Mohammed Ali, Asia, Muhammad Ali discussed on Vegas Never Sleeps

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Side of mohammed ali and a time when the country was very divided perhaps even more divided than it is today you ida vietnam war raging the younger people were all against it some of the older people in the veterans of world war two at the time were staunchly for it and trying to wipe out communism or at least not communism see communism advance in asia so they were all for the war and you had a lot of street brawls and here was a guy like co shell taking the side of a gentleman who was i called cash clay and then changed his name to muhammad ali and he defended him and said well he's got the right to change his name and he's got the right from a religious beliefs to be drafted into the military and people dislike cosell for just that reason but the two of them both grew almost in lockstep because they were always together and people either hated them or love them but he was the most recognized figure at the time of any sports personality and he would also criticize athletes which was something that wasn't done until howard cosell oh came to the fore for instance one of my early recollections i'm sixty six it was in nineteen sixty two in the mets went into business and he did the pre and post game shows and those shows were a must listen you have to listen to them because co show would say things that no other pre post answer would do for instance one day i remember this took a shot at the mets first year manager casey stengel who at the time was seventy and he accused cosell did casey stangl of falling asleep on the bench of the dugout we just never did that before so he did that and then of course in nineteen seventyone monday night football went on the air holiday picked him to anchor coverage into what we were talking about before it became more than just scorza transcended sports and became an entertainment show monday night football did so casella was a part of that he'll be remembered for monday night football it'll be remembered for boxing and he'll be remembered almost as a.

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