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The North Carolina-Duke basketball rivalry is one of those most storied in all of sports. Literally separated by a mere ten miles, the two schools have produced not only some of the most memorable college basketball games every played, but the list of great players that came from the Dean Dome and Cameron Indoor rival any program not named UCLA. From legends like Michael Jordan and Grant Hill to folk heroes like Rasheed Wallace and Shane Battier to current stars like Marcus Paige and Jahlil Okafor, there is no shortage of jerseys and championship banners hanging from the rafters of each team’s respective stadium. And if you look at that picture of the Jordan jersey that hangs a pretty high 100 feet above the court of the Dean Dome, you would think nobody would be crazy enough to “borrow” it for the sake of a prank.

If you think that, then you don’t know Duke and how deep the rivalry goes. And the second-most famous instance of somebody stealing Michael Jordan’s jersey came to be. As part of Grantland’s Errol Morris week, the short film (link) goes in detail with the Duke students who organized the 1998 heist as they reveal how exactly they did it, what they were planning to do with the jersey and how things didn’t go as planned. Just another story that adds to the Jordan mystique, I guess. I can’t wait until they make a retro that “honors” this moment…