Going Old School: February 8, 1986

tommy neumann February 6, 2009 0

This will be a weekly column to highlight some of the classic sports moments of our generation. So if you remember Don Mattingly hitting six grand slams during the 1987 season or Andre Agassi winning Wimbledon in 1992, you should enjoy this.

It was on this weekend in sports history that Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb, who at 5’7 was one of the shortest players in the history of professional basketball, won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. On Feb 8, 1986 he upset his Atlanta Hawks teammate and 1985 Champion, the electrifying Dominique Wilkins. His participation at NBA All Star Weekend surprised the media and even his own teammates. In fact, Wilkins had never seen Webb dunk the ball prior to their showdown. Webb is the shortest player to ever win the contest and went up against players over a foot taller than him. His gravity-defying dunks captured the imagination of basketball fans and made the dunk contest at NBA All-Star Weekend a household event.

Check out the 180 degree reverse two handed strawberry jam from a lob bounce off the floor (even MJ goes nuts).

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