As long as we're talking history in the real world, here are some NBA things to think about:
1. Allen Iverson told reporters in Detroit that ''Happy is an understatement. I'm ecstatic'' about being traded to the Pistons, but he can't keep the No. 3 jersey he wore through his 10-plus seasons with the 76ers. Two reasons: First, it belongs to Rodney Stuckey, who, by all accounts, would have been happy to give it up; second, the NBA, for marketing and licensing reasons, won't allow it to change until next season, assuming Iverson is still a Piston. A.I. will wear No. 1.
2. Jerry Stackhouse, selected to be the Sixers' centerpiece in the draft preceding Iverson's arrival in 1996, celebrates his 34th birthday today. Stack at 34? Yikes.
3. The San Antonio Spurs have started a season 0-3 for the first time since 1973. That would be before Tim Duncan was born. That would be when the Spurs were still in the old ABA.