Oct. 4, 1987 - NFL owners used replacement players to play games, as the regular players were on strike

The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. A 24-day players’ strike reduced the 16-game season to 15. The games that were scheduled for the third week of the season were canceled, but the games for weeks 4–6 were played with replacement players, after which the union voted to end the strike. Approximately 15% of the NFLPA’s players chose to cross picket lines to play during the strike.

The replacement player teams were given mock names like “Chicago Spare Bears”, “San Francisco Phoney Niners”, “New Orleans Saint Elsewheres”, “Washington ScabSkins”, and “Seattle Sea-scabs”. Final television revenues were down by about 20%, a smaller drop than the networks had expected. The defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants went 0-3 in replacement games, ultimately costing them a chance to make the playoffs and repeat their championship.

"You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself." - Larry Brown

Peace be with you.

"There is no defense against a perfect pass. I can throw the perfect pass." - Dan Marino

Picture perfect.

Mar. 30, 1980 - George Gervin is the fifth NBA player to win three consecutive scoring titles

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George Gervin played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls. He averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, and finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. Nicknamed Iceman for his cool demeanor on the court, Gervin was primarily known for his scoring talents. He went on to lead the NBA in scoring average three years in a row from 1978 to 1980 (with a high of 33.1 points per game in 1979-80), and again in 1982. Gervin is widely regarded to be one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history. Prior to Michael Jordan, Gervin had the most scoring titles of any guard in league history.

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The players make the manager, it’s never the other way.” - Sparky Anderson

A friendly reminder.

"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time." - Don Zimmer

Hustle hard in any hustle that you pick.

"The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit. But the greatest of these is spirit." - Ken Doherty

Spiritually strong.

"Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but, if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are." - Brittney Griner

Be, you.

"My role model was my grandfather. He instilled in me the feeling that no matter how successful you are you have a responsibility to help others." - Kevin Johnson

One of the most underrated point guards in NBA history.

"If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today." - Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K.

"Find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heart." - Jim Abbott

Give it your all.

"Great moments are born from great opportunity." - Herb Brooks

Seize the moment.

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe

No excuses. Start with what you have.

Feb. 8, 1986 - Spud Webb wins the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Competition

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One of the most memorable events of Spud Webb’s career was his dunk contest win, which took place on February 8, 1986, at the NBA All-Star Game Weekend in Dallas. Webb, the shortest player to ever participate in the competition to that time, went up against men who were, in some cases, a foot taller. In the end, size didn’t matter. Webb dazzled the crowd with his soaring dunks and bested teammate Dominique Wilkins, who had won the 1985 contest by beating Michael Jordan. (The NBA’s first slam dunk competition was held in 1984.)

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