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02
Apr
10

Muhammad Ali was a hero but Tiger Woods is pants

By Des Kelly
Last updated at 7:47 AM on 22nd March 2010

1966 photo of Muhammad Ali

Icon: Muhammad Ali photographed in 1966

According to the hype, Tiger Woods’ impending comeback is worthy of comparison to Ali’s spectacular return to the ring 40 years ago.

Should anyone voice that ridiculous opinion within earshot, feel free to drag them from their car and beat them lightly about the head with a golf club until they come to their senses. Any court of law will agree you were provoked.

Let us examine the evidence. On the one hand we have Ali, a cultural icon, a sportsman who politicised his status as world heavyweight champion, aligned himself with the black power movement and challenged America’s attitude to non-whites and the existing social order.

An individual who refused to be drafted to the Vietnam War on principle and argued his conversion to Islam had made him a conscientious objector.

‘I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong,’ he once declared. ‘They never called me n****r.

But Ali didn’t hide. He turned up for the Army induction ceremony and stubbornly declined to budge when his name was called out on three separate occasions.

For this, he was convicted, sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000, stripped of his heavyweight title and banned from fighting in the USA.

‘Overnight he became a n****r again,’ said one promoter.

While appealing against the verdict, he travelled through America, delivering anti-War speeches at college campuses and protest rallies until 1971, when his sentence was finally overturned in the Supreme Court.

But a year earlier, as this controversy was still raging, Ali was given a license to box in Georgia by a sympathetic senator.

Swathes of the American public despised his rough, radical politics and desperately wanted him to lose against his white opponent Jerry Quarry.

The probability of this happening was high after three years exile from the ring, but Ali stopped Quarry on cuts in front of the world that night and took a giant step back towards rehabilitation in his own land.

So, to recap the situation regarding two sportsmen making a return: On the one hand, we had Ali, an individual prepared to throw his life away for something he believed in despite enormous political pressure in a time of conflict and upheaval.

Muhammad Ali v Jerry Quarry in December 1970 in GeorgiaComeback kid: Muhammad Ali (right) stopped Jerry Quarry on cuts during his comeback bout in Georgia, December 1970

On the other, we have a golfer who lost some of his sponsors because he couldn’t keep his pecker in his pants. There is no comparison.

Woods is returning from his self-imposed exile, not a government ban, because the US Masters in Augusta provides the most exclusive, benign and cosseted environment imaginable in sport.

He will not be heckled or jeered. Augusta’s ferociously strict membership policy will see to that. For goodness sake, this is a place where even the birds need a permit to chirp in the azaleas.

We’re told he will need ‘courage’ out there. Some fear the psychological test could be too much. What tosh. It’s as hermetically sealed and controlled an environment as the creepiest Woods confessional press conference.

Tiger WoodsPublic: Woods ended a self-imposed exile with a press conference (above). He is unlikely to be heckled when he returns to the tour at Augusta (below)
Tiger Woods at the 12th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club

This is the one Major that allows him to do what he does best, concentrate solely on himself, play his game, block out the world and talk about very little except the state of greens afterwards.

That’s no bad thing. I don’t want to hear any more about his private life. I don’t want to read lurid texts sold to newspapers by the bimbos and porn stars he was dumb enough to mess with. I will, however, quite happily watch him play golf again because he has long been the best.

But whatever happens, he’s no hero. And he’s definitely no Ali.

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28
Mar
10

Padres thrilled when Muhammad Ali visits clubhouse

Muhammad Ali provided the San Diego Padres will the thrill of a lifetime when he made a clubhouse visit on Monday.

Dozens of players and coaches waited in a long line to shake hands and take pictures with the boxing great, who made a 45-minute appearance for the Athletes for Hope foundation.

“This is the top unless I ever meet Michael Jordan,” outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said. “I’m typically not star-struck, but I was today. I’m taking that picture home and I’m going to show it to my wife and have that for my kids when they get older.”

Outfielder Aaron Cunningham and reliever Mike Adams heard on Sunday that Ali might be visiting, so they each purchased a pair of boxing gloves just in case. Both walked away with autographs and a cherished memory.

“This was a different kind of shook up,” Cunningham said of his nerves. “You know how people just joke around and say, ‘The man, the myth, the legend?’ He really is the man, the myth, the legend. It was really cool and it was something I’ll never forget.”

