1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

Happy 40th Mike Tyson

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Evil Bastard (aka Chris_L), Jun 30, 2006.

  1. Today's Iron Mike's 40th birthday. My favorite Tyson quote, "He called me a `rapist' and a `recluse.' I'm not a recluse."
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    God I'm old.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    My style is impetuous. My defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat his children. Praise be to Allah!
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I am shocked he has made it to 40.
  5. Bubba Fett

    Bubba Fett Active Member

    As am I.

    This does make me feel old. I can still remember exactly where I was -- in high school playing pick-up basketball under the lights at a local park -- when I heard that he lost to Buster.
  6. tyler durden 71351

    tyler durden 71351 Active Member

    I saw a picture of him a few months ago...he was a guest at a party in the Playboy Mansion. You know Hef had Tyson followed by bodyguards the whole night. That's gotta be like taking John Daley to the liquor store.....
  7. tonysoprano

    tonysoprano Member

    Another favorite Mike quote - "I guess I'll just fade into Bolivian."

    For those who haven't seen it, watch Fox's "Beyond The Glory" on Mike ...2 hrs. long, very disturbing, something shrinks could study and ponder for decades. Probably one of my fav. sports documentaries ever.
  8. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    Where does the time go?

    I don't remember much about Tyson losing to Douglas, but I do remember when Gutbuster lost in his next fight.

    Some fools had paid for the match on pay TV. They came into the office later and said Gutbuster should have worn a diaper.
  9. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    My co-worker and I had an interesting debate. What effect do you think Iron Mike had on boxing? In his heydey, his strength and brutalness surely got a lot of people interested, and his clowning later in his career -- the tattoos, the ear biting, etc. -- undoubtedly drove some away and attracted others.

    Was he better for boxing -- a sport in need of some real characters -- or bad for it by reinforcing the thug and corrupt image it has among mainstream media?
  10. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Well, he was the last effective heavyweight, but Tyson's era just signified the beginning of the 20-year downfall of the heavyweight division. He was fighting nothing but bums, and when Douglas started fighting back, Mike couldn't handle it.

    Since then, we've had a bunch of also-rans (no, I'm not forgetting about Lewis and Holyfield) that wouldn't have been able to compete in the heavyweight division's hey-day. Don King and the rampant onset of corruption certainly hasn't helped.

    Also, most of the top, young black athletes certainly aren't choosing to get their brains beaten in when they could simply play basketball, football or baseball and walk away with their minds intact when their careers are over.

    So to answer your question in one sentence -- Mike's rise to prominence and subsequent downfall signified the beginning of the end of the heavyweight boxing.
  11. Jeff Gluck

    Jeff Gluck Member

    Keith Olbermann pointed out on the radio today that he is a cousin of Mike Tyson.

    I guess Olbermann is somehow related to Cus D'Amato, who legally adopted Tyson.
  12. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Mike's wife: "Save the ears on the cake for your daddy!"
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page