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Trending: Birthdays, Danica Patrick, All-Star

Some days are a little more noteworthy than others when it comes to sports birthdays.

Today, Feb. 18, we blow out candles for the late Enzo Ferrari, ex-Dodgers star Manny Mota (75), former NFL safety George Teague (41) and Pistons power forward Jason Maxiell (30), among others in the sports world. Of course, it's also Presidents Day, even though no presidents were actually born on this date.

Feb. 17 is a different story. There's something special in the sports genetic DNA lottery on May 17. Nine months later, fans and athletes alike celebrated the birthdays of three Hall of Famers, two of whom were considered to be among the best who ever played in their sports.

The celebration of Michael Jordan's 50th birthday began on social media and elsewhere long before Sunday. And on Jordan's big day, Stephen Jackson of the Spurs echoed the gratitude of many NBA players with this post on Instagram:

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From stak5ots via Instagram.

There was a regal tribute from King James himself:

Kevin Durant offered some of his favorite Jordan highlights:

Former Spurs center David Robinson, who played with Jordan on the 1992 Olympic team and was inducted into the Hall of Fame on the same day in 2009, posted this trip down memory lane. Sometimes 140 characters isn't enough when you're talking about one legend meeting another:

From all accounts, everyone enjoyed the party:

Also Sunday, NFL legendary running back, actor and activist Jim Brown turned 77:

Brown's impact wasn't lost on today's stars:

Brown was grateful. And that cake looks pretty good, too:

Not to be overlooked was the 47th birthday of NHL Hall of Famer and current Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille. He got his present a bit early, when the Kings won their first-ever Stanley Cup last June. That's a good thing, because his birthday was probably spoiled by a loss to the Blackhawks:

Smart fans were covering all their bases, including the Kings' senior director of digital strategy, Dewayne Hankins Jr.:

Before all of those candles were blown out, Danica Patrick made history at Daytona International Speedway by becoming the first woman to win the pole position in a Sprint Cup race. Patrick gave "90 percent" of the credit for her success this weekend to car owner Tony Stewart, crew chief Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman10) and their crew:

And once all of that cake was eaten, the West won the NBA All-Star Game 143-138. The win came in part from MVP Chris Paul's 20 points, 30 points from Durant and a key block by Kobe Bryant on James. And how good was Paul in his MVP effort? Let's ask Dwight Schrute:

Bill Speros is an ESPN.COM contributor. He can be reached on Twitter @billsperos or via e-mail at bsperos1@gmail.com.