Of course I figure you all know this. More than just a great boxer but a man who stood up for his beliefs. A very wise man who's influence went well beyond the ring. Most of what I've heard in media and in person echoes my sentiments. However, I have heard a few stupid comments. Bob Costas of NBC sports for one. During an intermission between periods in the Stanley Cup playoffs he paid tribute to Ali. He was very flattering for the most part. One thing irked me though. He mentioned, that as we all do in life, Ali made some mistakes in his life. One was joining the Nation of Islam. Why was that a mistake? Aren't we free to make our own decisions in this country? Did his decision hurt anyone? The second example happened at work. No surprise really. It was racial and believe me I am surrounded by racists in regards to co workers and customers. First he sang Ali's praises and all earned by Ali. Then he added (after checking around to see if maybe one of "them" was in the store) "he was great even if he was a cocky "you know". Seriously he said "you know". I replied. "No I don't". The crickets even stopped chirping it was so quiet. It stayed quiet. I thoroughly enjoyed it. More than just a great boxer but a man who stood up for his beliefs. A very wise man who's influence went well beyond the ring. That was Muhammad Ali in my opinion.