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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 1:33 pm  |  70 responses

THE MJ/Gatorade Bottle is Here

And you can win one. Here’s how.

by Ben Osbornebottlecloseup

If you spent any time on this site in the last month, you noticed a lot of Michael Jordan coverage, and a lot of it contest-related. Why not? Dude went into the Hall of Fame, we made a great issue out of it (Selling fast. Order your copy before it’s too late.), and pretty much every brand that is associated with him did their best to take advantage of all the hype by putting out some product or another.

One of the coolest promotions during the Month of MJ was Gatorade’s Limited Edition series of Jordan bottles, capped off by the Facebook-run contest in which fans voted on their ultimate Jordan moment (as nominated by “experts” such as yours truly.) Well, as I wrote on the 1st of the month, our choice was the runaway winner, and the payoff has now arrived: I’ve got six of these bottles sitting in my office, and while one will take up residence on my cramped bookshelves (next to the bottle signed by MJ that the good folks at Gatorade sent me when they kicked off this whole promotion), the other five are for me to give away to five lucky SLAMonline readers. There were only 230 of these bottles made, so they definitely qualify as a rare Jordan collectible. Ten were put on sale on eBay with the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Of those 10, only two are left. Go here to bid if you want to take the charitable route to getting your hands on one.

If you prefer your collectibles to be earned via a well-written mini-essay on SLAMonline, then stay right here. Tell me, MJ fans, why Mike still means so much to you.

The writers of the five best comments, kept under 100 words, will win one of these special bottles.

Post your answers below; we’ll pick winners early next week.

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  • Joe

    Because, even though the picture of MJ on the bottle looks horrible. I would still want one! ;-)

  • sideburn2go

    Michael Jordan has meant a lot to me because he has always been an inspiration. He showed that through hard work and perseverance that anything can be accomplished. His work ethic and drive to be the best are what I try to emulate in my everyday life. He excited me and millions of others with his on court heroics and continues to impact people lives positively even after basketball. While achieving greatness in basketball, he was also able to achieve greatness in other aspects of life, making me believe I too can be great if I try hard enough.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com/shaemorin doyouwantmore

    I picture the grass court and bent rim he had in his yard growing up. I picture him crying on Father’s Day, just a man who wanted his father. I picture Micheal hurt, sick, leaning on his friend’s shoulder at the end of a hard day at work. He turned story-book endings into microcosms of things we all go through. His greatest moments were equal parts providence, struggle, and heart. He means a lot to me because he put fear in his opponent’s hearts and hope in everyone else’s. He wanted to win, and that means Mike is like me.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    This is going to be difficult.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    The word limit is supposed to help, E.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    The first white kid in the neighborhood to rock the most outlandish Jordan gear in 1985? Going to Flight School during my Junior Year in HS? Living and dying by each night’s boxscore through the rest of my teens? Crying each time he lost to the Pistons? Crying during his first retirement which fell on my 23rd birthday? Punching a hole in my wall when he knocked down the jumper to clinch the title in ’98? Fighting for his legacy when he went to Washington? Still reppin’, 25 years later? He formed me, my game and my heart. That’s real.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I meant that literally, Boss man

  • justin kim

    Michael Jordan is the Nba. Jordan means a lot to me because he was a magnificent player that overcame all doubters and proved to everyone that he was the BEST! Jordan means a lot to me because he has inspired me to overcome all my doubters and to prove to everyone else that i am the best of the group. He is my basketball idol and watching him play is like an explosion in my brain. When you mention the Nba you are mentioning MICHAEL JORDAN

  • Alan Leung

    Michael Jordan means so much to me because of the childhood he gave me and dreams he inspired in me. I was an only child growing up and did not spend much time with my dad but whenever the finals were going on my dad and I were on the couch watching together. When Jordan’s last shot went up I remember throwing my popcorn up in the air and running up to the very front of the TV screaming when the ball went up. It is one of my favorite moments as a child because it was with my dad.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I can’t put it into words. So I won’t attempt to. Suffice it to say he’s meant so much in my life I named my son after him.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I couldn’t fit that part in either, Enigmatic.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee

    AYO at the above comments ….

