Sunday, June 02, 2002

Every once in awhile, you have one of those really good weekends. Not great; I didn't go anywhere or do anything out of the ordinary. No drive to the country, no parties, no camping.. didn't even go to the park. But I saw an outstanding movie and happened upon some outstanding CDs. The movie was Insomnia. Being a devout Pacino fan, it was only a matter of time before I was going to drag myself to the theater to see it. What I got was so much more than I could possibly imagine. A review will be coming soon.

And then, I took in one of those bizarre moments that only presents itself once every now-and-again. That is, to be witness to something truly weird. I'm talking about the Holyfield/Rahman boxing match on Saturday night. I rarely watch boxing, which makes it even weirder that I saw this with my own eyes. What all of us watching HBO saw Saturday night was a medical disaster, or so it seemed, unfolding before our eyes. First, one guy head butts the other. Next, a knot immediately starts shooting out of the victim's (Rahman's) forehead. Between rounds, the trainer, who is obviously not a doctor, began working on this "knot" (which was quickly taking on a life of its own). Finally, the fight had to be stopped because this thing was approaching the size of a second head. Honestly, this grotesque, bulging thing looked like somebody's knee growing out of his skull. What was it... what was in there? Was it blood? I have to know. And I have to wonder why the fighter wasn't collapsed on the floor. What I saw looked life-threatening. And who says boxing isn't perfectly safe/crazy?

Get a look at this ridiculous bump on
See another view on BBC Sports.