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There’s a lot that’s been said about the death of perhaps the greatest entertainer of the modern era, and how it impacted the sports world. Most of this talk was, as is the increasing norm, reduced to Twitter updates. Then there are the inescapable memorials from CNN and the like. Unfortunately, they seem to only want to remember Jackson in this incarnation, that is, as the freakshow he became instead of the genius he started out as.

And if you think I’m overusing the word, check out this particular performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

A little more on our ode to the real MJ after the jump >>