Michael Jordan/Scott Brown 'Flu Game' Mash-Up

In a brilliant feat of cinematic splicing, the Huffington Post's Ryan Grim and Ben Craw have drawn an unexpected parallel between basketball legend Michael Jordan and first-term Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. On Monday, Brown gave a 24-minute speech to his colleagues. He was feeling under the weather, he claimed when he took the podium--and reiterated constantly throughout his speech, which at times veered into existential territory: 

"I'll do my best to muscle through it," the Massachusetts Republican said. "I'm battling... If I faint, Mr. President, will you save me?" ...

Washington, said Brown, is a perplexing place. "Am I on a different planet or something?" he wondered. "Ever since we got back in July, it's like we don't talk anymore."

"What's the point? Why even bother getting out of bed?" he wondered. "Why do you get out of bed to turn on the lights? Are you kidding me?"

Grim and Craw compare Brown's speech to an infamous game Michael Jordan played in 1997, while suffering from what commentators called "flu-like symptoms." The performance became known as the "flu game":

"It's all about desire," Jordan said after the game. "You've just got to come out here and do what you've got to do. You've just got to want it real bad. And for me as a leader, I had to come out and do my best, and I somehow found the energy to stay strong."

Below, a video mash-up of the two speeches:



Read the full story at the Huffington Post.

Presented by

Nicole Allan is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Politics

Just In