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On the occasion of Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday, I recalled my first time seeing him in the flesh. It was 1991, at Macy's department store on New York City's 34th Street. He was appearing for a new line of haberdashery that bore his name.
Ali was given a marker and seated at a table, where an endless line of fans, not to mention the autograph mercenaries, presented him with their souvenirs. He signed them dutifully, courageously trying to remain oblivious to the palsied rhythms and tremors running through his torso and arms. Finally, however, even the relentless procession of signature seekers found it impossible to ignore his condition. The 20th century's most graceful athlete had begun to drool.
It's long been my theory that fighters, unlike most people, fear violence less than humiliation. That's what makes them fighters. But it also what makes Parkinson's disease an especially cruel fate for ex-boxers.
"It was really more embarrassing than any...
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Tonight on HBO, the six-part documentary series On Freddie Roach will debut, directed by Peter Berg. The documentary is a real life look into the world of Freddie Roach, well known both as one of the top boxing trainers in the world, as well as a man struggling with Parkinson's Disease. For boxing fans and for the general viewing public as well, this should be an intriguing...
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The last few Fridays, I haven’t been able to provide you with the megalinks. I have to do some today otherwise you’ll stop visiting me.
We begin as always with the Weekend Viewing Picks and there are quite a few for this snowy weekend in Southern New England.
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Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks with Fox Sports’ Terry Bradshaw about Tim Tebow and...