Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.
How Big George Foreman Took Back His Title
Video by The Modern Martial Artist
Most journalists in the lead-up to the Rumble in the Jungle thought Ali was toast, some even said – Ali might die in the ring. If I had seen Foreman hit the bag at the gym in Zaire leaving concave fist imprints then I might have thought the same. Ali’s fight against Foreman in Zaire October 30, 1974, ten months after I was born is one of the greatest underdog Sporting comebacks in history. Ali came in as a 4–1 underdog against the unbeaten, heavy-hitting Foreman.
The whole event is recorded in the Oscar winning documentary – When We Were Kings (2011). Ali did what nearly no-one thought he could do which was withstand Foreman’s broadside hooks (playing rope-a-dope) and eventually knocking an exhausted Foreman down. My father told me years later that Ali’s fights were shown in Australia despite the time-zone difference and they were a big event.
After Foreman lost the title to Ali he went into a long period of depression, but 20 years later at 45 he came back and beat the best. The attached video depicts the 360 degrees nature of Foreman’s boxing career. As commented on YT – ‘They call him Foreman because his punch has the power of four men’. (See full video here)
Joe List: I Hate Myself Full Special
Comedy Special at Comedy Central Stand-Up
It was by accident I stumbled across this talented comedian. I had never heard of Joe List, but it’s one of the best comedy routines I have seen. No weak spots, for a solid hour. I found myself in the middle of the night laughing my tush off. List began his comedy career performing stand-up comedy in Boston in 2000, shortly after graduating from high school. He opened for Louie CK on his international tour, which included three performances at Madison Square Garden. List is married to Sarah Tollemache, a fellow stand-up comedian. (View the comedy special here)
Joscha Bach: Nature of Reality, Dreams and Consciousness – Lex Fridman
Video interview at Lex Fridmen
Joscha Bach is a cognitive scientist, AI researcher, and philosopher. He is an intellectually gifted individual and I feel fortunate having heard him. His explanations about consciousness are very accessible and his content about the mind and the nature of self is superior to anything else I’ve heard.
Joscha Bach was born in Weimar, Germany. He is a Doctor of Philosophy and his Ph.D. was in cognitive science…(Watch video interview here)
I watch the Foreman and Ali fight at least once in a year or two. Foreman wasn’t the nice guy he was later… Ali played it as smart as he could. He knew if Foreman connected that would be it but he let him wear himself out.
I love those old heavy weight fights.
I am about equal in the rewatching of it. I showed it to my kids and explained the history and they were enamoured. I think Tyson and Wilder’s third most recent heavy weight fight takes the cake on the most entertaining I’ve seen. A little behind that Golovkin and Alvarez second fight.
But the story of Ali and Foreman in Zaire is just the stuff of legends. I can’t imagine what was going through Ali’s mind confronting him. I mean Foreman left the bags with imprints like never seen before.
Joe Frazier and Ali three fights weren’t bad either.
Ali couldn’t have felt good about that fight…Foreman had just destroyed Frazier.
I saw those fights years later (on YT) after watching the Zaire ali forman one. They are good. But man did I love watching Ali toy with Foreman grabbing his head and saying ‘You don’ t hit hard enough George’ lol