The story on how I could have killed Michael Jordan
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    The story on how I could have killed Michael Jordan

    Have you guys been watching "Last Dance" on ESPN? Excellent series, all about the final year of Chicago Bulls glory in 1998 but tons of time dedicated to the years that brought them to that point. And of course Michael Jordan is the focal point of the show. And that brings me to how I could have killed him...but didn't. (Yet, anyway.)

    So I was a high school sophomore in Chapel Hill, NC....home of the Univ. of North Carolina. It was April 1982, and just a couple weeks earlier a freshman who went by the name of Mike Jordan had hit the shot to win the national championship for the Tarheels, who had gone 25 years since their previous championship. It was a big deal in that basketball crazy part of the country, and as a 15 y.o. I was sucked into the whole thing. Back then, they actually let you drive a car in high school driver education class. I had never driven one, but my high school had a Chevy Citation for the driver ed students, and the football coach was the instructor. Loved that guy...Jimmy Young...successful as a coach but they needed him to do more during the off season, so he taught health (don't get the girls pregnant seemed to be the theme) and braved the shotgun seat of the Citation, with the added security of the extra brake pedal on his side. Anyway, it was like the third time I had ever been behind the wheel of a car, and not only was I driving Coach Young but two other sophomores as well. And like they did back then because we were not precious snowflakes, Coach Young had me drive us right through the heart of the UNC campus. In the middle of the afternoon. There were students everywhere, jaywalking and all, and I was just intent on: A) Not running them over and B) not getting us into a wreck. So I came to the stop at a red light on Frankin Street and there was a whole gaggle of UNC students walking through the crosswalk in front of us. I was so nervous I didn't see him, but Coach Young uttered the words that are etched in my mind forever: "Peter, if you floor it you can kill Mike Jordan." And there he was. This very tall, very slender, and very dark skinned young man. He was so graceful and had an air about him. He was perfect. He was the second coming of God. And yes, he was Mike Jordan. But I didn't floor it, Mike Jordan made it across the crosswalk, and the rest is athletic history.

    In a way I think he owes part of his success to me. I could have nipped it in the bud, but I didn't. The funny thing is that two years later, Michael Jordan (his name had become Michael by that time) had been drafted by the Chicago Bulls and packed his bags for the Windy City....and I too packed my bags for Chicago, as an incoming freshman at Northwestern University. I followed his career from a distance, but always went back to that day in my mind when I could have killed him...but didn't.

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    You mean I could have been wearing Air Barkley's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    You mean I could have been wearing Air Barkley's?
    Yes! And kids would "want to be like Dominique"!

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    I could have killed Wallace Shaun once. In an ice cream/sandwich shop, so I suppose I could have drowned him in the soup, or grabbed an ice cream scoop and gouged him.

    With some preparation I could have poisoned him, but that would be inconceivable!
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    I met Robert Downey Jr. once. So I guess I couldíve killed Iron Man.

    But then Thanos wouldíve won.
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    Gee, I remember the time when I was driving a cab, and I picked up Mungo Jerry from the club where his 'comeback' act had just ended. I could've saved literally dozens of people wasting their cash on further performances....
    "L'enfer, c'est les autres"

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    The only one I can put into this category is Donald Sutherland. New Brunswick, NJ. Porsche. Leaving a lawyers office near my house. Heís not as tall as I thought. Heís easily identifiable. Iím a fan, so I wouldnít run him down, haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Gee, I remember the time when I was driving a cab, and I picked up Mungo Jerry from the club where his 'comeback' act had just ended. I could've saved literally dozens of people wasting their cash on further performances....
    Two years after I didnít kill Michael Jordan I spent the summer in Bolivia. That was 1986 and you know who got the most airtime on the radio there? Mungo freakiní Jerry and his damned summertime song or whatever it was called. I heard that song about 5000 times that summer! I still have flashbacks from that! 😡

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    Wasn't Mungo Jerry a group?

