Jersey Monday: Michael Jordan

A couple hours from now, UConn and Butler will tip off to see which team takes home the NCAA Tournament title for 2011 (my guess: UConn). But since I've already spotlighted my one UConn jersey and no one outside the state of Indiana owns a Butler jersey, I guess I'll have to "settle" for showing off a jersey of an NCAA Tournament legend, Michael Jordan.

In 1982, a freshman Jordan stepped up and made a game-winning shot for North Carolina, giving legendary coach Dean Smith his first NCAA Championship. Jordan's shot is one of the most memorable in NCAA Championship Game history, possibly topped only by NC State's miracle alley-oop the following season.

Of course, Jordan failed to lead North Carolina back to the title game in either of his next two seasons, then faded into obscurity, bouncing between the NBA and minor league baseball and finally retiring after a couple nondescript years with a terrible Wizards team (note: my recollection of Jordan's post-college career may be inaccurate).

There's no saying whether anyone in tonight's game will hit a shot that will end up being replayed year-after-year like Jordan (though Butler's Gordon Hayward came damn close last year), but it's probably safe to say that no one in this game will come within the same galaxy of being the next Jordan.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.

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