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The infamous ‘Flu Game’ stands among the most iconic moments in sports history. While the 38-point performance by Michael Jordan has inspired retro releases and Gatorade commercials, a recent interview with famed trainer Tim Grover by TrueHoop TV suggests that Jordan’s symptoms were not from the flu but rather food poisoning. Grover details the night before the game:

“We were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel. Room service stopped at like nine o’clock. He got hungry and we really couldn’t find any other place to eat. So we said eh, the only thing I can find is a pizza place. So we says all right, order pizza.

We had been there for a while. Everybody knew what hotel. Park City was not many hotels back then. So everyone kind of knew where we were staying.

So we order pizza.

Five guys came to deliver this pizza.

I take the pizza and I tell them: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this. … I’ve just got a bad feeling about this.”

Out of everybody in the room, [MJ] was the only one who ate. Nobody else had it.

And then 2 o’clock in the morning I get a call to my room. Come to the room. He’s curled up in the fetal position. We’re looking at him, finding the team physician at that time.

Immediately I told him it’s food poisoning.

Not the flu.”

While ‘Park City Pizza Game’ certainly doesn’t have the same ring as the original nickname, it does make for an interesting story. What’s your take on this MJ tale? Does it change your pre-game meal routine? Let us know in the comment section.

Source: Ball Don’t Lie

CheckMyDope 5pts

i thought we were calling it a stomach flu from food poisoning

RDogg23 5pts

The NBC telecast reported Jordan having the flu. That's why it's labeled the "Flu Game". NBA TV has original replay telecast of that game from time to time. Food poisoning or flu this game is legendary.

jayPOLO 5pts

having had the flu like most everybody and also having the unfortunate instance of having food poisoning on one occasion, I can without a doubt say the food poisoning was far more intense. One of the very worst feelings I ever had in my life was when I had food poisoning.  It literally felt like I was dying from my stomach outward. With the vomiting, diarrhea, feeling cold but sweating non stop, feeling weak and fragile and not being strong enough to walk, there is absolutely no way I could even imagine playing basketball let alone actually playing a NBA Finals game. Truly amazing if true and one of the many reasons he is the GOAT.

UnberievabreX 5pts

now there's a conspiracy of whether or not the pizza guy had undercooked the pizza on purpose to prevent the bulls from winning the title

Outlaw8413 5pts

I've personally never called them "Flu Games" but I think the Poison 12s is a much better name.

KamauWilliams 5pts

Its gonna be weird calling the "Flu Ggames"  the "Food Poisoning 12`s"

Imposter 5pts

Yes, food poisoning is more intense for a shorter period.

LuckyP757 5pts

hmmmmm so NOW the question is,  is food poisoning worst than the flu?? If so it makes for an even better story than before