Wednesday, January 17, 2007

He, On The Other Hand, Is THE GREATEST!

"I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark. "

Happy 65th to Muhammad Ali, née Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., aka The Louisville Lip, aka The Greatest. Known for The Thrilla in Manila, Rope-a-Dope, Rumble in the Jungle, 'floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, 'picking the round,' The Golden Age of Boxing, one of my very favorite movies, which you must see, "When We Were Kings," and Ali Rap.

Did you ever know that you're my hero?

Ali, you were born so close in date to another King.

"The man said, 'We don't serve Negroes,'
I said, 'I don't eat them either.'
They shouted, 'Boy, get out!'
I looked at my gold medal and thought,
'This thing ain't worth nothin'-
it can't even get me a hamburger!' "

Did you know he also got in the ring with tooth decay?

"I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world. "

"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen."

"You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned?
Wait till I whup
George Foreman's behind.
I done something new for this fight,
I have rassled an alligator!
I done tussled with a whale!
I done handcuffed lightning
Throwed thunder in jail!
Only last week I murdered a rock,
Injured a stone,
Hospitalized a brick!
I'm so mean I make medicine sick!"

You don't even have to like boxing to love this man.


steve said...

Absolutely!!! the man is a National Treasure. He said:

"I'm purty" (and he was!)

"No Vietnamese ever called me "Nigger"" (thats callin' it plain)

"You got to watch real close cuz I'm kinda fast" (an understatement)

Great subject, as usual KF!!!
and that is a great movie.

stella said...

Could not agree more. The man is a poet and a shining light. LOVE him.

rachelp said...

A true inspiration. To have such conviction about your passion, nobody can stop you