The stunning news of Michael Jackson's death at age 50 put the King of Pop's career back in the spotlight. Michael's influence can be felt in many fields of endeavor: Music, dance and yes, sports.
Clothes make the man
While Michael Jackson's flashy outfits borrowed from many influences, his flair for the outrageous continues to resonate throughout the sporting world. Hector "Macho" Camacho was a perfect example during his heyday.
Breath of fresh air
Hyperbaric therapy is not all that uncommon in the sporting world these days. Jacko brought the treatment to public attention when he donated a hyperbaric chamber to a hospital as as a therapeutic aid for burn victims.
Some athletes may have worn one glove for no apparent reason, but nobody did it like Michael. Not even the original "Dr. Strangeglove," Dick Stuart.
Athletes celebrated their achievements long before Michael, but the Gloved One took the art of the dance to new heights, and you could argue that TD celebrations ever since owe a debt of gratitude to the King of Pop.
When Jacko needed a friend, he turned to his beloved buddy, Bubbles. And when the Anaheim Angels needed a boost, they turned to the Rally Monkey.
MJ and MJ
The video for Jackson's hit "Jam" featured Jackson and Michael Jordan - Jordan teaching Jackson how to play basketball and Jackson teaching Jordan how to dance.
Everybody's got a video
It's hard to believe today, but there was a time when not everyone on the planet had made a video. Videos from Jackson's Thriller album, especially the title cut, helped the genre explode in the early '80s. By 1985, even the Chicago Bears were getting into the act with the Super Bowl Shuffle.
Just when you were ready to write off Michael as a has-been, the King would stage one of his famous comebacks. Unfortunately, that tradition continues unabated.