Spend enough time searching YouTube for one specific "thing" and they'll eventually just do the searching for you.
Just like that. One day you'll visit the site, start to type "keyboard cats," "barefoot grannies," or whatever else into the engine, andBOOM. It's already on the home page: A list of recommended videos containing the VERY content you were about to search for.
Anyway, I know that this feature has been around forever, but I needed to explain how I came across a video called: "Larry Bird hits a bunch of threes."
And that's the explanation. It was just sitting on my YouTube homepage when I visited the site this morning. Did I click on it? Of course. It's called "Larry Bird hits a bunch of threes." That may be the most simple and genius title to any video in existence.
And after clicking, I wasn't disappointed. It was the most random and entertaining 3:50 of my day. So I figured I'd share.
The description under the video only states that the footage came from a 1991 regular season game between the Pacers and Celtics, but through a little research, I figured out that the night in question was March 4, 1991. In other (more depressing) words, just about 22 years ago.
The final score was Celtics 126, Pacers 101, and as the video suggests, Bird did hit a bunch of threes. He was 7-10 from deep on that night and finished with 29 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
As for the video . . .
It picks up in the middle of a random first-quarter possession, with 25-year-old Reggie Lewis being guarded on the perimeter by 25-year-old Reggie Miller. (Crazy to think that they were and still should be the same age. Reggie Miller isn't even that old.) Lewis drives to the lane, but loses the ball. It's picked up by Kevin Gamble and worked around to Bird who then drains a three in Chuck Person's eye.
And we're off.
Tommy Heinsohn is in the booth with someone who's most definitely not Mike Gorman. And Chuck Person is most definitely not the only guy about to be abused by Larry Bird.
Over the course of this 3:50 minute video, Detlef Schrempf also gets it a few times. LaSalle Thompson does too. There's one play where Dee Brown is running a pick-n-roll with Kevin McHale and kicks it out to Larry for a three right in Miller's mug. There's another play where Larry starts to shoot, pump fakes, loses Rik Smits and slings a pass to an open Robert Parish for an incredibly awkward lay-in. There are two occasions where Miller hits a three-pointer and you can see the blood start to boil in Bird's finger tips. In both cases, on the next possession, he gets the balls and immediately makes it rain from incredibly deep, striking Reggie's three from the record.
There are other highlights, including the play-by-play guy's building insanity with every Bird three. It goes from "There's Bird for three" to "Yikes!! Another one!" to my personal favorite "Oh my! Oh my!! Oh my!!!" Larry's got some great passes in there too, including dishes to Gamble and Lewis. At the 1:50 mark, there's even a shot of Bird dribbling the ball between his legs! Don't know if I've ever seen that before.
Towards the end the clip, Kevin McHale gets in on the three-point action with a third quarter buzzer beater, and then the video finishes up as randomly and awesomely as it began . . .
With Dee Brown going coast to coast and finishing with the most athletic play I've seen this season (from a player who's now 44 years old).
"I tell you what . . . PUT IT IN THE HIGHLIGHT FILM!!" Heinsohn screams.
Thankfully, someone listened. And thankfully, that someone's highlight film popped up on my YouTube homepage. (Thanks to fatal9ish for the content)
Enjoy . . .
I told you Dee's finish was great. He was a rookie here. Only 22 years old. Less than a month removed from winning the Dunk Contest. And why I am still typing? This post was supposed to end right after the video.