The Sunday: Endings

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


The Greatest

Mohammad Ali is dead. While many will remember is boxing speed and skill, others will remember him as a wordsmith and yet others will see him as a draft dodger who got away with it. No matter what you think you cannot deny that this individual is transcendent. He has gone down as one of the greatest athletes this world has ever seen and everyone knows his name.

But imagine this for a moment, what would it have been like for Ali in the modern era? The era of Snapchat and YouTube. The era of 24 hour a day news cycles and trolls crushing you for everything you say. Would he be as giant? Would he have boxed at all? Think about the iconic shots of him standing over his opponent…those a 15 yard penalties in football nowadays.

Ali was who he was. Did what he did. History has already come down with the verdict, he was ‘The Greatest’. He just said it before the rest of us knew it.

Stepping Away

Augie Garrido is no longer the manager of the Texas Longhorns. He is an icon in college baseball, has 1,950 wins in his career and five College World Series titles. He will also be remembered for his Bobby Knight-esq blowups.

He is one of the last members of the college baseball ‘old guard.’ John Manuel of Baseball America did a great job of summing up how some of these great college baseball coaches went out.

CBS announcer Verne Lundquist announced that this next season in the SEC will be his last. He has been a voice of the SEC on CBS since 2000 and will be replaced by Brad Nessler.

Lundquist will still do golf and college basketball at CBS which means we hopefully get more images like this…

Verne

St Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock also announced that the 2016-2017 hockey season will be his last behind the bench. He won the Stanley Cup in 1999 with the Dallas Stars.

Overshadowed

It’s sad when ‘other news’ takes precedent over athletes accomplishments in their field.

While Michael Bisping’s first round victory over Luke Rockhold to win the UFC Middleweight title was impressive, as was Dominick Cruz’s decision win over Urijah Faber and Dan Henderson’s knockout win over Hector Lombard, UFC 199 while be known for ‘what else happened’.

The UFC announced the return of Brock Lesnar to the octagon at UFC 200 (with a TBD opponent) which was a story Ariel Helwani accurately reported….before he was escorted out of the building and then supposedly banned by the UFC. Let us also not forget that the McGregor vs Diaz rematch will take place at UFC 202 which was also announced Saturday night.

Who fought again?

Memorial Day

What do you do when you are a New England Patriot and the best damn TE in the NFL? Dance to some Timberlake of course.

 

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