Coverage of the 2004 Olympics
August 29, 2004
American boxers get their butts whipped was like a visit to the dentist.
Nobody likes to go, but we have too. What happened?
My God, we're the richest, most powerful country in the world. We have
the best of everything. The truth is we blew it big time. Not only did we fail
to measure up, we lacked the courage to face the consequences. The excuse the
Director of USA Boxing Inc. made about being unfamiliar with the scoring
system is bulk, and a poor reason for failing so miserably.
The other about other countries having semi-professionals athletes is
also dung. Few, if any of the young men on the Olympic team would accept being
locked up, regimented and controlled, as athletes from other countries must do
on national teams. The guys I met
at USA vs. France at Reno were barely manageable. Personally, I was more
impressed with the French boxers. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to speak with
them, my French stinks.
truth is we lacked character. Team
Coach Abdullah said it himself, when he referred to statements made by Jason
Estrada who came in at a superfatso 263 lbs.
He put on 30 lb., since I saw him. This is what defeated us.
To add insult to injury, Estrada stated.
“If I‘m gonna loose, I’m gonna get hit as little as possible”.
He quit, and is not worthy of the status awarded him as a member of the US
Olympic Team. Not only is it shameful, its harmful. He is a terrible role
model. I have zero hope for him as a professional. I don’t believe he has
the balls to make it. This is
only a small glimpse of why athletes want to go to the Olympics; it’s about
the Benjamin's, pure and simple. Remember, this is the land of greedy and home
of materialism. It’s the dark side of our American culture.
predicted disaster in 2004, after watching the sloppy performance in Reno. Not
only was I right about our chances, I was right about why.
We lack dedication, and we lack coaching.
The men picked to work the corner during the Olympics are not really
the coaches. They met in Athens
and were assigned to be a team coaches. USA
Incorporated blew it, so did the individual boxers.
I think its time Congress stepped in.
We need another intervention, and another invasion. We need to invade
the USA Boxing Incorporated headquarters in Colorado Springs, Col. and demand
an explanation. Maybe we’ll
find them hiding as Saddam, in an spider hole, wearing long beards and
smelling like cheese. We should
send in the Marines and hold every one of those rich, well paid fat-cat
administrators living off our registration and membership fees responsible. We need to clean up this mess and demand a better selection
process. We need to make character one of the criteria for being selected.
Lets agree that thugs, tough punks with attitudes and street brawlers
should not be allowed to represent American, no matter how good they can box.
No More Mike Tyson’s. In
reality the Olympic coach never speaks to the boxers during the year. They
don’t really know any of the boxers. Each boxer has their own coach and own
agenda. The so-called
Olympic coach never had a chance. I
feet sorry for him. Too bad, he will be remembered as the worse Olympic Team
Coach since 1940, in reality it was not his team, much less his fault.
was disappointed only one of the two boxers I picked to win gold, won. After
observing their bouts in Reno against the French team, I picked Andre Ward and
Vincent Escobido. I will
not make any observations on Vincent's performance; God knows he is doing that
to himself. Having been equally
as disappointed, I can understand the torment. There is nothing anyone can say
Ward, proved what I have been saying. It’s a question of character. It’s
about who you are, and what you are fighting for. Sadly our amateur program
has always been a breeding farm for professional boxing. Ask yourself, where is there to go after you’ve been to the
Olympics? Nowhere. The pro ranks
will grow by the exact number of boxers that went to the Olympics. Every one
of the boxers will go for the money. It’s the American way, we worship the
dollar. We don’t go to college for an education; we go to get a job. We don’t get into politics to help our country, we do for
the money. Ask former President Bush, now advisor to the Shah of Iran. It’s
about the money. Any
politician, in any position, anywhere in the United States, no matter what
kinda of spin they try to put on it. It’s only about the money. Does anyone
really believe Cheney likes kissing Georgie’s ass?
problem, and there are many in USA Boxing
Inc., Is the manner in which they control boxing. They want to control
every aspect of it, everywhere in the United States. They’ve assumed a role
like the Boxing Commission. Yet,
when they blow it, they refuse to take responsibility. No balls, no class,
again poor role modeling. They
want to control it all, under the pretense of “safety” and
“liability”. Its nothing more than greedy men, hiring other greedy men to
control every aspect of a money making machine.
Amateur boxing is a business. You would not believe the ass kissing
that goes on amongst the amateur referee ranks. It’s disgusting to watch
chief of officials using their position to squash, remove or interfere with
anyone unwilling to kiss their ass. It’s like looking for Jesus in Las
Vegas. Hopeless, Again, it’s a question of character.
I have been beating this drum for years. We must clean up amateur and
professional boxing and do it now. I
speak from personal experience. I’ve witnessed first hand the manner in
which local amateur boxing officials use their status to squash others. It’s
disgusting. How can we expect character from our boxers, when every example
given them is one of self-perpetuation? Ask the old farts in the Central
California Boxing association about fairness, I’ll bet none of them can give
you a definition, much less an example. The poor bastards, thank God, will
soon be doing time in hell. These pitiful bastards really think their
miserable status as amateur politicians gives them power, poor bastards.
friend Teddy Atlas said it best, “they should take that electronic scoring
system and throw it into the sea. There is nothing computerized about it,
except the wires, its still people pushing the buttons. All they’ve done is
found another way to steal fights without leaving fingerprints. What we need
is real integrity”. If
Teddy’s balls were any bigger he’d need a wheel barrel to carry them in. I
love this guy. Teddy is my choice for most Honest Gustiest Boxing Commentator
of the year. Too bad things are
the way they are. Guys who know do-do about boxing, like Larry Merchant get
the big bucks, while guys like Teddy get sent off to Athens. Yes, I don’t
like Larry Merchant; No I don’t have time to go into it. It would take too
long and in the end it wouldn’t change anything.
I believe he has sold out, has no integrity and would kiss anyone’s
ass, if he were paid enough. They
call these kind of people, prostitutes.
I don’t see any needed changes coming. I don’t believe USA Boxing Inc.
will make the necessary changes. I
don’t believe anything will change. There is simply too much money involved.
That would be like Enron, giving back all the money they stole. It would be
like Bush admitting he lied about 9-11 or Cheney admitting he is in only for
the money. It would be like Clinton, Saying. “Yes, I banged that woman” it
will never happen.
just returned from my home town of Corpus Christi, Texas after visiting my old
high School Tuloso-Midway, I can honestly say, the more things change the more
they stay the same. Rednecks, ignorance and self imposed blindness. Its the
same everywhere, I don’t believe we as a nation, possess the “character”
to implement the changes needed to improve. Historically, no other great
nation has been able to do so, even when faced with doom.
poor performance at the 2004 Olympics is only a small sign of the decaying
inner structure of our national soul. I
should add being able to forecast the future is no comfort. I suffer alongside
millions who seem trapped on a ship headed towards a tremendous waterfall,
having the tools, the power, and the money, yet being unable to change course.
However, I am still unwilling to surrender, and thus I will continue to beat
the drum, sound the alarm and if nothing else, satisfy myself, that I tried to
make a difference. Knowing that even if I fail, I will face my creator with a
thank God that even during the darkest days, I have always had faith. I get
the gift of hope from my departed mother, who prayed every night my father
would stop drinking, or at least get home safely.
After thirty years of suffering, he was amongst those who helped carry
her coffin. He still drinks, and she’s dead, buried under Texas skies, near
an oak tree where passing birds stop to sing her a lullaby. I play my guitar,
and watch my tears fall. As she would say. “You’ve got to keep trying”,
so, I will.