Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ali Bomaye!!

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          Since I was a kid, (my age you will learn later because it is a significant number), this man was one of the most inspiring, enthralling, interesting, funny, and polarizing figure I have ever encountered. I love him, but love him or hate him, during this fight, the underdog comes out on top, and he will shine until his heart stops. (Even after) Like the historical figures I teach in class (see blog post "I have a dream for education.") he provides folks fighting similar odds a model follow.
          When I played basketball I couldn't pull off his style, or his confidence, nor did I agree with him at times but I respected him and tried to understand him when I disagreed. And as for the model to follow, I could never be the best Muhammad Ali but I can glean the elements in him that can get me by. My brother was a bigger fan than me. When I see historical movies about him it makes George Foreman look like the villain, of course. However, if you get to read or hear about Foreman he is a great guy as well.
          The lore is that Wepner, a boxer Ali had a moderately tough time fighting, was the inspiration for the Rocky franchise. Which is the greatest movie of all time, or at least at the moment I am watching the film, and that feeling will last for at least five minutes until after the film is over, but boxing is the best sport that I will never play. I don't know how the greatness of this sport will come back to the inspiration that it used to hold, but at least I got to experience the heyday. One of my favorite quotes from Ali, among many, would be when Howard Cosell called him a truculent man. Ali answered by saying, "I don't know what that is, but if it's good, I'm that."
          Ali believed that the best way to be funny is to tell the truth, because there is not a better form of humor. The problem I have found, although I agree with the statement, is that the truth can be sometimes the most painful for people to hear.

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