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Best of the 90s

April 26, 2004
April 26, 2004

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April 26, 2004

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Best of the 90s

In addition to being the preeminent athlete of his era, Michael
Jordan just seemed to never take a bad picture--unless you were a
fan of the Jazz or any of the other teams he flushed in the NBA
Finals. Jordan's play on the court made him a star, but it's
clear that his "print work"--portraits and action shots--helped
make him a cultural icon. In that way, as in so many others,
Jordan was a leader, moving from jock to celebrity to brand name.

This is an article from the April 26, 2004 issue Original Layout

In the annals of agony and ecstasy in sports it is difficult to
do better than the Yankees' World Series win or Mark McGwire's
going deep to tie Roger Maris with 61 ... or worse than the
Shark's plumbing the depths at Augusta.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY FERNANDO MEDINA/NBAE PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES 1998 MICHAEL JORDAN The dominant player of the '90s finishes off the Jazz in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY V.J. LOVERO 1998 MARK McGWIRECOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY V.J. LOVERO 1999 THE YANKEESCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER 1996 GREG NORMANCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK 1999 BRANDI CHASTAINCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID WALBERG 1990 JOHN McENROE The First Brat of Tennis goes airborne chasing a return duringthe U.S. Open.COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD MACKSON 1991 TWINS VS. BRAVES Dan Gladden was out after colliding with Braves catcher GregOlson in the World Series.B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY LYNN JOHNSON 1996 EMMITT SMITHCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL FRAKES 1996 MARGE SCHOTTCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE TIEDEMANN 1993 DALE EARNHARDTB/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY GREGORY HEISLER 1996 MARK MESSIERCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JED JACOBSOHN/GETTY IMAGES 1997 EVANDER HOLYFIELDCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY SAM FORENCICH/NBAE PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES 1999 DENNIS RODMAN A loose cannon going after a loose ball.COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY GREG FOSTER 1997 GEORGIA'S MASCOT, UGA VCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH 1995 DENNIS RODMANCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL FRAKES 1993 GEORGE STEINBRENNERCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY V.J. LOVERO 1996 JAY BUHNER AND SONCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRIS COLE/GETTY IMAGES 1991 KONISHIKICOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK 1996 MICHELLE SMITHCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS JR. 1993 BULLS VS. SUNSCOLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY CARL YARBROUGH 1998 HERMANN MAIER The Austrian champ wasn't seriously injured in this wipeout atthe Winter Olympics in Nagano.