I see people share pages on Facebook that say “you know you’re a child of the _____ if you remember this.
So here is my version. You know you were a teenage boy of the 80’s (with a slant toward the world of sports) if:
You either liked Bird or Magic, but not both.
You owned a pair of Converse All-Stars (bonus points if you painted the star your school colors)
You can name all 6 actresses who were Charlie’s Angels.
You hated the Detroit Pistons.
You have stumbled onto an episode of Happy Days in recent years and wonder how you ever found it tolerable.
You thought the Mattel handheld football and basketball games with lighted lines for players were awesome.
You thought the graphics on Intellivision were awesome.
You thought Daryl Dawkins shattering a backboard was a greater feat than putting a man on the moon.
You heard the story of Darrel Griffith grabbing a coin off the top of a backboard.
You had at least one argument over pronouncing Nike the right way.
You remember the Zips commercials (Zips a big z)
You realize you could have been rendered sterile from wearing skin tight jeans and basketball shorts.
You argued with at least one guy that swore he could hit a baseball further with a wood bat than with an aluminum bat.
You got excited when you pulled an Oscar Gamble card out of a package of Topps baseball cards.
You became an expert on the different types of tape because you had to put tape on every wiffle ball bat to keep from destroying them and to add distance.
You got pretty excited about the invention of the cassette adapter (so you could play them in your 8-track player).
You stayed up late on Friday night because that was the only time to watch an NBA game.
You made fun of Rick Barry for shooting free throws granny style.
You were determined that you wouldn’t buy cd’s because you owned 200 cassettes.
You still buy cd’s and call them albums.
You can name 6 guys who owned a Chevy Chevette or a Ford Escort.
Your parents still don’t know you watched “10” or “Animal House” when you were 11.
You knew that going down a hill on a skateboard too fast could kill you because all skateboards sucked and the wheels would start wobbling at high speeds.
You know what “backwards masking is” and can still remember the backwards message of at least 3 songs.
You still can’t get your wife or children to truly appreciate the musical brilliance of Van Halen.