Category — Ali
Where’s Arte Moreno? Magic Johnson?
The usual suspects such as Roger Goodell, David Stern and Bud Selig are among a list of the 50 most powerful people (only 3 women) in sports. But Ed O’Bannon? That’s right. The former UCLA star could change the landscape of college sports with his suit against the NCAA.
March 6, 2013 No Comments
Bummer. I’m heartbroken beyond words. One of the greatest boxing trainers of this era, Steward passed today in Chicago reportedly from colon cancer. He was only 68.
He trained many of the greatest fighters and champions, but his work with Thomas Hearns always stood out most to me. I also fondly recall him smacking and cussing out Lennox Lewis during 1 of his fights when the former heavyweight champ was giving a lackluster performance before being spurned on to victory by Steward.
The commentary he provided on many big fights on HBO was second to none. He knew the game as well as anyone, the strategy and the fighters and translated it all in simple terms to viewers.
The world has lost a great man today. RIP Manny.
October 25, 2012 No Comments
We’re huge fans of Steve Rushin. He’s an outstanding writer and a witty 1 at that. Still, we’re a bit confused that Gorgeous George didn’t make his list of favorite Georges, especially ahead of that Steinbrenner dude. What did he do again? But Big George, 1 of the greatest fighters and personalities of all time, especially when it comes to Georges, made the cut.
July 4, 2012 No Comments
Nineteen 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition models paid tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali as they took the ring from the historic Ali-Larry Homes boxing match held at Caesars Palace on Oct. 2, 1980. The stunning lineup posed alongside an 8-foot-tall SI cover featuring Ali.
The celebrated Ali/Holmes fight was the first mega-fight ever held on a casino property and set the stage for hundreds of sports events that helped to establish Las Vegas as a top U.S. destination for great sports spectaculars.
From left to right: Crystal Renn, Alyssa Miller, Michelle Vawer, Adaora, Kirby Griffin, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Anne V, Jessica Gomes, Julie Henderson, Jessica Perez, Nina Agdal, Cintia Dicker, Izabel Goulart, Ariel Meredith, Genevieve Morton.
Image courtesy of Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau
February 16, 2012 No Comments
The Hall of Famer will be forever linked as the influential trainer of Muhammad Ali. Dundee passed today in Tampa, Fla. He was 90.
February 1, 2012 No Comments
On Tuesday, Muhammad Ali will hit another milestone. On Saturday, the champ and 350 of his closest friends held an early birthday celebration in his native Louisville.
January 15, 2012 No Comments
The track and field legend talks about his new book and how the 1968 Olympics changed his life.
December 7, 2011 No Comments
The former heavyweight contender, who battled Ali and Foreman and was considered 1 of the hardest punchers in the division during the 70s, passed Saturday after complications from a stomach abscess. He was only 70.
November 27, 2011 No Comments
It will make you laugh and it will make you cry.
I’ve been kinda pouring through Joe Frazier pieces all day. Can’t help it. Frazier and Ali was the best thing in sports when I was a kid growing up in Boley.
This piece, published in 2009, is an excellent read and 1 of the best I’ve read in the past 24 hours. A taste: “Frazier is driving his white Cadillac Escalade, with a handicapped placard hanging off the rearview mirror. He hits the gas and the vehicle flies to the next stoplight, where he brakes hard. Approaching one light, he brakes and also slips the car out of gear to help stop it and avoid read-ending a car that has stopped short in front of him. He explains in matter-of-fact fashion that some people think that kind of thing strips the transmission, but how they’re actually dead wrong about that.”
November 9, 2011 No Comments
In my eyes, the image above is 1 of the greatest of all time.
The tributes, stories and the occasional lies that accompany some of those stories keep pouring in for the late Joe Frazier, who lost his bout with liver cancer Monday at age 67. What’s the saying? Life’s a bitch and then you die. Frazier could relate.
I was an Ali guy. It started when I was 5, when I overheard my old man bragging about this boxer named Cassius Clay.
“That nigger’s bad!” I can still hear him shouting, the ultimate compliment a black man could receive back in the day. It was 1963.
Initially, Sonny Liston was the enemy for Ali. Then Frazier became the ultimate 1. Ali said so far too often, so it had to be true. But as I grew older and learned to appreciate the legendary Smokin’ Joe, how he could slip punches and bust up bigger men with a ferocious left hook, I realized he was more like me—like him, I grew up a country boy—than Ali could ever be. Still, I related more to Ali. He was God.
Frazier wasn’t but he knew how to tweak God. As George Foreman famously said, Frazier was the only boxer who got angry when you didn’t hit him.
We’re saddened by his death, but we’re thrilled to read and listen to the numerous tributes and stories. We just wanted to pay our respects in a small way to 1 of the greatest of all time.
November 8, 2011 No Comments