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Doin Reviews: After the Last Round

Wow, two boxing posts within two weeks is easily a record for Doin Work! This one doesn’t really have to do with any current boxers, and is merely a quick review of a documentary that one of my former college roomates made. I was in Santa Barbra over Memorial Day Weekend visiting my college friend, Pat Moyer. I’ve been bugging him to get me a copy of his documentary for a LONG time. And by long time I mean since 2008 when I went to SB to see the movie premier, but finally he remembered to give me a copy. I was impressed with the movie the first time I saw it, and thought he and Ryan Petty did a great job of showing what effects boxing has on people mentally and physically after they hang up the gloves. The second time I saw it I liked it more than the first or maybe it was so long ago that I kinda forgot how good it was. Anyways, long story short, I was able to grab a DVD from him, and after watching it, I thought since we had the blog it was as good as anyplace to get the word out about it.

The reason my friend Pat was inspired to make the documentary in the first place was because Denny and Phil Moyer are his grandpa’s brothers. Denny Moyer was the first ever light weight champion, and had a great boxing career. Phil was a little less successful, but was also a good fighter that held his own for quite some time. The documentary shows the ways the brain is damaged, and it takes you through the mentality of different boxers while they are in the ring, and what they are like after they retire. You could even call it a more brutal sport than MMA. There’s nothing crazier than watching Phil and Denny in a clinic walking hand in hand with bike helmets on. Their 90-year old father, Harry Moyer, is much more functional than his sons and tries to see if they remember him, which they seem to but you’re not entirely sure. Harry was their trainer and coach throughout their careers, and still has his head on straight. Phil and Denny were less fortunate, and the power of that footage was crazy. The documentary also follows other boxers, some that are still in the ring, and some retired. If you ever wanted a closer look into boxing without the Hollywood storybook endings like we see in Rocky I-X, this film is perfect for you.

The movie also has tons of great boxing footage (aka: devastating knockouts) that any fight fan can appreciate, and to top it off, all of the proceeds that are made from the movie go the the Retired Boxers Foundation. They haven’t had a mass release of the film, because they’ve had trouble finding a solid distributor, but for the moment, you can follow the instructions below and get a copy if you’re interested. The money being donated goes to a great cause, because just like the NFL, nobody takes care of older retired boxers.

 

To receive the film: 

Go to www.retiredboxers.org  and click DONATE  (upper left side of website under logo) on the homepage, then enter an amount of $15 or more.  If your mailing address if different than the one provided by PayPal, click ‘Add special instructions to the seller’ on the payment confirmation page and enter a new address. They will send you a free private screener right away. All donations are tax-deductable. 

We would also like to thank everyone for their patience with the film. We are still seeking distribution and hope to continue to build momentum with this project.

You will feel good knowing your donation as gone to help a good cause. Now go donate and enjoy the film! Ryan Pettey-Director -After The Last Round


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NBA Has Many Issues, But This is a Big One

Carmelo (or the media) made it known that he will not be keeping his talents in Denver past this season. He was offered the max three year extension adding about $65M onto his contract to stay with the Nuggets, but all the reports I can find seem to think that since he hasn’t signed it, he isn’t going to. Could be true, could be rumors, but either way it doesn’t sound like Melo is all that into repping the mile high city anymore. Since he has until July of 2011 to sign the extension, I’m not sure why everyone is so sure he will pass up the money. I mean, what if they happen to catch lightning in a bottle and come to terms on a CBA way ahead of schedule? What if Melo finds out he would only be able to make around $10M per year unless he signs his extension before the old CBA expires? Would that make Melo sign his extension and stay since he knows he’d never get the same type of guaranteed money again? I have no idea, nor should I speculate since I’m not an agent or a player that gets to make that kind of decision. All I know is the landscape for the NBA has forever changed in the wake of Lebron’s ill advised decision. The league is already top heavy. Just looking back at the last few decades, the league was either ruled by the Celtics, Lakers, Bulls or Spurs (it feels weird putting the Spurs in there with the other three, but no denying what they did in the Duncan era). The NBA tries hard to preach that there is parody, and I felt that we were getting some parody after the Shaq/Kobe three-peat with new teams winning each year eliminating repeats for a little bit there, but now the landscape feels a lot more clear on who the favorites are again after the Lakers just went back to back. Now, once again isn’t much parody, and it will continue to go that way if superstars keep leaving their teams to join multiple superstars in another uniform. The hostage style takeovers of these teams during contract extensions and free agency is getting a little ridiculous. I feel like the players have all of the power, and while it’s hard to argue that they shouldn’t have the power since they are drawing the crowds, but I think we’ve fallen too far that way. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but give franchises that have the top flight players more power to be able to keep them there or at least make it much tougher for them to decide to leave. Continue reading