I will remember the fights with George Foreman and Joe Frazier and maybe more than anything else, I think I will remember how it seemed like Howard Cosell made Muhammad Ali and Muhammad Ali made Howard Cosell..
It was almost like they built each other up and made each other bigger than life and louder than life in the public eye and how they played off each other so well…The first thing that came to my mind were those days when Cosell would interview and talk to “The Champ” and how their personas/personalities just grew, as they carried on in their discussions on TV and on radio..
Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell, I will never forget how they played off of each and carried each other into “The Spotlight”…..
from William Nack at www.espn.com and long-time Sports Illustrated writer:
Muhammad Ali had come a long, winding road to that clearing in the African jungle(Zaire, for the George Foreman fight). The truest of American originals, bigger than Babe Ruth, bigger than Joe Louis, he was the most singular performer on any sporting stage in modern history. Ali never aimed to be an antiwar activist or civil rights advocate, but he adopted those roles in reaction to the times in which he lived and the circumstances of his very public life. His religious beliefs led him to duck the military draft at the hottest moments of a divisively unpopular war in Vietnam, and that turned him into a national symbol that the antiwar movement needed. He swore off the life of a civil rights demonstrator when someone dumped a bucket of water on his head as he walked a picket line in front of a segregated Louisville, Kentucky, restaurant when he was in high school, but he became a voice for social change following his conversion to Islam and refusal to be drafted.
Also coming in from ESPN.com/http://espn.go.com/sports/boxing/ali/news/story?id=3171301
In a 1972 interview with David Frost, Ali was asked, “What would you like people to think about you when you’re gone?”
Ali answered: “I’d like for them to say: He took a few cups of love. He took one tablespoon of patience. One tablespoon, teaspoon of generosity. One pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter. One pinch of concern. And then he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith. And he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.”
from USA Today Sports:
Boxing’s odd couple: Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell
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