Is this what happens when you get hit in the head to many times?

De La Hoya Hero Thrives on Domination – bloomberg.com:

Here’s a challenge for all the ESPN addicts out there who think they know everything about sports and athletes.
Take a stab at completing the following sentence, which Oscar De La Hoya uttered last week during a telephone conversation:
“It has been a pleasant road to follow in the footsteps of a hero that I have,” said De La Hoya, who goes by the sobriquet “Golden Boy”.
“Obviously, that is…”

If you guessed Muhammad Ali you’re wrong.
Sugar Ray Leonard? Nope.
For the sentimental ones out there, De La Hoya didn’t say his father, either.
The answer was Bill Gates.

I bet some of you thought it was going to be good old Steve…

De La Hoya could have given me 1,000 guesses and there’s no way I would have come up with the bespectacled co-founder of Microsoft Corp.

“One thing I admire about Mr. Gates is how he made it,” De La Hoya said. “Hard work, the desire, the discipline –never taking no for an answer.”



  1. Joe says:

    Is it really that strange or surprising? De La Hoya is entering a career in business after boxing and is saying the kind of things that will make him appear knowledgeable and driven to succeed post-boxing. If you’ve got entrepreneurial or business aspirations, what better role-model to have than Bill Gates?

  2. Mark says:

    1. Oh Jeez, you’ve done it now. DUCK!!!!

  3. Lauren the Ghoti says:

    “One thing I admire about Mr. Gates is how he made it,’’ De La Hoya said. “Hard work, the desire, the discipline –never taking no for an answer.’’

    …and Dad’s money + all those lawyers + stolen IP had nothing to do with it!
    :>

  4. TJGeezer says:

    I thought he made it on looks alone.

  5. Steve Jobs says:

    4. Yeah, he is one good-lookin, good-smellin man.

  6. Lauren the Ghoti says:

    #5 –

    Steve, if I were you, I’d keep a sharp eye out. pedro could be along any minute to defend the honor of his idol…

  7. Esteban says:

    As far as role models go, you could probably do better, but you could certainly do worse.

  8. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    Wha wha wha…

    Geeze… Let it go.

    Gates is brilliant, Microsoft products are great, and if I can avoid a big fight, I’ll say Apple is might damn good too.

    If you want to talk business practices, I have plenty of bones to pick with Microsoft. But except for the ill-fated Millenium (and Outlook, the email client I love to hate) MS products have always been solid for me. Maybe the rest of you guys don’t really know how to use computers?

  9. Mr.Newton says:

    #9…Don King is brilliant..the boxing promoter! define brilliant?

  10. TJGeezer says:

    Gotta say I’m kinda with Pedro on this one. Wait. You meant Steve Case, right?

  11. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #10 – When I say gates is Brilliant, I mean that he glistens and gleams with great color and clarity anytime his hit with direct sunlight, and he looks wonderful in a gold setting.

  12. Lauren the Ghoti says:

    #13 – OFTLO

    Thanks so much for clarifying – AFTER 3 or 4 ounces of Krönenbourg already detoured down my trachea… [cough-cough]

  13. Angel H. Wong says:

    #14

    If there’s one thing that Disney’s version of Beauty & the Beast has taught me is that you could be the ugliest MF in the world but smart chicks know that if you are loaded with cash you are pretty.


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