From The Cheap Seats
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 29, 2004 -- With Friday's graduation ceremonies, there have been 24 classes who have received diplomas since I walked across the stage to be presented my parchment at Sulphur Springs High School.

That means in one more year, my diploma will officially be an antique.

You know time is passing by when you can remember way back when:

Head bands were worn by NBA players to hold back their afros, not positioned atop their skulls like some lobotomy bandage.

Mark Gastineau was getting fined and reprimanded for celebrating a quarterback sack in the NFL.

Major League pitchers were expected to go nine innings.

NBA teams would score 100 points, or at least 90 points, or at least 80 points, or at least 70 points in a game. Somebody make a shot, please.

Girls played basketball with six players, three on each side of midcourt.

Women did not run the marathon in the Olympic Games because it was considered too grueling.

It was against the rules for players to dunk a basketball.

Track meets were ran in yards rather than meters.

Cinder tracks.

Domed stadiums were a novelty.

Professional teams were the only ones who could afford artificial turf.

The Olympics were boycotted by the U.S., not because of security concerns, but because Jimmy Carter just didn't like the Russians.

Wooden baseball bats.

Athletic shorts were really short. Too short.

It wasn't uncommon for a Major League player to steal 100 bases in a season.

Two dollars would get you an outfield seat on the aluminum bleachers at Arlington Stadium. If you had $2.

The Olympics were for amateurs only.

The Dallas Chaparrals.

NFL coaches wore suits and ties on the sidelines.

Ballroom dancing and synchronized flag waving were not considered sports.

A heavyweight championship boxing bout was the biggest event of the month.

Moses Malone became the first $2 million athlete.

Which league first used the red, white and blue basketballs (ABA).

Only district champions advanced to the UIL playoffs in Texas.

Class B schools.

Sports leagues, not television moguls, dictated when games would start and what days they would be played.

Gasoline was under $1 a gallon. And everybody griped about the price of it, then, too.

There were no cell phones, velcro, microwaves, CDs, DVDs, internet (until Al Gore came along), VCRs, cable TV and the only computers took up entire rooms with their tubes and wires.

Hey, maybe change is good.

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