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‘Tis the season to get out of retirement

The Greatest There Ever Will Be

The Greatest There Ever Will Be

More than a decade ago and some, the great one, his Airness, said goodbye to his boyhood love of baseball to get back in cozy with the game that shot him to greatness and cemented his legacy as one of the greatest sportsmen this century, basketball.

With two simple words, “I’m back”, Michael Jordan sent shivers up the collective spines of pretenders to the throne of NBA supremacy.  A year later, after a ludicrous and trying period of getting his feet wet again on the basketball court, Jordan led his (OUR) Chicago Bulls to the first championship of the second coming of the Three-Peat.

The Shot that gave them Six

The Shot that gave them Six

He’d retire again after leading what is arguably one of the best teams in NBA history to three consecutive championships.  We thought that’d be the last we’d see of him.  I myself was delighted to have the imprint in my mind that the last shot he took was that 20-foot shot amidst the leech-like defense that Bryon Russell employed on him to give the Bulls an 87-86 lead with 5.2 seconds left.

The tongue was still there though

After a year or so in hiatus, MJ came out of retirement once more to play for the Washington Wizards.  I prefer to leave that messy stint out of my memory banks if only to preserve his moments of greatness in my mind.

Nowadays, when it comes to professional athletes, retirement seems to be going out of style.  After Jordan, a long list of athletes just couldn’t resist the competitive atmosphere that they’ve been exposed to the most part of their lives.

Make a decision Brett!

Make a decision Brett!

In recent months there’ve been a deluge of athletes who simply couldn’t stay put.  There’s Brett Favre in the National Football League, whose “To retire or not to retire” circus is beginning to be more newsworthy in the NFL than the Superbowl.  There’s Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Jr., feeling threatened by the fame and fortune of our very own Manny Pacquiao, coming out of retirement to set up a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez mouthing off that he’ll beat PacMan any day, anywhere only to cower at the possibility of facing PacMan in the future.  Of course there’s Lance Armstrong who came out of retirement to place third in the recently concluded Tour de France despite his public feuding with eventual winner and Astana teammate Alberto Contador.

Schumis back.  Whos next?

Schumi's back. Who's next?

And now, after the freak accident that happened to Felipe Massa in the Hungarian GP of Formula One, Michael Schumacher decides to get in the F1 cockpit once more to ride slot alongside Kimi Raikonnen on the Ferrari team in the upcoming 2009 European Grand Prix.

What makes these athletes decide to lace up the shoes, wear the gloves, grab the pigskin, enjoy the smell of burnt rubber once more after leaving behind a very successful legacy of greatness?  The competitiveness in them?  More fame?  More glory?  I guess only they can answer that.  But believe me, as far as I know, getting out of retirement most often than not, only tarnishes the memories that they leave behind their legions of fans.

I wouldn’t be surprised anymore if many more pros follow this trend.  Like I said, ’tis the season to get out of retirement.


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