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(NYPost)   20 years ago today in NYC: Following the Rangers Stanley Cup victory parade up Broadway,thousands of Knicks fans in bars around the city lose their shiat as TVs show a slow moving white Bronco in LA in lieu of Game 5 of the Finals   (nypost.com) divider line 44
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2014-06-17 09:16:41 AM  
By day: I watched a good part of my office head downtown to watch the Rangers parade, I planned to wait for the Knicks parade the following week (still waiting) By night:I was in a bar with A LOT of angry Knicks fans, rooting for OJ to die in a fiery car crash or shootout after the game was essentially taken off the TV.
 
2014-06-17 11:25:02 AM  
David Stern had them killed and framed OJ so people wouldn't notice the Knicks lose to the Rockets.
 
2014-06-17 11:30:30 AM  
So this is why we have so many dedicated team sports channels like YES ?
 
2014-06-17 11:31:35 AM  

damageddude: By day: I watched a good part of my office head downtown to watch the Rangers parade, I planned to wait for the Knicks parade the following week (still waiting) By night:I was in a bar with A LOT of angry Knicks fans, rooting for OJ to die in a fiery car crash or shootout after the game was essentially taken off the TV.


THIS. I was in college at the time, shouting for the police to kill OJ to get the game back on. My friends thought I needed to be sedated.
 
2014-06-17 11:34:48 AM  
Wouldn't have happened to an NHL game at the time...


i1045.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-17 11:42:20 AM  
If you've got a spare hour and want to remember the day, ESPN's 30 for 30 doc, entitled simply "June 17, 1994", is basically nothing but archival footage of everything that happened that day.
 
2014-06-17 11:42:35 AM  
fuggin' Starks..
 
2014-06-17 11:47:45 AM  

RminusQ: If you've got a spare hour and want to remember the day, ESPN's 30 for 30 doc, entitled simply "June 17, 1994", is basically nothing but archival footage of everything that happened that day.



They did an awesome job with that....especially since they didn't use a narrator.
 
2014-06-17 11:48:11 AM  
I wish i was older to remember that day 20 years ago. The 30 for 30 film was just incredible how so many major sporting stories were going on at the exact same time.
 
2014-06-17 11:57:20 AM  

great_tigers: I wish i was older to remember that day 20 years ago. The 30 for 30 film was just incredible how so many major sporting stories were going on at the exact same time.


I wish that day, the murders themselves, and the trial had never, ever happened. It essentially created reality television as we know it today.
 
2014-06-17 11:58:45 AM  
The Rangers broke a 54 year Cup drought and the Knicks were in the Finals for the first time in 21 years. Two months later, James Dolan bought both teams and the rest is sad, sad history.
 
2014-06-17 12:04:54 PM  
Also, Jeff Blauser hit four homeruns against the Cubs.
 
2014-06-17 12:08:54 PM  

great_tigers: I wish i was older to remember that day 20 years ago. The 30 for 30 film was just incredible how so many major sporting stories were going on at the exact same time.


It was fascinating. The OJ chase was a strange cultural phenomenon, because EVERYONE watched it.

The nation came to a screeching halt and watched a truck driving at a moderate speed on the interstate. We all thought it was going to end with a dead man.

The rest of the sports stuff is kind of typical for this time of the year. Look at last Sunday- we had the NBA Finals, the US Open, the World Cup, Jimmie Johnson finally winning at Michigan in NASCAR... there's probably a story about planning something for the Kings' victory parade. Might be something in baseball that will look more significant down the road.

But the slow, white Bronco was a once in a lifetime thing.
 
2014-06-17 12:31:29 PM  

fatalvenom: Wouldn't have happened to an NHL game at the time...


[i1045.photobucket.com image 300x273]


How did the NHL crater in popularity since then?  Was it the lockouts?
 
2014-06-17 12:36:35 PM  

llortcM_yllort: fatalvenom: Wouldn't have happened to an NHL game at the time...