Ali’s appearance coincided with the 39th anniversary of his loss to Joe Frazier in a 15-round title fight. Manager Bud Black said he watched many of Ali’s fights and was in awe of the boxer being in the clubhouse.

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“Any time you meet a legend, you feel the presence, the aura. It was cool,” Black said.

Padres officials say Ali is only scheduled to meet with a few big league teams.

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28
Mar
10

Boxing legend Ali visits US training camps

Muhammad Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, visited the clubhouse of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday as the team continued its Major League Baseball pre-season training.

The 68-year-old superstar, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, is visiting teams that train near his Arizona home in hopes of recruiting players to donate their time as part of the Athletes for Hope program.

“It’s exciting. He is one of the greatest,” said southpaw pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. “To have someone like him here makes you be better every day.”

Ali, whose friends include retired Giants’ Hall of fame legend Willie Mays, is among the founding members of Athletes for Hope, which is dedicated to community service and includes US cycling star Lance Armstrong and tennis great Andre Agassi among its members.

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28
Mar
10

Ali making rounds for charity group.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda are regular visitors around the San Francisco Giants.

But when Muhammad Ali showed up in the clubhouse Tuesday to tout his Athletes for Hope charity campaign, players, coaches, clubbies and even the general manager and owner stood in line for photos with the 68-year-old former heavyweight champion.

“I thought he was going to react and give me a right hand in the chin,” catcher Bengie Molina joked. “I was afraid.”

AP Photo/Jeff ChiuGiants pitcher Matt Cain poses with Muhammad Ali, who was visiting the clubhouse as part of his efforts for ‘Athletes for Hope.’

Right-hander Matt Cain put his pitching fist up to Ali’s left fist. Mays greeted Ali in an adjacent conference room before leaving the ballpark following the closed-door meeting.

“I know Ali,” Mays said afterward, refusing to speak further about their friendship.

Ali, who lives in Scottsdale, suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He rarely talks in public and speaks in a barely audible whisper.

“It’s great,” pitcher Dan Runzler said of meeting the man known as “The Greatest.”

Athletes for Hope has more than 1,000 members in 50 sports committed to community service and other charitable activities. Along with Ali, the organization boasts Andre Agassi, Mia Hamm and Lance Armstrong among its founding members. The focus is on donating time, not money.

“Virtually every member of this team signed up,” said Ivan Blumberg, Athletes for Hope chief executive officer. Ali visited the San Diego Padres

 on Monday and will head to Reds camp Wednesday.

Meeting Ali will be among the highlights of the spring for many of the Giants.

“It’s exciting. He is one of the greatest,” said left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who threw an improbable no-hitter last July 10. “To have someone like him here makes you be better every day. This is different (than the Hall of Famers). This makes you feel like you want to get up every day and battle.”

Manager Bruce Bochy, GM Brian Sabean, longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy and even managing partner Bill Neukom took their turns in the chair next to Ali for pictures.

“There’s only one Muhammad Ali,” Bochy said after his team’s 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. “Special day. That guy’s a hero, an icon. To have his presence in our clubhouse, I know the guys really enjoyed it. This guy is a champion not just inside the ring but outside it. He has influenced so many people in the world.”
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27
Mar
10

Muhammad Ali charges as much as $200,000 for appearances.

Three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, known for his lyrical charm and boasts as much as for his powerful fists, has moved far beyond the boxing ring in both influence and purpose. Ali won an Olympic gold medal and later tossed it into a river because he was disgusted by racism in America. As a young man he was recruited by Malcolm X to join the Nation of Islam. He refused to serve in Vietnam–a professional fighter willing to serve time in jail for his pacifist ideals. He has contributed to countless, diverse charities and causes. And his later years have found him interested in world politics as he has battled to keep Parkinson’s disease at bay.

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Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., on January 17, 1942, and was raised in a clapboard house at 3302 Grand Avenue in middle-class Louisville, Kentucky. He began boxing at the age of 12. A white Louisville patrolman named Joe Martin, who had an early television show called “Tomorrow’s Champions,” started Ali working out in Louisville’s Columbia Gym, but it was a black trainer named Fred Stoner who taught Ali the science of boxing. Stoner taught him to move with the grace of a dancer, and impressed upon him the subtle skills necessary to move beyond good and into the realm of great.

