To any Chicago Bull’s fan, these words stung like daggers because everyone knew that this meant that Derrick Rose was out. In game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls went up against the eighth seed Philadelphia 76ers. The game went exactly as it should have with the Bulls dominating every quarter and the former MVP, Derrick Rose, playing in spectacular form. But—in the last minutes of the fourth quarter Derrick Rose sprinted to the rim, jumped, landed, and couldn’t stand back up. Derrick had torn the ACL in his left knee, which meant he could be out for as long as a year and he definitely wouldn’t be returning for the playoffs which took away the first seed Chicago Bulls, chance at a title.
“Look at me. Not a mark on me. I could never be an underdog. I am too great. Hail the champion!” The words spoken by the new heavyweight champion of the world in the press conference that followed the fight, that can only be described as one of the greatest sporting events in history. The fight was between Cassius Clay a.k.a. Muhammad Ali, the undersized up and comer who was challenging Sunny Liston for the boxing heavyweight title. Sunny Liston was considered one of the greatest fighters of all time, and earned the nickname “Big Bear” because he was an enormous opponent, so enormous that he only fought six minutes over thirty five months because other fighters wouldn’t dare step into the ring with the Big Bear. Cassius on the other hand was a loud mouthed undersized fighter who had gotten his lights knocked out multiple times prior.