Deadspin presents The Great Debates tournament: Final

It’s time to crown the champion — or at least pretend we don’t know who will win this tournament. Michael Jordan versus LeBron James is the question of our times, just as when the West Coast versus the East Coast was the fulcrum of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. If I can remove anything that has led to recent bias, taking some from the Biggie vs 2Pac debate a few decades ago and putting it in this framework, maybe they’ll have a chance – and technically they will. vote – but Jordan-LeBron is cocaine mixed with meth for NBA Twitter, and as soon as you add even a pinch, a frenzy begins.

My question to you voters is: Do you ever get tired of the debate between LeBron and Jordan? It doesn’t seem to be the case although as soon as the back and forth started, both sides let out heavy sighs. One says, “Let’s start again” as if you’ve just sat down to start the work week.

While I certainly know how polarizing Notorious BIG compared to 2Pac is, it’s been a minute since someone on my team texted reopening that wound and squeezing lemon juice into it. Is there even a Biggie-2Pac meme? Do we even have the means for a contemporary debate about ’90s rap beef?

I don’t know, but what I do know is that I’ve never seen two friends so close to getting into a fight with LeBron and Mike like that time, some friends started a wrestling match over Big and Pac while shouting the words out loud. songs “Hit ‘Em Up” and “Who shot Ya?” into each other. It’s a different era and era, though, and my guess is that the physical will survive if debates are still resolved on the floors of studio apartments instead of online.

Part of me wishes we could go back to concluding debates about sports and pop culture via scuffles and not Twitter polls. I’m not pining for physical violence; more so just a way definitive way to solve our differences. Twitter polls are a lot less finite than tapping and/or choking out.

Thanks to everyone who’s weighed in and enjoyed March Madness with us. All polls can be found on Twitter, so make sure to follow @Deadspin and, as always, vote! To see the full field and the results from previous rounds, check them out here — 64, 32, sweet 16, elite 8And Quarterfinals.

Occupying area #1 for the first time: LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan

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For some, the choice is obvious, for others it’s the kind of sports argument that makes you feel like the TV is banging on your head at 10 a.m. Whether you hate or love this classic movie, it will make you feel something.

Michael Jordan is the face of the modern NBA. He took the interest that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird brought into the league in the early 80s and used it to build the first athlete economic empire. The NBA has sold its individual stars to market the games, so Jordan’s agent – David Faulk – has gone a step further with his clients. He wanted Nike to market Jordan as a tennis star. Like a single athlete.

LeBron James had seen the success of this all his life and soon planned to act. He signed a $90 million contract with Nike before signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since then, James has started a fast food pizza restaurant and also owns a production company that remakes both. Space jam and vintage of the early 1990s house party.

These two are real A-list celebrities. Not only famous sports, but also pop culture icons like Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, etc. Additionally, one has the highest point-per-game averages in NBA history and the other has the highest point-per-game averages in NBA history. Holds the record for total points scored.

– Stephen Knox

McLaughlin Corporation Region 1: Biggie vs. 2Pac

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Yes, Tupac Shakur is more famous. Biggie is great play yourself on Martin, but Tupac is an actor capable of owning the film. He’s older than simply a musician. Tupac is a star.

His personality is a force for both good and evil. He can make some really insightful statements about the state of the world, but he’s also gone to prison for sexual assault and drunkenness with an out-of-control personality.

Biggie talks about music, and very few people ever spit better bars into a microphone. We only have two Notorious BIG solo albums. His debut — Ready to die – same quality as Chronic people And illusion. Next up – Life after death – is a strong project but has fallen a bit. As a musician, it’s sometimes hard to go back to the yearning and raw storytelling of a debut album. Unfortunately, we never got to see him try again.

Two young people, leaving too soon, have left an indelible mark on American culture.

Stephen Knox


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