  • amrit

    Michael jordan inspires me every day to go out and work hard for my dream. anytime i feel like quiting i just think of what mj would do. i push myself above what i can tolereate. Mj keeps going day in and day out

  • NuggetsFan

    Born in ’89, and was fortunate enough to have a pops who had me playing at the age of 2. Growing up, all my memories are of Mike; watching all of those regular season games, and playoff games on NBC with pops as a young child. I was ecstatic when he returned to the game in ’01, as I was older and could really appreciate what he was doing, rather than just enjoy it when I was younger. I sometimes wish I had been older when watching him with the Bulls… but those games made for great childhood memories.

  • amrit

    Michael jordan inspires me every day to go out and work hard for my dream. anytime i feel like quiting i just think of what mj would do. i push myself above what i can tolereate. Mj keeps going day in and day out. So what does Mj mean to me? Mj is heart to my soul

  • amrit

    Michael jordan inspires me every day to go out and work hard for my dream. anytime i feel like quiting i just think of what mj would do. i push myself above what i can tolereate. Mj keeps going day in and day out. So what does Mj mean to me? Mj is the
    heart to my soul

  • http://yahoo.com Logues

    MJ still means so much to me because he is by far my favorite player ever of the one thing I have always loved most in life: basketball. He is what made me wanna go outside and play for hours everyday, and is why I still love ball even though I am out of high school and just play for fun, and why I still work on my game and wanna get better, and why I cant stand to lose even when its just a pick up game that doesn’t mean anything.

  • Homie

    Jordan is still important to me because he reminds me that no matter how much Kobe tries, he will never be as much of an arrogant, psychopathically competitive d-bag as the original.

  • AJiffy

    He still means so much to me because even though he’s 46, he still gets Byron Russell (along with a bunch of critics) worked up when he makea an induction speech.

  • alpogator

    Jordan has meant so much to me because he taught me passion and drive.  His drive has made me want to go out to the gym even when I was sick or tired to go perfect my shot.  My first Jordans were Black/Red XIIs with the pinstripe black/red alternate jersey and I remember the first shot I took in them was a spot up 3 that swooshed and at that moment I knew Jordan is the person that drove me to be able to make that shot through practice and that drive has transferred over to life in general.

  • onoudidntgf

    Michael Jordan means so much to me because of the childhood he gave me and dreams he inspired in me.  I was an only child growing up and did not spend much time with my dad but whenever the finals were going on my dad and I were on the couch watching together.  When Jordan’s last shot went up I remember throwing my popcorn up in the air and running up to the very front of the TV screaming when the ball went up.  It is one of my favorite moments as a child because it was with my dad.

  • Dfrance

    Every player that has seen him play has been inspired by him in some way. Trying to pattern their game after him, trying to walk like him, rocking the bald head. My wife has trouble understanding my joy as I describe how epic that baseline dunk against the knicks was. I’ve been trying to do that escape dribble for 10+ yrs now and can’t get it. Think about how he revolutionized the sneaker game. Kids who know nothing about ball, camp outside in the cold just to be the first one with his kicks. i know… i’ve been there!

  • http://slamonline.com Jenny Glu

    Michael Jordan has meant so much to me because he reminds me of all the time I spent with my dad watching Bulls games. His love for the game reminds me how much I love my dad for showing me the game. I started playing ball in 3rd grade on an all boys team. I actually thought that I was going to be MJ. My dad obviously reminded me there is only 1 Michael Jordan…but maybe I could come in at a close 2nd. MJ’s father’s passing made me appreciate my dad even more, especially after seeing how sad he was. My dad is the greatest but MJ comes to a close second!

