Man, I hated the Freebirds. I wasn't introduced to them via Georgia, Mid-South, or WCCW, it was their run in the AWA that brought them into my life. They had feuded with Rick Martel and Jerry Blackwell but when they ran into the Road Warriors and cost them their World Tag titles (took all five heels to do it) was when they got my attention.
Now I realize what a great job Michael P.S. Hayes did in getting them over in the AWA. He came out to the match I saw and told everyone the Broncos weren't in the Superbowl because "Denver sucks!" Cheap heel heat, but it worked. I never noticed Jimmy Garvin's cameo here til much later. Hey, it's not my fault!