Muhammad Ali

When the Champs Suited Up (and Didn't)

When the Champs Suited Up (and Didn't)

In honor of Veterans Day, some thoughts on the heavyweight champions and military service

Ali v. Evangelista

Ali v. Evangelista

This was the first time I got to see an Ali fight on television, live...It’s hard to describe how big Ali was by this time to people who didn’t grow up then...

The anniversary of Ali's draft refusal

The anniversary of Ali's draft refusal

I argue that contrary to the version of the story so popular today, Ali did not refuse the draft out of political or moral principle but out of fear of disobeying the dictates of the Nation of Islam.

Ken Burns to make Ali documentary

Ken Burns to make Ali documentary

"The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment," according to the Associated Press...I still enjoy Burns's films...they're so well made and alluring to watch. 

Champs on the big screen: "Ali," 2001

Champs on the big screen: "Ali," 2001

By my count, an even dozen of the heavyweight champions have biopics telling their life story...

Who's best?

Who's best?

Most serious historians today agree on the top two slots...but from Number 3 on, it's pretty much wide open.