Category Archives: Mixed Martial Arts

Donald Trump v. Kim Jong Un

Let’s see, in 1950 North Korean soldiers, materially aided by China and Russia, attacked and mauled South Korean troops, which then received massive aid from American and other United Nations forces to repulse the invaders but then the rescuers became invaders and, despite many warnings from the Chinese, continued to charge further north, bombing and […]

Also posted in Boxing, Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un, Korea, Korean War, Nuclear Weapons

Mayweather Writes to McGregor

Dear Conor, I’m quite comfortable writing you this letter because I know it’ll intimidate you and at the same time offer a generous warning about what’s going to happen when we enter the boxing ring in three weeks and all our insipid promotional talk won’t matter. You aren’t going to make this boy dance and […]

Also posted in Boxing, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Las Vegas, Nate Diaz

Must Sell

I’m just the old night watchman, now called security guard, making sure no one steals or vandalizes the cars. I’m not against Joe. I’ve often seen him pushing his grocery cart by the lot very late, and sometimes we said hello, but he always kept going, until tonight when he stops and brings wire-cutters out […]

Also posted in Boxing, Cars & Driving, Guns, Homeless, Poverty, Sales

The Colonoscopy

“I’ve been waiting a long time,” Gerald said after being wheeled into the examination room. “We’re busy because Dr. Jackson’s the finest gastroenterologist in town,” said the nurse. “If there’s a polyp in your colon, he’ll find it.” “I’m real nervous.” “You’ll be fine. I’m giving you two medications for your nerves and two for […]

Also posted in Boxing, Cancer, Colonoscopy, Doctors, Jiujitsu

Ronda Rousey Returns to Earth

I haven’t been a regular fan of boxing or mixed martial arts for a long time. As a kid and young adult and even into early middle age I used to growl and cheer like millions of other bloodthirsty souls who enjoyed watching people destroy each other. Disappointingly, I don’t recall questioning this behavior. At […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dana White, ESPN.com, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, Holly Holm, Joe Frazier, Ronda Rousey, YouTube

Julius Caesar v. Benito Mussolini

This was a hard ticket to get and a good seat eventually cost the equivalent of ten million bucks but people would’ve paid more to sit in the remodeled Colosseum when Benito Mussolini and Julius Caesar finally got it on. Both leaders, egomaniacal to the core, tried to dictate details of time travel, fight purses, […]

Also posted in Benito Mussolini, Boxing, Colosseum, Italy, Julius Caesar, Roman Empire, Rome

Mayor Klitschko’s Successes

I didn’t worry about ragged furniture in my office at Kiev City Hall. The city looked much worse as unemployment rose, wages fell, our till stood empty, protestors lived in tents a hundred meters from my office, and Russian troops mobilized on our eastern border. The big bears intended to convince all Ukrainians, and especially […]

Also posted in Bermane Stiverne, Boxing, Kiev, Ronda Rousey, Russia, Ukraine, Vitali Klitschko, Vladimir Putin, Wladimir Klitschko

Jack Dempsey Returns

I was simultaneously flabbergasted and thrilled the recent morning Jack Dempsey, age twenty-four and just a week after tomahawking slow, long-inactive, and overconfident giant Jess Willard, marched into my gym and said, “I’m taking my career to the twenty-first century. You interested?” Only pride prevented me from dropping to my knees and thanking all deities. […]

Also posted in Anderson Silva, Boxing, Dana White, Jack Dempsey, Jess Willard, Jon Jones, New Orleans, Steve Ballmer, Wladimir Klitschko

Theodore Roosevelt v. William H. Taft

In the White House of 1907 I was waiting for my friend Teddy Roosevelt when rotund Secretary of War William H. Taft huffed by. “Rather out of shape, aren’t you, old fellow,” I said. “I’m relatively trim at two-eighty-three, a good fifty less than you, I dare say.” “All right, when President Roosevelt arrives, I’ll […]

Also posted in Boxing, Jiujitsu, John L. Sullivan, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Wrestling

Memories of Emanuel Steward

The email from a friend dropped in my box and simply said: “RIP Emanuel Steward.” I thought this is a mistake, it must be, Steward always looks handsome and healthy on TV, he’s a winner, he’ll live a long time, it must be another guy with the same name who, quickly and privately, withered at […]

Also posted in Boxing, Emanuel Steward, Lennox Lewis, Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, Wladimir Klitschko

Baseball Bat Killers Sentenced

Two years ago a murder story in Bakersfield haunted me and, despite uneasiness, I decided to view the crime scene. A forty-year old man, Patrick Matsuda, who lived in a neighborhood of new and expensive homes, had been killed by bat-wielding miscreants. For weeks residents had been complaining to each other and the police that […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Bodybuilding, Drugs, Housing, Murder, Neighborhoods, Wrestling

Basketball and More in Las Vegas

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Art Galleries, Basketball, Blake Griffin, Brock Lesnar, Eric Gordon, Fedor Emilianenko, Gambling, George Thomas Clark, Las Vegas, Liberace, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Music, Nevada, Russell Westbrook, Sacramento Kings, Travel, Tyreke Evans, Wayne Newton