BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum
The longest division winning drought in North American sports has come to an end with the Washington Wizards winning the Southeast Division. It had been 38 years in fact, with the last division title being in the 1978-79 season when the team was known as the Washington Bullets.
Modern life has changed rapidly in those 38 years, obviously the Internet and cell phones had yet to been invented and the United States was in the midst of the Cold War.
Here is a quick taste of life back in 1979:
- No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick: Magic Johnson
- The Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, or New Orleans Pelicans did not exist.
- Wayne Gretsky scored his first NHL goal
- ESPN was launched
- Jimmy Carter was president
- Margaret Thatcher was named the prime minister of the United Kingdom
- Average Cost of new house: $72,600.00
- Average Household Income per year: $19,620.00
- Average Monthly Rent: $280.00
- Cost of a gallon of Gas: 86 cents
- The price of milk skyrocketed to $1.86 a gallon
- Sony released their first Walkman for $200
- Laverne & Shirley was the most popular TV show
- Kramer vs. Kramer (featuring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep) was the highest grossing movie
- My Sharona by Knack was the top billboard song that year
- Adam Levine, Kevin Hart, Kourtney Kardashian, and Pink were born
MORE WIZARDS: Division title is great but Wizards yearn for more
Rui Hachimura dunked all over Argentina Thursday in an international friendly ahead of the 2020 FIBA World Cup.
The Wizards' first-round pick is representing Japan in the FIBA World Cup that starts later this month. In a tune-up game for that tournament, Japan played Argentina in a friendly and, well, Hachimura had a day. He had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but one of the highlights of the day was this steal and breakaway dunk from the rookie.
The other highlight? Another Hachimura dunk.
Argentina went on to beat Japan, 108-93, but Hachimura's performance was promising. The FIBA World Cup starts on August 31. Hachimura hopes to, and likely will, represent Japan at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
MORE WIZARDS NEWS:
Excited for the upcoming NBA season? A new beverage is making its way to Capital One Arena.
The Washington Wizards have announced they will be partnering with the award-winning brewer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company for the upcoming NBA season.
Fans will now be able to purchase the Full Court Press Hard Cherry Lemonade exclusively at Wizards home games, located on the 400 level near section 429/430. The new Wizards-branded cherry hard lemonade will be available on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
The Full Court Press will feature the Devils Backbone and Wizards logos, in addition to the team’s colors. The design will also include hash marks, a half-court circle to replicate a basketball court, and three stars to honor the District of Columbia. In an effort to generate excitement among Wizards fans, the lemonade's tagline is “Rep The District.”
Devils Backbone Brewing Company has quite a reputation around the district. In the past, the brewery partnered with the Washington Redskins to create the #ATTR Ale at FedEx Field and this September it will launch the Capi-tale India Pale Ale with the Capitals.