Thursday, December 20, 2007

They Said It But What Does It Mean?


Aside from the pure joy of the sport itself, boxing has had a long line of colorful characters with true insight into the game of life. Not too many people of our era will remember a fighter named Art Aragon but he picked up the sobriquet of "Mr. Sandman" owing to a comment he made after one of his fights. Apparently, he'd taken a sleeping pill by mistake before a fight when he was to take a headache pill:

"I was asleep between rounds, and I wasn't doing too well during the rounds, either,"Aragon said.
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Aragon was an extremely popular contender in both the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions during the 1950s, an era where boxing was dominated by the Mob. A mobster named Frankie Carbo was notorious for fixing fights he'd bet on. The better known Jake LaMotta admitted he once "took a dive" in order to make things right with the mob boss.

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