After winning an Olympic gold medal at 18, Ali signed the most lucrative contract–a 50-50 split–negotiated by a beginning professional in the history ofboxing, with a 12-member group of millionaires called the Louisville Sponsoring Group. Later, he worked his way into contention for the coveted heavyweight title shot by boasting and creating media interest at a time when, by his own admission, he was only ranked number nine on the list of contenders. Even from the beginning, it was clear that Ali was his own man–quick, strong-willed, original, and witty. In 1961 he told Sports Illustrated’s Gilbert Rogin, “Boxing is dying because everybody’s so quiet…. What boxing needs is more … Clays.” Ali knew that his rhymes and press-grabbing claims would infuse more interest and more money into the sport of boxing, and he was his own best public relations man. In February of 1964 he told readers of Sports Illustrated, “If I were like a lot of … heavyweight boxers … you wouldn’t be reading this story right now. If you wonder what the difference between them and me is, I’ll break the news: you never heard of them. I’m not saying they’re not good boxers. Most of them … can fight almost as good as I can. I’m just saying you never heard of them. And the reason for that is because they cannot throw the jive. Cassius Clay is a boxer who can throw the jive better than anybody.”

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The following month Ali–then still Cassius Clay–fought Sonny Liston in a match of classic contenders for the heavyweight championship of the world. The Miami fight almost single-handedly restored intelligence and balance to boxing. Cassius Clay had been chanting the war cry “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” for weeks; he beat Liston in a display of beautiful, controlled boxing. Liston could hit with deadly power, but Ali utilized his skills and courage with forethought and aplomb. He won the fight to become heavyweight champion of the world. At the tender age of 22 Ali knew that he was something above and beyond a great boxer: He had marketing sense, political finesse, and a feeling of noble purpose.

Throughout his career and life, Ali has always professed to want to help other black Americans–and he has, time and time again. When he returned from Italy, having just won an Olympic gold medal, he was so proud of his trophy that he wore it day and night and showed it to everyone, whether they wanted to see it or not. In the Philadelphia Inquirer Ali’s first wife remembered him saying “I was young, black Cassius Marcellus Clay, who had won a gold medal for his country. I went to downtown Louisville to a five-and-dime store that had a soda fountain. I sat down at the counter to order a burger and soda pop. The waitress looked at me…. ‘Sorry, we don’t serve coloreds,’ she said. I was furious. I went all the way to Italy to represent my country, won a gold medal, and now I come back to America and can’t even get served at a five-and-dime store. I went to a bridge, tore the medal off my neck and threw it into the river. That gold medal didn’t mean a thing to me if my black brothers and sisters were treated wrong in a country I was supposed to represent.”
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While in Miami, at the age of 21, Ali was inspired by human rights activist Malcolm X to become a member of the Muslim faith. The following year Malcolm X said of Ali, as was quoted by Houston Horn in Sports Illustrated, “[He] will mean more to his people than any athlete before him. He is more than [first black major-league baseball player] Jackie Robinson was, because Robinson is the white man’s hero. But Cassius is the black man’s hero. Do you know why? Because the white press wanted him to lose [his heavyweight championship bout] … because he is a Muslim. You notice nobody cares about the religion of other athletes. But their prejudice against Clay blinded them to his ability.” Twelve years later, on Face The Nation, Ali said “We don’t have Black Muslims, that’s a press word. We have white brothers, we have brown, red, and yellow, all colors can be Muslims…. I’m looking for peace one day with all people.” Cassius Clay, Jr., was given the name Muhammad Ali by Muslim patriarch Elijah Muhammad; it was not just a name, but a title meaning “beloved of Allah,” deity of the Muslim faith.

Ali retained his world heavyweight champion title in June of 1965 by again knocking out Sonny Liston, this time with a stunning right-hand punch to the side of the head. The knock-out blow was thrown with the astounding speed that separated Ali from other heavyweights; it had sufficient force to lift Liston’s left foot– upon which most of his weight was resting–clear off the canvas.

