Michael Jordan was elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday.
As obvious as the nomination is, it's tough to see real closure to MJ's career. For one, it means the formal end to the best Chicago athlete of all time. Secondly, somewhere, deep in the recesses of my heart, there was always a chance he would come back and play for the Bulls. He's un-retired 3 times already...
I got an email from my buddy JD (who for some reason goes by "Spanky") yesterday, and I thought I'd share with the Dong nation:
And this guy isn't even from Chicago.
It's been said and written more times (and more eloquently) than I could summarize but essentially, Jordan was the greatest athlete of all time. He changed the sport he played in and changed all of sports as an industry. He is and will always be the benchmark for all great athletes in any sport, forever. Fin.
Unfortunately, I couldn't organize these photos chronologically (damn you blogger! I don't have 10 hours to cut and paste picture code!) but this is a nice trip down memory lane. I tried to pick some memorable shots... I really get goosebumps looking at these. Vivid recollection. You look at the pic of MJ, Pip and Rodman and it literally takes you back...
Jordan signing his rookie contract with Rod Thorn. You could have added 5 zeros and he'd still be underpaid.
One of the most dynamic trios in sports. Ever.
Thank god he didn't sully himself with the lowly Cubs. I still believe he would have eventually turned out to be a good OF.