  • m-dawg

    What can I say about Michael Jordan. When I was a little kid that is the only sports figure I looked up to. I paid no attention to any other basketball player, except His Airness. I made sure that I found out when Michael Jordan was playing because I always knew that I would see something spectacular. I may not have seen much of MJ’s career, but I understand that the little I saw of him was seeing the best of the best. I was blessed to see such greatness and witness “The Final Shot” live. I can’t describe the excitement I got from watching MJ play. He will forever remain my favorite athlete…Much Love and Respect.

    -m-dawg

  • humous

    MJ means so much to me because he is living proof that failure is a prerequisite for success.

  • Taranvir

    MJ is seen as a role model for me. When i was little, I’d be sitting in my aunt’s house watching him. We would crowd the tv! I didn’t know much about him, but i knew that he was good. As i grew up, I loved ball, and all because he of him. My friends would call me “Mini Jordan”. Now I use this same guy to influence my little cousin who loves the game of ball. I couldn’t reach the top, but i believe that with hard work and determination, he can. Its a great feeling. God Bless MJ.

  • rob stewart

    MJ means so much to me not because of his accomplishments but the way in which he accomplished them. He became a champion by fighting through the constant bullying of the Bad Boys. He recieved his rings after learning how to make his teammates better (Paxson, Hansen, Kerr, etc.) And then when most people wouldn’t have gotten out of there beds do to an intense flu he decided to step on the court and give us the beloved “FLU GAME”. He taught me it’s not always what you do but how you do it.

  • Papou

    He was image, a flash, a living myth that made its way to my imaginative mind long before I took interest in the game of basketball. He was a shoe that, as a child, I saw my teenage brother buy second hand from some friend, like some priceless artifact that elevated its wearer`s status, even in the peaceful white suburbs of Quebec. He was a motivation, to go out everyday and practice, to make up for years of inactivity and finally catching up to my friends who had been playing since childhood. He was a model when my ego would accept none, a hero of MY time. He is a highlight reel, inside my brain, deeply ingrained and indelible. And never forgotten.

  • Papou

    Oops, there was a word limit. :(

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    I never win, so I suck. Good luck everyone lol!!

  • la huey

    collecting bottles for their wrappers? nah, plenty of other MJ stuff to collect that doesn’t qualify as garbage.

  • http://Slam Smooth

    MJ has meant alot to me since I was 3. I shaved my head and use to rip down little to courts just to get a taste of wat it was to be like Mike. Without him there really wouldn’t be the kobes and lebrons of the world. He is the greatest and will always be.

  • Airjones17

    Mike means so much to me, because he is the reason I even started to like basketball. He was the greastest player ever no doubt, and me watching his game at a young age is the main reason that I fell in love with the game. I’m only 14, but watchin all of the hardwood classic games on NBA TV, enables me to witness the legendary moments of MJ’s career that happened before my time. When I read his book DRIVEN FROM WITHIN, I was blown away by his story and what fueled him to want to be the best. All of his quotes are nothing but inspiration to me, and fuel me to want to be the best ever. And if I keep putting in overtime, I know I’m well on my way. Thank you, Michael Jordan.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Growing up, my dad and I had a solid relationship but we hardly ever saw eye to eye on things. He had a habit of always disagreeing on the slightest of details — not to be a pain, but just because that was the way he was. A corrector.
    But what I’ll always remember during the late 90′s, was the two of us watching NBA on NBC together. There’d be no disagreement whatsoever — we both knew the obvious: MJ was the best. And he’s still the Greatest ever.

  • cru_thik305

    Mike means alot to me right now, not only because of what he did on the court, but how he handle the pressure and problems he faced off it. Reading about him, and seeing how he didnt let the many unfortunate situations he faced in his personal life limit his drive and determination has really motivated me. Micheal Jordan wasnt born the G.O.A.T., he started off just like us and had to work to become the G.O.A.T. We all cant be in the NBA, be the next LeBron, etc, but we can be the best we can be, like MJ showed us.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Ummm, I swear i saw this bottle at kroger last week. play wit it.

  • thafanatic

    I hate Michael Jordan, but I love Gatorade!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @ Eboy- I feel you!

