March Madness 2020 Ultimate Pop Culture – Best of the 90s

March Madness is in question. But Hotard Huddle March Madness isn’t so let’s go! For those who gave me suggestions, thank you! I am excited to see how this pans out.

If you follow me on Facebook and IG, the four brackets have been determined along with the four sub topics for each bracket. The four brackets will be the following…Disney World, Best TV Shows per Streaming Service, Best of Sports and Best of the 90s (my childhood).

It is Day 5 (Sorry I missed yesterday) of the Bracket Selection Period, which means the final bracket composed of the best of the 90s is next.

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I was born in 1991 so I grew up in a glorious decade filled with many wonderful things. Why not pay homage to those things with 16 slots of the bracket. My subtopics for the 90s will be…

  • Music
  • Athletes/Sports
  • Movies
  • Video Games

Those topics can be split a number of ways. The break offs to those topics could be a variety of things so don’t just think artists when you think music or films when you think movies. There are things from those categories that are now obsolete. Let’s dive into the greatest decade to be a kid…

  • 16 – Walkman (Music 4)

I was still rocking this fucking thing when people moved on to MP3s. In 2009 for my senior trip to Disney, I brought one of them on the bus.

  • 15 – Clueless (Movies 4)

If Clueless wasn’t the perfect embodiment of the 90 as far as movies go, I don’t know what your other option is. If you think otherwise, as if.

  • 14 – Pokemon (Video Games 4)

Pokemon was obviously wildly popular. The adaptation of video games for Pokemon was beyond glorious. Of course we all spent hours on our gameboys channeling our inner trainer. Team Yellow baby! Then you had Pokemon Snap, which shouldn’t have been as fun as it was. You literally just took pictures of Pokemon. Of course, the macdaddy of them all, Pokemon Stadium. Still love that game.

  • 13 – X-Games (Athletes 4)

No one can deny the impact X-Games had on the 90s. From the wildly popular Tony Hawk Pro Skater video games, to tech decks in class to Brink. You could always find my generation riding BMX bikes, skateboards or Inline Skates. It was glorious.

  • 12 – Home Run Race (Athletes 3)

Mark McGwire v Sammy Sosa was the second coming of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle and the epitome of 90s baseball. Both guys went on to break Maris’ record of 61. Steroids or not, I don’t give a shit. That was great baseball.

  • 11 – Goldeneye (Video Games 3)

This is still arguably the most talked about game for Nintendo 64 so it has to get a slot of it’s own. We all spent hours completing the famous Bond classic. It was a pioneer for first-person shooters. Multiplayer was magnificent.

  • 10 – Quentin Tarantino (Movies 3)

Although I am not a huge fan, Pulp Fiction helped elevate Tarantino to legendary status. Additionally Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs were released. Thanks to teaming on projects with Robert Rodriguez, he became a household name and one of the 90s most iconic film guys.

  • 9 – Nirvana (Music 3)

When you think of 90s rock, it’s Nirvana over everything. They’re not even close to my favorite, but you can’t deny their popularity. You can’t deny the popularity of legend and late frontman Kurt Cobain.

  • 8 – Boy Bands (Music 2)

Obviously led by the long standing debate of N*Sync or Backstreet Boys, the boy band scene was ridiculous from Savage Garden, 98 Degrees, BBMak, Boyz II Men, Blackstreet and Five. All of them are good. That being said, N*Sync over everything. Bye…Bye bye.

  • 7 – Tom Hanks (Movies 2)

Just look at the list of movies he starred in during the 90s. He was THE actor of the 90s. A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story 2 and The Green Mile.

  • 6 – Super Nintendo (Video Games 2)

The Super Nintendo came out early 90s. I still remember the day I got mine. I wasn’t happy about it because I had no idea what it was but warmed up to it quickly. I still have it out on my patio to this day. Every once in a while I will hit up some Super Mario.

  • 5 – Ken Griffey Jr. (Athletes 2)

Hi. This is Ken Griffey Jr. Let’s play Major League Baseball. An iconic gamed named after The Kid. He has the smoothest swing baseball has ever seen. From the backward hat to the swing to the confidence, Junior is an icon of baseball. He was the guy I think most kids like myself looked up to because of it.

  • 4 – Michael Jordan (Athletes 1)

He’s not a man. He’s a god. His footprint on basketball is unmatched by any athlete of any sport.

  • 3 – Nintendo 64 (Video Games 1)

Who misses the nights of getting a pizza, having your best friends over and playing 64 all night long? Not me because I still do that sometimes. Except it usually comes in the form of Beerio Kart.

  • 2 – Blockbuster (Movies 1)

As much as I love having access to things quickly, this is maybe the thing I miss most of the 90s. I miss going to Blockbuster on Friday nights, grabbing a video game and movie then engulfing myself in both all weekend.

  • 1 – MTV (Music 1)

TRL. That is all you need to know.

RECAP

Music – MTV, Boy Bands, Nirvana, Walkman
Athletes – Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Home Run Race, X-Games
Movies – Blockbuster, Tom Hanks, Quentin Tarantino, Clueless
Video Games – Nintendo 64. Super Nintendo, Goldeneye, Pokemon

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