selected posts

The Shakespearean Pugilist

The Shakespearean Pugilist

It was Tunney’s misfortune that the world—or at least, the sports world—just wasn’t ready for an athlete, especially a pugilist, who loved books and who genuinely believed in the classical ideal of a sound mind in a strong body.

Remembering Holyfield v. Foreman

Remembering Holyfield v. Foreman

The Battle of the Ages, as it was called--Holyfield was 28, Foreman 42--was better than most anticipated but not nearly as good as it is now remembered.

"People have got to feel grateful to those who entertain them"

"People have got to feel grateful to those who entertain them"

...don't let the Victorian fighting pose fool you: this was one rough customer. 

Farewell to Joe Louis Arena

Farewell to Joe Louis Arena

Closing down after 38 years, "the Joe" was named after the man still considered by some to be the best heavyweight of them all--and, in my view, the most influential American athlete.