In the '80s we saw the first black quarterback start in a Super Bowl ( Doug Williams), the first black head coach hired in the modern-era NFL ( Art Shell) and the first black quarterback win the Heisman Trophy ( Andre Ware), all of which reminded us that society can sometimes be proud of sport for results other than points and wins. We also noticed that the little town of San Antonio has become the ninth-largest city in the U.S. and that folks there would like an NFL team and a major league baseball franchise. Can they get them? Get in line, San Antonio. Maybe in another decade or so.
Ah, but not everything has been transformed over the last 10 years. Our country's favorite girl's name in 1979 was Jennifer; now it's Ashley. However, our favorite boy's name was, and still is, Michael. For that, I choose to thank Mr. Jordan, the sweet flying machine of this or any decade.