Happy 50th, Your Airness

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It is in our human nature to mark important milestones in our lives, and on this day 50 years ago, Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born to Deloris and James Jordan in Brooklyn, NY.  I can say with almost complete certainty that when Mrs. Jordan looked down into her baby boy’s eyes for that first time that she did NOT see the future that was ahead of him.  At that moment, she probably just hoped to raise a good kid, and yet here we are 50 years later celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest athletes ever in the history of sports.  I tried to think of how to properly mark this occasion for a man who epitomized the words dedication, determination, strength, competitiveness, and perseverance as well as phrases like “love of the game” and “never quit” and “no obstacle too big.”  The best I could come up with was to post a few of my memories of him.

Happy 50th Birthday, Michael!

Happy 50th Birthday, Michael!

From North Carolina, At Guard, 6’6″, Michaelllllll Jorrrrrrrdan…

I'm not sure any single shot has ever made my mother as happy as THIS one did.

I’m not sure any single shot has ever made my mother as happy as THIS one did.

All the dunks over cars or people in my mind can't hold a candle to this one.

All the dunks over cars or people in my mind can’t hold a candle to this one.

Visual evidence of a proverbial monkey being taken off someone's back.

Visual evidence of a proverbial monkey being taken off someone’s back.

His second...yes, SECOND...Olympic Gold Medal.

His second Olympic Gold Medal.

Fear the tongue...that meant he was doing work and in you were in his way he was working you.

Fear the tongue…that meant he was doing work and if you were in his way he was working you.

My absolute favorite of all the shoes.  Who doesn't love a sneaker with patent leather?!

My absolute favorite of all the shoes. Who doesn’t love a sneaker with patent leather?!

No matter the criticism, I can never fault a kid for at least attempting to carry out the dream his father had for him.

No matter the criticism, I can never fault a kid for attempting to carry out the dream his father had for him.

Winning championship number 4 was just as emotional as championship number 1, but for completely different and horrific reasons since it was won on Father's Day.

Winning championship number 4 was just as emotional as championship number 1, but for completely different and horrific reasons since it was won on Father’s Day.

The Flu Game. Enough said.

The Flu Game. Enough said.

The Last Shot (in a Bulls uniform).

The Last Shot (in a Bulls uniform).

Yep...6 championships in 2 three-peats.

Yep…6 championships in 2 three-peats.

Hangin' with MJ at the house his house.

Hangin’ with MJ at his house.

With Phil Jackson.

With Phil Jackson.

And with The Dean.

And with The Dean.

And a few of my favorite videos.

“Be Like Mike” Gatorade Commercial

“Let Your Game Speak” Nike Commercial

Three “generations” of Michael Jordan’s

“Maybe It’s My Fault” Become Legendary Commercial.  My favorite of the series.

And the greatest Hall of Fame Induction Speech EVER…

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About Leann

Lazy Pancreas Owner. TV/Movie/Theatre Junkie. Sports Fanatic. Peyton Manning Expert. Alabama Graduate. Car Karaoke Performer. Believer In Love. Come along for the ride.

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