New Book: “People Thought Larry Bird Was Black”

CBS college basketball analyst Seth Davis has a new book out about the 1979 NCAA basketball title game between Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores called “When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball.” I noticed one detail in a story on it in the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL that had me scratching my head. In the book, Davis claims that before Indiana State’s nationally televised home finale against Wichita State, “many people thought Bird was black.”

Larry Bird t-shirt

(I’m pretty sure he’s white.)

You can imagine that I was pretty skeptical of Davis’ claim. Then I read a quote:

“All the next week I got lots of calls from my friends back in Denver who saw the game,” said Bob Heaton, Bird’s roommate and teammate. “They couldn’t believe Larry Bird was a white guy.”

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Please Don’t Tase The Indiana State Quarterback

Losing 60-7 would be enough to make any college football player want to drown his sorrows after the game. But Calvin Schmidtke learned the hard way on Sunday morning why it’s not such a great idea to do that if you’re underage, and why it’s an especially bad idea to run away from the cops if you get caught. The INDIANA STATESMAN reports that the Indiana State quarterback was arrested and charged with underage drinking and resisting arrest after cops had to use a taser to subdue him.

Calvin Schmidtke released by Washington State

I guess opposing defensive coordinators can cross “elusiveness” of off his list of atrributes when scouting him for the rest of the season.

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