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One More Round

   It was September 23, 1952 in Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia. Slugger and challenger Rocky Marciano was well behind champion and classy boxer Jersey Joe Walcott on points after 12. The only way he could win was by a knockout. Worse yet for the challenger, Walcott had opened up a nasty cut on the Rock’s nose. After round 12 referee Charley Daggart took one look at a weary and bloodied Marciano and told his corner, “I’m giving you one more round.”

   Of course it turned out that round was all the Rock needed. Late in that frame the Rock landed a thunderous straight right followed by a textbook left hook. The hook was superfluous because Jersey Joe was MIA as soon as the right landed. He crumpled to the canvas, not sure what planet he was on, there to remain for several minutes while Marciano, the new heavy-weight champion of the world, celebrated in the ring.

   If the current Democratic presidential nomination race were a fight, and I the ref, I would tell Mz Hillary and her handlers, “I’m giving you one more round.”

   That round will be fought Tuesday, mainly in Ohio and Texas. But Hillary Clinton is no Rocky Marciano. She doesn’t punch above her weight, like the Brocton Bomber always did. So she’s not going to retire undefeated like the Rock did. And don’t look for Barack Obama to be another Jersey Joe.         



Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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