Iron Mike Tyson

I was recently reading collegiate sports player profiles from a university that I attended.

Each profile had basic information, and then included answers from other questions like "Who is your favorite athlete?"

As expected, baseball players like Albert Pujlos and Derek Jeter.

Football players love Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, or Ray Lewis.

Basketballers named Lebron James.

Male soccer players like Landon Donovan, while female kickers cheer Abby Wambach.

Except for one female soccer player.

Her favorite athlete?

Mike Tyson.

Iron Mike?

Really?

Former heavyweight boxing champ, convicted felon, and repeat violent offender?

The guy who was disqualified from a match after he chomped an opponent's ear?

Wow, now if I were a reporter in that market, I would certainly want more information as to why she would answer Mike Tyson.

Not sure I have ever been more curious about an answer from a ubiquitous question on a college sports webpage before.

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Note: Tyson has been in the news lately with his one-man performance about his life entitled "The Undisputed Truth--Life on Stage."  The show appeared in Las Vegas this week.


Have a good weekend everyone.






23 comments:

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

One of the few athletes I've ever paid attention to and even watched on t.v. (albeit because my BF at the time did-I'm not into sports). Yeah, Mike was the epitome of the hood kid who made it big but didn't know how to handle it. He's got some issues. Actually, I think a lot of boxers have issues. So do football players. What's with that "Let's legally assault each other in public" thing all about?

Maxi said...

Mike Tyson … what the hey? I'm thinkin' this female is very young, and can't possibly know of Tyson's history.

Blessings - Maxi

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Mike Tyson isn't a role model but he is famous. Sometimes that's all that matters.

I like Tim Tebow. I think he's funny. I'll probably get sick of him in a year.

Carol Kilgore said...

People are weird. Except you and me, of course :)

Actually, now I'd like to develop a character based on this. Maybe I will :)

Happy Weekend!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
I would consider CRICKET pitchers pr Jai Alai'ers quicker than I would think of Tyson...

He had so much, and wasted darn near ALL of it, becoming some damn quasi-cannibal bent on nothing but notoriety.
That's sad...very sad.
Boxing has so many MORE fighters worthy of praise.

Stay safe

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah that is quite the weird choice. Let's pick the guy who bites ears and beats on people. Hmmm something a bit wrong when youth look up to such people.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Wow. I think you are brave to spell ubuiquitous. And that lady is brave to publicly say she likes Mike.

Bonnie said...

Every time I think of Mike Tyson, I think of "The Hangover."

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Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well, it certainly wouldn't have been my pick, lol.

Clarissa Draper said...

Mike Tyson? I don't know much about him. I don't even know his history.

messymimi said...

If i had to pick a boxer to admire, it would be George Foreman.

Several years ago, the non profit Black Beauty Ranch saved some burros the US Government wanted to shoot because they were on Federal land, and put them up for adoption. Mr. Foreman called the head of the ranch and said, "Send me the 4 you think are least likely to ever be adopted, and I'll take care of them."

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Why not? Some women fall in love with serial killers.

(yeah, I kind of wondered on that too. Man, you have to be DESPERATE to fall in love with any of those types).

Kell said...

I choose Trevor Hoffman. And Philip Rivers.
I refuse to set my eyes on LeBron James. Just his face annoys me.

Elise Fallson said...

Really? wow. Actually it makes me wonder about her personal history...):

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

Stina, I think people who "fall in love" with serial killers and other violent types are not really falling in love. There's an underlying issue besides desperation. If it's a woman, stats will probably show she has been abused in the past or has some kind of mental illness, at the very least, delusions and illusions. I've not done the research, however, but if I ever get around to it, I will post the results.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I recognized only a couple of those names and couldn't have placed them with their sport. But Mike Tyson? Ugh. That's repulsive.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Hmmm... I guess I wouldn't want to face her on the field. That whole ear thing happened on my birthday. It's like the only notable thing (other than my birth, of course) that happened on that day!

Audrey Allure said...

Interesting! Love unpredictable answers :)

Brian Miller said...

that is rather intriguing...you know he is def an interesting story...that spun out toward the end...but def an intriguing answer...

Luisa Doraz said...

I agree. We do need to think before we speak. Given the way the world is, I am very careful. Have a great week.

Theresa Milstein said...

Better than choosing OJ Simpson.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

haha, maybe she just meant for entertainment value?? That is interesting for sure and I feel like it had to be in jest but maybe not.

My favorite Mike Tyson quote:

“[He] called me a ‘rapist’ and a ‘recluse.’ I’m not a recluse.”

basketball ball drills said...

Mike Tyson was a great athlete until he became bad. Oh well maybe she has got some reasons