A sculpture of Muhammad Ali is on display this month at LA’s Nokia Plaza. Artist Michael Kalish built it using 1,300 punching bags, 6.5 miles of stainless steel cable, and 2,500 pounds of aluminum pipe to construct a 22-foot-high installation that took three years to complete.
Talking trash in sports is as American as apple pie, and there are tons of players who take it to another level that the average nice guy can’t comprehend. The myth behind trash talking though is it is always the asshole that no one likes. Of course there are a few villains on this list, but there are also a few guys that you always thought were the nice guy, but on the court or field, they would turn it up so hard that they would make their opponent cry during the game, here are the top 10.
10. Chad Ochocinco
Chad Ochocinco has toned down his trash-talking antics recently, but I don’t think we can ever forget when Ochocinco was constantly ripping on opposing defensive backs. Seriously, you have to be a good trash talker to come up with stuff like that letter you’re looking at. Or to race a horse. Or to send your opponents deodorant so they “don’t sweat” covering you. Or to keep a checklist of cornerbacks who can’t cover you. The man is ridiculous.
Tyson, Foreman, Frazier — they all take a backseat when it comes to the revered Muhammad Ali, and now you can strut around your home with the same swagger as the Champ in the Muhammad Ali Robe ($100; December 1). A recreation of Ali’s iconic robe, this comfy, hooded velour cover features Ali’s name across the back in bold, imposing capitals — just like the original — as well as his “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” catchphrase embroidered on the front pocket.
I saw this trailer over the summer, long before I got serious about this blog, and having no reason to spread the good word about the cool things I stumbled upon, just kept it to myself. Revisiting this clip makes me really wish that I was posting on a regular basis over the summer. Actually, YOU should wish I was posting over the summer. This documentary hit the theaters in July and it was fantastic! It is called Facing Ali and it is about legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and his remarkable and unforgettable life as a boxer. It is littered with the many boxers who went toe to toe with him, and their stories on how they remember him.
Three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali defeated almost every top fighter of the golden age of boxing and symbolized the sport for generations of fans. Now, ten of his acclaimed rivals pay tribute to perhaps the world’s most beloved and inspiring athlete in Pete McCormack’s Facing Ali.
Facing Ali is directed by filmmaker Pete McCormack, of See Grace Fly and Uganda Rising. This documentary includes appearances by George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Earnie Shavers, George Chuvalo, Sir Henry Cooper, and Joe Frazier, among many others.