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If you're of a certain age, Muhammed Ali WAS boxing, and boxing was an event.  Must -see TV before their was such a thing.

 

He was the Greatest - he told you so, and then he backed it up. During the 60's and 70's he was the best known athlete in the world.  

 

RIP Champ!

 

 

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From Darren Rovell of ESPN:

 

 

Muhammad Ali was as skilled with words as he was in the ring. His poignant sayings about sports and life figure to remain iconic for generations to come alongside the lore of his historic fights.

 

Today, in memory of the man who not only was the greatest but who also made sure to tell you he was, we rank his greatest quips.

 

10.

 


"I don't count the sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they're the only ones that count. That's what makes you a champion."

Why we love it: Numbers aren't absolute. People have different bodies, are at different levels of training, have different pain thresholds. But, like many of Ali's sayings, the idea he is expressing makes a lot of sense, even when dismissing what the rest of the world sees as a benchmark.

 

9.

 


"Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer."

Why we love it: Although it's hard to think of many times when Ali was actually silent, a phrase like this has more impact coming from a guy who seemingly had a comeback for everything than it does from a person who is naturally quiet.

 

8.

 

 


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

Why we love it: For much of Ali's career, he filled the air with the idea that the people around him didn't make him -- that he made himself. But that doesn't mean Ali didn't recognize how much people cared for him. He says as much here, relating to the age-old "athlete as a role model" dynamic and wishing people felt the same way about those around them.

 

7.

 

"It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you down. It's the pebble in your shoe."

 

Why we love it: People tend to be fixated on the large problems or goals in life. What Ali brilliantly suggests here is that everyday goals and challenges that affects people most, not the big-picture obstacles easiest to focus on.

 

6.

 

 


"The will must be stronger than the skill."

Why we love it: Ali was undoubtedly an incredible athlete who was uniquely talented. But it's also undeniable that no one believed in Ali more than he did himself. Seemingly willing himself to some victories, Ali owes part of record to his self-confidence -- beyond just his ability to move and punch.

 

5.

 

 


"Don't count the days. Make the days count."

Why we love it: Ali's Parkinson's diagnosis was not only his loss, but it also robbed us of one of the world's most colorful characters. It's hard to know how Ali was feeling in his final years, but it was clear that he didn't mind attending events and making appearances despite his condition. If those days didn't count for him, they certainly counted for those who will never forget the day they were graced with his presence.

 

4.

 

 


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

Why we love it: Ali was the ultimate showman. No one, even to this day, could captivate a crowd and fill the air with as much life as Ali did. So despite the show and his ability to perform when all are watching, it's a revelation that he so valued time spent working behind the scenes.

 

3.

 

"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I was really the greatest."

 

Why we love it: Successful people often need to have the confidence that will be successful. Although this much seems obvious, such confidence and swagger is often disdained. That being said, Ali's assuredness here makes a lot of sense. Ultimate self-confidence is the first step to realizing a dream.

 

2.

 

 


"Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. You can't hit what your eyes don't see."

Why we love it: Ali's most famous quote deserves all the love it gets. He beautifully juxtaposed the rhythmic butterfly and dangerous bee to concisely capture his fighting style. The saying makes so much sense when watching Ali box. The big man danced around the ring with shocking grace, waiting for the right time for a stinging punch.

 

1.

 

 


"Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

Why we love it: This quote often is truncated to the last part "Impossible is nothing." But the rest means so much more. While many will immediately deem a goal impossible, for the right type of person, that doubt leads to untold motivation.

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He did talk smack but he could back it up---- "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee"--- Yeah he was something else

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RIP "the greatest".

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Ditto...RIP.

 

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I met him once when I was a teenager, I grew up in Benton Harbor Michigan, and myself and some friends were at one of the local movie theatres, and when we got out of the movie the foyer area was packed with what seemed like 500 people, I mean it was wall to wall people, as we walked around the corner to leave we pretty much about ran straight into him, we shook his hand, and said hi, that was pretty much it, years later I realize how cool that was. He had a huge ranch located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, so he lived within a 30 minute drive of where I lived, Berrien Springs is also my wife's home town.

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He was the Champ and always entertaining to watch. Greatest athlete in the 60's and 70's? Not likely, try some NBA guard, almost any NBA guard for that one.

 

If you don't like that then go with Jimmy Brown or Willie Mays. :)

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He was the Champ and always entertaining to watch. Greatest athlete in the 60's and 70's? Not likely, try some NBA guard, almost any NBA guard for that one.

 

If you don't like that then go with Jimmy Brown or Willie Mays. :)

 

 

When it comes to best known athlete - he had no equal at that time. I read somewhere that in the mid-70's he may very well have been the best known person in the world.

 

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Perhaps a reminder of two people: Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes. I don't see the lionization of Clay/Ali.

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Best known beyond a doubt. My bad I read "best". :) He's right there with Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods as the best known USA athlete world wide ever.

 

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Great athlete and great champion of people; for respect and dignity for all. Perfect human? No, but he made no bones about that either.

 

 

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I remember listening to the Thrilla in Manila on the radio about a year after I got out of the navy.......turned out all the lights and listened on the radio...I did not agree with his C.O. In the service but you have to give him credit for sticking to his beliefs......what a great person.

 

 

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If you're of a certain age, Muhammed Ali WAS boxing...

Yeah, I remember some of those classic Howard Cosell interviews!

 

Certainly everyone has a fav sports moment, but for me "the" iconic sports photo of all time is that one of a younger Ali standing over the then-believed-to-be unbeatable Sonny Liston.

 

It "speaks volumes"...

 

Yeah also remember the conversion to "Ali" and Islam (didn't really understand it all at the time) and his trouble with the Army ... no, not a perfect human being, but ...

 

..he did reinvent one of the world's oldest sports and then later reinvented himself as someone working to bring people together...

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Two threads on this site, one for Prince and one for Conscientious Objector Cassius Clay, but not a word from anybody about the men and women who sacrificed all for this country aka Memorial Day.

 

To all who served : THANK YOU!

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Generally, I leave the running tally of thread counts that prove how patriotic you are to Facebook. They do it better over there.

 

 

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Generally, I leave the running tally of thread counts that prove how patriotic you are to Facebook. They do it better over there.

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They certainly do.

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Two threads on this site, one for Prince and one for Conscientious Objector Cassius Clay, but not a word from anybody about the men and women who sacrificed all for this country aka Memorial Day.

 

To all who served : THANK YOU!

Agree that recognizing our vets is important, but...

 

FWIW, and not patting myself on the back just saying - I volunteer at the nearby VA and at local outings that benefit Vets. Also donate used gear and $$ to vets' charities.

 

I'm sure there are others here who are also concerned, and show it in their own ways that they feel will help...

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Good post ck - that was kinda my point. I've always thought the "oh, this but not this" stuff is kinda pointless. A comment on the passing of a person of considerable renown is just that, and nothing else. If people want to "keep score," do it on Facebook.

 

 

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Thanks, JB. And thanks, GaG -- we are not in any way minimizing nor neglecting our many many vets (old and young) - just making a "..comment on the passing of a person of considerable renown..."

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