[i1045.photobucket.com image 300x273]

How did the NHL crater in popularity since then?  Was it the lockouts?


yep.

no better way to kill your growth.
 
2014-06-17 01:09:17 PM  
I think the Knicks would have been justified to kill OJ for distracting them during that series. They weren't the same after.
 
2014-06-17 01:10:40 PM  
Ah yes, John Starks going 1 for 158, it was glooooorious.
 
2014-06-17 01:12:01 PM  

robsul82: Ah yes, John Starks going 1 for 158, it was glooooorious.


Wait, I'm misremembering, that day wasn't Game 7.  Carry on.
 
2014-06-17 01:17:57 PM  
All I remember about that day were my sister, and our babysitter, and I sitting in the living room, glued to the live video from an L.A. traffic copter. Our parents were out house-shopping. A couple of my friends from from next door came over after lunch, asking if we wanted to go play.

I told them, "Not now. Watching O.J."

"Watching what?" one of them asked.

I didn't say anything. I just pulled one of them by the arm inside and showed them the t.v.

Within five minutes, EVERY kid in the neighborhood was crammed inside the living room our little, two bedroom bungalow watching the SLOWEST CAR CHASE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. Some were on the couch, others on the floor. I was sitting on the coffee table. The babysitter ran out and got pizza for everyone.

My parents didn't get home until after that White Bronco had parked outside OJ's house. They were exhausted, hadn't checked the news once. They walk in the door to find the living room filled with kids, empty pizza boxes and soda bottles.

"What the HELL happened here?!" my mom asked.

I looked at her, then looked at the TV, then back to her.

"Watchin' OJ," I said.
 
2014-06-17 01:19:29 PM  

The Bestest: The Rangers broke a 54 year Cup drought and the Knicks were in the Finals for the first time in 21 years. Two months later, James Dolan bought both teams and the rest is sad, sad history.


This.

And fark Mike Keenan.
 
2014-06-17 01:23:32 PM  
cdn2-b.examiner.com

Don't worry. If any New York team ever manages to win another championship in anything other than butt scratching, she won't get in the way again.
 
2014-06-17 01:24:43 PM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: [cdn2-b.examiner.com image 350x350]

Don't worry. If any New York team ever manages to win another championship in anything other than butt scratching, she won't get in the way again.


I take it you don't watch baseball or football.
 
2014-06-17 01:56:10 PM  
I had a flight scheduled out of LAX in the afternoon of 6/17/94, driving on the 405 to the airport the scene to the west of the freeway was like Apocalypse Now or something, the sky full of helicopters.

6/17/94 is the infamous Phish "OJ Show" from Milwaukee, where they scream "OOOOOJJJJJJ" throughout various songs.

/CSB
 
2014-06-17 02:05:56 PM  
I missed it I was at Soundgarden

June 17, 1994
New York Armory
New York, NY, USA

Setlist:

Jesus Christ Pose
Spoonman
Let Me Drown
Mailman
The Day I Tried To Live
My Wave
Room A Thousand Years Wide
Black Hole Sun
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Superunknown
Rusty Cage
Half
Mind Riot
Fell On Black Days
Hand Of God
Drawing Flies
Hands All Over
Face Pollution
Like Suicide
Fresh Tendrils
Head Down
 
2014-06-17 02:10:17 PM  
Watched it live in my apartment with a bunch of friends from work. Listened as the crank phone caller was talking to Peter Jennings and I remarked to my friends something along the lines of "that guy sounds like something you'd hear on the Howard Stern show" and just a moment later, the caller signed off with the famous "...and a baba-booey to y'all".

I literally fell to the floor laughing.

/good times
 
2014-06-17 02:19:20 PM  

RminusQ: If you've got a spare hour and want to remember the day, ESPN's 30 for 30 doc, entitled simply "June 17, 1994", is basically nothing but archival footage of everything that happened that day.


