It was thirty years ago, yesterday . . .

. . . when Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, and when “Rope a Dope” replaced “Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee” as Ali’s secret to success. There was a great interview with Foreman on ESPN last night, where he said that he knew he was hurting Ali bad as he was beating him on the ropes, and Ali leaned in a whispered “Is that all you got, George?” And Foreman smiled (in the interview) and said “Yep, that was about it.” Two great champions. Two great men. What a great moment in sports history.

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