As a Muslim and thus, a conscientious objector, Muhammad Ali refused to even consider going to Vietnam in 1966; a tremendous public outcry erupted against him. According to Jack Olsen in Sports Illustrated, “The governor of Illinois found Clay ‘disgusting,’ and the governor of Maine said Clay ‘should be held in utter contempt by every patriotic American.’ An American Legion post in Miami asked people to ‘join in condemnation of this unpatriotic, loudmouthed, bombastic individual.’ The Chicago Tribune waged a choleric campaign against holding the next Clay fight in Chicago…. The noise became a din, the drumbeats of a holy war. TV and radio commentators, little old ladies … bookmakers, and parish priests, armchair strategists at the Pentagon and politicians all over the place joined in a crescendo of get-Cassius clamor.”

Although Ali had not been charged or arrested for violating the Selective Service Act–much less convicted–the New York State Athletic Commission and World Boxing Association suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his heavyweight title in May of 1967, minutes after he officially announced that he would not submit to induction. Ali said to Sports Illustrated contributor Edwin Shrake, “I’m giving up my title, my wealth, maybe my future. Many great men have been tested for their religious beliefs. If I pass this test, I’ll come out stronger than ever.” Eventually Ali was sentenced to five years in prison, released on appeal, and his conviction overturned three years later.

In November of 1970 Ali fought Jerry Quarry in Atlanta. His victory was a symbol of release and freedom to the 5,000 people watching the fight; Ali had personally survived his vilification by much of the American public, but more, he had reclaimed his professional reputation and prominence. Four months later Ali had the world as his audience when he went up against Joe Frazier in New York. There he fell from invincibility; suddenly Frazier reigned as heavyweight champ. “Man, I hit him with punches that’d bring down the walls of a city,” Frazier said to Mark Kram in Sports Illustrated. Ali responded, “It was like death. Closest thing to dyin’ that I know of.” Ali regained his title as world heavyweight champion in 1974 after defeating George Foreman in a bout staged in Zaire. Ali fought Frazier twice more, once in 1974 and again in 1975. Ali won both matches and secured his title. Taking time to reflect on the tumult of his fifteen-year boxing career, Ali co-wrote his autobiography–characteristically titled The Greatest–My Own Story–in 1975.

In 1982 Dr. Dennis Cope, director of the Medical Ambulatory Care Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, began treating Ali for Parkinson’s syndrome; Cope and colleague Dr. Stanley Fahn later theorized in the Chicago Tribune that Ali was suffering, more precisely, from Pugilistic Parkinsonism, brought on by repetitive trauma to the head–and that only an autopsy could confirm their suspicions. After losing a 1980 title bout to Larry Holmes, Ali had exhibited sluggishness and was misdiagnosed as having a thyroid condition; he was given a thyroid hormone. When Dr. Cope made the connection between Ali’s decreasing motor skills and Parkinson’s disease, he prescribed Sinemet (L-dopa). Ali was shortly restored to his previous level of energy and awareness; as long as he took his medication regularly, he was able to keep the disease in check. In 1988 Ali told New York Times Magazine contributor Peter Tauber: “I’ve got Parkinson’s syndrome. I’m in no pain…. If I was in perfect health–if I had won my last two fights–if I had no problem, people would be afraid of me. Now they feel sorry for me. They thought I was Superman. Now they can say ‘He’s human, like us. He has problems.'”

In 1984 another of Ali’s medical confidantes, Dr. Martin D. Ecker, ventured in the Boston Globe that Ali should have quit boxing long before he finally did–for the second and final time–in 1981 after losing to Trevor Berbick. His bout with Berbick was his 61st and final fight. By then Ali had been showing signs of neurological damage for over a year. Ali’s former doctor, Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, told the fighter to quit in 1977 when he first saw signs of Ali’s reflexes slowing down. Seven years later, Pacheco, a consultant and boxing commentator for NBC-TV, explained to Betsy Lehman in the Boston Globe why he feels Ali didn’t quit boxing in 1977: “The most virulent infection in the human race is the standing ovation. Once you’ve seen that, you can’t get off the stage. Once you feel that recognition … the roar of 50,000 people, you just don’t want to give it up.” When Ali initially surrendered his title in 1979, he was paid $250,000 to quit, but he eventually returned to his sport, perhaps as Pacheco suggested, because the recognition had become habit-forming.

