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"Lampley is terrific on boxing, imo, and is a really interesting guy in general."

-yeah...him, merchant & lederman are great...actually, throw in the dude that usually does the spanish translation, too! manny steward does good analysis, but i miss the days of foreman's insane rmablings...he was actually kind of like the joe morgan commentary. listening to the guy, you wondered how he became a champ, until you remembered how bad the heavyweight div has been since tyson lost the plot.

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 19:36 (thirteen years ago) link

i can't remember the fight, but Foreman was totally out of his mind with his commentary- he actually claimed that the fight was fixed when it was over. Given that it's boxing i guess it's possible but I've never heard any announcer actually cross the line and claim that a fight was fixed.

lk (lawrence kansas), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 20:17 (thirteen years ago) link

that's kind of the role of merchant, innit? i mean, his voice is just drenched in the mournful, resigned tone...

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 20:53 (thirteen years ago) link

listening to the guy, you wondered how he became a champ

Foreman was unbelievably good in the '70s. The Ali fights were so fascinating.

Sorry for deviating into ILBoxing!

polyphonic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 21:37 (thirteen years ago) link

lampley's good but he can be a little bit of an airhead. merchant's a disgusting old drunk, and i love him for it.

aidsy (PUNXSUTAWNEY PENIS), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 21:40 (thirteen years ago) link

man i'd love some ILBoxing up in this piece! :(

aidsy (PUNXSUTAWNEY PENIS), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 21:41 (thirteen years ago) link

I am on board for ILBoxing, even though I haven't seen a fight worth talking about in months. Golden Gloves coming up soon!

milo z (mlp), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 23:03 (thirteen years ago) link

For what it's worth, I read this bit about Ali today, regarding The Thrilla:

After trainer Eddie Futch wouldn't let Frazier come out for the 15th round, Wyatt said, he was the only member of the media in Ali's room moments later. The champ, recovering from fainting in the ring, was trying to compose himself in the heat and humidity. According to Wyatt, he said, "It's like dying -- I don't think the pain could be any more if I had died."

polyphonic (polyphonic), Wednesday, 31 January 2007 23:16 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, i'm in on il boxing. i haven't seen a good fight in ages, but i got spoiled having hbo in that late 90s early 00s golden age of morales-barrera; ward in general, but ward gatti; hopkins,!

so many good fights!

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Thursday, 1 February 2007 01:43 (thirteen years ago) link

eight years pass...

So this is on Showtime now, but whatev. Just wanted to say: Phil Simms is such a horrible stick-in-the-mud. Everyone truly looks like they can't stand him. Adam Schein seems incredibly unctuous. Brandon Marshall lights up the screen, though. So fun to get his perspective every week.

schwantz, Thursday, 21 January 2016 05:42 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

LOL I just looked up this thread, forgetting I had posted the above. I basically would like to reiterate what I wrote. Phil Simms is just a mean person. He went way out of his way to let Michael Irvin that the Cowboys did NOT have any photos of him on their bus. Brandon Marshall is still good, though. And Irvin has 1000x the charisma of Simms.

DJI, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 02:40 (six months ago) link

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