Across ESPN and ESPN2, an average of 6.1 million viewers tuned in Sunday night to watch the first two episodes of the highly anticipated docuseries, “Last Dance.” It’s no wonder today is utterly saturated in Michael Jordan headlines, making Jordan just as relevant as he was back in the 90s.
Jordan may have been the most famous person in the world. The spotlight on him during his final run with the Bulls was intense, and the media attention he received daily was the kind only LeBron James can relate to. Hordes of reporters would cover Bulls games and practices. Everyone wanted a piece of Jordan, especially fans who would freak out at the sight of him in the arena or out in public and hopelessly reach out to catch his autograph.
An autograph, you say. This ‘autograph’ thing genuinely got me thinking about why regular people will do anything to get that pen-on-paper. Is it to resell and make a trivial sum of money many years down the track? Is it too feel a connection with their idol and consider being part of their world? Or is it simply to brag about meeting the superstar and to showcase the proof? All valid points into why people collect autographs, like Michael Jordan’s, and is the first thing that comes to mind when seeing their idol in the flesh.
Did you know that many NBA players sign with their non dominant hand, flaunting their ambidexterity? Larry Bird is famous for this act, who would breeze through the crowd, chicken-scratching his name with his left hand. The signature could have said “DAG HAMMARSHE(#GD.” That’s why the secret to an autograph is to have something relate to the name. As long as you have it on something that identifies them, it’s a real autograph.
Catch you Thursday.