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Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer

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.

No luck so far.

I know this song is a memorable one for anyone who lived in or around the state of Indiana during the Hoosiers’ 1987 tournament run. It was a big deal. Even caused a little bit of controversy. The NCAA said they couldn’t use players’ names. If they did use players’ names, they would have to rule those players ineligible for the national championship game, because a commercial enterprise using a player’s name would negatively influence their amateur status.

Indiana's banners hanging at Assembly Hall

The station had the greatest response ever. “OK,” they said, “If you’re going to make players ineligible because we’re using their names, we’re going to make a song about each and every Syracuse player.”

I guess the NCAA backed off because the song kept playing on the airwaves.

I’m sure you found this page because you are looking for a recording of Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer. I’m sorry you won’t find it here. Yet. Maybe together we can track it down and make the world a much better place?

If you have any leads, please contact me.

In the meantime, here are the lyrics to Stevie, Shoot a Three Pointer (as best as I can tell):

Sung to the tune of The Letter 
(click here if you need to hear the original)

Get me a ticket for an aeroplane.
Got to see the Hoosiers win another game.
The other guys will lose
Scorin’ two by twos.
Stevie, shoot a three pointer

What do you mean his foot was on the line?

I don’t care what other teams you’ve got to play.
You’re gonna stomp on them, anyway.
Come on, Bobby Knight,
Throw some chairs tonight.
And Stevie, shoot a three pointer.

Hey are you a referee or a zebra?

Stevie shoot a three pointer
It’s so easy, you know
You can do it all day.

Shoot from 20 and you score.
Next year, make it 24.
That’s NBA
Good luck in the draft.

I don’t care how much money I got to spend.
Got to be there to see those Hoosiers win.
Getting extra score
From that sign upon the floor
Stevie, shoot a three pointer.

What? Forty five seconds? Hey, ref! When was the last time your offense lasted 45 seconds?


I don’t care how much money I got to spend.
Can’t stand to look at Dick Enberg again.
If you snooze you lose.
Don’t score two by twos.
Stevie, shoot a three pointer.

Lose the ball? Hey, ref! Lose this!

Stevie, shoot a three pointer
Everyone in the joint here
Is screaming “S A!”
Those are your initials, man

Steve, these seats have lots of luck
I just spent 300 bucks.
That’s a week’s pay!
Wait till my wife finds out


I don’t care how much money I’ve got to spend,
Can’t stand to look at Dick Enberg again.
If you snooze you lose.
Don’t score two by twos.
Stevie, shoot a three pointer.

Go, Stevie, shoot a three pointer.


‘Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer’ – My apologies

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Indiana Hoosiers gear at Fanatics.comThere’s been a spike in traffic to my site. I guess you could call it a March Madness spike? I don’t know what to call it. It should probably be something catchy because it happens every year during the NCAA tournament. This year, however, saw a much larger increase in traffic to posts about one topic in particular. It’s probably because of UCLA’s return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008. During the month of March, people stumble upon my blog because of this song:

Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer

Apparently I’m not the only person who remembers this song. I’m not the only one who loved this song. I’m not the only one who wants to hear the song again. Because a lot of people searched for it this March.

It used to be online. I even linked to it. But now it has disappeared. I’m sorry if you’ve stumbled upon my blog in an effort to find the song. I’ll do what I can to find another copy of it. And when I do, I’ll be sure to share it again for all the world to hear when they start searching for it again next March.

In case you had forgotten, this song generated some controversy when local stations played it on the radio.

Indiana Hoosiers gear at

Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer is such a great piece of local sports and radio history. I sure hope I can find a copy of it again.

Stevie Shoot a Three-Pointer [Flashback Friday]

After last night’s bracket-busting loss, this post might be more like pouring salt in people’s wounds, but I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head all week. And I don’t care that it screwed up my bracket. I really didn’t think my Final Four picks would happen, but the dream was fun while it lasted.

I like to think that I had a hand in getting Stevie Shoot a Three-Pointer online for the world to hear online. At the end of a post where I discussed Knight throwing the chair and how they should name the bench after him, I asked this question:

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.

Spoon replied in the comments. He had a copy. A few days later, I discovered this….

Stevie Shoot a Three Pointer

You’re welcome, Internet.

Oh. And pay no attention to those timestamps that say my conversation with Spoon happened in 2010 and this video was posted in 2008. Don’t bother me with small details like that. 😉

Todd Family Final Four Picks 2013


We have a family tradition of the kids participating in a bracket challenge every year. I’ve tried to share their picks with y’all. This year’s no different. You might discover a little bit of a trend among the majority of the family. We aren’t biased.

At all.

Aiden’s Picks

New Mexico

Indiana defeats Louisville in the Championship Game

Aly’s Picks


Indiana over Louisville for the National Championship

Mihret’s Picks

St. Louis
Oklahoma (which she pronounces “Obama”)
Ole Miss

Montana has an amazing run and defeats St. Louis to win the National Championship by a score of 5-3.

My Picks

I decided this year to just pick the Final Four that I’d like to see. I went with three teams with strong coaching connections to Indiana:

Indiana (duh)
New Mexico (Steve Alford)
St. Louis (Jimmy Crews)
Kansas – I rounded it out with a team that IU should have beaten in the tournament 20 years ago. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Or something like that.

The Championship Game ends with Indiana over St. Louis

I know. I’m biased. And that’s OK. Do I think this Final Four will happen? Probably not. Do I think it would be cool if it happened? Absolutely!

My Bracket
My 2013 Bracket.

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting tool this year called the Blindfold Brackets. They take away the names of each team and have you pick based off of the team’s resume. I did it after doing my “real” bracket. The results were quite interesting. The Elite Eight is almost identical.

My Blind Bracket Picks
Blind Bracket Picks

What are YOUR picks this year? Who are YOU rooting for?

oh yeah….