Not to be outdone, one local writer shared his distinct absence of memories on the champ and offered a unique take on Ali’s place in history: squarely behind sandwiches, He-Man, and Thundercats. While other scribes opted to celebrate the fighter’s athletic prowess, his transcendent personality, and his altruistic character, this one did not.
Gee Scott, formerly of radio, sat down and conducted a revealing interview with himself that delved into what the three-time heavyweight champion of the world meant to him.
“When Ali passed away last week,” wrote Scott, “I immediately started to ask myself, ‘Why is he The Greatest to me?’ I mean, I know he’s called that, but what makes him great to me?”
As Scott, who previously befriended the athletes he was paid to objectively cover, pondered his own question, nothing came to him.
“I didn’t have an answer,” he admitted, before expanding upon his non-response like a student laboring his way through an exam for which he never studied.
Armed with all the necessary platitudes about Ali that could be derived from a quick scan of a Wikipedia page, Scott took readers through a powerful decision he was forced to make as a child when confronted with the opportunity to meet a man who would arbitrarily become his hero one day.
“What was more important,” Scott asked of Scott. “Go meet Ali or stay with our after-school ritual?”
Going with his gut, Scott eschewed a seminal encounter for that which he reserved his highest praise, the cheese he used to munch on every afternoon.
“I could cry right now thinking about [that cheese],” he emoted. “If you’ve never had it, be jealous.”
Though many others attempted to express their fondness for a world-class athlete and humanitarian, Scott’s account of a man he passed up the opportunity to meet and who took a back seat to snacks and cartoons was truly second-to-none.