Volume 93, Issue 31

Tuesday, October 26, 1999


SPORTS

Western comeback foiled by McMaster

Volleyball team spikes opponents

The sweet taste of athletic perfection

Men ready to slam dunk da funk

Women to improve on last year's finish

Mustangs feel the winter chill

Soccer team clinches first - barely

Mike Tyson - suffering from "Iron" deficiency

Mike Tyson - suffering from "Iron" deficiency



Mike Tyson has fallen from the ranks of the most feared fighters in the world to a washed up carnival side show.

It was not too long ago when Tyson was boxing's youngest title holder – a freak of nature who combined the speed of a flyweight with the power of a heavyweight. Tyson was an uncaged animal in the ring – nobody could predict what he was going to do next and because of it, the sporting world was fascinated with him.

Outside the ring, his unpredictable behavior continued and so did the fascination with various scandals which seemed to follow this child trapped in an adult's body.

From raping a beauty contestant, physically assaulting a motor vehiclist and making a meal out of Evander Holyfield's ear, Tyson has definitely been TKO'd by common sense and moral judgment. The state of Tyson's professional boxing career to date is a direct parallel to the poor life decisions he has made.

I'll admit, I was excited about the first Tyson comeback. It was as if he was a young Joe DiMaggio – ripped away from the sport he dominated in the prime of his career. The only difference was, rather than going to defend his country in a time of war like DiMaggio, Tyson went to jail.

Boxing is in need of someone of Tyson's status to lead them back to the glory years now in the past for the once premiere sport. Instead of accomplishing this, Tyson has mostly fought a bunch of nobodys since returning to the ring, all summed up by his over-hyped one round comeback fight against Peter McNeely. You know, of Pizza Hut commercial fame?

It was almost sad to hear the sport's media lay into the once mighty champion, as they tried to build whatever hype they could out of last weekend's tilt. Collectively, they spoke of a boxer with "diminishing skills," about a fighter "clearly on the decline in his career" and a former champion who was "over the hill."

Gone are the high profile names that went along with the once high profile matches. This Tyson fight was not even featured on American Pay-Per-View and Tyson only made a measly $10 million for the fight.

I mean, this is Mike Tyson – isn't it?

How many of us 8-bit Nintendo players remember the fear playing "Mike Tyson's Punch Out?" Super Macho Man, Bald Bull and even the likes of King Hippo were all worthy opponents, but the fear of fighting Tyson at the end of the game is something that still makes me nervous.

Knowing one of Tyson's uppercuts would send you to the mat, feeling helpless as he winked before unleashing a killer right or left on Mac's head, realizing even with Doc's words of wisdom "Stick and move, Mac. Stick and move," that you were destined to lose.

Sadly, it seems like the only people who become nervous and fearful of Tyson these days are those same kids, trying to beat him in a game which portrays him the way he used to be – invincible.


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