EppsNet Archive: Boxing

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. — Muhammad Ali


More People I’m Sick Unto Death Of: Dr. Maya Angelou

4 Aug 2014 /
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou received quite a few honorary doctoral degrees in her lifetime and elected for some reason to refer to herself as Dr. Maya Angelou, despite not having an earned doctoral degree and despite, to my knowledge, never attending college at all.

Many famous people are given honorary doctorates by universities but thank god they don’t all go around referring to themselves as, say, Dr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dr. Mike Tyson, Dr. Glenn Beck, etc., etc., etc.

I’m also sick unto death of people who quote insipid thoughts from Maya Angelou as profundities, particularly if they refer to her as Dr. Maya Angelou when doing so.


Japan, Day 0: Floyd Mayweather at Panda Express

20 Dec 2013 /
Panda Express Logo

We saw Floyd Mayweather at LAX . . .

Actually, my son saw him. When the boy pointed him out to me, all I could see was the back of a smallish man in a black hoodie surrounded by half a dozen of the largest human beings I’ve ever seen. You have to get past those guys to get your shot at Floyd.

They were all standing on line at Panda Express in one of the food courts. Normally, I don’t envision famous, wealthy people eating Panda Express, and if they do, I don’t picture them standing on line for it. I picture them sending someone to fetch it while they hang out in the first class passenger lounge.

Good advertisement for Panda Express. Better than those ridiculous goddamn talking pandas.

In other close encounters with boxing legends, I once saw Sugar Ray Leonard and his family at Juice It Up.


People I Thought Were Dead

9 May 2010 /
  • Marty Allen – comedian
  • Ed Ames – actor
  • Lauren Bacall – actress
  • Roger Bannister – runner
  • Ben Bradlee – editor, The Washington Post
  • George Kennedy – actor
  • Ralph Kiner – Hall of Fame baseball player
  • Jake LaMotta – boxer, middleweight champion
  • Shirley Temple – actress

Updates

  • Lauren Bacall – died 8/12/2014, age 89
  • Ben Bradlee – died 10/21/2014, age 93
  • George Kennedy – died 2/28/2016, age 91
  • Ralph Kiner – died 2/6/2014, age 91
  • Jake LaMotta – died 9/19/2017, age 95
  • Shirley Temple – died 2/10/2014, age 85

Brush With Greatness: Postscript

7 Aug 2008 /

I told my wife this story . . . it turns out she doesn’t know who Sugar Ray Leonard is either.

“I know Muhammad Ali and Joe Foreman,” she says.


Brush With Greatness

6 Aug 2008 /
Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife

You’ll never guess who I saw at the Juice It Up in Aliso Viejo: Sugar Ray Leonard, the famous boxer! He was in line in front of me with a couple of his kids.

I wasn’t sure it was him at first, so I discreetly asked the college-age girl at the register, “Was that somebody famous?”

“Who?” she asked.

“The guy in front of me. That was Sugar Ray Leonard, right?”

The name meant nothing to her, but another gentleman in the shop assured me that it was really him.

Interesting fact: Leonard’s wife, who was waiting outside the shop, is not very attractive. You might think that the great Sugar Ray Leonard’s wife would be much hotter than, say, my wife, but such is not the case. Not even close.

Is it possible that Roberto Duran had just caught a glimpse of Mrs. Leonard ringside when he uttered his famous no más?