What’s the most dramatic comeback in the history of sports? Is it the Patriots rallying back from a 28-3 deficit against the Falcons in the Super Bowl? Maybe it’s the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals? How about the Yankees’ unprecedented collapse against the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS?
They’re all top contenders, but none of them come close to matching what Michael Jordan and the TuneSquad managed to do against the Monstars when they went head-to-head back in Space Jam. The intergalactic juggernauts took a 66-18 point lead heading into the locker room at halftime, but thanks to hard work, perseverance, Bill Murray, and a bottle of Secret Stuff, the good guys managed to come away with the 78-77 victory.
It was a win for the fictional history books for sure, but when did the game actually take place? The movie was released on November 15, 1996, which is when someone on ESPN’s social media team decided to commemorate the win’s 20th anniversary.
However, one Space Jam superfan flocked to the comment section to inform them about just how wrong they were. If you’re into fan theories that require way too much attention to detail to prove a point no one actually really cares about, then do I have a post for you.
The analysis originally appeared on the SportsCenter Facebook page in November 2016, but it apparently went overlooked after being buried in the thousands of comments that flooded the post until it recently popped up on Reddit. I guess if I spent as much time as this guy did coming up with the answer to a question no one really cared about in the first place, I’d want to get at least some validation from strangers on the internet too.
I’m more than happy to help bring awareness to the cause.