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    I almost ran over Bill Clinton on my bike ---

    Riding into work one morning in DC. I'd ride up this service road that ran parallel to Constitution and then turn up 17-th street. The road was actually the C&O canal that had been covered up and paved over. It is gone now. Just a sidewalk. So I'm riding up to the corner of 17-th and Constitution and right as I get there I converge on 3-4 guys in grey sweats getting ready to cross Constitution and go the same way I was going to go, up 17-th towards the White House. Two of these guys were really big. Like 6'5" big. One of them gets right up next to me and I can feel his hand touch the fanny pack I was wearing. I look up and he has one of those hollow tubes coming out of his ear that the Secret Service guys wear. I look back, and three feet away is Bill Clinton -- all pink and sweaty. The amazing part was how pedestrian they looked. No helicopter, limo, tank, etc. following. Just a couple guys out for a run. Traffic is whizzing down Constitution and no one even notices. I'm sure the Secret Service guys were thrilled about that -- if they had their way, they's wall off the White House and install machine gun towers. The Secret Service guy says 'sir, will you be proceeding across to 17-th street'. I said yes. I was tempted to ask him, will you guys be here tomorrow at the same time? but didn't feel like eating pavement.

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    Cool story OP. Iím a Duke man but thanks anyway, MJ belongs to all us North Carolinians. The other ones, Matt Doherty, Buzz Peterson, Sam Perkins, you can have Ďem.

    BTW, my drivers ed experience an hour and a half away and 2 years later, other than opportunity to run over his airness, was the same. Basketball coach, Willis Peppers, was the teacher. He made us drive him to his house and wait in the car while he ate lunch. We were jealous of the kids in Garner - we heard they had Cameros for drivers ed.

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    I was nearly killed by Dr. J.

    He purchased the house next door to the home I was building. I was crossing the street to get something out of the truck when around the corner comes Julius in his luxury sled. His velocity was well beyond the 25mph speed limit, I was able to jump to safety. He parked and gave me a "sorry" wave and walked into his house. I will also mention that he had a beer in his hand the whole time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Scorcho View Post
    I was nearly killed by Dr. J.

    He purchased the house next door to the home I was building. I was crossing the street to get something out of the truck when around the corner comes Julius in his luxury sled. His velocity was well beyond the 25mph speed limit, I was able to jump to safety. He parked and gave me a "sorry" wave and walked into his house.

    I will also mention that he had a beer in his hand the whole time.
    Maybe that's why he only won one ring, despite his immense talent... karma.

    (and no, the ABA doesn't count)
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Scorcho View Post
    I was nearly killed by Dr. J.

    He purchased the house next door to the home I was building. I was crossing the street to get something out of the truck when around the corner comes Julius in his luxury sled. His velocity was well beyond the 25mph speed limit, I was able to jump to safety. He parked and gave me a "sorry" wave and walked into his house. I will also mention that he had a beer in his hand the whole time.
    Dang...it would have been an honor to have been killed by Dr. J!!

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    And I have another good Michael Jordan story. After Michael had been in the pros for a couple years he came back to Chapel Hill to take summer classes to earn his degree. Fair enough and good for him. So my friend was delivering pizzas to earn some money while she was in school and ended up delivering one to the house that Jordan was renting. She recognized him right away of course, almost as easily as she recognized the porn that was on his TV and the overpowering smell of pot. But the shocker was that his Airness didnít give her a tip! What a cheapskate! 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc View Post
    Cool story OP. Iím a Duke man but thanks anyway, MJ belongs to all us North Carolinians. The other ones, Matt Doherty, Buzz Peterson, Sam Perkins, you can have Ďem.

    BTW, my drivers ed experience an hour and a half away and 2 years later, other than opportunity to run over his airness, was the same. Basketball coach, Willis Peppers, was the teacher. He made us drive him to his house and wait in the car while he ate lunch. We were jealous of the kids in Garner - we heard they had Cameros for drivers ed.
    Yeah those Garner kids were spoiled brats! 😁

    I have to say that Iím impressed that you remember Buzz Peterson! He was entirely forgettable as a player. Amazingly he was N.C. high school player of the year, over Jordan.

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