You sound like my father.How times change - when I was nobbut a lad in short pants t' FA Cup was t' biggest event in sport bar none
In all seriousness though, I can remember it had more prestige and excitement about it even when I was younger. I remember watching the FA Cup games in 98 and 99 and being really thrilled by the occasion (granted it may have been because I predominantly watched Arsenal at the time, rose tinted lenses and all that), but I can remember really enjoying the FA Cup up until a few years ago. But since then the shine has just come off, appearances of teams like Cardiff, Portsmouth, Stoke and Millwall in the final do little for the prestige of the competition and illustrate the fact that the priorities of the big teams lie elsewhere. Not to mention the fact that the Final itself is usually a terrible match (last good one as far as I can remember was the Wham/Liverpool 3-3 game).
I suppose we're a bit spoilt by the fact that these days we get to watch the Champions League every week, and irrespective of whether the Premiership is the best league in the world, it's very often these days a very entertaining watch. The gulf in quality between the teams in the Premiership and the lower leagues is so drastic these days that ties between clubs from different divisions are rarely as enjoyable as they perhaps were in years gone by.