Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Chase Goodbread

2CENTS

Will the last Mike Tyson fan please turn out the lights?

On Saturday, against an absolute nobody, the heavyweight has-been lost for the third time in his past four fights. This time, there were no excuses from Iron Mike about his mental state, his physical condition, a knee injury or anything else. He just took $5 million (most sent immediately to creditors) and quit.

For a sport in constant need of a heavyweight star to hang its hat on, boxing fans were slow to turn their backs on Tyson. He lost fans upon his prison sentence and lost more when he bit Evander Holyfield's ear. As his life became further unglued and losses mounted, his fan base continued to dwindle. Until Saturday, there were still a handful of fans who knew the heavyweight division was weak enough to allow Tyson to resurface in a title fight if he could just knock off a few tomato cans.

And they were right.

But he couldn't even do that.

The last of the Tyson fans now must turn and face the I-told-you-so's from the first fans who jumped off Tyson's wagon years ago.

RUTH JERSEY BRINGS QUESTIONS, BIG BIDS

A Long Island, N.Y., memorabilia company is selling a jersey it claims the Yankees' Babe Ruth wore in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series against the Cubs, when he supposedly pointed to the bleachers and hit a home run on the next pitch.

Internet bidding is set to end June 22, and the current high bid is $700,000, according to a story in the the New York Daily News.

Ruth's "Called Shot" is disputed.

"The general opinion of scholars who have seen the grainy film from that game is that he was just waving at the Cubs' dugout," Richard Goldstein, a researcher with the Society for American Baseball Research, told the paper. "Only the romantics still believe he pointed to the center-field wall."

Whether it's the actual jersey Ruth wore that day is also disputed. …

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