Geez. I forgot all about the whole suicide stuff. That part of the reason we were all so engrossed in watching a white SUV meander down a highway (and then sit in a driveway) was that we were both afraid and fascinated that we might simply be watching the last moments of a desperate, confused man's life. (Even if we weren't privy right then to the back-and-forth between OJ and the police, we did know he had a gun with him, and of course there was the suicide note press conference earlier.)

Also, watching that made me hate the '94 MLB strike all over again. I forgot that Griffey (along with Matt Williams) was chasing the HR record then, and man, did that clip of him remind me just what a beautiful, effortless swing he had. He didn't try killing the ball, didn't screw himself into the ground... just a purely natural uppercut that launched the ball into orbit.
 
2014-06-17 02:30:54 PM  

RminusQ: If you've got a spare hour and want to remember the day, ESPN's 30 for 30 doc, entitled simply "June 17, 1994", is basically nothing but archival footage of everything that happened that day.


Watching that brought back to me the creeps who went out to watch the show, which I could understand, but worse yet the people who brought signs supporting OJ, which made me despair then and now.
 
2014-06-17 03:05:34 PM  

Mateorocks: I wish that day, the murders themselves, and the trial had never, ever happened. It essentially created reality television as we know it today.


Didn't The Real World debut in 1992?  According to pretty much everyone, that's what started the whole reality TV thing.

But you can certainly make the case that the OJ trial ultimately led to the ubiquitous plague otherwise known as the Kardashians.
 
2014-06-17 03:15:03 PM  
I remember they played it on the closed-circuit "morning announcements" television network at school. Same with the verdict - I was in the hallway outside the chem lab, watching through the doorway.

/Also used to play Channel One News, featuring Lisa Ling
 
2014-06-17 03:19:24 PM  

ristst: Mateorocks: I wish that day, the murders themselves, and the trial had never, ever happened. It essentially created reality television as we know it today.

Didn't The Real World debut in 1992?  According to pretty much everyone, that's what started the whole reality TV thing.

But you can certainly make the case that the OJ trial ultimately led to the ubiquitous plague otherwise known as the Kardashians.


I guess I mean that I think it started the trend of watching reality television as a form of train wreck entertainment. Court TV, etc. You could probably also make the case that the writer's guild strike around the turn of the century was just as big a factor.
 
2014-06-17 03:31:39 PM  

Mateorocks: I guess I mean that I think it started the trend of watching reality television as a form of train wreck entertainment. Court TV, etc. You could probably also make the case that the writer's guild strike around the turn of the century was just as big a factor.


Yup. In addition to that, although the 24-hour news cycle had been around for several years, the OJ chase and trial essentially kicked it up to 11. The whole "there's nothing new to report, but we're going to report it anyway, along with a bunch of speculation-as-fact" thing grew well beyond what had previously been there.

Worse, it also convinced ESPN that they were a news organization.
 
2014-06-17 03:51:40 PM  

RminusQ: If you've got a spare hour and want to remember the day, ESPN's 30 for 30 doc, entitled simply "June 17, 1994", is basically nothing but archival footage of everything that happened that day.


I like that CNN reported a second arrest was eminent.Then they retracted.
 
2014-06-17 04:09:07 PM  

robertus: I remember they played it on the closed-circuit "morning announcements" television network at school. Same with the verdict - I was in the hallway outside the chem lab, watching through the doorway.

/Also used to play Channel One News, featuring Lisa Ling


What school were you in from ~6:30pm-9:00pm (PDT) on a Friday night?

/The verdict was indeed in the morning on a weekday
 
2014-06-17 04:10:47 PM  

great_tigers: I wish i was older to remember that day 20 years ago. The 30 for 30 film was just incredible how so many major sporting stories were going on at the exact same time.


I thought the 30 for 30 on that day was a boring as watching a slow speed car chase. Shame, because the other entries in that series have been so good.

I don't remember what I was doing that day. I can tell you I wasn't watching TV. I might have wanted to watch the knicks game, but would have turned it off as soon as it was clear they weren't showing the game.
 