Toward the end of Ali’s boxing career, and afterward, his ambitions took a decided turn toward statesmanship. In 1980 he cast his lot with the Democratic Party, supporting then-Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. In August of that year, while in intense training for the Holmes fight, he found time to work the floor of the Democratic National Convention in New York City. He also functioned as something of a diplomat in February of 1985 when he attempted to secure the release of four kidnapped Americans in Lebanon; unfortunately, he and his three advisers were not successful.

During his career in the ring Ali made more than $50 million, two thirds of wwent to managerial expenses and taxes. He said to New York Times Magazine contributor Tauber in 1988, “I never talk about boxing. It just served its purpose. I was only about 11 or 12 years old when I said ‘I’m gonna get famous so I can help my people.'” Indicating his continuing desire to help people, in 1990 Ali visited Our Children’s Foundation, Inc., on Manhattan’s 125th Street. According to Bill Gallo in the New York Daily News, he addressed the children there, saying, “The sun has a purpose. The moon has a purpose. The snow has a purpose. Cows have a purpose. You were born for a purpose. You have to find your purpose. Go to school. Learn to read and write…. What is your purpose, your occupation? Find your purpose…. What do you have to find?” “Purpose!,” they shouted gleefully in unison. True to form, one of Ali’s favored inscriptions when signing autographs is “Love is the net where hearts are caught like fish.”

Although Parkinson’s syndrome has slowed Ali down, he still remain active–raising money for the Muhammad Ali Foundation and frequently appearing at sports tributes and fund-raisers. Muhammad’s wife Lonnie believes “Muhammad knows he has this illness for a reason. It’s not by chance. Parkinson’s disease has made him a more spiritual person. Muhammad believes God gave it to him to bring him to another level, to create another destiny.” she stated in People.

During the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, 3.5 billion people watched on television as three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali slowly ascended the stadium steps with trembling hands to ignite the Olympic Flame. Everyone was deeply touched, however, No one was more moved than Ali himself. “He kept turning it [the torch] in his hands and looking at it. He knows now that people won’t slight his message because of his impairment.” said his wife Lonnie in People.

Muhammad has been blessed to meet with important dignitaries, including with President Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, and Pope John Paul II. His travels are his main source of income–charging as much as $200,000 for appearances. He usually travels 275 days out of the year. Although he enjoys his missionary work and public appearances, Ali’s greatest pleasure is when he is at home in Berrien Springs, Michigan with his family–wife Yolanda and his adopted son Asaad Amin.

In Berrien Springs, he lives a modest life in a house at the end of the road on an old farm. He has a pool and a pond and a security gate with an intercom. According to Kim Forburger, Ali’s assistant, “He’s the only man I know where the kids come to the gate and say ‘Can Muhammad come out and play?’

When asked if he has any regrets, Ali responds, “My children, I never got to raise them because I was always boxing and because of divorce,” he said in People. When asked whether he is sorry he ever got into the ring, he responded, “If I wasn’t a boxer, I wouldn’t be famous. If I wasn’t famous, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing now.”

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SOURCES
Atlanta Journal and Constitution, December 13, 1988. Boston Globe, October 1, 1984. Chicago Tribune, October 9, 1984. Ebony, April 1969. Face the Nation (transcript of CBS-TV program), May 2, 1976. Newsweek, June 22, 1987. New York Daily News, February 2, 1989. New York Post, July 14, 1987. New York Times Magazine, July 17, 1988. People, Jan 13, 1997, p. 40. Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 1990. Spin, October 1991. Sports Illustrated, December 20, 1976; April 25, 1988. Washington Post, June 9, 1991. Who’s Who among African American, 10th edition 98/99, Gale Research, 1997.

29
Nov
09

Muhammad Ali Visits THE LION KING.

Former three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and his family attended the Friday, January 9th performance of Disney’s THE LION KING at ASU Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ. (Mr. Ali is a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona).

THE LION KING National Tour performs in Tempe through Sunday, February 8, 2009.

Boxer, born Cassius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. As an amateur boxer (1954-60), winning 100 of 108 matches, he became the 1960 Olympic light-heavyweight champion. Financed by a group of Louisville businessmen, he turned professional, and by 1963 had won his first 19 fights. He won the world heavyweight title in 1964, defeating the purportedly invincible Sonny Liston when he retired at the end of the sixth round.

