Michael Jordan Once Took on Martin and Charlie Sheen, Because He's the Greatest

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMay 10, 2013

To answer your question: Yes, there is actual footage of the time Michael Jordan took on Martin and Charlie Sheen in basketball, with Dick Van Patten calling the madness. 

What, no Emilio Estevez?

The video that was once buried under the massive pile of forgettable videos on YouTube has resurfaced once again thanks to Grantland's Rembert Browne (h/t DeadspinSportsGrid), who has a thorough breakdown of this '80s marvel. 

For the next 15 minutes, get lost in a magical time when reality TV was two actors trying to dominate Michael Jordan at his own game with seemingly an entire town packed into a gymnasium to watch it all unfold. 

The Sheens and Jordan battle in three basketball-related contests. First, they try their hands at free-throw shooting, with the caveat that Jordan has to shoot with his eyes closed. The next challenge is a friendly game of Horse.

Concluding the festivities is a two-on-one game to 10 points, with the Sheens starting at five.

This being 1986, Martin Sheen was the only man on the court who had truly established himself in his career. Jordan was still a few years away from starting his string of championships, and Charlie had only featured in a few films. 

I like to think this is the moment that started it all. Charlie counted Lucas, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Platoon as the movies he opened that year. 

I hate to ruin the end of this marvel, but let's just say it doesn't end as you might expect. Yes, it seems you can beat a young Jordan if you are given enough of a handicap. I am only curious as to why they didn't request that Jordan play with one hand behind his back.  

That's beside the point, because the moral of the story is that television was far better in the '80s. You can take your Ryan Lochte shows on E!; I demand superstar athletes taking on celebrities in sport, because it makes for compelling TV. 


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