Wednesday’s Afternoon Inquisition always comes courtesy of the previous week’s Comment o’ the Week, which was SpiralArchitect:
At heart I am a sports fanatic. I listen to sports radio on my way to work, I play Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football (explained as RPGs for sports fans at the Chicago Drink Skeptically meetings). I love sports.
Thursday, a question was posed on The Dan Patrick Show, which goes beyond the realm of sports. It involves 2 icons and how they have impacted the global landscape. The icons are Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan.
I think if I polled anyone age 25 to 50 (possibly even older), the majority of the people responding will have tried to Moon Walk at least once. In the same respect, if I showed those people a red leather jacket and a diamond-studded, white glove, the response would come quickly as to whom they belong. There is no doubt, Michael Jackson is a global icon.
Michael Jordan is a global icon as well. With the exception of possibly Tiger Woods, is there another more recognizable athlete globally? Although, if you were to play name the logo, I guarantee more people know the Air Jordan logo than the Woods TW logo. I would go as far to say the Air Jordan logo is more recognizable than the Nike Swoosh. In addition to brand recognition, Jordan globalized the game of basketball. The Euro leagues would be no where near the size if not for the influence of Jordan. And without Jordan, do you think we Yao Ming?
With all of the aforementioned said, I would like to pose the same question, which was posed to The Dan Patrick Show listeners Thursday, to the readers of Skepchick today:
Who has had more impact globally, Michael Jackson or Michael Jordan [ED: or the Michael of your choice]?
That’s what I get for awarding COTW to a sports blogger. I added the ability to choose another Michael entirely, to open up the field a bit. Mwa ha.