We are spoiled today. We have state-of-the-art arenas, elaborate television graphics, authentic-looking video games, satellite dishes, high-definition TVs and a dozen events to chose from every night. Clearly, sports are better today for us fans than they were in the past. But aren't there things from the past that you miss? The subtle things about sports? The old TV shows? The simpler stuff of the "old days"? Today, we look back at some of the things we miss about sports and ask that you tell us what you miss, too. Here's what we miss:
Watching Evel Knievel on ABC's Wide World of Sports.
Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek.
Rolling the ball back to the pitcher's mound at the end of the inning.
Howard Cosell with the halftime highlights on Monday Night Football.
After an exchange of punts, moving to action later in the game on the Sunday morning Notre Dame highlight show with Lindsey Nelson and Paul Hornung.
Home Run Derby. Not ESPN, but the 1960s TV show.
Watching hockey with no ads on the boards.
Baseball players wearing stirrups.
World Series day games.
The Boston Garden.
Arguments in tennis.
Bad Braves games on TBS.
Atlanta's hockey team — the Flames, not the Thrashers.
Old athlete commercials such as Mr. Coffee (Joe DiMaggio), Beautymist pantyhose (Joe Namath) and Miller Lite beer (Bob Uecker and others).
Bud Collins' pants.
Chewing that stale gum while putting baseball cards in your bicycle spokes.
Max "The Clown Prince of Baseball" Patkin.
The sport of boxing.
White tennis balls.
Those little cars with helmets that drove relievers in from the bullpen.
ABC's Superstars competition.
Bowling For Dollars.
Morganna, the Kissing Bandit.
Oscar Gamble's hair.
Pat Summerall calling tennis' U.S. Open.
John Facenda's voice and Sam Spence's music on NFL Films.
Speedboat races on Lake Maggiore.
That manual scoreboard in the corner of the court at North Carolina's Carmichael Arena.
The ABA red, white and blue basketball.
The White Shadow.
3-D baseball cards inside Kellogg's Frosted Flakes.
Old goalie masks, such as Gerry Cheevers' mask with stitches.
Catchers wearing their hat backward under their mask.
Earl Anthony, Dick Weber and the Professional Bowlers Association with Chris Schenkel.
Watching the St. Pete Cards and the sailboats in the distance from the bleachers at Al Lang Field.
Alcoa Fantastic Finishes.
Baseball statistics in the Sunday paper.
Monday Night Baseball on ABC.
Outdoors Vikings home games.
"The Rowdies, the Rowdies, the Rowdies are … a kick in the grass."
Helmetless hockey players.
Swinging two bats on deck.
Sponsorless bowl games.
Rock 'em, Sock 'em Robots.
The Montreal Expos.
George Michael's Sports Machine.
Nicknames for NFL defenses (Steel Curtain, Purple People Eaters, Doomsday, Fearsome Foursome, Killer B's).
The net above the Green Monster.
The old Milwaukee Brewers logo — an M and B that formed the shape of a glove.
The World Hockey Association.
Quarterbacks who punted.
Watching college marching bands on TV at halftime.
Mattel's handheld computer football game.
The syndicated game show with athletes called Sports Challenge with Dick Enberg.
"Super Toe" football-kicking toy.
The worn-out path between the mound and home plate.
When sports stars would appear on shows such as The Brady Bunch and The Munsters.
The Len Dawson and Nick Buoniconti years on HBO's Inside the NFL and its theme song.
Outside chest protectors on umpires.
NFL coaches wearing suits.
What do you miss?
Surely, there are things in sports that you miss, too. We want to hear from you. Send an e-mail with some of the things you miss to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your first and last name and where you live. We will run some of the best answers in an upcoming edition of Two Cents.