Howard Cosell, Writer, Clay Shaw Ali discussed on Doug Miles Media

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Pounds. To Lula's wrapped, strap it on his back and he'd luggage into the clubhouse. He'd be the only guy there with any equipment like that, and the sports writers would just resent him totally for coaching on their sacred. Brown, if they own the clubhouse. Hated him. So they would knock the plug out of a war. Record, it wouldn't work or they. They shout obscenities it from. Michael phone so it would be unusable. That's the. The immediate. Of, enemy making did among the sports ride, which is something that was a running battle throughout his whole life few. He had sports writer Dick Young that was was the main. Antagonists isn't he? Called Dick Young his Asia there. Out So Stuart. Just unbelievable was. Almost interest pile the way they viewed it with each other, but it was very entertaining. Obviously huge are big osage Sullivan would have few walker wind chill people like that would always have refused to that was sort of like incumbent upon people who were celebrity and coastal really enjoyed it but it was there was a double edged sword to that because he made he any enemy. In the media, not only among sports but in in the media as a whole that when he starts to fall in the eighties sort lose altitude there was nobody defendant. Very sad thing everybody sort of sort of ran away from Howard. To the little the little monkey remark. On Monday night football now Seattle Garrick remark and nineteen, eighty three no one was there defend him in the last decade of his life was to miss the horror show. He was all alone. When his wife died emmy and nineteen ninety-one totally alone and died that way even people who hated him so very sad. I know the last conversation I remember I worked in Philly all my life March. So I I I, not see him coming in for Monday night football and things like that. Of course, one of his greatest adventures was at Franklin Field But He would stand auburn it was a columnist for the Philadelphia whether it's in your book and up at and Stan. Hochman, they had a tremendous. You'd for years stand was gonNA assume the they threw back on an airplane together they got to violent discussion and He, he there wasn't a writer in the world that that's. Appreciated or likes to. Howard cosell. Yeah and and he would know exactly which ones are writing. About him even the smallest podunk bugle. No. I don't know how we radar or something he was known as somebody wrote something nasty about him and he would stop around the office all day vilifying whoever it was, who did that and it was like his Howard Cosell, the most recognizable man is sports in the country obsessing over what some two bit writer has to say about him in the paper that was that was that was triggered Samantha but it's jury. Everybody Oi interview always said the same thing that Howard was the most insecure men ever met, and that's certainly showed up in a lot of ways. It was one of the things that made him great kept on erected barriers. Keep with everybody and that drove him to almost You know maniacal Lens grade but the enemies he made as you say, that'd be everybody I mean I don't know how the man live because there was a new every day brought another confrontation. Thought that from an articulation standpoint pick it always bring the other person down the other person didn't know nor did he make as well? He was almost he was almost A. A world famous lawyer talking to people down that never never with that always down and that was his his strength was that he was smarter than they were. You use bigger words they hit and he drew a lot more than they did. Yeah in the beginning, he was able to use that with sort of a wink. Would sort of able to play toward that. You know the power of Howard Cosell a little self deprecating humor. You didn't think it was him. You thought it was an act that he was playing. It was one of the things that kind of made him enduring. But later on, you lost all that, any was not in hearing at all towards long. As as you say everyone he would run into you know would come away with this Howard cosell story of being being browbeaten and be rated by Howard. It just became. It wasn't funny after a while in the beginning it was funny to be attacked by our. Larry Merchant so that you know he said. At, the beginning when he attacked, we were flattered we loved it. It was Howard. But towards the end, it was like, who is who is this guy to be attacking anybody you know? He's no bargain. This guy. Change to the fact that he really meant it I mean. The early. Hey, babe, it'll self-deprecation. But as it grew on he he meant what he said I mean he he he hated. Well, he put it on a book write. That book I never played the game which was. A three hundred page rant against everyone basically he ever met. Give us specifically Gifford and meredith but anyone route arlene should anyone whoever whoever was on his side came in for a brutal tonguelashing in that book and it was not pretty at all. Time with Abou- author of Howard Cosell. The man, the myth and the transformation of American sports You mentioned his name earlier of the association with as you said, the beginning with caches quiet and became Muhammad. Ali that that association was that calculated. You think on how cells that he would be elevated by being associate with Alli. Or did he really feel for Allie going through what he did at that time? He was very calculating man was very starting a business bent marketer of himself and in the sixty. That was one that was when popular culture demanding different kinds of. Heroes of Anti. Heroes people who you wouldn't expect to be. Aerobic. Big. Mouths. You know people who brag about themselves and everything like that. So they recognize each other that if they can. In the sort of buddy. Buddy Buddy game here that they would go even further than they would on their own. You know Howard was very close with what Patterson before Clay Shaw Ali came along. He was the producer of the ABC Radio Network fight coverage and he would go all the big fights and he would get very close to the two fighters he. Floyd. was almost a family member of a member of in the coastal households to his wife and daughters love Boise and then they had a falling out which is almost like a divorce. It was like a like a you know it was that personal a thing and that came about judge as clay what's coming around so I think it was you know because so ready to junk one wife for another you know and and the Clay Lee became his wife Professional. Like Emmy was his wife. Wife for about fifteen years they same ups and downs and you know separations and records. But it was like to the public. It was unbelievable like we've got folly was there without cosell. You say, well, where's our you know Howard has to be there for. The remarkable thing and I still think. The single most brave the brave thing I've ever seen and heard in sports journalism was Kosovo defensive all league when he refused to go into the military because they had nothing to do with politics or religion or anything like that. It was based strictly on the Constitution and the law and processed, and only cosell could have done that at the time because nobody else at any. At any.

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