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ESPN's 30 for 30: Jordan Rides the Bus

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 7:  Michael Jordan #45 of the Chicago White Sox bats during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs on April 7, 1994 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Ron KaplanContributor IAugust 9, 2016

Haven’t seen too many of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series, but came upon this one while flipping through the dial.

Jordan Rides the Bus is a nifty piece by Ron (Bull Durham) Shelton that takes a studied look at Michael’s days as member of the Birmingham Barons, a minor team in the Chicago White Sox system.

Throughout the program, thanks to the miracle of editing, Jordan always seems to be pounding the ball, running the bases like a deer, or making a great defensive play, and you hear comments along the lines of “He could have been a good/great/serviceable player if he’d stuck with it.”

One of my old bosses shocked us at a meeting once after a co-worker had made some excuse about being able to do a job better if he had more resources. The boss replied, “and if my mother had wheels, she’d be a bus.” The incongruity of the comment with the situation has never left me, and whenever I hear “if” now, I’m temporarily immobile while I recall that moment.

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