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The 10th Anniversary Of The Photo That Originated The Greatest Meme Of All Time: Crying Jordan

Michael Jordan is arguably the best basketball player of all time and one of the most revered sports figure in the history of the world. Leading the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and basically winning every accolade habida y por haber, this true legend even forayed into baseball. His winning attitude has inspired generations of young boys and girls to be better, to jump higher, to grab life by the (basket)balls when facing difficulties. Jordan was also a master businessman: his Air Jordan brand, which he launched with Nike, has remained relevant and continues to be both a fashion statement and a sponsor for other sports icons such as boxers Manny Pacquiao and Gennady GGG Golovkin. 

So it is kind of sad that such a pinche hero is remembered by many chavitos just because of a meme.

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Just look at the jefe de jefes defying the laws of physics and doing what is perhaps the most remembered slam dunk of all time. He literally flew and made us believe that anything is possible. We don’t see him crying here, right? We can just watch this moment on loop over and over again. 

Michael Jordan is also a true icon of 1990s popular culture.

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Yes, this NBA icon is as important to 1990s pop culture as “Beverly Hills 90210,” Nirvana, MTV and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. His movie “Space Jam!” has become a cult film that will even get a remake with LeBron James in the lead role. We can still remember all those tacky jackets with Taz embroidered on the back! 

So this is the photo that started it all.

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So the story goes like this. Jordan was introduced to the Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11, 2009. The date, of course, is highly significant not only in the United States but all over the world. From an early age Jordan, now 56, dreamt of becoming a professional athlete, so being recognized as one of the best ever was a big deal, and a humbling occasion. Stephan Savoia, the Associated Press photographer who took the iconic photograph, told Yahoo Sports: So he comes up, he’s introduced. He walks up to the podium, and drops his head, and starts crying. Before he said a word. … As soon as he walked up and his head was down, we knew there was an emotion there that was probably honest in its origin. And it became apparent, once he started talking, that he was truly humbled”. 

One snapshot forever linked the great Michael Jordan to the Internet’s popular lore.

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The meme didn’t actually become popular until 2015, six years after the photo was taken. In 2014 the photo was photoshopped by users of the website Boxden.com. It then made its rounds on the Internet mill and spread like a virus on millions of computer and mobile screens. By 2016 it was perhaps the most recognizable meme in the world. 

The Crying Jordan meme is probably the most postmodern thing ever.

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Postmodern culture is materialized in mashups and remixes, where everything becomes a copy of a copy of a copy. The most postmodern filmmaker in American cinema, Quentin Tarantino, basically copies the work of other directors and gives it his personal touch. Well, with the Crying Jordan meme the real significance of the moment is lost, perhaps forever. The photo has lost all context. They are tears of joy, not sadness!

And of course, Crying Jordan is not the only sad meme out there.

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Someone, please give Keanu a hug! 

We all have reasons to cry, so one way or another you will relate to Jordan.

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One of the reasons why some memes become popular while others just fall into oblivion is that we can all relate to them. Crying Jordan is an enigmatic image: it shows an icon, a symbol of Black masculinity and capitalist success in a very vulnerable moment. He is basically overcome by emotion, something that we never witnessed on the court, where he was the epitome of mindfulness, out-of-the-world skills, and concentration. In this photo, however, he is a crying, vulnerable middle-aged man. 

We have all enjoyed seeing others cry (we hate to admit it, but we have, even if it was something super innocent). Sports fans are particularly happy when adversaries are defeated.

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When Germany had a disastrous 2018 Soccer World Cup the internet had a blast mocking them. And yes, Crying Jordan became el dedo en la llaga of Germany’s first round elimination. 

Obviously, Chicago Bulls fans have used their most beloved icon to mock their rivals, the Boston Celtics.

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There are sports rivalries that extend through the years, and one of them is the Celtics vs Bulls rivalry. Every time Boston has a bad season or loses in the playoffs, Chicago fans are quick to get their hands on the most dangerous weapon in the meme arsenal: Crying Jordan Face. 

“Mr. Jordan, I don’t feel so good…”

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Seriously, we all did a Crying Jordan when certain superhero dissolves into thin air during the movie… Sorry, we have tried to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but if you haven’t watched “Avengers: Infinity War” yet, well, it is sort of your fault. 

Oh, deer!

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Oh man, nothing like a good Crying Jordan face on a cute animal. This one is particularly touching given that we were already traumatized by Bambi and think that deer have like the saddest lives ever. Can someone hand us los Kleenex, porfis?

What fresh hell is this meme mashup?

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This is just a bit too much… in the era of deep fake videos and photos, this gives us all the creeps. Ay, nanita!

OMG, this is as nightmare-inducing as it is addictive. The meme about memes, about memes.

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Meme culture summarized in an image! Momo holding Crying Jordan’s hand while he is looking at Crying Lebron James, the new kid on the block. We will get pesadillas. Mis ojos, mis ojos se queman, ayuda!

This would honestly make an awesome laptop sticker.

