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(ESPN)   Mike Tyson in his new book: "My whole life has been a joke"   (espn.go.com) divider line 41
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2013-11-08 09:32:36 AM
That should be the name of the book.
 
2013-11-08 09:33:02 AM
But what is the punchline?
 
2013-11-08 11:03:57 AM
And the award for saddest article I hope to read today goes to you, Iron Mike.
 
2013-11-08 12:06:39 PM
I caught the "Tyson" documentary a while back. Sad story, and I view him much more sympathetically than I would have thought possible.
 
2013-11-08 12:11:51 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: I caught the "Tyson" documentary a while back. Sad story, and I view him much more sympathetically than I would have thought possible.


You said rape twice.
 
2013-11-08 12:12:21 PM
honestly his post boxing career has gone better than I thought it would, I never thought he would make it past his angry young man phase.
 
2013-11-08 12:12:23 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: UrukHaiGuyz: I caught the "Tyson" documentary a while back. Sad story, and I view him much more sympathetically than I would have thought possible.

You said rape twice.


I like boxing.
 
2013-11-08 12:12:30 PM
 
2013-11-08 12:12:54 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: Jim from Saint Paul: UrukHaiGuyz: I caught the "Tyson" documentary a while back. Sad story, and I view him much more sympathetically than I would have thought possible.

You said rape twice.

I like boxing.


Funnied.
 
2013-11-08 12:14:29 PM
Oh gods, he's become self-aware
 
2013-11-08 12:14:51 PM
He never raped her
 
2013-11-08 12:16:41 PM
not his whole life, just most of it
 
2013-11-08 12:32:43 PM
Ask Teddy Atlas what he thinks of Mike Tyson.
 
2013-11-08 12:40:03 PM
Came to see The Biggest Redneck Here educate us all on how despite their being over 6 billion people on the planet when Tyson was undisputed champ, none of them were actually any good, including Tyson. The entire planet had no good heavyweights during this odd period, thus Mike Tyson is overrated.
 
2013-11-08 12:48:10 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Ask Teddy Atlas what he thinks of Mike Tyson.


You may have missed the rather well-publicized hugging and making up that occurred several months ago.
 
2013-11-08 12:54:29 PM

JohnBigBootay: TheShavingofOccam123: Ask Teddy Atlas what he thinks of Mike Tyson.

You may have missed the rather well-publicized hugging and making up that occurred several months ago.


Did Teddy have his 38? I have to go look this up.
 
2013-11-08 01:14:20 PM
Not all of it. Mike Tyson' s punch out was the greatest nintendo game ever
 
2013-11-08 01:15:33 PM

falcon176: not his whole life, just most of it


Well, technically, there was more than one joke.
 
2013-11-08 01:18:24 PM

Crewmannumber6: obligatory
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31nEQFLc-W4


What was that garbage?
 
2013-11-08 01:34:27 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Did Teddy have his 38? I have to go look this up.


I don;t think so - here's the gist of it...

And I thought it was sincere and I just listened to the words, and the words were basically I was wrong and I'm sorry. That's it and that's all you can ask for. I think those two different sentences, "I was wrong" and "I'm sorry", were sincere. At that point, he asked if he could hug me and I said, "Yeah!" We hugged and I think at that point, I believe I said, "Take care of yourself."
 
2013-11-08 01:34:47 PM
Tyson is an object lesson on how the people you surround yourself with influences your life.

/choose wisely
 
2013-11-08 01:43:53 PM

whither_apophis: Tyson is an object lesson on how the people you surround yourself with influences your life.

/choose wisely


Be a hermit
 
2013-11-08 01:45:24 PM

whither_apophis: Tyson is an object lesson on how the people you surround yourself with influences your life.

/choose wisely


That's true. It's also true if your father abandons you and you grow up in the slums with a long rap sheet by the time you are a teenager it's pretty unlikely you are going to have the wherewithal to surround yourself with good role models. He was certainly an idiot, but he comes from a demographic with a high risk factor for becoming an idiot.
 
2013-11-08 02:12:23 PM

JohnBigBootay: whither_apophis: Tyson is an object lesson on how the people you surround yourself with influences your life.

/choose wisely

That's true. It's also true if your father abandons you and you grow up in the slums with a long rap sheet by the time you are a teenager it's pretty unlikely you are going to have the wherewithal to surround yourself with good role models. He was certainly an idiot, but he comes from a demographic with a high risk factor for becoming an idiot.


Oh no you didn't go there...
 
2013-11-08 02:14:13 PM

JohnBigBootay: whither_apophis: Tyson is an object lesson on how the people you surround yourself with influences your life.

/choose wisely

That's true. It's also true if your father abandons you and you grow up in the slums with a long rap sheet by the time you are a teenager it's pretty unlikely you are going to have the wherewithal to surround yourself with good role models. He was certainly an idiot, but he comes from a demographic with a high risk factor for becoming an idiot.


And by the grace of Krshna, he came under Cus D'Amato who nearly turned Tyson's life around, and if he'd stated with Rooney, he might have. Tyson had opportunities 99% of his peers never got. It's easy to blame Don King, but when everyone in your camp says "stay away" and you don't, well that's that.
 
