On this date in 1965, a young man awoke in the light of having lived a fearless life. Just a few hours before, on May 25 in 1965, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston a second time to retain the heavyweight championship he had won from Liston on February 25, 1964. I’ll spare you most of the details as they are well documented. But, did you know that the fight was supposed to come in November 1964, but Ali had a strangulated hernia. Not sure what that is but it sounds like it hurts. Then they rescheduled it for Boston. But, the promoters didn’t have a license to promote fights in Massachusetts. For some reason, instead of getting licensed, they moved the fight to Lewiston, Maine. Why they would be licensed in Maine and not Massachusetts is beyond me. If you find out what the story is, you can share it with us. Anyway, because it was in Maine’s second largest city, only 2434 people saw the fight live. The bats draw more than twice as much as that on a daily basis. It was the lowest attended championship fight of all time.
Sonny Liston was feared. Many boxers wouldn’t fight him. Top contender Henry Cooper said if Ali won he would seek a shot at the title but not if Liston re-claimed the crown. Later, another boxer, George Foreman was feared. Ali overcame any fear he may have had, against Liston and again against Foreman, accepted the challenge and secured his lore as one of the greatest of all time. While the first fight against Liston was amazing and along with Ali’s 1960 Olympic gold medal put him on the boxing map, the second fight started the legend of Muhammad Ali…and it also stands as testament of what can happen when one’s faith is great enough to overcome one’s fears.
There is a line in the movie, Runaway Train in which Manny (Jon Voight) hears his comrade Buck (Eric Roberts) say “Manny, I can’t do it!” to which Manny replies, “You don’t know what you can do! It’s in your head!” Don’t let the fears in your head or those created by others or by the media keep you from finding out what you can do. Had Ali been like Henry Cooper, he never would have found out that not only was Sonny Liston beatable, but that he, Ali, was the one could and would do it. Not once, but twice.
Weather Bottom Line: Expect a sunny start on Tuesday and by midday, we’ll probably see alot of cumulous clouds that have a good billowing vertical development. Should that pan out, as I think it will, look for scattered t’storms in the afternoon. Probably somewhat numerous. The storms will be slow movers and will tend to rain themselves out. The severe risk is minimal but, there would probably be a fair amount of lightning and local heavy downpours will be likely. In other words, if you find yourself under a t’storm, expect it to last for awhile and drop a goodly amount of rain.
This soupy pattern will continue into Wednesday. On Thursday, a cold front comes down and slowly moves through. Rain chances will be enhanced on Thursday with the front. T’storms I would think would be likely. It’s a slow mover so I would call for rain chances at least off and on throughout the day. The front moves through and there is a model consensus of slight trofiness over the Ohio Valley for about 36-48 hours. Afternoon temperatures on Friday and Saturday will still be warm, but the humidity levels back off. A secondary push of drier air slips through early Saturday to reinforce the drier conditions. It goes on the retreat back through the region late Saturday but I suspect that the environment will be too dry to produce rain. But, it should open the door for increasing humidity levels and overnight temperatures for the start of next week.