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Can we get one already? Imagine all the conversations you could strike up at a Starbucks by just sticking this on your laptop? We all are Crying Jordan at one point in our lives! Long live the king! And the meme almost became a feature in an Air Jordan shoe, as Marcus Jordan, Michael’s son, told NBC: “think the one thing most people didn’t know was that it was [almost] used in a recent shoe release, but didn’t make the final cut. The Jordan Brand shoes that just came out, the No L’s, the first sample featured the Crying Jordan face in the sock liner on the inside of the shoe. Obviously, it didn’t get approved. But the first sample definitely does have the Crying meme on the sock liner.” Wow, if that model ever becomes a reality it will surely be a bestseller.

READ: Learn How Basketball Superstar Carmelo Anthony Got Where He Is Today In 21 Steps

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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Life goes on.

Almost a year after her father Kobe Bryant passed, Natalia Bryant is gearing up for college and celebrating her life in progress. On Tuesday, to celebrate her daughter’s 18th birthday, Vanessa Bryant showered her daughter with tributes and words of wisdom in an Instagram post.

Vanessa posted a handful of tributes to Natalia on Instagram, including old photos of the 18-year-old her father, Kobe.

The late LA Laker, who died last year on Jan. 26 with his 13-year-old daughter (Gianna) and several others in a tragic helicopter crash, could be seen in the photos. In one of the images, Vanessa and Kobe held baby Natalia in an image taken on the Los Angeles Lakers court.

“Daddy’s little princess, Natalia. ❤️🎉🎂🎉#18#BirthdayGirl,” Bryant captioned one of the photos.

In another post, Vanessa expressed how proud she was of the woman Natalia has become.

“Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are. You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives,” she wrote in the post. “Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You’re such an incredible big sister and a beautiful role model to so many people. Thank you for being kind, polite and gracious in everything that you do. You have no idea how happy and proud mommy and daddy are that you’re our daughter. We love you always and forever, forever and always. Happy 18th birthday to our first born, Natalia, our principessa!”

Last week, Bryant revealed that Natalia has college on the mind.

In a separate post shared to Instagram, Vanesa revealed that her daughter has New York on the mind when it comes to getting her Bachelor’s. “NYU is one of her top schools. (@nataliabryant chose not to apply ED to her top 5 schools). I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here,” she commented.

There’s no doubt that in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant and her family have received quite the outpour of support from fans. Look up just about any hashtag with their names and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of images of the two deceased Bryant family members and just about as many fan accounts. The images and tributes have meant to be a eulogy to the two basketball players that lost their lives too soon.

Yet, recently Vanessa Bryant revealed that the ongoing support hasn’t always been so positive for her.

In June, Vanessa Bryant opened up about having to take action and remove herself from all the social media love she and her family have received in the five months since her husband and daughter’s deaths.

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In a post to her Instagram page, the mother of four, sent a note to fans to let them know that she and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalia, had decided to block fan pages in an effort to keep away from the constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna popping up on their “Explore” pages. In her post, Bryant underlined that she was only blocking the accounts to make sure she was continuing to heal and that it was not being done out of malice.

“Thx so much for all the [love]. @nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm,” Bryant wrote in a post to her Stories on Instagram.

Vanessa continued to explain that “We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Bryant’s Instagram page was made to be private soon after her husband’s death likely for similar reasons.

In a separate Instagram story to her own account Vanessa’s daughter Natalia shared, “We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand.” 

Understandably, Bryant and her daughter are sheltering themselves from further hurt during this time.

Here’s hoping their fans continue to support them through this decision and understand their motives. Fortunately, while Bryant and her daughter Natalia have made their accounts private, they are still making their content available through other pages. Recently, Bryant revealed that she had decided to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter Gigi by commemorating their lives with tattoos.

Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.

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Both images were shared with the public via Nikko Hurtado, the artist behind Vanessa’s ink work.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.

Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.

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In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

For fans of the Bryants it’s important to note that while Vanessa and Natalia aren’t looking at fan accounts, the art is still available for you to view if it makes you feel better during this time.

Additionally, fans who want to keep up with Vanessa and Natalia and see how they continue to heal can follow friend accounts or stay in touch with us for updates!

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These Latino Athletes Have Delivered The Most Iconic Moments In Sports History

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These Latino Athletes Have Delivered The Most Iconic Moments In Sports History

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Latin American and U.S. Latino athletes have given the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world countless moments of joy, pride, and hope. Latin American sportswomen and men usually come from disadvantaged backgrounds so their stories of pride and success inspire us even more. It would be almost impossible to enumerate all the triumphs achieved by Latin American athletes, but we are listing the Most Iconic Moments In Sports. Sí se puede!

When Diego Armando Maradona scored the infamous but glorious goal known as “La mano de Dios” (“The hand of God”)
June 22, 1986, Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, in a quarterfinals game against bitter rivals England

Diego Armando Maradona
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This has got to be the single most controversial moment in World Cup history. Argentina was facing England in the quarterfinals and Maradona jumped to hit the ball with his head. But thing is, he actually hit it with his hand and the ball penetrated the net. The English were of course appalled, but this event remains one of the most memorable in the long history of joy and drama of the Argentinian national team. We got to also remember that there was some bad blood between Argentina and England at the time, a product of the Falklands War. 

