With the Christmas season coming upon us quickly, I’ve come to realize that my budgest are much tighter than I had originally anticipated. The reason? Black Friday. Like most people, I spent Black Friday (let’s face it, all week) looking at deals and pulling triggers that I would instantly regret because, you know…online shopping. As a result, I ended up with some pieces that I immediately knew I wouldn’t enjoy, and some others that I felt a lot better about. Needless to say, I don’t want to focus on the negatives, but instead, this post is dedicated to me channelling my inner hypebeast and ball fandom at the same time.
The original Be Like Mike commercial debuted August 8, 1991, just after Jordan’s first Championship. At that point, Gatorade was owned by the Quaker Oats Company and wanted to release a collaboration with Jordan to signify the need for a thirst quenching performance drink. This is when we were exposed to the slogan and jingle, I Wanna Be Like Mike.
Growing up playing ball, Jordan’s reputation was at the top of the class and was recognized throughout. It was so coveted when any kid wore Jordans to play ball, or had Jordan shorts at the court. In a sense, the Gatorade commercial was one of the original stepping stones to building his magnified history because of the catchy jingle that stuck in the heads of so many kids. As soon as I heard the collaboration was being released the week before Black Friday, I knew I wanted to get something from the collection.
Naturally, with Black Friday deals, I was on the hunt for some sneakers as well. I managed to snag the Jordan 12 Retro Dark Grey that released in mid November for 30% off from Livestock’s online shop. This was a gem I knew I had to jump on these because premium Jordans are rarely put on sale, and even more rarely at that type of discount. Needless to say, my wallet is not impressed with my actions but that’s the effect that Jordan has had on me.