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Gordon Marino is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. His essays have appeared in the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, ATLANTIC MONTHLY, NEWSWEEK, and many other venues. He is a frequent contributor to the WALL STREET JOURNAL and NEW YORK TIMES.

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Bob Arum Wants to Promote a Trump vs Sanders Pay-Per-View Debate

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 2:51 PM

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum is ready to jump into the fray of presidential politics.

This week, on successive nights, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump made guest appearances on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Both fiery candidates indicated that they were primed for a political boxing match with...

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Our Sad Silence on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 2:03 PM

Americans like to wag their finger and admonish -- "take responsibility!" Actually, we should wag that finger in the mirror and then hang our heads about the human tsunami that is the Syrian refugee crisis.

There is little doubt that the U.S. is largely responsible for the harrowing machine...

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What do Ray Rice and Norman Mailer Have in Common?

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:36 AM

After being suspended for knocking out his then-fiancé, now wife, Janay Palmer, Ray Rice has been reinstated by the NFL. There will no doubt be a phalanx of demonstrators when the star running back returns to the field. Rice's wife forgave and defended him in public. Though it seems patronizing...

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Miguel Cotto Crushes Sergio Martinez To Win The Middleweight Title

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:20 PM

A few hours before Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 knockouts) challenged Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 knockouts) for the middleweight championship, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini told me, "Everyone thinks the way to beat a southpaw is with the straight right down the middle, but it's really the left hook."

Cotto proved...

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So What If the Affordable Health Care Act Is a Robin Hood Program?

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Pundits on the right have characterized the Affordable Health Care act as a Robin Hood program, one that takes money from the rich and middle class to help the poor find medical coverage. Judging from the increased premiums that I am finding in my mailbox, and despite Obama's denials, there...

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Afterthoughts on the Sweet Science of Floyd Mayweather

(70) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 1:15 PM

I was once at the home of a high roller in Las Vegas. At the time, I was complaining about some of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s antics. Out of nowhere, the gardener who was busy trimming a hedge blurted out, "I can't stand the guy. He is a complete narcissist."

I...

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Syria: If the Tomahawk Missiles Fly, Peace Must Be the Target

(11) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 7:02 PM

In between lively chatter about the kickoff of the NFL season and the last episode of Breaking Bad, Americans are finally beginning to ponder the catastrophe taking place in Syria. Debate is swirling as to how the U.S. ought to react to a regime that in its use of chemical...

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Tyson Returns to the World of the Ring

(8) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Mike Tyson's last appearance in the gloved game was in 2005. After seven years he is ready to return to the ring -- not as a combatant but as a promoter.

Tyson, who will be following the lead of Dempsey, Louis, Ali and other champs turned promoters, confided, "The...

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Wladimir Klitschko Vies to Make Heavyweight History

(14) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 10:52 AM

The attention of boxing fans in the U.S. will be riveted on a ring in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday. There, pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather will be defending his welterweight world title against Robert Guerrero.

However, on that same night, thousands of miles away, another milestone...

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Fighting Violence with Boxing in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 5:26 PM

With more than 500 murders in 2012, Chicago may be as dangerous as Kabul these days. And what is the Illinois Crime Commission doing about the epidemic of violence? Teaming up with the Police Athletic League to teach the combat arts.

In a fresh Police Athletic League...

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American Heavyweight Hopes Are in 'Mayhem'

(9) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 4:31 PM

U.S. boxing fans have been bellyaching for years about the absence of an American heavyweight. The Brothers K, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, have ruled the big-boy roost for more than five years. Whether it is because of their style or the fact that they are from across the pond, Americans...

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Haymakers for Hope: Punching up the Dollars for Cancer Research

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 1:07 PM

Some people believe that boxing might not be good for a person's health. Nevertheless, former Goldman Sachs employee Andrew Myerson and Golden Gloves Champion Julie Anne Kelly have certainly proven that the sweet science can make healthy contributions to medical research.

In 2009, Mr. Myerson and Ms. Kelly were...

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What Romney's Style Reveals About His Character

(21) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 5:06 PM

The pundits score debates on style and substance. But what exactly is the connection between the two, between form and content? Despite what policy wonks might think, there is nothing superficial about style. Style reveals something about the substance of the man or woman. We want a president with character,...

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What's in a Face, or Rather, Facial Gesture?

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Maybe there are personality differences underlying political party affiliations. After Obama slept through the last debate and almost put his presidency to bed, most Democrats were at least willing to acknowledge the truth that our man got trounced. We moaned about Romney's lies but acknowledged reality.

Today, the Republicans...

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Coaches, Take a Lesson!

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2012 | 3:15 PM

There has been a good deal of moaning and most unfortunately, shrugging, about New Orleans Saints coach Gregg Williams and his "bounties for injuries" scandal. What we find repugnant tells us a lot about who we are; anyone who is not appalled by this sin against the brotherhood should just...

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Wladimir And Vitali Klitschko Stand Above Jean-Marc Mormeck, Dereck Chisora And Heavyweight Division

(5) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 6:50 PM

On Saturday, IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko (57-3) slammed a jab, right hand, left hook combination to stop Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-5) by knockout at 1:12 of the fourth round. It was Klitschko's 50th knockout victory and with this stoppage he moved into fifth place for most KOs...

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Dr. Freud, Meet Senator Santorum

(9) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 10:46 AM

Rick Santorum has been a boon to the class I am teaching on Freud. Last week, we were covering Freudian slips when Senator Santorum generously provided a superb object lesson. Talking about government entitlement programs to a mostly white audience, Santorum proclaimed that he doesn't want to, "make black people's...

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The Finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 4:30 PM

The sport of boxing has always been adept at putting itself on the canvas. Some of the self-inflicted blows derive from the fact that promoters have boxers under extended contracts. They have their own stable of fighters, and rival promoters are reluctant to put their boxers in with legitimate challengers...

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The Fighter Comes to Chicago's Leo High School

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 10:23 AM

Christian Bale grabbed an Oscar for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in The Fighter. Bale played the role of the charismatic but slightly daft brother and trainer of junior welterweight contender Micky Ward. On Friday, Eklund visited Leo High School in Chicago.

Founded in 1926, Leo is...

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Was Mayweather Right to Throw That Right?

(85) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 1:49 PM

Boxing took a pounding on Friday night. The too-much-hyped championship contest between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz went down in pugilistic infamy at the end of the fourth round.

With only seconds remaining in that stanza, Ortiz had "Money" Mayweather on the ropes and intentionally head-butted him. Referee Joe...

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