“Tyson”
 
To hear Mike Tyson tell it, his whole life is about lost innocence. “Tyson” is an authorized biography of the former heavyweight champion, now 40, who patiently explains how he went from boxing phenom to fallen celebrity to convicted felon to resurgent fighter to retired former professional athlete.  Along the way, he became Muslim, kind of, he distances himself from Don King, kind of, he blames himself for his losses in the ring, citing lack of preparation or motivation or both (as if he’s still convinced that nobody could beat him if he was really trying), and has nothing good to say about the young woman in the Miss Black America pageant who accused him of rape, which he still maintains is not true (though a jury of his peers decided otherwise, and sent him to prison for it).  He’s magnetic, he’s powerful, he’s sad, he’s even pitiable, but he seems desperate to tell everyone how he’s at peace with himself now.  We hope so.
 
Questions For Discussion:
1)      Do you think of boxing as organized masochism, condemnable personal violence, amazing athleticism, venerable sweet science, or some combination?
2)      Why are some heavyweight champions also celebrities, and others not?  Can you name the current heavyweight champion?
 
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Greenville , Texas