The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

…Must Be Kidding

From his last chat:

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Really Bill? Ali coming back to win the title after being banned from the sport for religious convictions that prevented him from serving in a war that continues to effect the course of American history today, “comes close” to Tiger missing 5 months for a cavalcade of bimbos and a staged sex rehab?
Bill Simmons
(1:24 PM)

Here’s the big difference though: Everyone was rooting for Ali. He never came even 10% close to facing the scrutiny, vitriol and 24/7 news cycle microscope that Tiger will face.”

Yes, everyone in America in the late 60’s/early 70’s was rooting for the black militant Nation of Islam member who refused to serve his country in time of war. That’s why the Frazier fight was so big- everyone wanted Ali to win, right? The level of historical illiteracy here is so extreme as to bar the person uttering it from being taken seriously on the topic ever again. This is shit you can find in 5 seconds on wikipedia if you give a care about being historically accurate, which Simmons obviously does not. Idiot.

EDIT: And amazingly, Simmons’ followup column is somehow even worse than his initial quasi-racist gaffe, full of inane speculation, half-assed self-justification and open rooting for Tiger Woods to fail so that the power of the media can be fully displayed. he even lies about what he actually said in his chat (“everyone under 35 was rooting for Ali” is NOT the original quote- see above). Back into the Iole File for Simmons, as far as I’m concerned. The man is a great writer and a fine comedian, but he’s stupid and lazy and useless for any subject or point which requires detail or insight. A complete idiot.

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March 3, 2010 - Posted by | Boxing

3 Comments »

  1. I love Simmons, but yeah, that was ridiculous. I laughed out loud on the train when I read that the first time.

    90% of what Simmons writes is great (IMO); but that other 10% is sheer insanity.

    Comment by Tony M | March 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. AHAHAHAH…well, if you didn’t like him before:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100303

    Comment by Tony M | March 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. Keith Olbermann agrees with you!

    http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/03/johnny_orsino_hall_of_famer.html (the end bit)

    Comment by Wacy | March 5, 2010 | Reply


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