Does the Indiana Pacers loss to the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals feel like just yesterday? Still a sore subject?
I apologize, but I have one more “Debbie Downer” thing to mention before I go back to watching the Pacers versus Heat rematch. This time last year, we were also getting wind of Larry Bird’s retirement as Pacers President.
I only bring this up, because I am not a sport’s analyst, reporter, enthusiast or even a passive commentator. While I have nothing new or noteworthy to contribute to the “Pacers, NBA Playoffs, Atlanta, New York, Miami, Eastern Conference Finals, #BlueCollarGoldSwagger, #BeatTheHeat” Twitter chatter, I do have a fairly useless, sort-of Pacers-related, definitely Larry Bird-related, fun fact. And, if this fun fact is news to you, it might be worth a mention during an Eastern Conference Finals commercial break.
The Twitter bird has a name. Meet Larry. Larry the Bird.
Catching my drift?
The Twitter bird is named after basketball legend and former Pacers coach and president, Larry Bird.
Twitter’s co-founder, Biz Stone, grew up in Massachusetts. While those of us from Indiana think of Larry Bird as a Hoosier, I imagine Stone was wide-eyed and grinning when Larry Bird led the Boston Celtics to two NBA championships. That may or may not be the reason Stone named his company’s logo after the basketball legend, but in August of 2011, he did confirm Larry Bird is the namesake.
It is still unclear if the new Twitter bird kept the name, but until I’m told otherwise, I’ll call him Larry.
I hope you remember this tidbit of unnecessary social media knowledge next time you, too, have nothing new or noteworthy to add to a NBA Playoffs conversation. And, finally … Go Pacers! Beat The Heat!