Today is Muhammad Ali's birthday, the greatest boxer of anyones generation. He is still the most influential athlete alive, and is one of the most beloved people in the world. When you think about it, it has really be an amazing, and strange journey for him. From his name change that created a lot of controversy, to his stance against the draft and war. His converting to Islam, and his relationship with Malcolm X the nation of Islam, and his stance after Malcolm's death, to now being loved the world over.
I remember being at a Pistons game, and having pretty good seats. He and his wife and friends came walking by, and there was a hushed silence, and people in awe of the champ. I can't name many people who can do that in this world, but the champ still can.
Happy Birthday, Champ, you truly did "shake up the world".