L E’s Stories – I’m The Greatest – A Sportsphile’s Perspective of Muhammad Ali

A true testament of courage comes not from stepping in the ring to fight Sonny Liston when you are young and strong……and even then….superior to the others…. but rather, when delivering the               first pitch at Opening Day in Miami for the Marlins….when your body has been ravaged by Parkinson’s    disease….while your hands no…

Boxing – 1975 – Special News Conference With Muhammad Ali + Smokin’ Joe Frazier + Promoter Don King Prior The Killa And Thrilla And Chilla When I Get That Gorilla In Manila

If you have followed any of our Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali posts here at ImaSportsphile…..then you know that Ali is Bone Daddy’s favorite athlete of all time…..and that says a lot when you consider that he literally loved Mickey Mantle, Bill Russell, Eric Heiden, Edwin Moses and Jim Brown….but it didn’t start out that…

Boxing – 1978 To 1986 – Tribute To Iron Mike Tyson & His Mentor Cuz D’Amato & His Manager Jimmy Jacobs

Cus D’Amato was an American boxing manager and trainer…..who handled the careers of Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and José Torres…..all of whom went on to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame…..with several successful boxing trainers including Teddy Atlas and Kevin Rooney, were tutored by D’Amato…..as Cuz was a proponent of the “peek-a-boo” style of boxing….wherein the fighter holds his gloves close to…

Boxing – 1963/1964 – Rare Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali Videos Surrounding His 1st Heavyweight Title Fight With Champ Sonny Liston

Boxing – 1964 – Heavyweight Championship Fight – Casius Clay vs. Sonny Liston I                                                Boxing – 1964 – World Heavyweight Title Fight – The Championship – Cassius Clay Vs Sonny Liston  …

L E’s Stories – The Championship: February 25, 1964 – Sonny Liston Vs  Cassius Clay (Muhamad Ali) – An Event That Shocked the World And Changed Sports Forever

This lil ole Chiweenie Sportsphile is a huge boxing fan…..predominantly due to having watched so many televised fights with Bone Daddy during the 1970’s and 1980’s…..for in my opinion, that was smack dab in the middle of the Golden Age of Boxing  from February 25,1964 to 199…..the night when a young Cassius Clay….who was a…

L E’s Stories – A Father’s Gift Of A Lifetime Love Of All Sports

This story tells of the beginning of the tale of “Pops and Los Tres Hermanos”….which is about a father’s gift of a lifetime love of sports to his three sons….as the sage known as Pops (Bone Daddy’s Dad) would always say “There are far more lessons to be learned while pulling oneself up by the bootstraps…

Music – 1986 – Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight – Set To Holmes Vs Spinks II Prefight Highlights

 “In the Air Tonight“ is the debut solo single by the English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins….which was released as the lead single from Collins’ debut solo album, Face Value, in January 1981.  Collins co-produced the single with Hugh Padgham….who became a frequent collaborator in the following years. The song was an instant hit….while quickly climbing to #…

Music – 1983 – Jose Feliciano – The Star Spangled Banner – Sung At Holmes Vs Williams Title Fight

On October 7, 1968, at the height of protests against the Vietnam War, Feliciano was invited by Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Tiger Stadium in Detroit during Game 5 pre-game ceremonies of the 1968 World Series between the Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals….as his personalized, slow, Latin jazz performance proved highly controversial and damaging to Jose’s career in the months, even…

Music – 1981 – The Sounds Of Nassau Bahamas – Set To Highlights Of Ali Vs Berbick Prefight

The Drama in Bahamas was a ten-round boxing match….which took place between Muhammad Ali and  Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas on December 11, 1981….as Ali was 39 years old at this time…. and Berbick was 27 years old. The fight went the distance with Berbick winning through a unanimous decision on points. This was Ali’s last boxing match.  Nassau is the capital and largest city…