flyers teams.

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