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The Last Dance propaganda

May 18, 2020

My childhood love of basketball started with Guy Rodgers as point guard for the Chicago Bulls team that didn’t win many games.  He played hard for not much glory or money.  He did manage to attract enough fans to keep the Chicago Stadium sales supporting the team.

In 1985 my young wife suddenly and unexpectedly died of a brain aneurysm.  I had no children, so I chose to spend time at the Chicago stadium watching the new kid on the block, Michael Jordan.  The box office sales had season tickets not being renewed because 23 had an ankle injury in his rookie season.  I bought 3 season tickets in the 2nd balcony 3 rows in front of a concession stand and men’s room.  I used the tickets to entertain clients in my sales man career at W.F. Hall printing of Chicago.

My popularity suddenly grew as the Air Jordan mystique captured the country’s attention.  Basketball is a team sport and the victories were hard fought.  Especially brutal were games against the Detroit Pistons, who had a rogue’s gallery of goons and enforcers.

My personal collection of autographed basketballs, posters and game programs overflow the room reserved for Bulls stuff.  When the championship games began, the value of my tickets went sky high.  I never scalped tickets, but I did trade some for other professional sports tickets to hockey, baseball and even some golf events.

Jordan endorsing stuff

Michael Jordan had Chicago sports fans in the palm of his hand.  He showed real style in his clothes wardrobe.  He became the king of gymnasium shoes.  I arrived an hour before game time, because that is when ticket holders were allowed inside.  Often I would buy a slice of Connie’s Pizza from a food wagon parked by an entrance, because I did get tired of living on hot dogs.

Jordan made it possible for Jerry Reinsdorf to build a new home for the Bulls licensed by United Airlines to be known as; The United Center.  Season ticket holders of record got first choice on upgrading their ticket locations!  Driving to a client meeting in Chicago with a colleague from new ownership of my employer, I took the call from the ticket office to confirm my purchase for my future Club Level seats to watch basketball.

After every game, the deafening roar of fans inside the Stadium gave everyone a headache by the level of cheers louder than a jet airplane.  Chicago fans love to harass and hurl taunts at slackard team mates of the home team and the visitors.   His highness Air Jordan was known to use crude language to goad and prod members of his team.  Chicago was ready for a winning team at long last.

in 1985 my Chicago Bears won the Superbowl.  I got season tickets through a scalper buddy and that made me very popular as well.  The Bulls were showing promise but they were not yet championship level.

jordan demigod

Watching The Last Dance series of episodes,  all questions about the team were given final review from Michael Jordan.  He did hold public appeal as a player.  However, nobody would go to quarterback Jim McMahon of the Bears as the final word on the team.  Coach Mike Ditka was crazy enough on his own without any help!  Coach Phil Jackson is from another planet that does intersect with our earth occasionally.

The Michael Jordan of ESPN interviews had blood shot eyes with his whiskey glass at hand and a cigar smoking.  The world he knew and ruled holds my favorite memories.  I don’t know if I would want to have a pizza with him in Salt Lake City before playing the “Mailman Malone” of Utah Jazz.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2020 12:12 pm

    I was there for all of that and a huge MJ fan who I met at one time. My kids love the Bulls and although we left Chicago our heart is still there. Go Cubs, Bulls and da Bears.

    • hoboduke permalink*
      May 20, 2020 5:20 pm

      The 2nd City is still my favorite. My sons remain avid loyal CUBS fans.

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