It was 49 years ago Thursday when an Army officer in Houston summoned Muhammad Ali three times to step forward for induction into military service during the Vietnam War, and the heavyweight world champion refused each request.
“Looking back on this requires you to immerse yourself back in the time. At the time he made the decision, nobody had gone against a U.S. war – 99% of the public were for the war,” said veteran fight promoter Bob Arum, who helped broker a deal one year earlier that allowed Ali to skirt a ban in Chicago and fight George Chuvalo in Toronto.
If they are, the second piece of the puzzle falls in place too: Nadal shutting out Federer @ Roland Garros - which is held in France. For rock people, above two clowns are from France. Geeeezzz!!!!!
Besides, is it a coincidence that the minister came out right after Nadal's resurgence became official (so close to 2016 Roland Garros) and Noah did after Nadal's Roland Garros titles became too much to bear?
Translation: They may have STRONG incentive to believe what they are accusing Nadal of.
If that wasn't enough, it is rumored that the current President of France will issue an official bulletin accusing Nadal of cheating IF he wins the 2016 Roland Garros.
Bottom line: IF Nadal gets to No. 15 @ this Roland Garros raising the likelihood of him getting to No. 17 from nearly impossible today to at least highly probable if not 'happening', you can bet the world will finally reveal the MOST loyal Federer fans worldwide.
When Nadal lost @ 2015 Roland Garros after a string of pathetic losses on clay and elsewhere, there was a collective sigh of relief from Federer fans. Heck, as he continued his journey southward beyond that loss, there was even pity, as the 'possibility' of No. 17 dwindled even further - removing ALL threat.
Have you heard of my famous saying? "No one kicks a dead dog." You see, when you are being criticized unfairly and without proof, what you have aroused is this: Jealously - which is also referred to as a 'backhanded compliment'. The greater is your attachment to what's on the line, higher is the degree, intensity and frequency of the 'uproar'.
If this BS is true, Nadal better set aside tons of cashola for the lawyers - as he has for the 'doctors'.
Wondering who could come out next - and soon - openly - as he already has covertly? How about Federer - himself? Think he has some 'incentive'?
FILE - In this June 1925 file photo, Bill Tilden watches a match in Philadelphia, during the National Doubles Tennis matches. A group is pushing for a historical marker touting the accomplishments of tennis great Bill Tilden at Philadelphia's Germantown Cricket Club, but hit a roadblock over questions about the star's conduct with teenage boys. (AP Photo, File)
He skipped Madrid last year, won Rome and lost Roland Garros final to a 30-year old Wawrinka - in four sets: 64 46 36 46.
That's after he won Monte Carlo last year.
So if he has lost @ Monte Carlo in opening round already and then fails to get sufficient match play @ Madrid - forget winning - going into Roland Garros with even fewer clay matches than last year (just Rome) cannot be nothing but devastating - just mathematically.
And that's if he wins Rome.
Add Nadal and it could get ugly AND devastating - to his legacy.
Ideally, you should be able to do what you love - most - for as long as you can breathe.
And if you are restricted to just a decade or so for it, aren't you more likely to be a 'waste'? Heard of Sampras? Connors? (in his case, not been able to stay out of trouble).
Sure you cannot help what you like the MOST - or can you? I mean, would LeBron have opted for basketball, if it enjoyed the status of say tennis of today? Maybe, maybe not. After all, you do have clowns his size(?) and height @ tennis - today - meaning physical attributes may not automatically 'constrain' you.
Everything current sporting GOATs have chosen after retirement is a compromise - at best. No choice - at worst. What a way to spend the rest of your freaking life!!!!!
Besides, it's not a given that the sport you excelled at has 'subsidiaries' like coaching, tennis academy, broadcasting etc. which can come even close to filling the void - forget about you failing at it - miserably. Heard of Connors, Navratilova, Magic Johnson......?
Translation: FIRST make a list of professions that can be done for as long as possible and THEN narrow down the ones that you love the most.
Add clowns who have been 'forced' into a sport (Bryan sisters, Agassi....) and above is easily attainable - given right manipulation and direction.
Four years ago, Nadal was selected to carry the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, but had to pull out of the games with an injury. The honor went to NBA star Pau Gasol instead.
On Wednesday, Nadal was unanimously chosen as Spain's flag-bearer for the games in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement was made at an event in Madrid marking the 100-day countdown to the Aug. 5 opening ceremony at Rio's Maracana Stadium.
Click here for other tennis players who could do the same @ 2016 Olympics.
Nadal can not only win ANY tournament - at least on clay (any surface?) - where Djokovic is eliminated early, the momentum can also help him win events Djokovic is not even competing in. In recent past, Nadal has failed to win clay events - without Djokovic - in the draw.
He can STILL not defeat Djokovic - on any surface.
On the line:
No. 10, No. 15 - maybe even No. 17.
Add all of above and will the sum total justify ALL means to an end? Maybe - if it's Nadal and company.