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September 20, 2008

The Greatest

By: Bernard Chazelle

Posted at September 20, 2008 07:27 PM

Dude probably invented hip-hop as we knew it. The man was one of the few athletes (perhaps the only?) that was also a natural born poet. I wrote a paper about him in college once.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at September 20, 2008 09:50 PM

Who but 'THE GREATEST' would have the wisdom to say it, to mean what he said and do what he believed!

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 20, 2008 10:02 PM

Ecce Homo!
I think I'll watch 'When We Were Kings' tonight.

Posted by: Dick Durata at September 20, 2008 10:07 PM

"natural born poet."

I've read somewhere he wrote the shortest poem in existence--

Me? Wheeee!

Posted by: Donald Johnson at September 21, 2008 02:50 PM

So many great Ali anecdotes...

my favorite, though, is the one told by Norman Mailer in which – and I'm paraphrasing of course – Ali came up to Mailer and his then young wife at some function, charmed Mailer's pants off, so to speak, and when Mailer then left to use the washroom, Ali immediately asked his wife "What you doin' with that old man?"

Posted by: Tony C. at September 21, 2008 07:32 PM

Not just the greatest - the double greatest! Sadly, I can't find that bit on YouTube.

Posted by: Krinn DNZ at September 22, 2008 11:01 AM

Krinn DNZ : Below is the link

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 22, 2008 01:59 PM