- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
Frazier’s bond with Philadelphia tighter in death
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With a pair of boxing gloves draped over Joe Frazier’s casket, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stood nearby and delivered a stirring knockout pitch for the fitting tribute he said the late heavyweight champion deserved, the immortal reward his family longed for in his life.
“Tell them Rocky is fictitious, Joe was reality,” Jackson said, referring to the hometown character from the boxing movie, “Rocky,” and whose statue stands at the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Rocky’s fists are frozen in stone. Joe’s fists are smokin’. Rocky never faced Ali or Holmes or Foreman. Rocky never tasted his own blood. Champions are made in the ring, not in the movies.
“There deserves to be a statue of Joe Frazier in downtown Philadelphia.”
Perhaps there’s just something about boxing champions and this city _ a 1-2 combo that perseveres through time. Because in the 12 months since Frazier’s funeral, Philadelphia has wrapped its arms around his presence and power:
_ A fundraising venture for a statue near Philadelphia’s three sports stadiums is in the works for the former heavyweight title holder.
_ His former manager is trying to write a biography on Frazier’s life outside the ring.
Frazier, who died Nov. 7, 2011 after a brief battle with liver cancer at the age of 67, spent much of his life in his adopted hometown fighting until the end to earn respect as one of the city’s sports greats. By the end of 2013, Frazier’s brand and being could boast a little cottage industry of tourist spots around town.
On Saturday, friends and family gathered at Ivy Hill Cemetery Chapel to unveil the crypt, an upgrade from the unmarked mausoleum where Frazier’s remains were kept for the last year. The tomb has a picture of Frazier draped in his Olympic gold medal and wearing his heavyweight championship belt.
Derek Frazier has tried in the past year to find way to honor his father, and recently made his boxing debut himself. Frazier got in shape and fought an exhibition bout in New Jersey for an upcoming reality show special, and said “my dad was always on my mind,” before he stepped into the ring.
He couldn’t escape Smokin’ Joe’s presence when he helped pull away the sheet and saw his father’s image on the crypt for the first time.
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- MILLER: Obamacare enrollees include 101 members of the House of Representatives
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on 'outdated' agencies
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
A politically conservative and morally liberal Hebrew alpha male hunts left-wing viper
This column will cover anything that has anything remotely to do with the game of baseball, from the game itself to mid-summer trades to offseason moves.
Entertainment News and Reviews from Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Political satirist and Christian apologist Bob Siegel discusses religion and politics.
White House pets gone wild!