Let’s celebrate “National Old Stuff Day” by revisiting some awesome old stuff from our youth

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Happy March 2nd everyone!! What, you didn’t know that today is a holiday? Apparently National Old Stuff Day is actually a thing, and now that we know it exists, we can honestly say that it is the 2nd best day in March, right behind Poultry Day (March 19)….mmmm chicken.  In honor of this momentous occasion, we here at Last Angry Fan have provided you with a countdown of the ten greatest sports related “old stuff” from our youth, because nostalgia sells better than bacon wrapped bacon served by a corgi butler.

And away we go…

10. Tom Emanski Instruction Videos

Fred McGriff

No one has ever actually watched one of these tremendously boring highly instructional videos, but we all saw the commercials enough times to hit like Fred McGriff himself.

9. Big League Chew

Big League Chew

Whoever either didn’t play some form of youth baseball or eat Big League Chew can immediately stop reading this article (Ed. note: please don’t).

8. Nerf Footballs

nerf vortex

Nerf has to be one of the greatest inventions of all time. It allowed non-athletic kids to feel like they were a budding football superstar, especially when the Vortex was created. This engineering feat allowed even the most athletically challenged kids to throw a Brett Favre 80 mph fastball at their friends.

7. NBA Jam

NBA Jam

This timeless video game from Midway in 1993 can still be played on your Super Nintendo Console. The 2-on-2 gameplay, and the exaggerated nature of the game, allowed for every child to be “ON FIRE” from 3-point range…not that there’s anything wrong with that.

6. Reebok Pumps

Reebok pump

I’m still convinced pumping the basketball made my vertical a little more respectable.

5. Sock’Em Boppers

Sock em Boppers

The 100% guaranteed safe way to beat the hell out of unsuspecting friends and family.

4. Space Jam

Space Jam

Michael Jordan, Looney Tunes, and Charles Barkley saving the world from aliens…what’s not to love?

3. ESPN SportsCenter highlights

ESPN

Kids, back in the day SportsCenter actually showed highlights of the days events in sports, before it morphed into the Tim Tebow suckfest it is today. Believe it or not they actually got through an entire show one time without mentioning the Lakers or New York Jets.

2. American Gladiators

american gladiators

Enough said.

1. Laser Tag

I completely understand the International Olympic Committee’s reasoning when they decided to drop wrestling. “We can eliminate dudes rolling around on a sweaty mat, and replace it with laser-tag? Why haven’t we heard this proposal before?” As much fun as laser tag was, it always seemed to end when you got shot in the back by the one kid who was afraid to run around, while protesting that your gun wasn’t working.

 

About the author: Jeff Greenwell

 

Jeff Greenwell is the writer/editor of Last Angry Fan. Jeff has been known to rock a Speedo while belting out Robert Goulet tunes from his front porch, and in his spare time he enjoys capturing and training feral goats to be his minions. Also known to dig a nice brick of cheese from time to time.

Website: http://lastangryfan.com

 

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