Michael Jordan, the legend who won six NBA championships and five NBA MVPs, once lost to a couple of actors in basketball. True story.
MJ took on Charlie and Martin Sheen in a 1986 game show called “War of the Stars” hosted by Dick Van Patten. Before you get all crazy here about MJ losing, keep in mind that the games were handicapped in favor of the Sheens.
The two sides competed in three competitions with the following rules:
- - Foul shooting: Each side got 20 foul shots, but MJ had to shoot with his eyes closed
- Two on one: Game went to 10. Jordan had to spot the Sheens five points and only got one shot at the basket.
The whole thing was pretty awesome to watch. You had both Sheens in short shorts and high top shoes, while Jordan was as skinny as he’s been in 30 years. And even Van Patten was on point with his lines.
“The young girls here really like Charlie,” Van Patten said at one point.
As for the results, MJ went 11 of 20 on free throws with his eyes closed. Charlie went 8-10 on his foul shots, and then Martin made four to give the Sheens the win.
Horse, as you could imagine, was no competition. MJ just dominated with his fancy layups and deep outside shots. But the two on one was a different story. Charlie nailed his outside shots and gave the Sheens a 10-5 win.
We already knew that Charlie was a good athlete — he can play baseball and admitted to taking steroids for “Major League” — but who knew he also could stroke an outside jumper? Impressive.