2014-06-17 04:36:05 PM  
In 1994 I was pretty much the same as I am now: a bitter Sonics fan, not particularly keen to watch the NBA finals. (That was the year they were by far the best regular season team but lost to the 8th-seeded Nuggets in the first round.)

I remember where I was when I watched both the chase and Starks's game-7 crapfest and can attest that those were two different times.
 
2014-06-17 05:20:34 PM  

Gonz: great_tigers: I wish i was older to remember that day 20 years ago. The 30 for 30 film was just incredible how so many major sporting stories were going on at the exact same time.

It was fascinating. The OJ chase was a strange cultural phenomenon, because EVERYONE watched it.

The nation came to a screeching halt and watched a truck driving at a moderate speed on the interstate. We all thought it was going to end with a dead man.

The rest of the sports stuff is kind of typical for this time of the year. Look at last Sunday- we had the NBA Finals, the US Open, the World Cup, Jimmie Johnson finally winning at Michigan in NASCAR... there's probably a story about planning something for the Kings' victory parade. Might be something in baseball that will look more significant down the road.

But the slow, white Bronco was a once in a lifetime thing.


Don't forget it was the start of the College World Series also. I've been watching that every year for a while now.
 
2014-06-17 06:46:12 PM  

Captain Steroid: I looked at her, then looked at the TV, then back to her.

"Watchin' OJ," I said.


That is the perfect summation of just how weird that day was.
 
2014-06-17 07:02:44 PM  

theknuckler_33: robertus: I remember they played it on the closed-circuit "morning announcements" television network at school. Same with the verdict - I was in the hallway outside the chem lab, watching through the doorway.

/Also used to play Channel One News, featuring Lisa Ling

What school were you in from ~6:30pm-9:00pm (PDT) on a Friday night?

/The verdict was indeed in the morning on a weekday


Maybe I'm remembering the newscast Monday.
 
2014-06-17 07:14:58 PM  

theknuckler_33: /The verdict was indeed in the morning on a weekday


Yeah.. came down during my poli-sci class. Class pretty much stopped for it. Though I suppose it (my HS) being in LA contributed.
 
2014-06-17 07:48:14 PM  

ristst: Mateorocks: I wish that day, the murders themselves, and the trial had never, ever happened. It essentially created reality television as we know it today.

Didn't The Real World debut in 1992?  According to pretty much everyone, that's what started the whole reality TV thing.

But you can certainly make the case that the OJ trial ultimately led to the ubiquitous plague otherwise known as the Kardashians.


You're technically correct (the best kind of correct), but there had been reality shows since the 1950s off & on.

OJ was different, and the director of the 30 for 30 film summed it up in the little director's commentary during a commercial break. (I think that's when I heard this)
Basically:
It signaled that more people were more interested in a sports star or personality than they were sports.

In an odd twist the Kardashians sprang out of it, but that whole summer people were watching courtroom proceedings and everything else. 

'Survivor' made reality TV a prime-time lock on TV. It beat down 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' which was a summer hit 3 years running. Then it moved to prime time in the spring & went to #1.
 
2014-06-17 08:08:21 PM  

Gonz: But the slow, white Bronco was a once in a lifetime thing.


Not necessarily...

autoblopnik.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-17 08:40:06 PM  

Henry Holland: I had a flight scheduled out of LAX in the afternoon of 6/17/94, driving on the 405 to the airport the scene to the west of the freeway was like Apocalypse Now or something, the sky full of helicopters.

6/17/94 is the infamous Phish "OJ Show" from Milwaukee, where they scream "OOOOOJJJJJJ" throughout various songs.

/CSB


I was at LAX for a layover. Saw a couple minutes of the "chase" on a TV at one of the bars.
 
2014-06-17 10:29:42 PM  

RminusQ: If you've got a spare hour and want to remember the day, ESPN's 30 for 30 doc, entitled simply "June 17, 1994", is basically nothing but archival footage of everything that happened that day.


I don't save a lot on the DVR, but that is one if them.
 
2014-06-18 02:08:20 AM  
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At least I'm old enough to have seen this.
 
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