Even at 12 years old, middle-class white Beatles boys like us knew full well that James Brown was a god. Soul Brother Number One. His T.A.M.I. show appearance cemented his Already-Mammoth-In-New-York stature on an exponential level.
Boxing is a sport that's currently in shambles. Today, there are very few great rivalries to speak of, let alone great fighters. So the "Fight of the Century" is still the greatest fight and sporting event of all time.
With Thomas back in the front office of the Knicks, it might be appropriate to recall one of the most bitter and sensitive moments of Thomas' career. It is one of the most vivid memories of my sports reporting.