The other day when the NBA Finals started I got to thinking about the first NBA Finals that I remember watching. It was 1984, when the Celtics beat the Lakers in seven games. Even though I was not quite 6 years old, I remember Game Seven pretty clearly. My parents were out of town for several days for some reason (should ask them if they remember why, I don't recall). A couple that they were friends with stayed at our house with my sister and I to watch us. I remember this because my dad's friend (Kent) was a die-hard Celtics fan. Neither of my parents were big sports fans when I was little. I can remember my dad occasionally watching a big game, and in the 90s when Jordan's Bulls were dominant we watched almost every game as a family. But other than that I was always far more interested in sports than my parents. So that particular NBA series stuck out to me, because it was the first time I can remember a grown man watching a game on TV and responding with such incredible enthusiasm and excitement. Kent had his Celtics shirt on and would jump and clap and yell when the Celtics made a good play. He would clench his fist and smack his forehead when they did something bad, or the Lakers made a push. I remember his reactions far more than the game. Anyway, his Celtics went on to win the Championship and I can remember how excited he was, with no one to share it with but 5yr old Borla, lol. Over the following few years I too began watching a lot of sports, especially the NBA. I remember the Bulls and Celtics in the playoffs, when Jordan scored 63pts in a game and the Bulls were still swept. Though I don't have the time or desire to watch a ton of games anymore, the NBA is probably the sport I'm still the most passionate about. The first Super Bowl I remember watching was Super Bowl XX when the Bears beat the Patriots. I remember we were at someone's house that night for dinner and the game. A little over 10yrs later the daughter of the couple whose house we were at married my uncle. I also remember my first MLB game, when I was about 10. We lived in central IL and drove up to Chicago for a Cubs and Pirates game at Wrigley. We were late to the game because my parents underestimated the time it would take, not to get to Chicago, but to get all the way to the north end of Chicago! Our seats ended up being in the very last row of the upper deck, behind home plate. As far as playing sports, I remember wiffle ball in the back yard at 5-6 years old, having a basketball hoop at about the same age, and until I was 9 yrs old we lived one house down from a small park with a tennis court, so we played a lot of tennis. The court had a wall against the back of it that had a line at the height of the net, and it was designed to let you volley back and forth alone if you wanted. I can remember begging to go over there to smack tennis balls against the wall for what felt like hours. Though I played some tennis off and on until I was 12-14 years old, I honestly don't think I've even picked up a racket in over 20 years. Anyway, though this all started with some NBA reminiscing, I thought it might be interesting to hear from some fellow TFPers. What is the first sporting event or events you remember watching, listening to, or attending? What sports do you remember playing first? Do you think any of those memories impact the sports you like to play or watch today?