Tonight I watched a boxing movie.
I hate boxing movies, but I love boxing.
Friends had warned me about watching "Million Dollar Baby" because it
was so sad.
They were right, but for the wrong reasons.
I watched it tonight and I am sad.
Sad, because I never saw a fight that didn't start in the middle of
the ring with a speech from the ref and a touch of gloves, until this
Sad, because I saw a woman who weighed about 130 pounds, who was
hitting a heavy bag that looked like it weighed about three hundred
pounds. (I still hit a heavy bag, and it weighs about sixty pounds,
and I weigh about 210 pounds.)
Sad, because I saw people in a movie talk about how to hit a speed bag
- and it was entirely wrong. You don't shift your weight. You keep
your weight centered.
Boxing is such a good sport. Why do these people seem to want to tart
This current movie, like the Rocky trash before it, shows these huge
roundhouse punches, that you would never see in a real match.
If you have ever boxed, you know that you are taught to never throw a
punch outside the width of your shoulders. A short, compact jab to
the inside, and a longer throw from the strong side.
I know, it ain't wooddorking, but it just made me mad.
I've never seen a good boxing movie. All of them, including the
DeNiro movie about LaMotta, suck.
OBWW: The Actors Were Not Wooden.
(watson - who wishes that he could find a good boxing movie and wishes
that everyone could see a fight at the Blue Horizon.)
Tom Watson - WoodDorker