When Ana Gabriela Guevara excelled in an Olympic event that was uncharted territory for Latina athletes
2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece

Gabriela Guevara
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Ana Gabriela Guevara, who is now a very controversial politician, gained notoriety for scoring a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. She competed in 400m, a test that Mexican track athletes don’t generally excel. But she proved that she is one of a kind. 

When Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez pulled off a miracle and knocked out Meldrick Taylor in the last few seconds of their championship unification fight
March 17, 1990, Las Vegas, Nevada

César Chávez
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In a rare encounter, the world’s two best boxers met for a unification fight. Both were unbeaten and Chávez was heralded as a national hero in his native Mexico. The fight was as tough as it gets, with both boxers sustaining enormous amounts of punishment. With 17 seconds left on the clock and behind in the scorecards Julio César connected with a massive right hand. The contest was stopped with two seconds left: a boxing miracle of the highest order.

When Fernando Valenzuela became a baseball hero and an icon of Mexican-American pride and excellence
1981-1986

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Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela became an icon of Latino sportsmanship after an excellent 1981 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was one of the first Mexicans to break into the mainstream in the United States. He inspired and continues to inspire, millions of paisanos. He was an All-Star in each season of his incredible 1981-1986 run. 

When Gabriela Sabatini demonstrated that Latinas can excel in the tennis court
US Open, 1990, Womens’ Tennis champion!

Gaby Sabatini
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Tennis is a perilous sport for Latin Americans because it is mostly dominated by the United States and Europe. But Gaby Sabatini showed that Latino girls can be ace too! She won the U.S. Open in 1990, defeating the German Stefi Graf. Una dama del deporte blanco en toda la extensión de la palabra.

When Colombian dynamo Nairo Quintana reached the stars on his bike
Since 2012

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Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas is perhaps the greatest Colombian cyclist of all time. That is a big claim considering the long and glorious history of the sport in Colombia. Quintana is known for his sustained attacks during steep hills: when most of his adversaries struggle, he has his best performance. He was won multiple stages of the Tour de France and the Giro di Italia. 

When Felipe “Tibio” Muñoz swam toward a gold medal and got a whole country celebrating after some pretty traumatizing events
1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City

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Prior to the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexicans had experienced a traumatizing event when the army attacked a group of students and civilians who were protesting at the Tlatelolco Square. The country was split emotionally and politically. But then came “El Tibio” and at least for a brief moment, the country was united behind a young man who swam his way to a gold medal. The memory of his accomplishment is still brought up today when thinking of the greatest sporting moments in Latin American history. 

When Ecuadorian athlete Jefferson Perez won an Olympic gold medal in the Atlanta Olympic Games
Atlanta Olympic Games, 1996

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Ecuador doesn’t have a strong Olympic team, and medals have been few and far in between. That is why Jefferson Perez is a standout in the sporting history of this proud South American nation. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Perez did the unthinkable. As Rihannon Walker writes in The Undefeated: “Ecuador’s Jefferson Pérez, Russia’s Ilya Markov and Mexico’s Bernardo Segura struggled to find separation from one another as they neared the finish of the 20-kilometer walk at the 1996 Olympics. Then Pérez began to take advantage of having the youngest legs of the trio and powered himself into the lead. As a crowd of 85,000 waited to see who would be the first to appear at Olympic Stadium, Pérez made a dramatic solo entrance and finished in 1 hour, 20 minutes and 7 seconds to become the youngest gold medalist in the 20-km event at 22. His victory also secured Ecuador’s first Olympic medal.” Just wow, a moment to remember forever. 

When Teófilo Stevenson reigned supreme in amateur boxing. Viva Cuba!
1972, 1975, and 1980 Olympic Games in Munich, Montreal, and Moscow

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In the 1970s Muhammad Ali was the greatest name in heavyweight boxing, but he was perhaps not the best. Many believe that amateur legend Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba would have beat the great Ali. But, alas, Cuban boxers were not allowed to turn professional and a fight between the two never materialized. Stevenson’s amateur career extended 20 years, from 1969 to 1986. He won a total of three gold medals, un logro extraordinario

When “Las espectaculares morenas del Caribe” Cuban female volleyball team captured the world’s imagination and won three consecutive Olympic gold medals
Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

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This group of amazing Cuban ladies totally dominated volleyball for three Olympic Games, and then won the bronze in their fourth attempt. Puro Cuba! 

When Costa Rican swimmer Claudia Poll surprised everyone and became a national icon
Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games

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This amazing woman was born in Nicaragua but later became a Costa Rican citizen. She won a gold medal in the Atlanta Games (a big year for Latino athletes!) and is considered the greatest sports figure in the history of the Central American nation. She also won two bronze medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. A true force of nature.

READ: 11 Unusual Sports You Can Find In Latin America

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