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When Should The Great Players Retire?

spider 2017-01-09 11:44:32 

Ali was no longer Ali. It was 1980 and "The Greatest," now 38, was about to challenge his friend, one-time sparring partner and World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion, Larry Holmes. To anyone paying close attention, and even to those who were just casual onlookers, this was not the Muhammad Ali of years past. This was not the "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" Ali. The fast-dancing, fast-talking, supple, athlete was replaced by one who slurred his words, was slightly labouring in his movements, and was not the physical specimen he had previously been.

Whether they were admitting it or not, those around him noticed the changes. They saw the transformation, saw Ali was slowing, but felt some compulsion to indulge the great boxer. It wasn't like many hadn't doubted him before - few thought he could've beaten Sonny Liston, and later, George Foreman - but even against the most foreboding odds he somehow found a way to be triumphant. They were sure he'd find a way again.

Ali himself had no doubt. He still felt he could dance and will himself to victory; that he could outsmart and outmanoeuvre anybody. His mind still told him he was the same Ali who trapped Foreman with the "rope-a-dope"; the same Ali who endured those punishing battles with Joe Frazier; the Ali who was one of the best boxers of all time.


FuzzyWuzzy 2017-01-10 07:19:24 

In reply to spider

When the time is right. Duh wink

spider 2017-01-10 08:33:49 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy

Yes, of course, whenever that is.

WICFan 2017-01-10 10:47:12 

In reply to spider

I suppose it's down to that individual, everyone has an opinion on when someone should retire, more times than not, the individual waits too long and carries on past their peak.

FuzzyWuzzy 2017-01-10 11:29:43 

In reply to WICFan

And some are so fearful of that they retire too soon. As you said whenever the individual is ready, but in team sports the team management/owners decide.

cherri 2017-01-10 11:50:45 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy

Do great players really know when it is time to go?

spider 2017-01-10 12:15:57 

In reply to cherri

Timing the departure reasonably well can be tricky