Friday, October 21, 2005

Taking Larry Bird to the Hole

I thought I was a sports fan because I sometimes watch SportsCenter back to back. This guy is hard core:

Larry Bird Inspires Man's Longer Jail Term

OKLAHOMA CITY - A man got a prison term longer than prosecutors and defense attorneys had agreed to — all because of Celtics great Larry Bird.

The lawyers reached a plea agreement Tuesday for a 30-year term for a man accused of shooting with an intent to kill and robbery. But Eric James Torpy wanted his prison term to match Bird's jersey number 33.

"He said if he was going to go down, he was going to go down in Larry Bird's jersey," Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott said Wednesday. "We accommodated his request and he was just as happy as he could be.

"I've never seen anything like this in 26 years in the courthouse. But, I know the DA is happy about it."

Bird was one of my faves too,though I was also a big fan of Robert Parish, a former Celtic great and a teammate of Bird. Since Eric James Torpy is already doing a stretch in honor of Bird's jersey, if I were being sentenced I guess I'd have to ask to do Parish's number.

Any Celtic or hoops fans out there who remember what Chief's number was?


Anonymous said...


The Village Idiot said...

ding ding ding ding!

we have a winner!

Robert Parish was #00


Chuck said...

Double-zero is correct. As a sophmoron in high school, I was lucky enough to play basketball on the Varsity squad. (yeah, the team was pretty weak) I played the whole JV game and then rode the pine for the varsity game unless we were winning or losing by a wide margin. The only jersey available to me was number 0. Yup, not double zero like the Chief, just plain 0. I tried to play it off as though I had the chief's number but fooled very few. (mostly just the cheerleaders)The refs seemed to be surprised to see the big goose egg on a jersey. I think it tended to imprint on their brain so much so that a large majority of the time that they called fouls, they called it on me. I actually had a foul called on me while I was on the bench. The foul was committed by #10 but they called it on #0, which was me. It was for the best, #10 was a much better player than me.

The Village Idiot said...

Chuck, you totally rock.
I'm a big fan of ol' #0

the idiot