1984: Bridging the gap between the young and the old
In Page 2's tour of the most memorable sports years, Mike Philbrick remembers 1984 as the year we all came together.
For generations, sports has given fans young and old common ground to debate the past against the present. But once in a great while, a year comes along and all the arguments cease, and everyone celebrates the here and now -- a year like 1984.
In '84, the entire calendar shined. Wayne Gretzky brought back memories of Gordie Howe by winning his first Stanley Cup in Edmonton -- dethroning the New York Islanders, winners of the previous four Cups.
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Page 2's Most Memorable Sports Years
With 2008 already full of amazing moments, Page 2 is looking back at the greatest years in sports history.THE YEARS
• Jonah Keri on 1961: The year of the dynasty
• Jim Caple on 1968: A year of unrest
• Jim Baker on 1969: New York, New York
• David Schoenfield on 1972: AL in trouble
• Eric Neel on 1978: Greatest duel ever
• Mary Buckheit on 1980: A miracle
• Mike Philbrick on 1984: Bridging the gap
• Paul Lukas on 1986: Three great weeks
• DJ Gallo on 1994: The good old days
• Scoop Jackson on 1998: Still resonates
• Kieran Darcy on 2001: Darkness, and light
• Patrick Hruby on 2004: End of exuberance
• PollCenter: Best year ever -- '80, '86, '98, '01 or '08?