Wizards

Wizards

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

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