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So Michael Jordan was among the many to "surprise" Oprah Winfrey as she taped one of her last shows, and you have to wonder if any star-studded fete to someone like Winfrey would have been legitimate had Michael Jordan not been there. I mean, come on. He's Michael Jordan. He's the Oprah Winfrey of basketball. Did I just ruin anything for you?

It does make sense. Jordan began his rise to prominence in Chicago right as Winfrey scored a role in "The Color Purple," and just as her nationally syndicated show was about to take off. The Queen of Greektown's (nobody calls her that) final shows are being taped this week, and with the United Center the setting for one of those finales, it certainly seemed an inevitability that Jordan would appear. Especially after Will Smith introduced the building as "the house that Michael Jordan built." It's not as if Jerry Reinsdorf was walking out after that.

(And Michael, it appears, has finally shaved off that mustache. You know what I'm talking about. That one. Thankfully.)

Oprah has received some flak for her needless aiding and abetting as James Frey smarmed back into our lives, and the litany of pat-on-the-back quotes from all manner of entertainment stars in this wire service recap is a little nauseating, but you can't knock the woman's accomplishments. She started with nothing and moved on at the top of her game, and she's not likely to be suiting up for whatever the Washington Wizards of entertainment are anytime soon.

Also, I should probably tune into one of her shows, one of these days.

(Actually, that's not true. I did watch the Roger Ebert one. And, uh, the one where the guy turned blue because he drank too much colloidal silver.)

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