Justin Robinson and the Hokies are looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)It’s been a long time since 1985 and 1986. A few of you reading this probably weren’t even born yet. I turned two in ’85, and three in ’86, so I don’t remember anything that happened in those years. But I was curious, so I looked it up, and here’s a little refresher…
Calvin and Hobbes debuted in newspapers
Route 66 was removed from the US Highway system
Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union
The Nintendo Entertainment System was released
The Challenger exploded
The Iran-Contra Affair
Mike Tyson became the Heavyweight Champ
Top Gun was released
I feel like all those things should be in the fourth verse of We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel.
Strange opening to an article on a Virginia Tech sports website, huh? Well, not really, when you consider that 1985 and 1986 represent the last time the Hokies made the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in back-to-back seasons. It’s been that long. Tyson was knocking out Trevor Berbick, and the world was being introduced to Super Mario Brothers.
The first time I remember watching a Virginia Tech basketball game was during the 1994-95 season, and the first time I attended one in person was during the 1995-96 season. Last season was just the third time that I’ve ever seen the Hokies make the NCAA Tournament, and if they make it again this year, it will be the first time I’ll have ever seen them make back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
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