Cosell had become a bit of a cartoon character by the late late 70's with his persona portrayed by various level comedians from Billy Crystal to the class clown in the back of the room in school.You younguns are likely not aware of how American sports fans were for many years forced to suffer the ubiquitous presence on their TV sets of the pompous, insufferable ass Howard Cosell. He was one of the three announcers in the booth for a long time on Monday Night Football -- though it was entertaining the way Don Meredith would slyly play off him for laughs -- and appeared on countless other media vehicles. Cosell almost single-handedly enhanced Muhammad Ali's stature through his many interviews with him, and was the first sports figure to start calling him by his Muslim name after he changed it from Cassius Clay. Clay/Ali was a widely disliked figure in the America 1.0 of the 1960s, because of his name and religion change, his aggressive self-admiring personality, and because he wouldn't enlist to fight in Vietnam. Cosell was likewise widely disliked for his entire career, but DWFs still had to see his homely face and hear his annoying voice for what seemed forever. Thankfully there's no one like him today.
Agree with that, I was writing about how he was viewed in the '60s. Over time Ali developed into almost a saint, much like another very controversial and divisive figure from the 1960s, Martin Luther King.Best Cosell imitation is from the 80s movie "Better Off Dead" by the Asian guy. And Ali for all his faults was totally correct about Vietnam and race mixing.
I'd say both "were" developed into secular saints. My WAG going forward few people in a few decades will know who either were, they have their use in the degenerate Liberal/Conservative debate but that is winding down IMO.Agree with that, I was writing about how he was viewed in the '60s. Over time Ali developed into almost a saint, much like another very controversial and divisive figure from the 1960s, Martin Luther King.
I attended a Pirates game in Three Rivers Stadium that was nationally televised circa late '70s early '80s. Afterwards, as the fans were walking en masse down the diagonal ramps that led to ground level, we spotted Cosell a level below us, also surprisingly using the public ramps to make his exit. The fans were mostly well lubricated and there were lots of fairly good-natured insults loudly directed his way. And yeah, I remember how unexpectedly tall he seemed.I have had the misfortune of trying to get Cossell's autograph. He was calling the USA VS Cuba boxing matches in Charlotte, N.C. I approached him walking to his seat at ringside and he called the security guards over and they made us leave. The matches hadn't even started. It was 43 years ago and I am still mad about it. Cossell was a much taller man than I thought he was. He walked hunch over, but he still looked like he was 6'2" or better.
My dad simply referred to him as a “rabble rouser.”In honor of MLK Day, just wanted to add some stuff my dad told me. Young people don't realize just how unpopular MLK was back in the 60s. He was widely (and correctly) seen as a divisive, agitating figure rather than the "great uniter" he's worshipped as today. Even some blacks thought MLK was a lot more trouble than he was worth and that he would make things worse for them.
Or equally relevant, “Ain’t no Palestinian ever called me goyim”.Ali's famous line about Vietnam and the draft could be used to inspire a modern-day version should the Soros/Biden administration try to send young conservative white men off to die in a globalist war: "Ain't no Russian ever called me deplorable."
Thanks but I'm no hero, just someone who for a long time tried to awaken folks to what was going on while offering solutions and ways for them to get involved. That to me is the American Way.