Teacher Has to Explain Who Michael Jordan Is to Grade School Class

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterJune 4, 2015


Sports Illustrated senior writer Phil Taylor was just trying to connect with the kids.

Taylor took part in a career day at an elementary school Thursday morning, meaning his duty for the day was to make his job sound as cool as possible.

Now, for a guy who's paid to hang around and write about pro athletes, this is easy work. Throw out some A-list names, get oohs and aahs. Collect cool points.

Seizing the carp firmly, Taylor went for big air and tossed out Michael Jordan as a star he's written about for his job—because who's a bigger and more ubiquitous figure in the sports world than Michael Jordan?

Welp, apparently other athletes.

The words "Michael Jordan" were met with crickets, and Taylor tweeted about the awkward whiff, saying the kids only understood whom he was talking about after their teacher explained Jordan was the guy behind Air Jordan shoes:

Phil Taylor @byPhilTaylor

Told 4th grade class I've written abt Michael Jordan. Blank stares. Teacher said, "The man who makes Air Jordans." They got it. #TimeFlies

Ah...Samsonite...so far off.

Naturally, the denizens of the Internet took the news as a reminder of time's cruel march and coped with it the best they could:

☕netw3rk @netw3rk

The crying man's head Ohhhhhhhh https://t.co/o7Pc0MeJGD

DJ Gallo @DJGalloEtc

"You know, the guy from that over-used meme?" "Ohhhhh. You mean Denzel?" "No. The crying guy." "Oh. Him. Okay." https://t.co/ldgkZe362r

Paddy Duffy @PaddyDuffy

This makes me sad because kids today obviously know nothing about basketball history or the movie Space Jam. https://t.co/KW6k4BInYN

Adam McGinnis @adammcginnis

Don't even tell them about the Jordan #Wizards years https://t.co/Z7GaxSEsoO

HuffPost Sports @HuffPostSports

The LeBron Generation is here. https://t.co/ntjf3p4cge

Matt Dollinger @matt_dollinger

In 20 years, "LeBron" will just be a flavor of Sprite. https://t.co/pETqbjnVEJ

Good times, guys. And seriously, if you're feeling old right now, just remember: At this very moment, you're the youngest you'll ever be again and closer to death than ever before.

Dan is on Twitter. Ten out of 10 fourth-graders don't get that Samsonite joke when I scream it from the window of a moving DeLorean, which they've also never heard of.


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