I wound up in the same situation. Besides, this is a True American Hero. Say what you will about Tonya Harding but the attack on Nancy Kerrigan remains the sole and only interesting event of any kind in the entire history of skating, on the ice or off. The skating world should bow down before her and kiss her gnarled feet - because the moment that Harding's primate goons grabbed a shrieking, blubbering Kerrigan and pounded on her with a pipe is the solitary time ever that skating could be viewed as anything resembling "sport".
My muscles were still blown out from this at fight time and I blame Rogan. While Joe was given the official title of "trainer", my real inspiration and game plan came from singing-sensation and country idol Kenny Rogers - specifically his song "Coward of the County".
Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county.
The Gatlin boys just laughed at him when he walked into the barroom.
Twenty years of crawlin' was bottled up inside him.
You see, there is no mention of Tommy "training". No running up a hill, no sit-up, not even a Vodka-Red Bull. Tommy was smart here not to over-condition. My doing absolutely nothing for 37 years was the optimum training regimen required and I befouled it. Had my corner people listened to me and Kenny, I could have beaten three Tonya Hardings and no one would ever call me yellow again.
Sunday, May 2, 2004 at 10:19AM