As part of a promotional spot that we at KKTV are doing, we were told to bring in some old Christmas photos. Sarah Schwabe brought this one in to share with us. Isn't she cute! All dressed up on Christmas morning and no doubt got lots of presents from Santa. Through my own "detective work", I figured out this picture was taken in 1985. She told me that she was one and a half in that picture and that would have put me at 11 years of age. Thanks Sarah, for helping me check my work. Yup, Christmas morning 1985...
Isn't it funny how you remember exactly what you were doing and where you were on certain days, and how that memory can be so vivid. This is one of those cases for me. Look at the television to the right of Sarah. That is Tommy Heinsohn on the left and Dick Stockton on the right. They are getting ready to announce the battle between the Celtics and the Knicks. As a kid, I was a huge Celtics fan and continue to be a huge basketball fan. When I saw this picture, I immediately knew what game this was. If I remember correctly, Patrick Ewing ( who was a rookie at the time ) brought the Knicks back from the brink of defeat to beat the C's in double overtime. Here's a link for all you hoops junkies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6em9Y2dsMx4
Now here's where it gets creepy... At the same time Sarah is pointing to her Christmas tree, I was in my basement playing with my new basketball hoop and watching THE VERY SAME GAME on my television. Not only that, but in a recent Christmas promotional spot that is airing on KKTV, I reference this VERY SAME DAY and the VERY SAME GAME! Weird, considering all the photos she had to choose from and all the Christmas memories I could have referenced. Odds of that happening...pretty slim.
Why was this such a special and vivid memory for me? The hoop wasn't just any hoop. To me ( a hardcore basketball fan ), it was special. It was much better than your normal nerf basketball hoop. It was much bigger, had a wooden backboard, a metal rim, and a bigger than normal nerf ball. For those of you that used to play nerf basketball as kids, you can understand why this was such a big deal. I spent hours and hours crafting my indoor game on that 7 foot hoop... What a blast!
Granted, it doesn't take a special holiday to create a special memory. It could happen at almost any time. However, the holidays seem designed for special memories like that. With this in mind, I hope you and your families create special memories this holiday season. Time goes by so fast and before you know it, you are 35 remembering a classic basketball game and a special toy.
Feel free to share you special holiday memories and I hope you all have a great holiday season.
Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe