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Muhammad Ali Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Princeton University
Fox News via Associated Press ^ | 06/06/2007

Posted on 06/19/2007 9:19:20 AM PDT by SirLinksalot

Muhammad Ali Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Princeton University

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Associated Press

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Greatest is now an Ivy League doctor. Muhammad Ali has been awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities from Princeton University.

Ali was honored for his contributions to humanitarian efforts and his athletic achievements.

The 65-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion was one of seven people awarded honorary degrees at the university's graduation ceremony Tuesday.

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Here's a little trivia for you buffs out there ...

I remember the Thrilla in Manila which was the epic bout between Muhammand Ali and Joe Frazier held at the Araneta Coliseum in October 1, 1975 in the Philippines.

Before the bout, there was huge brouhaha among the students and faculty of Ortanez University ( a small university based in Manila ) when they awarded Muhammad Ali an honorary doctorate ( Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa ).

Many people felt that Ortanez was lowering its standards by awarding a doctorate to a practically unschooled boxer whose only claim to fame was being a world famous sports personality. Huge protests and written denunciations followed that decision 30 years ago. The university ignored the protests.

Well, well, well it looks like that small Manila University was 30 years ahead of its time.

1 posted on 06/19/2007 9:19:23 AM PDT by SirLinksalot
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To: SirLinksalot

Doctor Cassius Clay. How Sweet.


2 posted on 06/19/2007 9:23:35 AM PDT by Sundog (It's a good day for a catharsis.)
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To: SirLinksalot

He is no role model. He is/was arrogant. Why do they continue to celebrate fools. So what you can beat another person bloody....it’s no sport.


3 posted on 06/19/2007 9:23:38 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: SirLinksalot

For what, poetry?


4 posted on 06/19/2007 9:24:09 AM PDT by Cedric
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To: SirLinksalot

He is The Greatest.


5 posted on 06/19/2007 9:24:20 AM PDT by FremontLives (If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness- Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: SirLinksalot

Pretty much devalues a Princeton degree, IMHO....


6 posted on 06/19/2007 9:24:44 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Hillary sings like Granny Clampett auditioning for "American Idol")
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

The seditionist draft dodger gets another award from the tea-sippers on the left..


7 posted on 06/19/2007 9:25:49 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

“So what you can beat another person bloody....it’s no sport.”

I feel you redefine what sport is. Sport since ancient time was about blood and sweat. Any other aspect was called “chess.”


8 posted on 06/19/2007 9:26:08 AM PDT by sagar
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To: SirLinksalot

Does anyone remember the scarecrow’s wish and song from The Wizard of Oz? Instead of his wish The Wizard gave him a piece of paper.


9 posted on 06/19/2007 9:26:28 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: SirLinksalot

Interesting.

Here’s a coincidental sports/ivy tidbit; Willie Mays also got an honorary degree from Dartmouth a couple of weeks ago.

Wonder who will be next?


10 posted on 06/19/2007 9:26:42 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: FremontLives

...traitor. A good boxer does not equate to a great American.


11 posted on 06/19/2007 9:26:47 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SirLinksalot

It must be for his contribution as the originator of “trash-talking” and bragadoccio which plague all sports today.


12 posted on 06/19/2007 9:26:54 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

“He is no role model. He is/was arrogant. Why do they continue to celebrate fools. So what you can beat another person bloody....it’s no sport.”

You obviously have something against “the sweet science” and “the manly art of self-defense.”

America has a lot of heroes who were exceptionally good at terminating others with extreme prejudice. General George Patton’s name comes to mind.


13 posted on 06/19/2007 9:28:00 AM PDT by jamese777
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine
I've had the chance to meet him once. He seemed like a really nice guy.

I was on a business trip for work two years ago. On a plane from Washington, D.C. to Chicago, I gut bumped up to first class. Just as we were about to board, who should come on and take the seat right across from me, but Cassius Clay himself!

He seemed pretty nice. We were delayed taking off, so the flight attendants allowed Clay to walk back towards the coach section, where he performed a few small magic tricks for the passengers before it was time to take his seat again and we took off. He never really talked much during the flight though.

14 posted on 06/19/2007 9:29:15 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: SirLinksalot

What did he get his degree in? Math? He’s black, has a disease and changed his name to Muhammed. That’s why he gets all the attention.


15 posted on 06/19/2007 9:29:37 AM PDT by albie
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To: CaptRon

Isn’t that the truth? I think Ali did quite a lot to remove the aspect of gentlemanly competition from professional sports.


16 posted on 06/19/2007 9:30:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: FremontLives
He is The Greatest.

Yeah, but is he an islamist?

17 posted on 06/19/2007 9:31:40 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SirLinksalot

What a crock of BS!!! This guy refused to serve his country during the Viet Nam conflict. Now because he’s old and sick people bow before him. Not denying he was a great fighter...great American? I think not.


18 posted on 06/19/2007 9:33:08 AM PDT by KenmcG414
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To: SirLinksalot

I actually like Ali, but I have never understood how people are selected for honorary degrees and this one is really mystifying. A sportswriter who knew Ali well said that he could barely read.


19 posted on 06/19/2007 9:33:56 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Resolute Conservative

I knew this one would bring the kooks and trolls out of the woodwork.


20 posted on 06/19/2007 9:35:15 AM PDT by FremontLives (If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness- Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: SirLinksalot

The word hero is thrown around a bit much, especially with sports figures. Hero means...”a man of distinguished courage, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities”.

Cassius (Mohammed the Muslim) Clay AIN’T no hero!


21 posted on 06/19/2007 9:35:19 AM PDT by albie
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To: ClearCase_guy

Not just sports. I truly believe that he is the one cause for every loser you listen to telling everyone how great they are.


22 posted on 06/19/2007 9:35:21 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: SirLinksalot

My question is would Princeton have given him the honorary PhD if he had served in Vietnam proudly.


23 posted on 06/19/2007 9:36:24 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: SirLinksalot
Honorary degrees have no meaning other than to get a big name draw to come to a boring ceremony
24 posted on 06/19/2007 9:36:30 AM PDT by Bommer (Global Warming: The only warming phenomena that occurs in the Summer and ends in the Winter!)
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To: SirLinksalot

I hated Ali at the time but some 30-40 years later he looks somehow dignified by comparison to many of the big mouths today.


25 posted on 06/19/2007 9:36:30 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: SirLinksalot
A well-earned honorary degree, and a recognition that a life’s worth of education need not commence with a bachelors degree.
26 posted on 06/19/2007 9:38:06 AM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: jamese777

Comparing Patton or any other person who served this country to Cassius Clay is an insult to all who served in uniform.

The man is no better than Hanoi Jane and the lot.


27 posted on 06/19/2007 9:39:01 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SirLinksalot

I *know* that there’ll be an ice skating rink in a certain very warm place before this happens but...

I always thought wouldn’t it be cool if in a moment of clarity and lucidity, Clay renounced his faith in the moon god and announced embraced Christianity? And in so doing, made a statement about how the TROP is no such thing?

OK, I know it ain’t gonna happen, but just what if?


28 posted on 06/19/2007 9:39:25 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Here’s a coincidental sports/ivy tidbit; Willie Mays also got an honorary degree from Dartmouth a couple of weeks ago.

One of my favorite stories about Willie Mays is this:
Soon after he was elected into the Hall, he was asked who was the greatest player he had ever seen play the game.

His response:
"I don't mean to be bashful, but I was."

29 posted on 06/19/2007 9:40:14 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

Actually, boxing is one of the purest sports.


30 posted on 06/19/2007 9:40:32 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: SirLinksalot

It’s true that the media for years papered over his sins, but I think he’s fundamentally decent.

I’ll never forget when Allen Funt’s long-running “Candid Camera” series in the 70’s did a sketch wherein grade-school kiddies were asked on camera what they personally thought of “The Champ.” They would let the kids talk for a few minutes when out would pop the man himself in full kit. It was hilarious and adorable.

I also remember the night Leon Spinks pulled the upset of upsets in 1977. Ali refused to say he wuz’ robbed, he declared Spinks beat him fair and square and set to work to regain his title. Call him what you will, just don’t call him a whiner.


31 posted on 06/19/2007 9:41:38 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: FremontLives

If you choose to idolize anti-American scum who got rich while crapping on your country that is you choice.


32 posted on 06/19/2007 9:42:01 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: albie
JEEZ, people! It doesn't cheapen Princeton as a university, or the value of their diplomas. It's honorary... it's a nice way to honor a dying man. He won't exactly be using it to compete in the workplace. Try to gain some perspective in life.

He’s black, has a disease and changed his name to Muhammed. That’s why he gets all the attention.

He was reviled for his skin color and his choice of faith when he was an athlete, and yet he perservered. He was a global icon LONG before the Left made criticizing those groups a social sin.

As for his disease, that makes him a sympathetic figure, and usually above such petty taunts... but not in every case, I guess.

33 posted on 06/19/2007 9:43:26 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

Draft dodger and former crony of Elijah Mohammed as well.


34 posted on 06/19/2007 9:45:26 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: CT-Freeper

He became much more tolerable after the brain damage. He seemed to have shut up.


35 posted on 06/19/2007 9:48:54 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: Resolute Conservative

“Comparing Patton or any other person who served this country to Cassius Clay is an insult to all who served in uniform.

The man is no better than Hanoi Jane and the lot.”

You’re entitled to your opinion, but that’s all it is, an opinion.


36 posted on 06/19/2007 9:50:43 AM PDT by jamese777
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To: SirLinksalot

Love him or hate him.

You got to admit that he put his money where his mouth was.

He gave up a lot of immediate wealth and fame for what he believed (whether you agree or not agree with his politics or religion). I remember a lecture he gave at my college (Earlham) for pennies when the guy could have been making millions. He could have gone the Joe Louis route and would never have had to go on the front lines.

Okay, keyboard heroes how many of you have given up your job for your beliefs (right or wrong).


37 posted on 06/19/2007 9:53:02 AM PDT by TheInvisibleMan
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To: FremontLives

And it certainly brought out the “neoconservatives” to post and call names.


38 posted on 06/19/2007 9:53:46 AM PDT by laconic (ence)
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To: FremontLives

And it certainly brought out the “neoconservatives” to post and call names.


39 posted on 06/19/2007 9:53:49 AM PDT by laconic (ence)
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To: jamese777

Thank you, Mr. Neoconservative.


40 posted on 06/19/2007 9:54:28 AM PDT by laconic (ence)
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To: laconic

“Thank you, Mr. Neoconservative.”

From the New York Times of October 3, 1984
CAMPAIGN NOTES; Muhammad Ali Switches His Support to Reagan
UPI
Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight boxing champion, who endorsed the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s unsuccessful run for the White House, has announced he is switching to President Reagan.

Mr. Ali announced his support Monday night at a gathering for black Republicans at the home of Jerry Zarg, who is challenging Representative Henry A. Waxman, a Democrat.

Asked to elaborate on his endorsement of Mr. Reagan, Mr. Ali told reporters, ‘’He’s keeping God in schools and that’s enough.’’


41 posted on 06/19/2007 9:58:12 AM PDT by jamese777
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To: SirLinksalot
I liked Cassius Clay as a boxer but when he joined the Cult of pedophiles, I had no use for IT.
42 posted on 06/19/2007 10:01:17 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: SirLinksalot

Seeing as even Idi Amin collected a few honorary doctorates during his reign (he immediately required that “Doctor” be added to the honorifics that others had to address him by) I would not get too excited over this particular one.


43 posted on 06/19/2007 10:01:52 AM PDT by sinanju
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And while this goes on, in Britain the debate is on whether Salmon Rushdie should have received a knighthood, (What a slur by Tony Blair on the common working people who deserve a knighthood before this fish).


44 posted on 06/19/2007 10:04:06 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: jamese777

Please list a few of your heroes so I can see where you set your bar.


45 posted on 06/19/2007 10:05:22 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SirLinksalot

I have always been amazed that Ali receives any honors, not because he refused to serve in ‘Nam; but because he was a member of one of the most racist (and weird) religious cults on earth:The Nation of Islam (which later split and one part became Farrakhan’s group). The Nation had (has?)some very strange theological ideas, and always referred to whites (an inferior species) as “white devils”. Now I am just wondering if any white guy had Ali’s background, he would be adulated by all, and given honorary degrees anywhere. Not a chance.


46 posted on 06/19/2007 10:10:57 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: Resolute Conservative

“Please list a few of your heroes so I can see where you set your bar.”

Jesus of Nazareth


47 posted on 06/19/2007 10:12:20 AM PDT by jamese777
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To: CaptRon
It must be for his contribution as the originator of “trash-talking” and bragadoccio which plague all sports today.

I never cared much for the guy either. In addition to the offputting self-promotion and the radicalism, I thought that the way he treated Joe Frazier, a basically decent guy, was beyond disgraceful.

48 posted on 06/19/2007 10:14:59 AM PDT by jpl
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To: jamese777

See, we have something in common.


49 posted on 06/19/2007 10:15:37 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Sundog
"Doctor Cassius Clay. How Sweet."

I wonder what the name of the person was who got drafted in his place...if they survived Viet Nam, and what degrees and honors they might have otherwise achieved had 'the champ' not burned his draft card.

50 posted on 06/19/2007 10:17:12 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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