This Day In Sports History (May 6th) — Hartford Whalers
This Day In Sports History (May 7th) — Denver Nuggets
It was on this day in 1994 that the No. 8 seeded Denver Nuggets upset the top ranked Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. It was the first time that a No. 1 seed fell to a No. 8 seed since the first round of the NBA playoffs went to a best-of-five format in 1984.
The Seattle SuperSonics finished the regular season with the NBA’s best record (63-19), 21 games ahead of the Nuggets. Led by Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Nate McMillan, the SuperSonics entered the series as huge favorites, and after winning the first two games of the series they were all but assured a trip to the second round; however, the Nuggets would come back to tie the series, before winning Game 5 in Seattle.
In the second round, Denver quickly fell behind the Utah Jazz, 3-0, but would miraculously come back once again to tie the series and force a deciding game. But this time the Nuggets fell short and lost Game 7, ending their Cinderella season.
Here is a Dikembe Mutombo block party.
Johnny Unitas, NFL – Born May 7th 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alex Smith, NFL – Born May 7th 1984 (age 29) in Bremerton, Washington
James Loney, MLB – Born May 7th 1984 (age 29) in Houston, Texas