MJ’s Life, Legacy Transcends Sports

Over a decade before a retired Chinese gymnast was suspended stories above the Beijing Olympic field and wowed the world running sideways around the lip of the stadium before lighting the Olympic flame, a man amazed us by appearing to catapult himself across a football stadium onto a stage in a pyrotechnic explosion. He was Michael Jackson.
And by the time the self-proclaimed but broadly acknowledged King of Pop landed in a frozen pose, something was unfolding at the biggest sporting event in this country that had never happened before: more people were tuning in to watch the halftime show that was unveiling than the game itself. That was the power of Michael Jackson.

fanhouse.com
6/27/09