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Bert Sugar dies

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by BYH, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. BYH

    BYH Active Member

  2. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    ESPN Classic has to run a marathon with all the shows where Sugar sat and pontificated. And smoked. And drank.
  3. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    A self-promoter without peer, and that was an art before the Internet, 24-hour talk radio and all-sports TV channels.
  4. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Wow. I loved Bert Sugar. He was such a throwback -- almost a stereotype, even -- a quintessential character who was exactly the kind of boxing reporter you'd expect to see in a film.

    Damn, RIP.
  5. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    He blurred the line to where you couldn't tell if he was the real deal, completely full of crap or some combination thereof.
  6. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Funny part is, that fit in perfectly with the world of boxing.
  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I knew Bert since the mid-'70s, not well, but I knew him. This is very, very sad news. And I doubt if Bert himself could've told you where the real ended and the make-believe began. It was all one.
  8. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    RIP for sure. I don't know a lot about Boxing, but I do remember watching Bert Sugar on TV all the time talking about it. Damn.
  9. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Abe Vigoda makes it again.

    This was close for him as they both wore fedoras.
  10. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    I'm sorry to see the passing of one of my favorite sports media figures. A true character with his gravelly voice talking about Ali....

    Sugar was also a very successful advertising executive and that enabled him to buy into the boxing publication world.
  11. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    His column in Boxing Illustrated had a few of my favorite headlines:

    1). "And now about some people who are so stupid they think metronomes are midgets who work for MGM."

    and (regarding the AMA and its campaign to abolish boxing):

    2). "How to play golf on Wednesdays and God the rest of the week."

  12. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Please change the thread title. Based on official SJ guidelines, it should
    read: RIP Burt Sugar
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