"Who would have thought when they came to the fight?
That they'd witness the launching of a human satellite.
Yes the crowd did not dream, when they put up the money,
That they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny"
Cassius Clay, Part of a poem he wrote before knocking out Sonny Liston in 1964.
Some of my earliest sports memories are Ali, the Louisville Lip. Bold, brash, unrepentant. He was bigger than boxing. He was bigger than sports. He was the greatest. He was huge. The Louisville Lip. Man, he turned the sports world around, and I loved it.
I look back on the minutes Ali gave the world and it is humbling. Everybody saw the bravado, but nobody noticed the hours of work. People talked about the boasting, and the boxing, but never said anything about the running, and laboring. He was a man of iron discipline.
Ali was the greatest because he was willing to work the hardest. He had the talent, but he drug it out in the early morning and made it run beside him. He gave so much, and people always talked about the flashes on television. He was a man of immeasurable sacrifice.
I watched an interview with his wife and she talked at length about how he was not angry about the things boxing had taken from him, he was grateful for the things boxing had given him. She said Ali did not want any pity for his condition, he had the things he needed, and pity was better s spent somewhere else. He was a man of immeasurable dignity.
We vacationed in Louisville for a week. And one day we went to the Ali museum. It was a trip to a golden age. I could have spent days there just watching his fights. Looking at the relics of his career, and his life. I could have spent days there living golden minutes of my childhood, watching a larger than life personality, demanding the attention of the world. But, I enjoyed the minutes I had. And today I am grateful for the hours Ali spent to give me those.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Remembering a Giant
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.