Fasten your seatbelt

This happened at the Indy 500 Sunday:

Both cars are destroyed. There was a time when a crash like this would have killed both of these drivers. Just take a look at YouTube videos of past Indy car crashes.

Instead, the most seriously hurt person was a photographer behind the wall. Which means spectators are in more danger than drivers are.

Even if you’re not a car racing fan, though, you have to appreciate the safety features being built into these machines, because some variation of them will eventually be put in your family sedan. And when you hit a wall at a much lower speed, you won’t die, either.

What’s so bad about the Bird?

A recent retirement amid the NBA Playoffs:

Larry Bird made the decision last year.

After nearly 40 years in the NBA, he had started plotting an exit strategy.

The 60-year-old Hall-of-Famer finally told the rest of the world Monday: He was stepping down as Indiana’s president of basketball operations, turning the reins over to Kevin Pritchard and staying in the Pacers organization as a scout and consultant.

“Maybe when I turn 70, I’ll come back,” Bird joked. “But right now, my wife is happy. She’s been on this run since I was a sophomore in college.”