Twenty-five years later, this much is clear: “Space Jam” was not our jam.
But since its debut on Nov. 15, 1996, the iconic movie to kids of the ’90s (looking at you, Ken Griffey III) has found its way into Sporting News’ world.
Back in the day? Not so much.
In fact, the first and only mention of the movie in ’96 was in The Sporting News’ annual 100 Most Powerful (cover headline: “Mouse madness: Disney’s growing sports kingdom,” so at least, y’know, some things aged reasonably well).
Ranked No. 17 on the TSN 100 — sandwiched between a pair of commissioners, No. 16 Paul Tagliabue and No. 18 Gary Bettman, David Falk, agent for a certain Tune squad team captain, was described in capsule form:
“Michael Jordan’s $30 million, one-year deal was only a part of the $400 million in player contracts Falk’s (agency F.A.M.E.) negotiated last summer. Falk also was executive producer of ‘Space Jam.’”
Next time “Space Jam” popped up in TSN’s pages was almost a year after its premiere, in the Sept. 1, 1997 issue in, of course, a baseball story.
The headline: How to survive a pennant race.
Nobody can live baseball 24 hours a day … Players, coaches and managers strongly advise leaving the game at the park. Those with young children have an advantage: They go home to a first job. Ken Griffey Jr. watches movies with his son, Trey. “We watch ‘Space Jam,'” Griffey says. “My son asks me, ‘Daddy, how come you can’t disappear into the ground like Michael Jordan?’”
Now, in fairness to TSN, other sports flicks got scant mention if at all — even, for God’s sake, when The Sporting News its own self got a mention (shoutout to Susan Sarandon and “Bull Durham”!).
Also, in fairness, we eventually came around and the original “Space Jam” dotted Sporting News, to readers’ good fortune.
So on the 25th anniversary of The Sporting News ignoring “Space Jam,” here are five times SN didn’t:
1. Michael Jordan trash-talked extras on the set of ‘Space Jam’
2. This ‘Space Jam’ honest trailer is here to destroy your childhood memories
3. Michael Jordan got ready for the Bulls’ ’95-96 season on the set of ‘Space Jam’
4. Bill Murray wants some credit for setting up Michael Jordan’s game-winning shot in ‘Space Jam’
5. DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin read ‘Space Jam’ (VIDEO
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