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Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"
Back in 1987, as the Hoosiers were poised to make their national championship run, Evansville’s own 96 STO aired a song recorded by Furry Head and the Favorites called Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer. I only heard it a few times on the radio, but I never forgot it. And ever since I wrote about this song some eight years ago, I’ve been on a mission to find a digital copy of this song online.
I haven’t been able to find one.
I did find a copy once. But it disappeared soon after that. Even the Wayback Machine couldn’t help. So my mission has resumed. I know a lot of people have stumbled upon my blog, looking for Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer. And I don’t blame them. Because it’s probably the best parody song ever. I don’t want to disappoint anyone. So I’m on my mission again.
I’ve even emailed and tweeted the fine folks at 96 STO to see if they can be any help.
I don’t know if he’s still doing it, but for a very long time, Dick Vitale was relentlessly calling for IU to rename Assembly Hall to Robert Montgomery Knight Assembly Hall. Nevermind the fact that the school usually doesn’t name facilities after someone until after that person has died. And although Knight has retired from coaching, he’s far from dead.
I think there was also a time that Vitale lobbied for the court to be named after Knight, similar to Coach K Court at Cameron Indoor. But the court has already been named after Branch McCracken.
The thing is, Knight already has a lasting legacy at Assembly Hall. And I’m not talking about the three NCAA Championship banners that hang from the rafters there.
Here’s a hint:
If I remember correctly, Tom Crean even tried to pick up a chair this season during one of the games where the officiating was especially terrible.
Why? Because of Knight’s lasting legacy at Assembly Hall.
If you look closely at the chairs, you’ll notice that they are essentially tied together and bolted to the floor.
Why don’t they just name it the Robert Montgomery Knight Team Bench? Maybe Mr. Vitale could start lobbying for this name-change. It would be a fitting tribute, don’t you think?
And I’m only half-joking.
On a somewhat related note, does anyone remember a song that was played on the radio during IU’s 1987 tournament run that had the line, “Come on, Bobby Knight, throw some chairs tonight. And Stevie, shoot a three-pointer!”? I’ve looked all over for a recording of that.
I could share all of the memorable quotes from this very colorful figure, and maybe I’ll do that someday. But for now, in recognition of Coach Knight’s retirement (which is effective immediately), I figured it’s appropriate to post this video. Be sure to watch that beautiful shot at the end of the video.
Now that he’s not with Tech anymore, I wonder how long before some short-sighted IU fan who hasn’t been able to turn the page the last 8 years will start making noise about how he should replace Sampson. Even if that would be a good thing, it ain’t gonna happen!! It’s time for some people to let it go. And I’m sure the number of Texas Tech fans in Indiana will drop off (and that’s a good thing, in my opinion).
Love him or hate him, Coach Knight has definitely received very strong reaction over the years. With all of that being said, he was one heck of a coach in his prime and he deserves credit for that. I’m sure it was time for him to step down, but college basketball is certainly losing one of its most memorable and colorful figures.
IU plays Kentucky tomorrow. In the spirit of the rivalry, I present another video. This one’s of the last time Duke got beat on Kentucky’s floor. Notice all of the red.
Some people call this the greatest game ever. When stacked up against IU’s 1984 win against Carolina and one Michael Jordan, the 1987 championship game with ‘The Shot,’ and IU’s ‘upset’ win against UCLA to go to the Final Four in ’92, it’s tough to say that it’s the best IU game in my own lifetime. That being said, it’s definitely in my top five. The fact that it was at Rupp makes it all the more sweet.
As promised several weeks ago, here are more pictures from the Indians game earlier this month. It only took me 30 seconds to upload all of them, compared with the 15 minutes it used to take to upload each picture. What does that mean? That’s right – dialup is no more. We’ve finally caught up with the 21st century. This also means we have a new phone number. If you don’t have it and want it, shoot me an email.
Now, without further delay – I present…pictures!!
After the game, they allowed fans on the field to watch the fireworks. Unfortunately, they shot them from a different location this time and most people couldn’t see the fireworks from the field. We eventually found a spot that was only semi-obstructed. In spite of our limited view, the show was impressive. I especially liked the Colts tribute section where they shot off blue and white fireworks. I think they even created a horseshoe. And they played all the songs they could think of that had the word ‘blue’ in it (i.e. Blue Suede Shoes, Blue, and the otherBlue, etc.). Since it was an anniversary of the Sky Concert (25th?), they presented it as a ‘retrospective.’ That means they also honored the Hoosiers basketball national championship teams and shot off red and white fireworks. No such honor for Purdue though. Wonder why. Oh – that’s right. No men’s national championship banners to block your view at Mackey Arena.
Tonight is Larry Eifler’s final performance as a teacher in the EVSC. It will be a very special This is Our Story.
Mr. Eifler taught me how to play trumpet. I know I wasn’t very good, but he had the patience necessary to teach me the fundamentals. I remember there were three of us in the brass section. Chris Cooke played trombone. Sean Bennett played baritone. I played the trumpet. During the Final Four that year, we each took a team to root for in a “friendly little bet.” Don’t worry – no money changed hands. I don’t even think the winner got a handshake. I think Chris took Indiana right off the bat. I got stuck with Providence. What a strange memory to have of elementary school instrumental music.
I was sad to read that the Tonette Band isn’t around anymore. That was always the highlight of This is Our Story. When I performed with the honors band my senior year, it was really cool to see the foruth graders do their thing. I know budget cuts were necessary, but it seems like that was a tradition that should not have died.
Thank you, Mr. Eifler, for the difference you have made in so many children’s lives!
Looking at the mindset of this year’s incoming freshman class, I have realized two things that make me feel very old…
This year’s freshmen never saw the Challenger fly (#54).
All of the mainstream press is making a big deal about this class having grown up with Starbucks. That’s not the big shocker to me. What bugs me isn’t even on the list…
This year’s incoming class was born the same year IU won its last national championship (1987)! They don’t remember IU as a national champion. I remember watching Keith Smart nail the game-winner like it was yesterday. OK, not quite that vividly, but I do remember watching the game and my dad calling up everyone he knew so he could borrow as much IU paraphernalia as possible to wear to work the next morning. I can’t say I blame him. He did work in Kentucky, after all. Believe me, I know what being in Kentucky can do to an IU fan!
Aaah…the glory of old IU (anyone catch the reference?)…
In some ways, it seems like yesterday that the Hoosiers were a dominant force in men’s basketball. In other ways, it seems like a very, very long time ago.
Which IU team’s “winning tradition” really needs restoration?
If this makes me feel old, does this mean I’ll keep feeling older and older every time one of these lists comes out? Is it really downhill from here? I’m not even thirty yet!!
IU is keeping Mike Davis is keeping his job as coach of the Hoosiers. Now Steve Alford, Tulane, Tennessee, Bruce Pearl, and anyone else mentioned in the perpetual rumor mill that is IU fandom this season can get back to their lives as usual. The Indianapolis Star reports the Athletic Department intends to release an official statement this afternoon.
I think he deserves another chance. He has a good core, and there really was some gelling as a team (if you don’t count the Big Ten tournament). Sounds like a season on the brink, though.