It is perhaps the most famous Michael Jordan game of all time. The Flu Game. It has its own search entry on Wikipedia. It has its own Gatorade commercial. It's more legend now, than truth. It's the fairy tale fans tell their kids.
And now, you can own the shoes he wore. The Salt Lake Tribune brings us the story of a Utah Jazz ballboy who brought the flu-ridden Jordan applesauce as he powered his way through Game 5 of the 1997 Finals, and eventually nabbed Jordan's shoes from when he put the stamp on his legacy.
"I'm 35, and 40's just right around the corner, and it seems like time goes by faster the older you get," he says. "Maybe it's just time to get those things out there."
He reached out to auction houses, which verified that his shoes were the real McCoy by checking that Jordan's suit in the photos matched what he was seen wearing earlier that night, and that the shoes bore identifiable scuff marks (which luckily they still did, even though Truman at one point narrowly prevented his mom from cleaning them off with a dish rag).
Bidding on the most iconic memorabilia from the most iconic athlete in his most iconic game will begin at $5,000 on Nov. 18 at Grey Flannel Auctions. Similar items have gone for tens of thousands of dollars.
But Truman says that to him, it's not about the money. He works in sales throughout the valley and leads a comfortable life. He's just happy to finally tell what he calls, simply, The Applesauce Story.
The whole story's pretty amazing, with some great candid moments with the Greatest Of All Time. We'll see what the shoes sell for, but it's going to be some ridiculous sum. If only he'd thrown up on them. Can you imagine? You could harvest the DNA of Michael Jordan and make your own army of MJ's to conquer the earth! ...No? No one else had that idea? Just me? OK then.