On this day 30 years ago a star was born. 19 year-old Freshman guard, Michael Jordan hit the go ahead and eventual game winning shot to beat a dominant Georgetown team led by future fellow Dream Teamer Patrick Ewing to win the 1982 NCAA Championship. Interesting fact: If you look closely you see Jordan wearing a pair of baby blue Converse shoes. They were the shoe sponsor for UNC at the time, little did everyone know that Jordan would help lead Nike to become one of the most well-known companies on Earth. Here is an excerpt from a 1982 recap in Sports Illustrated:
Jordan, as ice-bucket cool as a 6’5″ freshman could be, had already contributed six baskets and nine rebounds. Now with 18 seconds to go, Jordan caught Black’s pass in front of the Carolina bench. He was all alone. It was a play designed for him. He was right where he had imagined he would be on the bus ride over from the hotel, with the ball—and the game—in his hands. “I didn’t see it go in,” he said. “I didn’t look at the ball at all. I just prayed.” String music, choir.
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