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I can't let this reference pass, though the sentiment is true. But it was NOT said first by Muhammed Ali, or even Cassius Clay for that matter.

Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean  (For that and other quotes)


From 1933 baseball card: Notice the strange synchronicity of his first name.

From Wiki: An amazing bit of baseball history...


Much like later sports legends Joe Namath and Muhammad Ali, Dizzy liked to brag about his prowess and make public predictions. In 1934, Dizzy predicted, "Me an' Paul are gonna win 45 games."[2] On September 21, Diz pitched no-hit ball for eight innings against the Brooklyn Dodgers, finishing with a three-hit shutout in the first game of a doubleheader, his 27th win of the season. Paul then threw a no-hitter in the nightcap, to win his 18th, matching the 45 that Diz had predicted. "Gee, Paul", Diz was heard to say in the locker room afterward, "if I'd a-known you was gonna throw a no-hitter, I'd a-throw'ed one too!" He also bet he could strike out Vince DiMaggio four times in one game. He struck him out his first three at bats, but when DiMaggio hit a popup behind the plate at his fourth, Dean screamed at his catcher, "Drop it!, Drop it!" The catcher did and Dean fanned DiMaggio, winning the bet. Few in the press now doubted Diz's boast, as he was also fond of saying, "It ain't braggin' if ya can back it up."

Of course, Dizzy Dean was once asked about his medical condition, replying, "The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing."  Of course, Mr. Dean, or Jerome to his childhood friends, was an astute judge of character. "I am blessed with a strong arm and a weak mind."

With the baseball record set straight, we can now confidently return you to the discussion unleashing the true power and minimal cost of using the wind, greatest renewable energy technology ever deployed over the past few thousand years.

"I ain't what I used to be, but who the hell is?"  --  Jerome "Dizzy" Dean

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 02:05:47 PM EST
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