When football was electric, hockey was tabletop and tennis was Pong

Michael Landsman of Miggle Toys, a maker of electric football, demonstrates a game in 1996. | Sun-Times file

Kids of another generation loved their old-school sports games — with one exception.

Every time I see a story about a cutting-edge video baseball game such as “Out of the Park Baseball 22” or “MLB the Show 21,” I envy the kids (and the adult kids) who can master these and other sports video games — but I also think: Yeah, but we had Strat-O-Matic and Atari Home Run and Computer Baseball.

Not to mention Bas-Ket, Sure Shot Hockey, electric football and let’s not forget that little backboard you hung on your bedroom door so you could play a raucous game of one-on-one Nerf hoops with your little brother or your best friend until your mom or dad told you to knock it off and wash your hands because dinner is in five minutes and we’re having pork chops and mashed potatoes and peas so hurry it up.

Some of those old-school games from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s rocked — but some sucked. They were terrible. We just told ourselves they were great.

Case in point: electric football. There was nothing electric about electric football other than the fact you plugged it in. I got an electric football game for Christmas when I was about 10 or 11 and at the time it was the coolest gift I’d ever received this side of a burnt-orange Schwinn Sting-Ray bicycle, and I couldn’t wait for my cousins to come over after church so we could set up the game. Bears vs. Vikings!

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