At that time he joined the Black Muslims and adopted the name Muhammad Ali. After defending the championship nine times within two years, in 1967 he refused to be drafted into the army on religious grounds, and was stripped of his title and barred from the ring. Ali’s action earned him both respect and anger from different quarters, but he did not box for three-and-a-half years; he took his case to the Supreme Court and had his boxing licence restored in 1970. In 1971 he was beaten by Joe Frazier, but beat him in 1974 in Zaire, and went on to meet George Foreman later that year, knocking him out in eight rounds to regain his title. He was beaten by Leon Spinks in a split decision (Feb 1978), but regained the title the same year – the first man to win the world heavyweight title three times. Since his retirement he has become one of the most beloved figures the world over.

Disney’s The Lion King continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world. The Lion King has been seen by over 45 million people in 11 different countries, including cities such as Sydney, Osaka, Shanghai, Taipei, Johannesburg, Seoul, Mexico City and Honolulu. In addition to Broadway and a domestic national tour, The Lion King can currently be seen in London, Hamburg, Paris, Tokyo and Fukuoka. On May 2, 2009, a sit-down production of The Lion King will open at Mandalay Bay Theatre – the first ever full-length Disney Theatrical Production to be launched in Las Vegas.

Disney’s The Lion King is currently playing at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre. The show officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre, its original home, on Thursday, November 13, 1997. Now in its 11th year, the global phenomenon is the winner of more than 70 major awards worldwide, including the 1998 Tony Award® and NY Drama Critics Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards (UK) for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design and three Moliere Awards (France) including musical, lighting design and costume design.

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Photo Credit: Tim Trumble/ASU Gammage.


Phindile Mkhize (Rafiki), Muhammad Ali, Dionne Randolph (Mufasa), and Timothy Carter (Scar)


Chaz Marcus Fleming (Young Simba), Muhammad Ali and Marquis Kofi Rodriguez (Young Simba)


Muhammad Ali, Ah-Niyah Neal (Young Nala) and Sade LouAnn Murray (Young Nala)


Muhammad Ali and the cast of Disney’s The Lion King National Tour.

 
29
Nov
09

“Michael Jackson” ghost haunts Muhammad Ali and Big George Forman!

Michael Jackson face appears in Muhammed Ali video: hoax or pareidolia?
Forgetomori posted this video of the George Foreman and Muhammad Ali fight from 1974. YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpQdVKOfZ58
 
 
He notes that during one second of the video (between 5:45 and 5:46) something that looks like the head of Michael Jackson, circa 2000, appears.
 
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“Michael Jackson” ghost haunts Muhammad Ali?

Ghost? Michael Jackson?
Hi, I’m a boxing enthusiast. I was browsing youtube and found a video of the famous fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, “Rumble in the jungle“. Well, at a point in the video (5:45~46 to be exact) a bizarre figure appeared in the background. I was curious, it’s certainly some problem that appeared due to the dozens of edits the image must have passed through. the eyes are even shining. or is it indeed some sort of hoax? Does anyone have an explanation?”

Asked Luis Fernando. The face is indeed bizarre, and I found it interesting enough to post here. And I honestly and unfortunately don’t have a clear explanation for the image. It could be a hoax, a bizarre face added digitally and recently to the scene, as what we assume would be the black hair around the face is actually transparent.

On the other hand, the are some things that interact with the image – passing both in front and behind the “face” – which suggest that it was not such a bad editing job. And also suggest that perhaps it’s not a hoax, but pareidolia. Even if I have no idea of what could have looked like a face with glowing eyes. Certainly the height of that face is not right, it’s at the height of everyone else’s waists. Perhaps a bag? I don’t know.

I compiled an animated GIF with the relevant section after the jump, but have no further comments. Do you have an idea of what could this be? Or is this uninteresting? Do share your thoughts.

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It could be a hoax, a bizarre face added digitally and recently to the scene, as what we assume would be the black hair around the face is actually transparent. On the other hand, there are some things that interact with the image – passing both in front and behind the “face” – which suggest that it was not such a bad editing job. And also suggest that perhaps it’s not a hoax, but pareidolia. Even if I have no idea of what could have looked like a face with glowing eyes. Certainly the height of that face is not right, it’s at the height of everyone else’s waists. Perhaps a bag? I don’t know.

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