And under the category of Why Didn't This Happen Sooner ... Saturday, Nov. 9, has officially been declared Larry Bird Day in Indiana.
Governor Mike Pence issued the proclamation, which coincides with the dedication of a 15-foot bronze statue of Bird at Indiana State University.
"Through his athleticism, passion, leadership and tenacity, Larry Bird helped to transform the game of basketball into the one Hoosiers know and love today," said Pence. "Larry Bird Day celebrates the legacy and success of this extraordinary Hoosier as an all-star NBA player, Olympian, and Indiana Pacers coach and executive. On behalf of the State of Indiana, I thank him for his contributions and for representing the Hoosier state well on a national level."
That's awesome. Also awesome is the fact there'll be a statue of Larry at ISU -- although, recalling the way Bird was shielded from the media during his time in Terre Haute, I think a companion statue of former ISU coaches Bill King and Bill Hodges telling reporters "Sorry, but Larry won't be answering any questions" would make a lovely companion statue.
But, you know, that's just me.