So the goal of this blog is much like My Date with Drew, which was a movie about a regular guy using the theory of six degrees of separation to get a date with Drew Barrymore. Of course trade out Drew and replace her with Michael Jordan and sub out the “date” for a game of one-on-one to 15 points.
I watched, My Date with Drew, over a year ago and was amazed that this super fan of Barrymore’s could actually achieve his goal, which was to get a date with her. The process wasn’t easy, and almost didn’t work out, but in the end it happened! Success was achieved!
Being a HUGE Jordan fan, I thought why not see if I can get a game of 1-on-1 with the greatest basketball player to ever live. Besides, I don’t think my wife would appreciate this blog if its goal was to get a date with, say, Natalie Portman;-)
So that’s how I came up with Me vs. MJ.
One game. Me vs. Michael Jeffrey Jordan.
The last time I remember playing good basketball was over 12 years ago. Good basketball of course, on the regular guy scale. I never played any level of pro ball, or college, or even more than one year of high school basketball (sophomore). On any court USA I was a pretty good player back in those days. Nothing more.
This is what I am today.
Six feet, two inches (almost), 175 pounds and nowhere close at this time to where I want to be physically for this challenge. I’m 33 years of age and call Central Florida my home. I spend my days working for a large financial institution. My nights relaxing with my lovely wife, of just over two years. I play basketball a couple of times a year.
That wasn’t always me though. As I said, I am a HUGE Jordan fan. Growing up sports was my life. Countless hours were spent playing and studying the game of basketball and the man, Michael Jordan. I will detail that in future blog posts.
Before entering the financial arena, I also worked for four years in sports television. In future posts, I will tell you about my life as a fledgling, wanna-be, sports reporter and the interactions I had with Jordan back in those days.
So can you picture me?
A 6 foot almost 2 inch caucasian fellow, who once could play a decent game of roundball, and was introduced to the game of basketball by a guy from N.C. who went on to be the greatest basketball player that ever lived.
A youngster who poured his heart into the game he loved, his only teacher in those days, a man who was growing to Worldwide hoops fame.
I wanted to “Be Like Mike” and growing up, Nike and Gatorade helped me believe I could be.
Fast forward through life to where I am today.
Michael Jordan turned 47 years old in February. In the last part of May I turned 33.
This is a dream, no doubt about it. Though, why not dream? There are only two outcomes that are possible for this endeavor. As Michael once said, to paraphrase, you can’t make a shot you don’t take.
So this is my shot. Maybe one of you will help the ball go in the hoop. I thank you in advance.
If someone does stumble across this blog and have a connection with Michael Jordan; If someone reads this writer’s posts and wants to help; This is what you will get from me.
You will get dedication.
I begin today a journey to reclaim my physical fitness and basketball prowess, of which I will also detail going forward. Look, I know it really doesn’t matter how good I am at the game. I could be five times better than I was at 21 and still not be able to beat MJ in a game of one-on-one. The goal isn’t to win though. The goal is just to play. I merely want to be at my best if or when the opportunity comes. That’s it.
Mr. Jordan can pick the location. I am prepared to fly anywhere in the United States and meet him for the game. Heck, I’ll even bring the ball if need be.
If my shot at the one-on-one game doesn’t go in and I know every shot can’t be a game winner, then I am saving my money for Michael Jordan Senior Flight School. The school is basically a fantasy camp for guys 34 years and older to go play basketball and mingle with Michael Jordan.
Cost is $15,000 plus airfare for the three day event.
MJ’s Flight School usually takes place in August, which means I have exactly one year before I am eligible for Jordan Camp. It should be noted that when I turned 30 I actually wrote to the camp and asked if they would make an exception on my age if I had the money to go. I received no response.
No hard feelings. I took a shot and missed. It happens. Hopefully this time the shot will go in.
Hopefully…now you in some way understand a tad bit better from where I’m coming and where I’m going. A kid with a dream, who as a man still maintains that dream.
The road ahead may be a curvy one, but the ride should be fun.
Me vs. MJ.
My journey begins now. Thank you for following along.
I orginally wrote this post in December 2009, with the hope of launching me vs. MJ much sooner. Since that time, I have begun working out (which I will detail going forward). Rather than rewriting the whole post, I updated the dates. I thought it was important to see where I was when this journey began.
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