Re: Greatest Sports Performance?
Posted by H. Cosell on November 27, 2018, 2:04 pm, in reply to "Re: Greatest Sports Performance? "
Most of you weren't around back then, but by far the greatest upset in the history of sports happened in October 1974 in Africa.
An aging, philandering, long-ago former boxing champion Muhammad Ali was challenging a youthful, gigantic, beast of a champion, the undefeated George Foreman.
Ali was listed as a 4-to-1 underdog but it may as well have been 400-to-1. Nobody gave him a chance to win at all. Ali's own wife feared he would be literally killed in the ring.
Yet Ali masterfully worked his way into George's head - first, in the weeks leading up to the fight, then even more so after the opening bell rang.
Spurning the repeated advise of his own trainers and advisors, Ali devised a scheme on his own to let big George punch himself out for several rounds. He absorbed a barrage of punches, mostly to the body, while offering little resistance in return.
Then nearing the end of the 8th round, sensing George was exhausted, Ali unleased a flurry of punches of his own culminating with a big, left-handed uppercut that knocked George's ass out and shocked the world.
The fight was watched by an estimated audience of 1 billion TV viewers world-wide (largest in history at the time) and grossed an inflation-adjusted $500 million.
It wasn't until well after the fight that a reporter coined the phrase Rope-a-Dope.