#SoleSunday – Air Jordan 12’s – “#FluGame – 1

I want to try something new.  On Sundays I’ll post my favorite sneakers or footwear and write a little blurb about why I like them.  I figure I’ll start today with the first pair of Jordans I ever had: The Flu Game 12’s.

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These iconic Jordan sneakers are the sneakers Michael Jordan wore in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals when the Chicago Bulls took on the Utah Jazz.  Jordan had caught a case of food poisoning which left him in the fetal position sweating profusely around 2 am the day of the game.  The Bulls needed this win because the Jazz had won games 3 and 4, gaining momentum.  Jordan decided to still play, despite being ill and ended up putting up 38 points, the highest points by a player in that game.  The Bulls won the game and within the last seconds of the game, Jordan collapsed in his teammate Scottie Pippens arms, which is a iconic picture that you can easily google.

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Back in the day when I was young (I’m not a kid anymore, but some days… I just wish I was a kid again.) My mother would never buy me a pair of sneakers that cost over $100.  Her infamous words were “You better get a job and buy them yourself” As a student in elementary school, that wasn’t an option.  So I begged and begged and begged and finally she let up and bought me my first pair of Air Jordans before the school year started.  I was so happy, I color co-ordinated outfits to go with the sneakers.. (Harlem, what up!) and I couldn’t wait for the first day of school.

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The night before the first day of school, I laid out the outfit that I knew would kill it: Red Polo Sweater, Black Nike Sweatpants, White Nike Socks, and of course my Black and Red Jordan 12’s.  I felt good about this. When I got to school, My heart stopped as my elementary school crush (Hi, Sam!) was wearing basically the exact same outfit, with the exact same sneakers. It was fate!!!  We thought we were the coolest things ever that day, and I’ll never forget that day.  Unfortunately nothing ever became of my elementary school crush.  Or my high-school crushes.  Or my college crushes? -sigh- …BUT I GOT THEM J’S THO.