Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Tale of Two MJs

My condolences go out to Michael Jackson and his family.

For a detailed treatise on the late King of Pop, which receives my hearty stamp of approval, see this post from the F-Word.

With that said, I'd like to take a minute to compare the two most prominent men who have ever donned the initials MJ.

To be short in writing, one is predominantly known as the most successful pop artist of all time, the other, the most prolific basketball player ever.

Both had their heyday in the 80's/early 90's.

Both have fans who would probably jump out of a window, walk on hot coals, or eat spam for 30 days straight just to get an autograph.

Both (I'm assuming on this one, but I think you'll agree) were worth more zeroes than I can imagine at the peak of their legacies.

One morphed into something quasi-Voldemort, the other probably plays more golf with other has-beens in a week than Tiger Woods does in a year.

One will forever be remembered as a dude who had some amazing tunes and then dropped off the charts of sanity, the other is immortalized on the tennis shoes of countless men, not to mention the brains of those who saw him draining championship winning buzzer-beaters, tongue out of cheek.

Here's to the MJs.

1 comment:

Fletch said...

Interesting comparison. This is another reason to follow sports stars over popular musicians - the leaders of the dregs of society. Go jocks!!