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Cover an athlete

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Ilmago, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Ilmago

    Ilmago Guest

    Let's say you had the chance to go back in time(before you were born) to cover an athlete, somewhat like Al Stump did with Tyrus Cobb, who would that athlete be and why?

    I thought this could be a fun little thread.
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I'm going to say Maria Sharapova and butterscotch syrup.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing this will be a popular answer, but probably Muhammad Ali. Simply the most fascinating sports figure of the 20th Century.
  4. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Yup. This should be a short thread.
  5. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Yeah, Ali in his prime.
  6. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Indeed. A heavyweight champ who actually defended his title all over the world, not just in some parking lot in Vegas.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Ali is probably more interesting than every active athlete today combined.
  8. Ilmago

    Ilmago Guest

    How about Babe Ruth though, or even Jack Dempsey? I think those two guys would be fun to cover.

    We all know that Ruth lived a wild life, with the drinking, the partying and all the girls. He's a writers dream.

    You can even make an argument that he was more popular then Ali.
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    True on Ruth, but "covering" him in that era wouldn't be what it is today. You could live it up with the Babe, but none of the stories would make the paper.
  10. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    In the US maybe, not around the world. Ali hasn't fought in nearly 30 years but he would still be among the most recognizable people in the world.

    Just covering Ali in the ring would have been amazing given the guys he fought and the places he fought in, but you had the whole Vietnam draft issue, his conversion to Muslim etc. Oh yeah, and he never stopped talking.
  11. Ilmago

    Ilmago Guest

    Can you explain to me why they wouldn't make the paper?
  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Actually, this has been the best answer so far...

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