I’m going to keep it short because, after all, it is a vacation but I’ve got some important news updates to share that I’ll be fleshing out later today and tomorrow.
For starters, the Tommy Morrison news that Brandon broke locally Friday – I checked the Star, Pitch and that Tony character and they had nada – was huge. And Brandon put it in perfect perspective. Kansas City has a huge inferiority complex which is why we put our sports heroes – however few – on such loft pedestals.
And Tommy Morrison – even though he wasn’t even close to being from KC – was right up there with Len Dawson, George Brett and Tom Watson, just like Brandon said.
Except that Tommy was a known bad boy.
Don’t get me wrong, Dawson, Brett and Watson have plenty of skeletons in their closets.
There were the rumors of the alleged playing around by Lenny back in the day, and his former wife’s somewhat mysterious death. Then of course, there were the persistent rumors of Brett’s being gay. And then Watson’s divorce and remarriage to golfer Dennis Watson‘s wife (she didn’t even have to change her last name) that was the talk the the PGA tour at the time. I can’t even tell you the rumor about what Watson’s first wife allegedly did on the tour leading to their divorce.
I know about the Dennis Watson dea lbecause a friend of mine who manages a number of heavy hitter alt rock bands played in a pro-am tourney at the time and told me that’s all everyone on the tour was talking about.
There was no tip-toeing about, no behind closed doors rumors, no whisper campaigns. Morrison’s peccadillos were out there front and center for all to see and marvel over.
Sources in his boxing camp at the time of his HIV diagnosis told me there wasn’t anybody he wouldn’t have his way with.
Old young, fat, skinny, good-looking, ugly – if they could stand up and walk into a room Tommy was in – he was ready, willing and able to thrash the daylights out of them.
There are 8 million Tommy Morrison stories in the Naked Cowtown and over the course of the last 20 years and I’ve covered about 7 million of them.
Tommy’s dalliances were so bold, bad and bodacious they made Craig Glazer’s seem like Boy Scout good deeds by comparison.
I’ll be following up on the news and reliving some of Tommy’s “greatest hits” in the days to come.