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Ali. Now There Was A Man.

When I was a kid, Muhammad Ali was a ubiquitous media figure, whether he was fighting or being interviewed or selling cologne on the television. I missed the early years of his ds_24ali353_20120724220624672219-300x0career, and only learned about the political aspects of his fame much later. (a link to a fantastic article on Ali follows my post).  As I encountered him, he was just one of the pantheon, a star of stars. Race, religion, and politics never entered into the equation any more than they did when I thought of my other childhood heroes: Willie Stargell, Mean Joe Green, and Mr. Rogers. I never realized until later just how bright Ali shined, the star among stars.  Like many of my generation, we looked back on Ali with new interest long after he’d faded from public view, after he returned to the world stage at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, his trembling arm raised to alilight the Olympic flame, a man refusing to be bowed by age or the horribly ironic Parkinson’s that clawed at his body. I’ll never forget sitting in a restaurant near Wilson, Wyoming, drinking beer and eating pizza with friends, watching The Greatest ascend to light the torch, my eyes moist with respect and admiration. I cannot think of a person more deserving of the title, American Hero. He surely was that–as flawed as the rest of us, but possessed of a drive and determination that not only made him literally the greatest fighter of all time, but which drove him to risk everything for his beliefs, even when that meant potentially losing his career as well as his freedom. It is rare for us to see men who even come close to Ali’s stature. More is the pity.

http://www.sport-magazine.co.uk/features/muhammad-misunderstood

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2015 Summer Wonders #34: Underwater Boxing

It’s Day 3 of “Underwater Week” on Old Road Apples’ SUMMER WONDERS. Enjoy! Today you get 2 for 1.

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2015 Summer Wonders #21: Bikini Pond Boxing

The days are warm, the water clear and skies blue.  It’s once again time for that classic rite of summer: Women’s Pond Boxing.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Muhammad Ali

muhammad-ali-punch-01.jpegI could populate a year’s worth of these posts, one every day, with Ali quotes, but I’ve long thought that this one bears much of the essence of The Greatest as well as suggesting a path–perhaps the best path–to our own confident success. Did  Ali say he was the greatest because he was, or did he become the greatest because he said he was, and believed it?

I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.  –Muhammad Ali

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The First Rule of Fight Club Is….

 

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Don’t talk about fight club. Photo found on imgur.com