2002-01-26 / Sports

Ode To the A: Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

By Elio Velez

By Elio Velez

What is wrong with Mike Tyson? Writers, boxing aficionados, TV and 10-year-old kids have debated this question. Everyone knows by now that Tyson's mind has lost a lot of brain cells over the year. I don't need to go over his past crimes. What happened at last Tuesday's press conference with Lennox Lewis was just another example. But don't look for me to join the possible outcry to ban Tyson from boxing.

I know what that crazy maniac has done over the years and he won't stop now. He's a fading attraction looking for media attention to keep the spotlight on him and not his boxing abilities. His boxing abilities are just about over and Tyson knows it. What Tyson has smartly done is play up his "I'm crazy and no one can stop me" persona. That draws the media out and back page headlines and SportsCenter lead-ins. That also draws attention and pay per view sales.

That's what Tyson wants and if the media still follows him and the fans keep paying for his boxing ppv's, of course he'll keep doing what he's doing. He's performing a show and we're the audience. He's like a new version of Barnum and Bailey, who knew how to draw the audience to his shows.

Lennox Lewis knew what he was facing when the match was agreed to. He had to fight Tyson after the ear biter commented about Lewis after beating Lou Savarese in a 2000 fight by saying "I want your heart. I want to eat your children. Praise be to Allah." It wasn't a case of Lewis defending his manhood. It was because the media wanted Lewis to dispatch Tyson to secure his claim as one of the best heavyweights ever. Lewis has to get into a ring with a psycho to get respect. Though a reported $20 million for the fight doesn't hurt too badly.

I don't pay attention to his supposed medical problems because there is no doctors or psychologists that can get it right. If the new rape charge allegations in Las Vegas are true, that won't be unexpected news. I don't feel sorry for Tyson because the things he has done will have put any other soul in jail for years with no chance of daylight. It's high time that boxing fix it's numerous problems and get to promoting stars such as Roy Jones, Shane Mosley and others. That is the one of the true long-term solutions that the sweet science needs to survive.

Knicks are Quitters:

That abomination on MLK Day at Madison Square Garden by the no-show Knicks was one of the worst displays of basketball ever. When the Hornets went on a 20-0 first quarter dash, the Knicks gave up. Most of the non-sellout crowd (which the Gardens lies by saying it's a sellout) started chanting refund.

Most, if not all of these players need to go. It's beyond time to start over again because mediocrity has caught up to these overpaid hacks. Allan Houston hasn't shown a $1 million dollars worth of pay in his $100 million deal. Latrell Sprewell looks like he wants out, Mark Jackson looks older and older and Marcus Camby is the epitome of the walking wounded. Cablevison better decide right now that it's time to gut this team and start over. If they don't, Spike Lee won't even show up anymore to root the team on and that would make the Garden look bad.

Other thoughts:

The wild card NFL weekend was overshadowed by a botched fumble in the Patriots-Raiders snowstorm game in Foxboro. The referees made the wrong call but the Raiders did not hold off the scrappy Patriots. Hats off to the Patriots for not giving up and taking their miracle to Pittsburgh for a shot at the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh finally gave it to the Ravens and clammed up the talking mouths of Ray Lewis, Tony Siragusa (who's next career move might be a commentator on the WWF) and Brian Billick. Donovan McNabb is a star and the Eagles do have a possible shot in St. Louis. St. Louis showed that they have a game-breaking defense as they stomped out the life of Brett Favre and the Packers.

Meet the METS, Meet the METS!! Whoa, this team keeps pulling off moves. With Burnitz in, is Phillips done? Not yet, if according to John Franco and Al Leiter that they would like David Cone to come back. Cone would be a good addition but Phillips is keenly aware of how Cone has used the Mets in past negotiations with other teams. Cone is 39 and if he is a Met, he provides decent pitching and a great clubhouse leader. If it is doable, the Mets should at least give him a shot in spring training.

One last thing, I am sick and tired of those NY Lottery commercials and that "If I could win a million dollars song"!! It's annoying, everyone who sings is off-key and it's repeated ad-nauseum. For my sanity, please stop!!

See you next week, Peace!

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