The meme of Michael Jordan’s crying face was shared online following Villanova’s buzzer-beating win in the NCAA national championship game. Jordan, who attended North Carolina, was at the game and saw his Tar Heels lose in dramatic fashion—a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins.
— Wolf of Waiver St. (@WolfOfWaiverSt) April 5, 2016
The original image of Jordan’s teary face is from his 2009 Hall of Fame induction ceremony speech.
Over the past year, memes of Jordan’s crying face have been at an all-time high on social media. And with Jordan in attendance for a heart-breaking loss by his alma mater, it made for the perfect storm.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) April 5, 2016
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Of course, when Jordan was playing, he was the one who broke everyone else’s heart.
At North Carolina, he hit the game-winning jumper in the 1982 national championship game to lift the Tar Heels over the Georgetown Hoyas.
— LUCKY SOUL® (@oneluckysoul) April 5, 2016
When he got to the NBA, the five-time MVP led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 90s. His incredible prowess on the court denied a number of star players from his era—like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, and John Stockton—a championship of their own.