At the Democratic convention in Atlanta in July, there's a deadlock between Simon and Dukakis. While many of the delegates, bored, are watching a Braves game on TV, the Bradley forces grab control of the convention. Bradley is nominated. Reluctantly, he accepts.
The Republicans go to New Orleans in mid-August and nominate Bush, whose bad joke about the Saints in his acceptance speech jeopardizes the sports vote. His aides distribute pictures of Bush during his baseball days at Yale. Former Eli ace Ron Darling, however, comes out for Bradley. Bush is on the ropes.
The final blow comes in September, when the Seoul Olympics open and the U.S. team performs terribly. (You think this is fantasy? Just wait.) "What have Reagan and Bush done to our competitiveness?" cries Bradley, whose campaign soars.
And so we come to this same week next year. President Reagan welcomes the World Series champion Cleveland Indians to the White House with a wan smile, and Bush starts cleaning out his office. The stock market has hit an alltime low. President-elect Bradley is on the covers of both TIME and Newsweek. And everyone wants to know: Will this be the year for the Knicks?