  • floridafinest008@aim.com

    I’m gonna be real why Michael Jordan means so much to me. Jordan was not a man, “men can’t fly” he was a god,watching him was almost a religious experience for me. Marvel couldn’t even create a character like Jordan. he was the “Jesus Christ of basketball” the most perfect player that ever lived. He represents everything a person should strive to be, hard working, strong, competitive, an entrepreneur, and the best. So I ask you, why wouldn’t you wanna be “Like Mike”? Did I mention the dude could fly?!! Damn.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Whats the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name michael jordan? thats right, steve nash.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    Everybody has “come fly with me”. Everybody. Who don’t get a chill when they hear the music comes on, knowing they are about to go on a journey with Captain Air Jordan?
    Personally though, whenever I watch him, it’s always the actual game footage.
    They show what makes him the G.O.A.T.
    It’s not the fancy stuff; it’s the way he dedicates himself to play every single nuance of the game to perfection, every single time. He embodies the qualities to be the best of the best.
    Jordan represents the path to greatness, and he shows us how to get there.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    brilliant, Dacre. completely forgot about that one.

  • Double J

    Michael Jordan means everything to me. The man single handedly brought basketball to the forefront of sports nation. He elevated the level of play to a point of near perfection. Jordan’s game led to Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. Jordan kept this game alive, and it was he who inspired me to play this amazing game.

  • chingy

    They say it’s the ability to hang in the air, or the pat on Bryon Russell’s rear, or the 6 rings and multiple MVPs that made him the GOAT, the global icon, or a Hall member. Except there is much more: the burning desire, the never-say-die attitude, the look of confidence that made him His Airness. I’m never going to be 6’6″ with a hang-time that makes me fly. I’m not going to have that unblockable fadeaway that is so fundamentally sound. No, Michael never taught me basketball but he taught me everything else that made him GOAT.

  • chingy

    (previous post had wrong email)

    They say it’s the ability to hang in the air, or the pat on Bryon Russell’s rear, or the 6 rings and multiple MVPs that made him the GOAT, the global icon, or a Hall member. Except there is much more: the burning desire, the never-say-die attitude, the look of confidence that made him His Airness. I’m never going to be 6′6″ with a hang-time that makes me fly. I’m not going to have that unblockable fadeaway that is so fundamentally sound. No, Michael never taught me basketball but he taught me everything else that made him GOAT.

  • http://thegoodpoint.com Sam Joynt

    Simply put, Michael Jordan is basketball. Not just UNC, the Bulls, the Dream Team, or even the NBA, he represents the game as a whole so undeniably that if there was a picture in the dictionary beside the word basketball it would not be of the game’s founder Dr. Naismith, or even the NBA’s symbol Jerry West, you’d be looking at Mike. Bald head, long shorts, Bulls red, Nike from head-to-toe; he’s basketball now and forever. His legacy is that of a champion, an icon and transcender of barriers, and he transformed the game into a global tool for achieving excellence.

  • BostonBaller

    Thank you Jordan

    You had determination, perseverance and style on/off the court. You possessed a rip your heart out, trash talking game that dripped with Class. You dominated the competition and they still wanted to be like Mike.

    You represented Black America the way any decent African American would want to be represented and I was proud of you. I use your work ethic, passion and drive as examples to the boys and girls I coach.

    I knew you were going to do something amazing each game yet you kept me on the edge of my seat anticipating more.

  • Daniel

    Michael Jordan still means so much to me because he is who I look to for a sense of determination and force. Every night before I go to sleep I always lay down and watch some Jordan highlights. Watching him makes me think that I can do what ever he has done. He will always be apart of me, whatever I do I always think about Jordan. He is a driving force and fuel for my journey to the big stage, to get where only few have journeyed before. Jordan is a hero to everyone.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I am going to be real, MJ was a great leader, but had many flaws, that made him the greatest. I admired Jordan, because of his win at any cost platfrom. He even eluded to it at his Hall of Fame speech telling Tex Winter, there is a I in WIN. Thats the Jordan I admire and it showed me during his great years(Bulls) and down years(WIZARDS, BASEBALL), that you have to put in time to get to your goals in life. I loved his competiveness and drive to win and Jordan is the ultimate winner.

