Saturday, June 04, 2016

Requiem Muhammad Ali RIP: the legend inside and outside the ring

GOOD BYE, CHAMP... Rare Images of Ali   Even rarer exclusive short video of  Liberace and Muhammad Ali ...

Sunday front pages even In Old Czechoslovakia offer a ‘requiem for the Greatest’

 “Muhammad Ali was not just Muhammad Ali the greatest, the African-American pugilist; he belonged to everyone,” poet Maya Angelou wrote in the 2001 bookMuhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World. “That means that his impact recognizes no continent, no language, no color, no river,  no ocean.”
Social MediaDragons remember Ali

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  The Death of the Champ: Muhammad Ali, 1942 – 2016 
"Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right."

John Rooney—AP
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine The Hidden History of Muhammad Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies aged 74 BBC. If you haven’t seen it, please watch When We Were Kings, on the famed “Rumble in the Jungle”
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Maybe it's unfair to expect that any athlete could ever assume Muhammad Ali's mantle.
Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, Dies at 74 Wall Street Journal. I’m old enough to remember the public uproar when he changed his name to Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali's death inspired print and video tributes by the media that would have been unimaginable when he was world champ, a convert to the Muslim faith and a conscientious objector to Vietnam War military service. Front pages worldwide were vivid. (Poynter) As The New Yorker's David Remnick noted in an impressive early Saturday assessment, "For years, many refused to call him by his new name. 'I pity Clay and abhor what he represents,' the columnist Jimmy Cannon wrote. Even Red Smith, the most respected of all sports columnists, compared Ali to the 'unwashed punks' who dared to march against the war." (The New Yorker)
Muhammad Ali’s death brings champion sportswriters back into the ring 

Poet Marianne Moore meets Muhammad Ali: “I’m a poet, too!” he said.

They decided to write a sonnet together…
A meeting between poet Marianne Moore and legendaryMuhammad Ali, who died today. They had been introduced byGeorge PlimptonThe historic rendezvous took place at Toots Shor’s in Manhattan. Here’s the story over at “Such Stuff“:
She made a confused, pleased gesture and then had a sip of her tea. He ordered a bowl of beef soup and a phone. He announced that if she was the greatest poetess in the country, the two of them should produce something together — “I am a poet, too,” he said — a joint effort sonnet, it was to be, with each of them doing alternate lines. Miss Moore nodded vaguely. Ali was very much the more decisive of the pair, picking not only the form but also the topic: “Mrs. Moore and I are going to write a sonnet about my upcoming fight in Houston with Ernie Terrell,” he proclaimed to the table. “Mrs. Moore and I will show the world with this great poem who is who and what is what and who is going to win.”
“We will call it ‘A Poem on the Annihilation of Ernie Terrell,’ ” Miss Moore announced. “Let us be serious but not grim.”
What rhymes with “hell”?
“She’s cute,” Ali commented.
A pen was produced. Ali was given a menu on which to write. He started off with half the first line — “After we defeat” — and asked Miss Moore to write in Ernie Terrell (which she misspelled “Ernie Tyrell” in her spidery script) just to get her “warmed up.” He wrote most of the second line — “He will catch nothing” — handing the pen over and expecting Miss Moore to fill in the obvious rhyme, and he was quite surprised when she did not. She made some scratchy squiggles on the paper to get the ink flowing properly. The fighter peered over her shoulder.
“What’s that say?” he asked.
“It doesn’t say anything. You could call them ‘preliminaries.’ Terrell should rhyme nicely with ‘bell,’ Miss Moore said tentatively. I could see her lips move as she fussed with possibilities. Finally, Ali leaned over and whispered to her, ” ‘but hell,’ Mrs. Moore.”
Read the whole thing here.

Muhammad Ali, Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century, Dies at 74 New York Times

David Remnick, Editor, The New Yorker – The Outsized Life of Muhammad Ali: “Ali, who died Friday, in Phoenix, at the age of seventy-four, was the most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no novelist you might name would dare conceive him...

"If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread,

then they can sure make something out of you."

'God came for his champion': tributes paid to Muhammad Ali 
“Rivers, ponds, lakes, and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”
The Outsized Life of Muhammad Ali
The Greatest is gone. We might never see one like him again.
Muhammad Ali, the lyrical heavyweight showman who thrilled the globe with his sublime boxing style, unpredictable wit, and gentle generosity – especially later in life – died on Friday. He was 74. Ali, the former Cassius Clay, was not just an athlete who embodied the times in which he lived. He shaped them. His conscientious objection to the Vietnam war, and reasoned rants against a country fighting for freedom on the other side of the globe, while its own black citizens were denied basic rights of their own, energized a generation. Ali refused to serve in Vietnam, was convicted of draft evasion, and stripped of the heavyweight crown he won from Sonny Liston in 1964.

Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., in Louisville, at 6:35 p.m. on Jan. 17, 1942. His father, Cassius Sr., was a sign painter “with minor artistic talents and a major taste for gin,” according to Sports Illustrated. His mother, Odesssa, worked as a household domestic. Clay’s ancestors were slaves on the plantation of his namesake, a Kentucky politician who was Lincoln’s minister to Russia. He had an Irish great-grandfather, named Abe Grady. But no trace of white blood could shield young Cassius from the slights of segregated Louisville. For example, Clay said that when he was 8 or 9, an old white man harassed him while he played with friends near the railroad tracks, dragging him by his collar and shouting “shut your mouth, little n—-r” as Clay resisted (another man, the story goes, interceded and saved Clay from further harm). “Why can’t I be rich?” Clay once asked his father. Cassius Sr. touched his son’s hand. “Look here,” he said. “That’s why you can’t be rich.”

Tributes Are Flooding In ...

Muhammad Ali: The greatest – in and out of the ring
Irish Times
On December 11th, 1981, Muhammad Ali, who has died at the age of 74, slumped on a chair in the windowless locker room of... 

Muhammad Ali: A legend in and out of the ring
Courier Mail
Boxing: Muhammad Ali has passed, we take a look at the breif times he spent in Australia during his life. June 4th 2016;... 
Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend dies aged 74
ABC Online
Boxing great Muhammad Ali has died aged 74 in a Phoenix hospital following a short battle with a respiratory illness.... 

Five unforgettable Muhammad Ali fights AU
The man dubbed 'The Greatest' had some unforgettable bouts in the ring and, here, Press Association Sport picks... 

Muhammad Ali dies at 74
The Australian Financial Review
15th May 1966: World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali at 34 Tavistock Crescent in Notting Hill, London. On his... 
Muhammad Ali dead: Tributes flow for boxing great
The Sydney Morning Herald
At the height of his career, Ali was known for his dancing feet and quick fists and his ability, as he put it, to float... 
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Muhammad Ali, who lifted the sport of professional boxing into an art form, always prided himself that he was more... 
Muhammad Ali: fighter, joker, magician, religious disciple, preacher
The Guardian
Muhammad Ali, the brash and beautiful black man from Louisville who 'shook up the world'. Photograph:... 
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74
World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74 after a celebrated career. (AAP). File image of Boxing... 
Laila Ali's Twitter Account Gets Trolled As Her Famous Father Muhammad Ali Passes Away
The Inquisitr
Laila Ali faced some internet trolls on her Twitter account after the death of her father, boxing legend Muhammad Ali,... 

Boxing: We pay tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali following his death in hospital after respiratory issues
Herald Sun
I spent most of that night in my mother's bedroom in Las Cruces, New Mexico, listening to the static-filled...