The Replay: Larry Bird, Nick Kroll, and Purdue Basketball
Every Friday, we post up The Replay, our sports roundup. It’s mostly fouls and airballs.
» Bird Watching: Larry Bird returned to “The Kroll Show” this week. Well, comedian Nick Kroll’s version. Last season, the Comedy Central sketch show featured The Legend of Young Larry Bird, which became an instant classic thanks to “shootin’s for show-offs” and a Mellencamp-esque theme song that is a total earworm. This time around, Kroll reprised the role in a Cheers spoof, playing the Hall of Famer as Bird-meets-Woody (Boyd).
The Legend of Young Larry Bird:
» Chugging Along: Raise your hand if you thought the Purdue Boilermakers were going to have this kind of season. Those with your hands still raised, stop lying. The Boilers continued to outperform expectations, beating No. 20 Ohio State on Wednesday and taking second place in the Big Ten in advance of Saturday’s game against Minnesota.
» Now Read This: SB Nation contributor Jeremy Collins gives us “a requiem for Bobby Knight” in his longform story “The General Who Never Was.”
» Bonus Read: Deadspin cautions not to get fooled by No More, the NFL’s domestic violence partner.