Jimmy the Greek

Big day in sports history as today we mark the anniversay of Jimmy the Greek’s 1988 controversial remarks he made at a luncheon ironically enough honoring Martin Luther King (click here for story.)  

So just what did Jimmy say that set everyone’s hair on fire?  

OK, it was only a tad racist, but it sure put the kibosh on Jimmy and his career.  CBS fired him the very next day.  Talk about a “Greek tragedy,” Jimmy’s fall from grace was very dramatic indeed.   Wonder what the odds were on that happening like it did?  If you ever get the chance to catch it, check out ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on Jimmy the Greek.

As for a happy Greek’s ending, check out Zorba’s song and dance routine here in that movie’s last scene:

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