Michael Jackson and sports — and the rest

I have to admit, I’m horribly conflicted on Michael Jackson, never moreso than during the massive media crush we’ve been subjected to since his passing.

That said, I totally understand the incredible outpouring of emotion — and coverage — on this story, this figure, this man. And so I figured that, on the day of his memorial, I’d post a couple of videos where MJ was connected to sports, including his teaming with the other MJ for “Jam” as well as video from his Super Bowl halftime performance (where he stood still for — although he does turn his head — for almost 90 grueling seconds).

Still, as amazing a performer as Jackson was, his story does not and should not be closed without at least recognizing that Jackson seemed to very well have had a terrible dark side. And so I can’t comfortably post his videos without also posting the link to journalist Maureen Orth’s series of scathing articles she wrote for Vanity Fair about the last 15 or so years of Jackson’s odd life. Be warned, the stories contain some very graphic details.

But they are a part of the story nonetheless.

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  1. Shoopt

    Ed Freeman
    You’re a 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded, and dying in the
    jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray , Vietnam . Your
    infantry unit is outnumbered 8 – 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from
    100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the
    MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.
    You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know
    you’re not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000
    miles away, and you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade
    in and out, you know this is the day.
    Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a
    helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn’t seem
    real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it…
    Ed Freeman is coming for you… He’s not Medi-Vac, so it’s not his job,
    but he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the
    Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.
    He’s coming anyway.
    And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2
    or 3 of you on board.
    Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.
    And, he kept coming back…. 13 more times….. And took about 30 of you
    and your buddies out, who
    would never have gotten out.
    Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman,died last Wednesday at the age of 80,
    in Boise , ID ……..
    May God rest his soul……
    I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s
    passing, but we sure were told a whole
    bunch about some one gloved child molester.

    Medal of Honor Winner
    Ed Freeman!
    Shame on the American Media

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