Twenty-five years ago, TSN launched on Canadian TV screens Staff

4/21/2009 2:33:38 PM

Do you remember 1984?

The film "Amadeus" was nominated for 11 Oscars and won eight, including Best picture, but the Academy Awards were stolen by Best Actress winner Sally Field ("You like me – you really like me!") Twenty-five years later, Field is still winning awards for her work in the TV series "Brothers & Sisters."

The top single on the Billboard charts for 1984 was "When Doves Cry" by Prince and the Revolution.  Prince, now a member of the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, is still going strong – not sure what happened to the Revolution…

In the news, Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, and Ronald Reagan trounced Walter Mondale in the U.S. presidential elections.  Meanwhile, in a stark reminder of how things worked before the internet age, Vanessa Williams had to give up her Miss America crown after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.

The world of sports also had plenty of star power in 1984. While Walter Payton was becoming the NFL's all-time rushing leader and Kareem Abdul Jabbar took over as the NBA's all-time scoring champion, Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup.

And there were other sports stars waiting in the wings that would get their first taste of the international spotlight in 1984.  In Boston, a smallish college quarterback emerged on the scene by completing a Miracle Hail Mary to beat the unbeatable Miami Hurricanes.  It would be the first of many great passes by future CFL star Doug Flutie. And in June, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a big kid from the Laval Voisins by the name of Mario Lemieux.

In Canada, the sports landscape changed forever on September 1, 1984 with the launch of TSN, The Sports Network.  For Canadians, watching sports has never been the same since!

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