Gambling and golfing were two of Michael Jordan’s guilty pleasures during his basketball career, and the combination of the two led to an incredible story from former Chicago Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick.
Back in the 90s when Jordan’s Bulls had a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers toward the end of the season, the basketball legend asked Roenick to go and shoot a round of golf. Roenick had the day off, and so he obliged and met Jordan at Sunset Ridge for 18 holes.
The sequence of events that took place after that led to one of the most MJ stories of all-time, as Roenick describes on 670 The Score’s McNeil and Parkins Show.
“I beat him for a couple thousand and I’m getting ready to leave. Now Bulls are playing that night, they play Cleveland, that night. I’m thinking he’s leaving, it’s 10 [am]. He’s like ‘No, let’s go play again.’ So he goes, we fill up a bag full of ice and Coors Light and we walk again, we roll around another 18 and I take him for another couple.
“And now we’ve been drinking all afternoon, now he’s going from Sunset Ridge to the stadium to play a game. And I’m like messing around I’m like ‘I’m gonna call my bookie and all of the money you just lost to me I’m putting on Cleveland tonight.’
“He goes ‘I tell you what, I’ll bet you that we win by 20 points and that I have more than 40,’ I’m like ‘done.’ Son of a gun goes out and scores 52 and they win by 26 or something after [...] 36 holes of golf and having like 10 Bud Lights.”
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Roenick estimates the game took place in either 1992 or 1993, so the game he could be talking about is the one that occurred between the Bulls and Cavaliers on March 28, 1992. Jordan scored 44 points in a 126-102 victory over the Cavs.
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