October 3, 2013 |
"Parks and Recreation. " Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) is married! Again! What can it mean? Well, for last week's season premiere it meant a double episode including a trip to London that was among the best the show has aired. Andy (Chris Pratt) met his sweet and goofy match in a wealthy nobleman and philanthropist who hired him for a three-month gig, which means April (Aubrey Plaza) will be on her own for a while. Leslie (Amy Poehler), who went to London to accept an award in the hopes the citizens of Pawnee would stop trying to recall her, has returned with her spine and spunk back.
September 26, 2013 |
Muhammad Ali has one of the most recognizable faces in the world and is such a beloved public persona that George W. Bush personally presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the ultimate honor for an American civilian, in 2005. It would not have been that many years earlier, however, when, if Bush had thought of Ali at all, it would have been in terms of opprobrium and fury. How had things changed so much in such a short time, and what had Ali done in the first place to earn the scorn of the nation's establishment?
September 18, 2013 |
Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, then lost in the rematch later that year, died Wednesday at a hospital in Arizona where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year, according to his friend and manager Patrick Tenore. Norton was 70 and had congestive heart failure. Norton broke Ali's jaw in their initial fight, then lost at the Inglewood Forum in the rematch. Ali defeated Norton again in a decision at Yankee Stadium in New York in 1976.
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September 18, 2013 |
Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who beat Muhammad Ali once - breaking his jaw - and fought him to two other extremely close decisions, died Wednesday at a care facility near Las Vegas. He was 70. Norton had been in poor health in recent years after a series of strokes, but the congestive heart failure he suffered Wednesday stunned those close to him, "like a sucker punch to us all," said Norton's close friend from Orange County, Patrick Tenore Sr. One of Norton's four children, former UCLA and NFL linebacker Ken Norton Jr., who is now a Seattle Seahawks assistant coach, confirmed his father's death to the Associated Press.
September 17, 2013 |
Is Billy Crystal's new memoir funny? Well, he gets sucker-punched by a white-haired Joe DiMaggio. He gets cussed out by Charles Bronson for sending him the screenplay to "City Slickers. " "I'm dead on page sixty four!" Bronson yells. (Jack Palance took the part instead and won an Academy Award). Then, at Howard Cosell's funeral, Muhammad Ali asks with a whisper if the recently deceased sportscaster is "wearing his hairpiece" inside his closed casket. "I don't think so," Crystal says.
September 12, 2013 |
About 150,000 spectators squeezed into Soldier Field in Chicago that night in September, 1927, and many left convinced they'd witnessed the fight of the century. The drama's high point came in Round 7 when former champion Jack Dempsey stung Gene Tunney with a savage left hook to the jaw, part of a six-punch flurry that dumped the heavyweight champ on the canvas. Tunney, his arm grabbing a ring rope, seemed glassy-eyed as he sat for 14 seconds while the referee delayed starting a count till Dempsey moved to a neutral corner.