33 And Life To Go

Courtesy Getty ImagesNot long ago I celebrated my birthday — my thirty-third to be precise. I have often joked that this is my Larry Bird Year, because of course, Larry Legend is the greatest #33 there is, and that is what the jersey number of the athlete has become for us: part of a densely packaged meme.

But this latest story takes the idea of the jersey number as identifier to a whole new level: a man in Oklahoma City has requested that his prison term be extended from 30 to 33 years to honour Bird, his favourite player.

And here I was discussing the link between jersey numbers and the carceral — how trite in comparison!

(via SportsFilter)

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