  • Diego

    Michael Jordan means so much because he is the reason many people found joy and a refuge from everyday problems in the game of basketball. MJ’s antics, dunks, crossovers, shoes and that unforgetable personality is what made me find basketball a source of joy and a source of refuge. He is the reason I am basketball. He is basketball, and even though we’ve never met we share a bond that goes past race or nationality, because we are both the game of BASKETBALL.

  • http://mbenga-mblog.blogspot.com/ vmcb

    MJ means inspiration. MJ means determination. MJ means looking up at seemingly insurmountable odds and still finding a way to succeed. While Jordan may have been dominate on the court, his will and legacy relates to all aspects of life, not just basketball. Life means never giving up and never taking what you have for granted. You need to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals, whether that means draining an open jumper at the buzzer, or putting in those extra hours to make ends meet. This is what Michael Jordan means to me.

  • Air up there

    To me, MJ defines perseverance. He had the drive, will and determination to be the best that he could be on and off the court, which is what I try to do every day of my life. Growing up as a kid and watching MJ play makes me cherish how great he was and is to the game of basketball, which is something that I will value for the rest of my life. I know that with a work ethic like MJ I can accomplish any challenge that I have to face.

  • ampd

    michael jordan means so much more to me than just basketball statistics and accomplishments. his shoes, from the original air jordan 1s to the newest 60+s, show that nothing less than great is acceptable. his story, a no-name cut from the varsity who became the greatest of all time, shows that to those who want it bad enough, obstacles are nothing. and now his induction into the HOF shows that even when he’s dead and gone, he will never be forgotten

  • MVP_032

    Some of us will not get a bottle but we are going to love Jordan and his game no matter what…

    determination passion legend!

  • Jono

    I think I deserve to win one of these bottles because if you give it to me, you are ensuring the following:
    1. It won’t be sold
    2. It won’t be drunk.
    3. It will be shown off.
    4. I am in the most remote city on Earth (Perth – Australia) and as such it is best to spread the limited edition bottles to the four corners of the world!
    Imagine if Aliens attacked from Mars, and only the US got hit? At least 1 bottle would be saved!

  • JodythePresidioRecLegend

    I didnt have a dad growing up and I told my mom the other day that Michael Jordan was one of the main male role models in my life. We were in a thrift store at the time and I came across his autobiography and even though I couldnt afford it I had to buy it and I cant even finish reading it because I dont want it to be over. Basketball hasnt been the same without Jordan.. I love when he says stop looking for the next Jordan because there might never be another player who cares more about winning than how much he makes.. he reiterated that recently and I respect him for being so real during his retirement speech. I play basketball as a way of dealing with stress but became a great basketball player by my desire to win, which of course was greatly inspired by Jordan. If your ever in San Diego, go to Presidio court in Old Town and you’ll see the only white boy who plays as hard as Jordan did and I do it for free.

  • JodythePresidioRecLegend

    I didnt have a dad growing up and I told my mom the other day that Michael Jordan was one of the main male role models in my life. Basketball hasnt been the same without Jordan.. I love when he says stop looking for the next Jordan because there might never be another player who cares more about winning than how much he makes.. he reiterated that recently and I respect him for being so real during his retirement speech. I play basketball as a way of dealing with stress but became a great basketball player by my desire to win, which of course was greatly inspired by Jordan. If your ever in San Diego, go to Presidio court in Old Town and you’ll see the only white boy who plays as hard as Jordan did and I do it for free.

  • Dennis B

    MJ has revolutionized the game of Basketball, even after he stopped basketball for good, we still talk about him more than we talk about more players, his highlights from 15 years ago are still more eletrifying than most of the players today in the league. His ability to do the impossible has made him the greatest player of all time, we dont remember him as the 3rd round draft pick from North Carolina but the player who led his team to back-to-back-to-back titles.

