In the context of planet earth, Georgetown's basketball uniforms are not unique when it comes to sporting Michael Jordan's "Jumpman" logo.
Depending on your age, Jordan is more brand than person. Multiple generations including those currently playing college basketball, covet gear of all kinds with that logo. That's why almost nobody will think twice about that emblem gracing the Hoyas' jerseys, shoes and more when Georgetown (11-7, 4-2 Big East) visits No. 5 Xavier (16-1, 4-1) Tuesday night (8:30 p.m.).
For 99.999999 percent of the planet, the relationship with Jordan is based on idol worship or fashion statement. Maybe "Space Jam." Kids too young to remember Jordan playing for the Wizards, let alone win six titles with the Bulls, may scream bloody murder until their parents purchase the new Air Jordan XXX shoes. Cool is cool.
Hoyas sophomore guard Tre Campbell, while wearing a Georgetown t-shirt, shorts and shoes with the Jordan logo, said "I was aware of him" while growing up. "I knew he was one of -- the greatest player, my favorite player ever. I like wearing his stuff. I love his shoes."
Jordan, the actual human, ripped the heart out of Georgetown on March 29, 1982. The coach, the team, the fans.
The relatively unknown freshman coolly sank the go-ahead jumper against Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas in the final seconds to help the Tar Heels win the national championship game 63-62. The legacy took over the world from there.
Another way of saying it is Jordan's shot prevented Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr.'s team from cutting down the nets. That shot will be replayed in every single college basketball montage until the world stops using montages, the pain revisited each time.
That Michael Jordan, his logo Georgetown wears.
The program that proudly says, "We are Georgetown" issued t-shirts before last Saturday's home game against No. 6 Villanova. These shirts didn't just place a large Jordan logo front and center, but underneath included "#WeAreJordan."
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Most Nike schools wear the "swoosh" logo. Just a few go "Jumpman." North Carolina is one thing. Georgetown is another.
All of this fashion coziness strikes many as, if nothing else, odd.
"Odd because of the history? Nah," said Georgetown coach John Thompson III, son of the aforementioned Thompson when posed with the outsider perspective.
The family has a long established history with Nike. "The relationship has been great," he continued. "They've taken care of us and hopefully we've represented them in a way that's been mutual. But it's not weird at all."
Thompson was 16 in 1982. Now each day he sees that guys logo on their clothes. On his own clothes. Not weird?
"At the time was it a devastating loss, yes," Thompson said to CSNmidatlantic.com. "But in no way shape or form down through the years has been animosity. It's great been great. I've always been a fan of what [Jordan] did on the court and what he's doing in the business world."
Here's the difference between those on the court, the field and those in the stands. Emotion flows differently depending on whether you're an observer living vicariously or participant living life. Staying local, can you imagine a Dallas Cowboys player silhouette, say former quarterback Roger Staubach, on the Redskins' burgundy and gold?
"If Roger Staubach had one of the best shoe companies in the world that everyone wants to wear, no that would not be weird at all," Thompson, a Redskins fan, stated with assurance. "Not one little bit."
Here's one reason why it's not weird at all: Jordan's coach was the legendary Dean Smith. Dean Smith helped John Thompson Jr. early in his college coaching career. Smith tabbed Thompson as one of his assistants for the 1976 Olympic games. They worked together on social and political causes.
They also faced off on that one night in 1982. No doubt, a painful one for the Thompson's but it was just a night. The relationship with Smith lasted a lifetime.
When Smith passed away earlier this year at the age of 83, the elder Thompson issued a simple yet powerful statement: "I loved him."
That's why the Thompson currently coaching Georgetown views the two programs not as rivals, but "cousins."
"Yes, he hit the shot to beat Georgetown, but I was and still am a huge Michael Jordan fan," Thompson said of the Hall of Famer and owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets -- and boss of Patrick Ewing, now an assistant coach with the Hornets.
Perhaps winning the national title in 1984 helps get over the 1982 loss. Maybe. Clearly, the participants have moved on.
Campbell is aware of that big shot. Standing feet away from numerous pieces of memorabilia and other remembrances of the Georgetown program's history inside McDonough Arena, he saw no issue with Georgetown wearing the Jordan logo.
"Nah, probably not," Campbell said. "In this day and age, it's just a brand."