Starting Lineups: This Is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's Last Fight


Living in one of the few newspaper cities in existence, you always catch a glimpse of what the people of this New York are keeping tabs on. Normally, they’re nose deep in the drivel of Page 6 or trying to impress the young redhead by flipping through the Arts section of the New York Times. However, while observing the surroundings on the southbound D train yesterday morning, the words stunned me as if they were a punch he would have thrown in a prizefight.

Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, Boxer Portrayed In Movie, Fighting For His Life Against Cancer

Catching that story did more than damper the short commute to work; it cast a bit of a pall over the morning. To understand what Carter means in sports is to understand what it’s like to lose 22 years of your life to criminal trials and two convictions over a crime you didn’t commit.

In other words, you can’t understand, and few people on earth ever could.

Though miracles are certainly possible, the grim state of this Hurricane is too hard to ignore. He fights with a spirit not uncommon with the ferocious boxer he was before prison walls closed in on his prime. The tenacity that helped set him free is evident from his deathbed, as he pushed the case for a Brooklyn man who is believed to have been wrongly imprisoned since 1985.

Carter’s story will be retold often as we learn more of his condition, as it should. We’ll see future telecasts of Denzel Washington’s portrayal of the man in “The Hurricane.” We’ll hear from boxing historians about what was taken from him in 1967. We’ll listen to Bob Dylan strum the cry for freedom that brought Carter’s plight to the mainstream in a whole new way.

In failing health, but not in failing spirit, may be how Rubin Carter will be remembered.

Now, your links.

Remembering the Epic Bulls-Knicks Game Played the Day Biggie Died – Complex Sports

Dallas Stars Thank Every Team for Sending Well Wishes to Rich Peverley – SB Nation

Under Armour’s Olympic Experience is Textbook Case For How to Handle Crisis – Advertising Age

Forget March: Embiid Should Prep for Pros – ESPN

What’s the Truth Behind the Columbus Crew’s Blackout Rules? – Awful Announcing

Street Fighter: The Movie – What Went Wrong – Polygon

The Evster compares the Sixers’ players to NBA dudes who know how to actually play basketball - The700Level

When A Famed Nike Coach Tried To Steal A Race, A Track Protest Was Born - Deadspin

5 Replies to “Starting Lineups: This Is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's Last Fight”

  1. I can't even properly put into words how much respect I have for people who keep fighting and trying to better the world when they're dying of terminal illness. My grandfather actually passed from pancreatic cancer after a four-year battle, and I admire him more than probably anyone I've ever known in my life. Not sure I could do it. So to see someone like Hurricane Carter continue to push for his beliefs as he battles such an affliction is truly inspirational.

  2. Check me if I'm wrong, but wasn't his innocence somewhat dubious? Dylan's song in particular was apocryphal, I know.

    1. There was so little actual evidence that pointed to Carter - and barely any collected from the scene of the murder - and that the convictions were made on unreliable witnesses that it made his alleged guilt so farcical. He wasn't exactly a saint prior to his conviction, in fact, he served time prior to beginning his boxing career.

      From my understanding, the original recording of Dylan's song said that the witnesses whose testimony convicted Carter were actually the murderers. He had to re-record the song.

  3. Terrible to hear, given all that he's already endured and seeing a story like this definitely hits hard.

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