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Muhammad Ali RIP

Levellers

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Cassius Clay RIP

Probably the greatest sportsperson I have ever seen. Pushed the boundaries on every level politically, socially and entertainment wise.

I remember Mom getting us up in the middle of the night to watch him fight Sonny Liston.


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Was a good aul character but the brain damage that he suffered most of his life took a lot of gloss of his story but probably saved many from the barbaric nature and dangers of getting your head knocked about in a boxing ring
 

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Probably the greatest sportsperson I have ever seen. Pushed the boundaries on every level politically, socially and entertainment wise.

I remember Mom getting us up in the middle of the night to watch him fight Sonny Liston.
Thats going back a bit - I have my own early memory of being woken up in the middle of the night to watch the "Thrilla in Manilla" where he fought Joe Frasier. The amount of interest that Ali managed to generate for this fights among people who have no interest whatsoever in boxing was unprecedented before and since.
 

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Probably the greatest sportsperson I have ever seen. Pushed the boundaries on every level politically, socially and entertainment wise.

I remember Mom getting us up in the middle of the night to watch him fight Sonny Liston.
His name was Muhammad Ali.

Please change the OP.
 

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To be a sport, blows to the head that inevitably led and lead to brain injury should have been disallowed.

Not that far from cage fighting really.
 

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His name was Muhammad Ali.

Please change the OP.
We should have the respect to use the name he took for himself: Muhammad Ali

Say it loud, say it proud.

The greatest international sportsman of the latter half of the 20th century. More than just a sportsman, a symbol and a role model in standing up for your beliefs.

Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam
 
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Agree with the above - he was also part of the diaspora (turning into CJH in scrap saturday here) he had a forebear O'Grady.
Do you remember when he came here a few years back.
I am surprised the ex Sticky Gimmeemore didn't have the printing presses turning for one of his certificates of Oirishness.

Also the Cathal O'Shannon clips will be on RTE News Not when they awaken (about 1300 hours).

I expect that Parkinson will be wheeled out by the BBC. He was interviewed recently & was damning of Ali as a person. Mainly over how he regarded women & the views of Nation of Islam - which wanted separate existence for black muslims (I think)
Intereresting if this is repeated.
 

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His opposition to the Vietnam was probably his finest achievement among many fine achievements:

 

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Great Fighter Great Sportsperson

With Pele one of the first International Sports stars known around the World

Ok he was also a Loudmouth, arrogant and a religious extremist - IMO anyway

But he took a stand against the insane Vietnam War that cost him millions in income

- and he stayed home and fought his case all the way to the US Supreme Court

- and Won!

RIP Mr Ali

But watch who you pick a fight with Up There....:cool:
 

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Ali had forebears from Ennis in the county Clare.
 

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A totally unique legend, as a sportsman and a human being.
 

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"I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick"

Just one of life's incredible human beings. Not flawless by any means, but he was 'the greatest'.


.....change the thread title. It's disrespectful, as the late Ernie Terrell discovered.

"RIP Muhammad Ali."

Even after death, he's rhyming!



Fyi....no true fan would've used that name in the OP...ask Ernie
 

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Lets also remember he was a racist regularly suggesting white people are not inherently moral.
 

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Lets also remember he was a racist regularly suggesting white people are not inherently moral.
White people are not inherently moral. Look at you!
 

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"[Ali is] the greatest man I've ever known. Not greatest boxer that's too small for him. He had a gift. He's not pretty he's beautiful. Everything America should be, Muhammad Ali is."  George Foreman
 

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Lets also remember he was a racist regularly suggesting white people are not inherently moral.
In the context of the society that he grew up in and the vicious racism and segregation of the african american population it's hardly surprising he drew that conclusion.....
 

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I must say, he was beautiful, a beautiful face that lit up with mischief!

[video=youtube;uzHVi7b-b7c]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzHVi7b-b7c[/video]
 

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We should have the respect to use the name he took for himself: Muhammed Ali

Say it loud, say it proud.

The greatest international sportsman of the latter half of the 20th century. More than just a sportsman, a symbol and a role model in standing up for your beliefs.

Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam
Or to put it another way. It is an insult to him and what he stood for to use his slave name.

Remember, this is a man who surrender his WORLD title (US controlled boxing in those days) rather than go fight in Vietnam with people with whom he had no quarrel.


And good morning early birdie.
 

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One of the most charismatic characters ever to grace sport or indeed any field , probably the most famous man in the world for some time in his heyday.

Because of his illness many will say the real Ali died a long time ago ,nevertheless a real legend has passed.
 


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