“That Jacket Fire”: Fans Go Berserk As Michael Jordan’s Iconic Saturday Night Life Picture Resurfaces

Published 09/28/2021, 11:58 AM EDT
DETROIT – APRIL 06: Michael Jordan is announced as a member of the 2009 Hall-of-Fame class at halftime of the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


Most people seem to think that Michael Jordan made his way into the world of entertainment when he co-starred alongside Bugs Bunny in a film that went on to be a blockbuster. Yes, that is ‘Space Jam’ which was such a big hit among fans. So much, that they had to make a sequel but with LeBron James starring in it.

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However, the reality is that MJ’s fun side came out, along with his debut into pop culture, when he hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live, Season 17. With its 30 year anniversary today, fans cannot get enough of the pictures of Jordan that have come back to life on social media from that particular episode.

Not only just for NBA fans but that episode is considered a classic and one of the best in SNL’s history. At the time, in 1991, Jordan has just added his first of his six NBA championships to his resume, this only sky rocketed his popularity more. In this episode, Public Enemy made an appearance as a musical guest.

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Despite Jordan being out of his comfort zone, he was able to pull of every single line with so much ease and professionalism. In fact, his monologue was definitely one to remember. In the episode, he was wearing a bright shiny jacket which definitely caught a lot of people’s eyes. And that’s what some of the fans can’t stop raving about now.

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What did the crew have to say about Michael Jordan?

When David Spade was asked about how Jordan was during the sketches, he only had the most amazing things to say. MJ had made such an impact that he became the only superstar to create so much chaos. Fans were fluttering around him at all times.

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Spade said, “He was such a superstar, he was signing so many autographs that there was a line out of his dressing room slowing down rehearsal, with basketballs. The show had to stop it. It was the first time they had to do that…”

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Unfortunately, he never went back to on SNL. However, it seems like his first and only appearance was enough to have fans going crazy even to this date.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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