The best moments that defined sports and pop culture
The Super Bowl is back in Los Angeles.
After nearly three decades, the NFL’s greatest game returns to the City of Angels for Super Bowl 56 at SoFi Stadium. The Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals are looking to make history and end their 2021 season on a high.
It’s been a while since the Super Bowl hit the ground in Los Angeles. The last time was at the end of the 1992 season in January 1993. The big game saw the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills in convincing fashion.
The Super Bowl kicked off an exceptional year. Several movie debuts, music albums and epic novels also took place in 1993.
Do you remember the highest-grossing movie of 1993? What about gas prices that year?
Take a walk down memory lane with some of the greatest moments in pop culture and sports from 1993.
Super Bowl Halftime Show: Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson graced the Rose Bowl stage for the Super Bowl 27 halftime performance — and he put on a show.
Jackson performed some of his classics, including “Billie Jean” and “Black or White.” He also showcased his humanitarian efforts with his single “Heal the World,” and there was a special donation to the foundation Jackson founded to help Los Angeles-area youth.
The iconic singer wowed fans with her on-point choreography throughout the show.
The best Super Bowl commercials of 1993
Ads are a big part of the Super Bowl viewing experience. In 1993, there were some outstanding commercials.
Michael Jordan and Larry Bird teamed up for a classic ad that featured some slick gunplay. The two hit punches around the gym competitively for lunch. The ad earned a 9.0 Ad Meter rating from USA TODAY.
Ironically, neither appeared in an NBA game the following season. Bird had recently retired in 1992 after a 13-year career with the Boston Celtics.
During this time, Jordan transitioned from sports to professional baseball. He played for minor league Birmingham Barons before returning to basketball in 1994 for the Chicago Bulls.
There was also the Budweiser ad with Joe Namath and this great Reebok ad with Shaquille O’Neal. The ad featured NBA superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Walton, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
NBA: Chicago Bulls
The Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns in six games to win their third straight championship. Michael Jordan earned Finals MVP honors.
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series for their second straight championship.
NHL: Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens beat – wait for it – the Los Angeles Kings in five games to win the Stanley Cup. No NHL team from Canada has won a championship since.
Masters Champion: Bernard Langer
Individually, golfer Bernhard Langer stormed Augusta National and won the Masters.
US Open Champions: Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf
Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf each topped their respective US Open victories.
Highest-grossing movie: Jurassic Park
The movie that started it all. Who doesn’t love director Steven Spielberg’s magic of combining our passion for prehistoric dinosaurs and theme parks in his adaptation of the 1990 novel.
The film is a pop culture classic. From the thrilling visuals to the star-studded cast, Jurassic Park topped the box office. The film has grossed over $1 billion worldwide and earned an 8.1 rating according to the Internet Media Database.
Twenty-nine years later, the legendary story is alive and well. The Next Generation is currently entitled to the Jurassic World franchise. A new entry, “Jurassic World Dominion,” will hit theaters on June 10, 2022.
Other 1993 classics: Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fugitive, Sleepless in Seattle, The Sandlot
Best Song: “I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston)
There was something magical every time Whitney Houston took the stage. Houston graced the audience with her soulful vocals and powerful performances.
The world was treated to “I Will Always Love You” in 1993 as the top single, according to the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 charts. It was Houston’s rendition of Dolly Parton’s 1974 classic.
Houston’s version spent 14 weeks at the top of the charts and sold 400,000 copies in its second week at No. 1. Originally released in November 1992, the song was iconic and received numerous awards. Houston won the 1994 Grammy for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Other 1993 classics: “That’s How Love Goes” (Janet Jackson), “Dreamlover” (Mariah Carey), “The River of Dreams” (Billy Joel), “A Whole New World” (Aladdin Soundtrack)
Popular TV Shows
One of the best shows of 1993 was “The X-Files,” as the crime drama began its epic television run. “Boy Meets World”, “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Beavis and Butt-Head” also made waves on the small screen.
Late-night television also flourished. Comedians Conan O’Brien and David Letterman had their first talk show that year. The two became mainstays for several decades. Some of the biggest stars graced their shows.
Popular Novel: The Giver (by Lois Lowry)
It’s been a good year for bestselling novels. One of the most popular books was “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. The classic tale featured a young child on a special mission to uncover the secrets of his community.
Many enjoyed the novel which also won the Newbery Medal in 1994. It has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and still enjoys considerable popularity today, both in schools and on the big screen. screen.
Other novels from 1993: “Voyager” (by Diana Gabaldon), “The Fires of Heaven” (by Robert Jordan), “The Client” (by John Grisham).
Gas Price: $1.11
Oh, how times have changed. In 1993, the average price of a gallon of gasoline was around $1.11. With a standard 12-cylinder car, you could fill it up for around $15.
If calculated for inflation, the average price is the equivalent of $2.18 per gallon in 2022, according to the Dollar Times.
Also, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed that gas prices in 1993 stabilized around $1.07 for all grades and formations for retail gasoline.