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04 June 2016 @ 05:57 am
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)  
The best thing he did was to refuse the draft. The second best thing was to be a Horrible Example.

Today we worry about the collateral damage football does to players’ brains, but when I was growing up, intellectuals were rhapsodizing about what A.J. Liebling called the “sweet science”: the only alleged sport where one wins by inflicting brain damage. (Even hockey has aims other than blunt trauma.) Muhammad Ali gave and got concussions, and we could all see what it had done to him, and boxing has never been the same.
(Anonymous) on June 4th, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
"Even hockey has aims other than blunt trauma"

[citation needed]
El Coyote Gordo: breechessupergee on June 4th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
Every so often they are distracted by the need to get the puck into the net.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on June 4th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
And yet I've seen that revolting phrase, "sweet science," cited even in obituaries for Ali. What possible application either word, let alone both together, has to boxing completely escapes me.
Johnjohnpalmer on June 29th, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
That phrase pops up because there *is* a sort of science about it, and people are defensive to the charge that it's just two guys punching each other out. Muhammad Ali was very good at figuring out how to defeat another boxer, and then to be able to do it. Hopefully, though, the phrase will be interred with him.
browngirl on June 5th, 2016 03:20 am (UTC)
Well said. Also among his many accomplishments, he said, and lived, "We [Black people] don't hate White people, we just refuse to hate ourselves." (paraphrased, should go find the exact quote.)