The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Adventures in the Fight Racket #41

Today's Adventure:

Original Caption:

New York -- Gerald "Tuffy" Ambrose Griffith made quite an impression on New York when he went through a short workout prior to his meeting Jimmy Braddock at the Madison Square Garden on Nov. 30th. Tuffy weighs 173 pounds and comes from Sioux City, Iowa. He attended Trinity College before entering the ring. (1928)

2 comments :

Sock MonKey 1 said...

He went down. A TKO in the second.

Grist said...

Tuffy was played in "Cinderella Man" (2005) by Thomasz Kurzydlowski, who went on to have one real-life professional fight in 2007, a four-round decision victory in Huntington, New York. To my knowledge, as far as the worlds of Hollywood films and professional sports go, Kurzydlowski hasn't been heard from since.