2013-11-08 02:18:36 PM

fastfxr: Oh no you didn't go there...


Oh I went there. The stats are pretty plain - If you grow up with a single parent in a poor zip code, you're probably not going to be running IBM when you grow up. It's not impossible of course. It's just way more likely if you come from a dual-parent home with income above the poverty level. I'm sure you and I are outliers though.
 
2013-11-08 02:22:08 PM

whither_apophis: And by the grace of Krshna, he came under Cus D'Amato who nearly turned Tyson's life around, and if he'd stated with Rooney, he might have. Tyson had opportunities 99% of his peers never got. It's easy to blame Don King, but when everyone in your camp says "stay away" and you don't, well that's that.


True enough. But it ain't like cus ran around looking for orphans to adopt. He took tyson under his wing because of the raw talent, which 99% of Tyson's peers did not have. It is easy to blame Don King - because Don King is a thief and a liar and pretty much 100% of the people he ever worked with will say the same. That doesn't excuse Mike's own poor decisions, of which he made many.
 
2013-11-08 02:26:02 PM

netweavr: Oh gods, he's become self-aware


This was my reaction too.
 
2013-11-08 02:56:11 PM

whither_apophis: JohnBigBootay: whither_apophis: Tyson is an object lesson on how the people you surround yourself with influences your life.

/choose wisely

That's true. It's also true if your father abandons you and you grow up in the slums with a long rap sheet by the time you are a teenager it's pretty unlikely you are going to have the wherewithal to surround yourself with good role models. He was certainly an idiot, but he comes from a demographic with a high risk factor for becoming an idiot.

And by the grace of Krshna, he came under Cus D'Amato who nearly turned Tyson's life around, and if he'd stated with Rooney, he might have. Tyson had opportunities 99% of his peers never got. It's easy to blame Don King, but when everyone in your camp says "stay away" and you don't, well that's that.


Eh, the D'Amato myth doesn't hold up on closer inspection.

Peter Heller's book Bad Intentions convincingly makes the case that D'Amato had no interest in curbing Tyson's excesses, because that would have created conflict with Tyson, which would have created the risk that D'Amato's last shot at a heavyweight title would walk out the door. Don't forget, Teddy Atlas left team Tyson because of conduct issues while D'Amato was still alive & in the picture.
 
2013-11-08 03:43:22 PM
C'mon Mike, let's take the Porsche to the titty bar
 
2013-11-08 04:14:46 PM
Hasn't he basically said this about himself (or something along these lines) every year for the past decade or so?
 
2013-11-08 04:17:58 PM

The Smails Kid: C'mon Mike, let's take the Porsche to the titty bar


I see what you did there and it was awesome.
 
2013-11-08 04:42:32 PM
What he did to Spinks didn't seem like a joke.
 
2013-11-08 06:12:31 PM
007-373-5963
 
2013-11-08 06:16:52 PM

Willas Tyrell: whither_apophis: JohnBigBootay: whither_apophis: Tyson is an object lesson on how the people you surround yourself with influences your life.

/choose wisely

That's true. It's also true if your father abandons you and you grow up in the slums with a long rap sheet by the time you are a teenager it's pretty unlikely you are going to have the wherewithal to surround yourself with good role models. He was certainly an idiot, but he comes from a demographic with a high risk factor for becoming an idiot.

And by the grace of Krshna, he came under Cus D'Amato who nearly turned Tyson's life around, and if he'd stated with Rooney, he might have. Tyson had opportunities 99% of his peers never got. It's easy to blame Don King, but when everyone in your camp says "stay away" and you don't, well that's that.

Eh, the D'Amato myth doesn't hold up on closer inspection.

Peter Heller's book Bad Intentions convincingly makes the case that D'Amato had no interest in curbing Tyson's excesses, because that would have created conflict with Tyson, which would have created the risk that D'Amato's last shot at a heavyweight title would walk out the door. Don't forget, Teddy Atlas left team Tyson because of conduct issues while D'Amato was still alive & in the picture.


No I'm not saying Cus was a saint, but he did put the time and effort into Mike and got him on track to reach the heights he did. Mike Tyson not following D'Amato's program was never the boxer he was when he did. And if Mike had left early I'm confident we'd never be having this thread.

/Haven't read the book so can't comment on Atlas.
 
2013-11-08 07:34:13 PM

JohnBigBootay: The Smails Kid: C'mon Mike, let's take the Porsche to the titty bar

I see what you did there and it was awesome.


Nothing is obscure on Fark.
 
2013-11-08 09:55:30 PM

Dwedit: 007-373-5963


I'll forget my kids birthdays before I forget this
 
2013-11-08 10:54:03 PM
Yeah, well my life is serious. 
I didn't get to bang whores, drive Porches, wear diamond encrusted watches, and have a hot tub surrounded by TVs. So I'm not wasting money on your book. 

You have regrets. 
Me too.
 
2013-11-09 12:17:28 AM

natural316: Dwedit: 007-373-5963

I'll forget my kids birthdays before I forget this


I still like fighting Soda Popinski more.
 
2013-11-09 12:51:36 AM
That's what you get when you have an 8th grade education.
 
2013-11-09 06:26:35 AM
He has AIDS or was he joking?
 
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