Has it really been 20 years?

By Doug Gorman

I'm starting to feel a little bit old. Tuesday night while reading e-mail on my home computer I opened a letter slugged ?where has the time gone?'

It wasn't from an old flame, or a long-lost friend. It was from the committee at my high school reminding me that my 20-year reunion is coming up in October.

Has it really been 20 years since I graduated from the hallowed halls of Dunwoody High School?

Back then, groups like Journey, REO Speedwagon and Styx were filling the Omni (anybody remember the Omni?) with music dubbed "arena rock."

Return of the Jedi was the top grossing movie and on the small screen, night-time soap operas Dallas and Dynasty were the top-rated shows. (Personally, I didn't ever care who shot J.R.).

In my personal life, the last few weeks of high school crept by as I planned a beach adventure to Florida with a group of friends.

But since this is supposed to be a sports column I guess I should comply.

If you lived in Atlanta in 1983 following professional sports could be painful.

Despite the play of outfielder Dale Murphy, who won his second consecutive MVP, the Atlanta Braves finished the season with an 88-74 record. It was good enough for second place in the Western Division, but since there was no wildcard at the time, manager Joe Torre and the Braves sat home during the playoffs and watched as Baltimore defeated the Phillies 4 games to 1 in the Fall Classic.

It wasn't much better come football season as the Falcons finished their season with a 7-9 record. The highlight of the season for Dan Henning's Birds was a 28-24 victory against the division rival San Francisco.

Players such as quarterback Steve Bartkowski, veteran center Jeff Van Note, running back William Andrews and wide receiver Stacey Bailey paced the Falcons' offense. Long-time Falcon corner back Bobby Butler, and linebackers Buddy Curry, Fulton Kuykendall paced the team's defense.

On the college football front, it was great year for sports fans who cheered for the Georgia Bulldogs. Vince Dooley guided the boys from Athens to a 10-1-1 overall record, a 5-1 mark in SEC play and a win in the Cotton Bowl one year after running back Hershel Walker drove his Black Trans AM out of town for the newly -formed USFL.

Georgia fans cheered the efforts of quarterbacks John Lastinger kicker Kevin Butler and defensive stalwarts Terry Hoage and Freddie Gilbert.

Football fans at Georgia Tech went away with a bad taste in their mouths after Bill Curry's squad settled for a 3-8 record. Quarterback John Dewberry attempted to keep the Yellow Jackets' offense from getting derailed, but it was a tough task for the future real estate developer.

On the other side of the ball, Glenn Spencer and Ted Roof tried to keep the defense together. Years later, the duo returned to The Flats and served as assistant coaches for their alma mater.

The fall of 1983 also kicked-off my college career and five years later (I like to tell people I was red-shirted one year), I earned a degree in communication.

Now, after all these years, I only have one question:

Has it really been 20 years?

Doug Gorman is the sports editor of the Daily. E-mail at dgorman@henryherald.com