All of the Greats Take Losses

08fraziert2_span-jumbo

“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”

— Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was “The Greatest.”

Everyone knows that, but there’s something that seems to be lost in the deification of the morn born Cassius Clay: he wasn’t unbeatable.

Ali actually lost five times in his career, and while three of those defeats can be overlooked since they happened in his final four fights, when he was old and feeble, two occurred in the midst of his prime. He lost the “Fight of the Century” by unanimous decision to Joe Frazier in 1971 and lost by split decision to Ken Norton in 1973, suffering a broken jaw in the process.

He wasn’t invincible. He was beatable. Like all of them.

Virtually all of the great ones have lost — and lost big.

Continue reading “All of the Greats Take Losses”

Advertisements

Kevin Durant Put Winning Above All Else – So Why Is He Getting Criticized For It?

Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

Kevin Durant, deputy publisher of The Players Tribune, who has averaged 27 points and 7 rebounds per game in his second career as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, announced his decision to join the Golden State Warriors today.

Continue reading “Kevin Durant Put Winning Above All Else – So Why Is He Getting Criticized For It?”