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(YouTube) Video 33 years ago today, Indiana State and Michigan State faced off for the NCAA title. The most-watched college hoops game of all-time; Bird v. Magic; The Game that begat March Madness; Duke sucks   (youtube.com) divider line 30
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2012-03-26 04:13:48 AM
Then there was this bunch...

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2012-03-26 10:35:02 AM
I hope Magic wins!
 
2012-03-26 11:17:21 AM
Great video.

The narration in this video is refreshingly corny and pure. It's great to go back to a time when re-caps and profiles like this weren't laden with catch phrases and sarcastic commentary. They just told the story with the admiration and awe of a 10 year-old sports fan.
 
2012-03-26 11:20:13 AM
Wonder how that game would have ended up today. No 3 point shot, no bonus fouls or double bonus either.
 
2012-03-26 11:26:13 AM

Midnight Rambler: Great video.

The narration in this video is refreshingly corny and pure. It's great to go back to a time when re-caps and profiles like this weren't laden with catch phrases and sarcastic commentary. They just told the story with the admiration and awe of a 10 year-old sports fan.


So you're saying you're pretty glad GUS JOHNSON! wasn't calling the game?
 
2012-03-26 11:33:41 AM

Ponzholio: Midnight Rambler: Great video.

The narration in this video is refreshingly corny and pure. It's great to go back to a time when re-caps and profiles like this weren't laden with catch phrases and sarcastic commentary. They just told the story with the admiration and awe of a 10 year-old sports fan.

So you're saying you're pretty glad GUS JOHNSON! wasn't calling the game?


Ha! Exactly.
 
2012-03-26 11:41:48 AM
Larry Bird was a prima donna who couldn't hack it at a real basketball school. If he couldn't be the star of the team, he was just going to take his ball and go home. Which is exactly what he did, storming off of the IU campus after less than a month.
 
2012-03-26 12:05:48 PM

Shaggy_C: Larry Bird was a prima donna who couldn't hack it at a real basketball school. If he couldn't be the star of the team, he was just going to take his ball and go home. Which is exactly what he did, storming off of the IU campus after less than a month.


No, Larry Bird did not like the city life.
 
2012-03-26 12:12:59 PM
Broktun

No, Larry Bird did not like the city life.

Without looking it up, you sure Terre Haute is smaller than Bloomington?...off to research.
 
2012-03-26 12:15:23 PM
2010 census (I guess 1980 census would be better, but I dont have that handy):

Bloomington, IN MSA 192,714
Terre Haute, IN MSA 172,425

Bloomington is bigger, I would have guessed the other way. But not exactly functionally different.
 
2012-03-26 12:19:04 PM

Tjos Weel: Broktun

No, Larry Bird did not like the city life.

Without looking it up, you sure Terre Haute is smaller than Bloomington?...off to research.



Bloomington is larger, but not by much. Also, Indiana State is much smaller campus comparatively.

/born in Terre Haute
//educated in Bloomington
///Hoosier born and raised
 
2012-03-26 12:22:26 PM

HellRaisingHoosier: Tjos Weel: Broktun

No, Larry Bird did not like the city life.

Without looking it up, you sure Terre Haute is smaller than Bloomington?...off to research.


Bloomington is larger, but not by much. Also, Indiana State is much smaller campus comparatively.

/born in Terre Haute
//educated in Bloomington
///Hoosier born and raised


I guess I should have said "big campus life".
 
2012-03-26 12:23:48 PM
HellRaisingHoosier

Hoosier born and raised

On Friday night, a friend declared me "racist against Hoosiers". I couldnt really disagree with him.
 
2012-03-26 12:23:55 PM
Bird v. Magic; The Game

I first read that as "Bird v. Magic: The Gathering."

/nerd
 
2012-03-26 12:26:01 PM
"It's an airborne foul, and that gives Johnson two shots instead of one!"

Really?
 
2012-03-26 12:41:09 PM

Ponzholio: Midnight Rambler: Great video.

The narration in this video is refreshingly corny and pure. It's great to go back to a time when re-caps and profiles like this weren't laden with catch phrases and sarcastic commentary. They just told the story with the admiration and awe of a 10 year-old sports fan.

So you're saying you're pretty glad GUS JOHNSON! wasn't calling the game?


There is a place in sports for both types of narration.

I was ten who Gus called "Houson....off the front of the rim.........AND IN!" and it is still the best call I can ever remember.
 
2012-03-26 12:53:25 PM

jst3p: "It's an airborne foul, and that gives Johnson two shots instead of one!"

