I saw this story last week, I usually don’t rant about stuff like this, as it stands right now, it is an NFL world in the fall and into the winter I lead in with NFL as well, but this is beyond the sport that I will be talking about today. You know how I have feel about purist…I believe that they kill their respective sports…they are killing baseball, they kill boxing, they are hurting the NHL. Purists – you own them, don’t worry about them, don’t placate, don’t appease them, die hard baseball fan that’s 70 years old is not going anywhere….grow the sport! Create instant replay.
Well listen to this story, Mike Tyson will controversially be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. Also joining him, Sylvester Stallone – who wrote and created the Rocky movie back in 76’. The nomination for the Hollywood Stallone “threatens the credibility of the Hall of Fame and is already diving an opinion among boxing officianatos” The credibility? of the Boxing Hall of Fame? Haha…there actually is one?
Folks, once again the “don’t get it crowd” is staring us right in the face. Dick Vitale is in the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Not because of his coaching, but because of his service to the sport. The two biggest names in college basketball today? Mike Krzyzewski # 1 and Dick Vitale #2.
The Rocky movie won “Best Picture”; it glamorized a soon to be dying sport. Is Sylvester Stallone a Hall of Famer? Are you kidding me??? Because of Sylvester Stallone, Hollywood was able to finance Cinderella Man, Raging Bull, Million Dollar Baby, Rocky 1,2,3,4 and 5. Kids went to gyms because of that movie. Kids who were lost in their life and would’ve ended up in the streets went to a gym. He helped the economy! They erected a statue in Philadelphia for a fictional character, he globalized the word “Yo” and you’re asking if he’s a hall of famer?
Never forget this – first of all, it’s not like putting Tom Cruise in the Racing Hall of Fame because of “Days of Thunder” But I would put Tom Cruise in the Navy Hall of Fame. You think that’s outrageous? Really? Tom Cruise gave them a $500 million dollar cheque. Tom Cruise, in the movie “Top Gun” there is pal papal evidence; it’s called the “Top Gun Effect” increased enrollment in the Navy for a decade…for a decade! And you’re about to say that he doesn’t deserve…? Does everybody who is in a Hall of Fame actually have to win a basketball game or hit a jumper? You can’t serve a sport? Are you going to tell me that Peter Ueberroth – he didn’t throw a Javelin, he didn’t run the 220! But he sure as heck saved the Olympics! They were dead! Peter Ueberroth saved the Olympics in Los Angeles, without him – because of Jimmy Carter, the Olympics are dead! If there is an Olympic Hall of Fame, Peter Ueberroth – who never ran the 220, should be at the head of the class to get in.
Come on people! Karate Kid created a karate boom! You gotta put that movie in some wing of the Hall of Fame! Think about this…think about this with Top Gun and what Tom Cruise did to the Navy. In one particular sequence of the film they were taping it, the commander of the ship was filming it and he moved the ship. The director, Tony Scotts said “when the planes take off from the aircraft carrier, we want them to be lit, the sunlight to be seen on camera, lit from behind” and the commander of the Navy ship was like “that would cost $25,000” Tony Scott, the director, took out his cheque book and was like “he’s $25,000…turn the ship around…this will make you $500 million dollars”
Sometimes folks, you jump over a $5 dollar bill to get to a $20. You either see the big picture in life or you don’t. American Idol opened up the door for all these other talent shows. [Before you continue reading this rant, go to this website, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioE_O7Lm0I4, and play the music as you continue reading this rant] Anyways, think about this, in the history of American music, has there ever been another song, that without hearing a lyric, you think of a thought…to me, nothing says rags to riches, American hope, blue collar getting a shot like those horns, no lyrics, you don’t hear anything, you don’t hear a single word…yet it speaks of America, rags to riches, blue collar to Wall Street.
In the history of cinema, has there ever been a movie – by the way, filmed in 28 days, made for a million dollars, it grossed $255 million in 76’, greatest grossing movie that year. The only other song that speaks to life in America without a lyric is the song by Jefferson Aeroplane “White Rabbit”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR8LFNUr3vw , and that speaks to Americans, it says that everyone in the room listening is stoned outta their mind.
I mean it’s amazing! If you look at the history of America and what makes America so great – this doesn’t happen in England, Russia or even here in Canada, that a guy from Arkansas with an alcoholic father and a mother who bets the ponny’s becomes president of the United States. Barack Obama can become president. You can’t do that in countries with royalty. What America is all about is portrayed in the movie “Rocky” He opened the door for hundreds of other boxing movies.
I mean, it’s just…these boxing purist are worried about “the credibility of the boxing hall of fame?” You’re a sport that was run by Don King! Hahaha, like seriously!