Words By Jason Hortillas
Like rap beefs, your greatest rival defines your career. For these two basketball players, their rivalry not only defined them but also the sport they represented.
Today is the 30 year anniversary of the historic 1979 NCAA championship between Ervin “Magic” Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores. Propelling college ball into the spotlight, the legendary match up was the first clash of the heavyweights on a national stage as Michigan State took the title. As a result, the blueprint of March Madness was born with this duo and so it all began. And it continued as both superstars went pro and the ensuing battles between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers helped the NBA become the entertainment juggernaut it is today.
This should be a holiday, for real.