Michael Feiler, civil lawyer extraordinaire, blog reader, football wiz, is your 2011 Blog Suicide Pool winner!
After an epic battle that lasted into week 9 of the NFL season, Feiler secured the victory with a strategy over the past two weeks of picking teams playing the slumping Cleveland Browns. Feiler was never in danger. Meanwhile, the ever eclectic Clayton Kaeiser survived a scare last week as Ravens came back from three touchdowns down to eek out a win over the visiting Cardinals and keep him alive for one more week. This week CK returned to his MNF strategy and surprised many blog readers by picking against his beloved Chicago Bears who traveled to play the supposedly surging Philadelphia Eagles, although no less a source than Rumpole had warned him that all that glitters was not Eagle Green in Philly. It was not the first time this season CK had picked against the Bears, but it would be the last. The Bears rewarded loyalty and punished those who picked against them by beating the Eagles and sending Mr. Kaeiser to a loss.
Well done to to both gentleman and all hail the victor Michael Feiler.
DOWN GOES FRAZIER.
Joe Frazier has died. The NY Times Obit is here.
Joe Frazier was underrated. He was one of the very best boxers to ever practice the sweet science. In March 1971 he and Muhammed Ali met for the first time in a 15 round fight matching two undefeated heavy weight champions, as Ali had lost the title when he was stripped of it for his decision to refuse to be drafted. It was truly the fight of the century.
In our busy world very little occurs that stops almost everyone from what they are doing and makes them pay attention. Ali Frazier I stopped the world. You can't imagine the anticipation and the atmosphere as the world literally stopped to watch two undefeated champions fight.
Anybody who was anybody was there. Frank Sinatra was a ringside photographer for Life Magazine. Burt Lancaster was a ringside announcer. Leroy Neiman painted the men as they fought. Somehow, with tickets reaching astronomic prices with scalpers, we got inside the Garden and saw the fight. Frazier stalked Ali for 14 rounds. He never let up the pressure. And then in the 15th round Joe threw the best left hook of his life and Ali was down. Ali got up and Joe won the decision.
Frazier would go on to lose his next two fights with Ali and be pummeled by a monstrous George Foreman, but on that crisp spring night in March in the greatest city in the world, Joe Frazier was indeed the greatest. NY Time sports writer Dave Anderson calls Frazier in a column today, "the better fighter. And the better man." Rest in peace champ.
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Long time and careful readers of the blog well know our appreciation of a life well lived.
Dr. Norman Ramsey, The Nobel Laureate whose research led to the atomic clock, passed away over the weekend at age 96. The NY Times obit is here.