Dive into it. Take a running start and heave yourself into the bottomless well of goodness that is Larry Bird’s high school yearbook photo.
Like a direct message from God himself, this work of art descended from the Twitter heavens—more specifically, it was brought to our attention this fine #ThrowbackThursday by Sports Illustrated’s Andy Gray.
The written word becomes a frail device in the presence of such visual grandeur, but suffice to say, Bird was a vision to behold at Springs Valley High School in the early 1970s.
Mop top? Check. Somber expression? Roger. Even as a youth in small-town French Lick, he had long hair and clearly didn’t care.
For comparison’s sake, I must ask—is Bird’s yearbook shot better than Mike Krzyzewski’s photo from his West Point days? It’s close.
“Mick Krizilonski” in all his resplendent, comb-over pageantry is difficult to outclass, but let's not forget about young Bird’s suit-and-tie game. He’s rocking a solid knot. It doesn’t appear to be a Double Windsor, but beggars can’t be choosers.
In other news, I’m looking to commission a tasteful reproduction of these pictures to hang around my residence—probably in the bathroom, or wherever they’ll make guests the most uncomfortable.
The Bird is strictly a suit-and-tie-wearing dude.