Really?


RLY

/old rule, no longer in effect
 
2012-03-26 02:47:41 PM
31 years later the NCAA began its two year run of letting Butler into the championship game, killing off all goodwill they had accumulated up until that point.

/god those games were abominations
 
2012-03-26 02:54:30 PM

germ78: 31 years later the NCAA began its two year run of letting Butler into the championship game, killing off all goodwill they had accumulated up until that point.

/god those games were abominations


The first one was at least close.
 
2012-03-26 03:32:05 PM

Shaggy_C: Larry Bird was a prima donna who couldn't hack it at a real basketball school.


1. You could fill the state of Indiana with Bobby Knight's ego and still have enough left over for Kentucky, Mizzou and Kansas.

2. How many of those guys that were around during Larry's time in college even made a dent in the pros (other than Kent Benson, who Bird via McHale, made his personal biatch)?
 
2012-03-26 03:34:27 PM

germ78: 31 years later the NCAA began its two year run of letting Butler into the championship game, killing off all goodwill they had accumulated up until that point.

/god those games were abominations


Sorry, but I'll take the Butler/NCState/Villanova upset over the usual suspects in the Final Four. "March Madness" didn't come into being because a combo of the same old big name schools were appearing the FF every year.
 
2012-03-26 03:41:22 PM
Sorry, but I'll take the Butler/NCState/Villanova upset over the usual suspects in the Final Four. "March Madness" didn't come into being because a combo of the same old big name schools were appearing the FF every year.

Upsets are fine and dandy in the first couple of rounds, but when it comes down to the final four and the round of 8, people want to see UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Mich St, etc go head to head.

The UNC/Kentucky game was great.
 
2012-03-26 03:41:57 PM
err Kansas
 
2012-03-26 05:19:10 PM
Shaggy_C: Larry Bird was a prima donna who couldn't hack it at a real basketball school.

Rwa2play
1. You could fill the state of Indiana with Bobby Knight's ego and still have enough left over for Kentucky, Mizzou and Kansas.
2. How many of those guys that were around during Larry's time in college even made a dent in the pros (other than Kent Benson, who Bird via McHale, made his personal biatch)?


Knight lost two other members of Larry Bird's recruiting class at Indiana, Rich Valavicius and Bob Bender, due to his antics. At that point in time he must have been completely out of control. Both of them have described what a living hell Knight turned their lives into, and how happy they were to leave. He lost half of that recruiting class and their senior year they didn't even qualify to play in this NCAA tournament--they went to the NIT instead.
 
2012-03-26 09:36:46 PM

Shaggy_C: Larry Bird was a prima donna who couldn't hack it at a real basketball school. If he couldn't be the star of the team, he was just going to take his ball and go home. Which is exactly what he did, storming off of the IU campus after less than a month.


Is it possible to give a troll a score lower than 0/10? 'Cos if so, consider it done.
 
2012-03-26 11:34:05 PM
Loved that game. I was 17, not much younger than those guys. Had the thrill about 10 years later to see Bird, McHale and Parrish in the Boston Garden.

NBA didn;t have too many good years left after 1990. Sad.
 
2012-03-27 01:09:10 AM

Shaggy_C: Larry Bird was a prima donna who couldn't hack it at a real basketball school. If he couldn't be the star of the team, he was just going to take his ball and go home. Which is exactly what he did, storming off of the IU campus after less than a month.


That's what happens when your coach throws chairs at you.
 
2012-03-27 12:05:56 PM
Craig Sager's entire current wardrobe was purchased the year this game was played.
 
2012-03-27 04:20:25 PM

Shaggy_C: Larry Bird was a prima donna who couldn't hack it at a real basketball school. If he couldn't be the star of the team, he was just going to take his ball and go home. Which is exactly what he did, storming off of the IU campus after less than a month.


Bird wasn't so much a prima donna as he is a card carrying badass who takes not an ounce of shiat from any man alive. He's still that way. If you put Bird and Knight in the same room I'd give an under/over of about three minutes before Bird tells Knight to go fark himself. He's kind of a hostile guy, really.

Terre Haute probably was bigger than Bloomington in the mid-70's, it's a largish town that's been steadily growing smallish for a century or so.
 
2012-03-27 08:04:16 PM

BlameBush: Wonder how that game would have ended up today. No 3 point shot, no bonus fouls or double bonus either.


Yeah, but did you catch Magic's 4 point play when he got fouled on a dunk and got 2 free throws? What's up with that? Didn't know that rule existed once upon a time.
 
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