Category Archives: Wilt Chamberlain

The Dempsey Obsession

In recent weeks I’ve been writing satirical boxing columns some of which imply that white Americans still obsessively overestimate the boxing prowess of Jack Dempsey. Yes, he was swift and hard-punching, by century-old standards, but to be honest one must ask: who in the hell of note did Jack Dempsey ever beat? The answer is: […]

Also posted in Boxing, Earnie Shavers, Eldridge Cleaver, Floyd Patterson, Gene Tunney, George Foreman, Jack Dempsey, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Muhammad Ali, Red Grange, Sonny Liston

Wilt Chamberlain would have been 70

My friends and I, clever adolescents all, used to call our timid town “Sportamento” or “Hickramento,” derisive references not merely to the absence of professional sports and division one college competition but as well to the backwoods community-wide conviction that Sacramento did not deserve the best in sports, would never be able to support pro […]

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento