Another post in the "Randomly Occurring Periodic Post About Something Design Related" series.
I'm a huge fan of the old ESPN Classic -- the one that showed replays of old games all day, not the new one that shows boring original programs talking about how great the old games were. Why, you ask, would I want to watch old games when I already know who wins?
The biggest reason is that I'm fascinated by the graphics. I get a kick out of watching an old USFL game from a 1982 ESPN broadcast, especially for the early-CGI animation opening and bad music. I find this amusing. I also love any old NFL broadcast -- CBS' late-eighties and early-nineties CGI openings were hilarious in an "Inspired by Commdore 64" kind of way. And 70s Monday Night Football? I'm not old enough to remember these, but the clips I've seen make me come to the conclusion that they are the most dominant in the history of the genre. Problem is, the NFL doesn't allow re-airing of old telecasts, so you never see them.
The NBA has no such rule, and their old games are on all the time, both on NBATV and ESPN Classic. I love watching old NBA on NBC games, because I miss John Tesh's "Roundball Rock" (better known as the "NBA on NBC Theme", and the dramatic voice-over guy. "THIS is the NBA...on NBC!"