  • http://None Davie

    Why does Money still mean so much?
    Bottom line because he wasn’t perfect, and has no desire to be so, and that’s what made him so great to watch!

    The work ethic, the arrogance, the “you will have to cut my heart out” attitude, the evil streak.

    One minute he’d be smiling and signing autographs for the kids the next he’d be taunting and humiliating whichever bum tried and guard him.

    He was the perfect combination.

    Why does he still mean so much? Because despite how hard some might try, we know that we will never see another like him!

  • fernando sanchez

    does anyone know if the winners for the nba live 10 contest have received their winning notice yet? sorry to be OFF subject but i need to know…..

  • Paul M. Castillo

    okay i loved the new ish. But i thought you guys still should of found room for david robinson, john stockton and jerry sloan.no matter if he was the best that was disrespectful to the classmates.

  • Jose

    Jordan is Basketball. Jordan is the standard of all players past and present A.K.A “He may not be the next MJ, but he’s up their” Stating that MJ defines almost impossible or mythical standards. He’s one of the most recognizable icons that ever existed in sports. He defines the heart, hustle, and soul for the game that I have come to know and love. Without MJ, I doubt the NBA would be as great as it is today, because all players now strive to reach his level of greatness. That’s why I got love for ‘His Airness’. Jordan is Basketball.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Michael Jordan still means so much to me because you simply do not forget a legend. Michael entered the league a boy and left a man – a legendary man. Larry Bird said it best when he said it was “God disguised as Michael Jordan” after they faced off in 1986. This God instilled fear and awe into all who witnessed his greatness, both players and fans. He changed the game and he sits atop the bar that players strive to reach. Jordan is the greatest man to ever play the game and will forever be.

  • kevin

    Michael Jordan epitomized all the true characteristics that professional athletes should represent. On the court, he personified the unrelenting passion that was displayed on a nightly basis. Off the court, he represented everything that the sponsors and league were looking for and he was extremely marketable. To me, he embodied the true role model that a pro athlete should possess and growing up witnessing his journey from dunk champ to 6 time champ, was truly remarkable. It showed me that perseverance and hard work were essential tools necessary to succeed in sports and more importantly, in life.

  • Gerald F.

    A temperature of 102. He hadn’t slept or eaten anything in 36 hours. He walked out on the court and I thought, “We’re screwed!”

    His face was swollen, his eyes were listless, and the announcers were talking about how little he’d play.

    Did you have too little faith like I did?

    After playing a ferocious three quarters, he retired to the bench. He went to get up for the fourth quarter and almost fell. Scottie Pippen tried to put him back on the bench. Jordan pushed him out of his way, and dropped 15 to ice the game.

    Wow…G.O.A.T!

  • Papou

    He was an image, a flash, a living myth that invaded my imagination long before I took interest in the game. He was a shoe that I saw my older brother buy second hand from some friend, like some priceless artifact that elevated its wearer`s status. He was a motivation, to go out everyday and practice, to make up for years of inactivity and finally catch up to my friends. He was a model when my ego would accept none, a hero of MY time. He is a highlight reel, inside my brain, deeply ingrained and indelible. And never forgotten. (edited for lenght)

  • AJBALLER

    When u here the name Michael Jordan u dont just think of basketball u think of Babe Ruth u think of Joe Montanna u think of airplanes u think of SUPERMAN!Just think about it, this world will be NOTHING without THE MAN MICHAEL JORDAN!

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Great entries, people. We whittled it down, and five winners have been selected and contacted. We’ll post names when the winners confirm their email addresses. Thanks to all for participating. As always, we’ll have more contests in the near future, so keep your browser locked!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Weeks ago we selected five winners. Some got back immediately, some not at all. Ultimately, here are the five people who will be receiving the prize: doyouwantmore, Eboy, rob stewart, vmcb and Jose. As always, thanks to all who entered, and congrats to those who won! Win or lose, there are always more contests on the way….stay ready.

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