Mike Tyson on the Passing of Boxing Legend Floyd Patterson

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Last night we had Mike Tyson on the show to talk about the death of Floyd Patterson. Patterson died Thursday at age 71 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Patterson was an amazing boxer — he won an Olympic gold medal in 1952 and was a World Heavyweight Champ. He fought great fights: Archie Moore, Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali and others.

I interviewed Mike Tyson a few years back about his legal problems. Off camera, we discussed other topics, including the history of boxing. Tyson was fascinating. He could recite almost every fight going back to the 1800s! Plus, as you might imagine, he is an incredible student of boxing and has so many great stories to tell about different fights and the different personalities of the boxers and the other key figures of boxing. (By the way, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, who represented Mike Tyson in his appeal in the Indiana Supreme Court, once told me that in his 40-plus years as a lawyer he never saw such an unfair trial as the one in which Tyson was convicted in Indiana.)

After the show, having found myself once again interested in boxing history after talking to Tyson, I looked up some information about the famous Sonny Liston/Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) fight. I remember my mother listening to the fight on a very poor quality radio with lousy reception when I was a little kid. She was glued to the radio listening to the fight, but I can't remember who she was rooting for. I was surprised to see Liston died in 1970 (at the age of 38.) I thought he died much later than that, but time has clouded my memory. I had thought that perhaps Tyson knew Liston, but Mike was only 4 years old when Liston died. Tyson has met Ali. Even if you don't like boxing, you have to love the Ali story.

The Duke lacrosse team rape scandal has taken some unusual turns in the last 48 hours. DNA tests show there may be a connection between tissue found under the acrylic nail of the accuser and one of the players at the party. The cabbie who took indicted Reade Seligmann back to his dorm was arrested on a stale misdemeanor warrant, and one of the lacrosse players indicted got his hearing postponed (his lawyer says he needs more discovery from the prosecutor). The investigation is ongoing and it still is impossible to figure out what did or did not happen.

I am getting tons and tons of e-mails from the "Highrollers" — Ace Young fans. If you think people were disappointed in Chris Daughtry being voted off "American Idol" a few nights ago, you should read all these Highroller e-mails! They remain very disappointed about Ace Young getting the boot.

A programming note: On Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET we are airing our "Crime Scene" special about Jill Behrman. I hope you watch!

Now for some of your e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hi Greta,
I really love watching your show, and think you are a wonderful person, but you do one thing that bothers me. When your guests say, "How are you, Greta?" at the beginning of a segment, you reply "very well" and immediately begin talking about the topic at hand. Wouldn't it be more polite to just say, "very well, thank you" or "very well, thanks" and then start discussing the topic? Just something to consider — I'll still be watching you, regardless.
Berlin, NJ

E-mail No. 2

I do not know who is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List, but I do periodically check the sex offender registries and am familiar with the photos, names and addresses of the sex offenders that live in my town. This past year, before my daughter went out in the neighborhood with my husband to sell Girl Scout Cookies, I checked our state's sex offender registry and discovered that someone listed on the registry had recently moved in on our street. In the past, we've only allowed our daughter to go to houses of neighbors that we know, and the information obtained from the registry supported our decision to not assume that it would be safe for her to knock on any door on our street. We live in a small, somewhat rural town in Connecticut, and it has been surprising for me to see the number of sex offenders in our area, especially those with offenses against children. It is definitely something I keep in mind when my children are playing in the yard or at the park.
Love your show!

E-mail No. 3

I watched your discussion last night with the attorney from Durham and the other three legal experts. The expressions on the faces of the three legal experts (Ted Williams and I don't recall the other two) was priceless when the Durham attorney explained the system of justice in North Carolina. It is... unbelievable!
One of the areas I work in is homicide investigations. During March 2002, we arrested a suspect in a murder. He was scheduled for trial during October 2005, but fired his attorney just prior to jury selection and now he is scheduled for trial this November. He has been sitting in jail ever since he was arrested... over four years ago. Most murder cases take two or three years before they go to trial, although there is the occasional exception.
As the Durham lawyer pointed out, there is no speedy trial issue in this state.
Robert C. Gilford

E-mail No. 4

I do not know (aside from Bin Laden) who is on the FBI's top 10 Most Wanted List, but I do believe that YOU might be on Aruba's!
You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!"

E-mail No. 5

We really like FOX and watch many different shows all season long. While we've never missed an "American Idol" show, this just may be the end. All of our family and friends are in shock since Chris Daughtry was sent packing. This whole thing cries foul. Yes, we voted many times every time, so America does not speak for us!
Enough already, we can't take it anymore.
One more thing, Ryan is a great host, but I find his way of announcing the bad news to the contestant to be really mean!
Not a fan anymore.

E-mail No. 6

I am writing to you because I want to get word out and justice served. I am not an obsessed "American Idol" fan, but an experienced voter. Since voting started I have been voting for Chris Daughtry. This Tuesday night, I didn't get through as much as I usually do because all circuits were busy, dead air (silence), plus regular busy signals, plus error messages. I think it was completely unfair of "American Idol" and FOX to not investigate. I know for a fact that Verizon was contacted Tuesday night and they said that something must have been wrong with Chris' second number especially, and that they would investigate. I know plenty of people who e-mailed FOX Tuesday night about this — the ones who should be responsible for investigating. So why some investigating was done before the results show by fans and not FOX is beyond me. Enough people had problems that word was definitely out before voting closed and early enough before the results show to investigate and fix the problem and show in order to do a revote like they did last year. Poor Chris is on radios thinking his fans didn't vote for him enough thinking he was safe. The majority of us know it is crack down time at this stage and that no one is safe, so we voted our hearts out only to come to a dead end; busy signals, dead air, another contestants line butting in and it giving them votes, and one that especially concerns me... an adult message which I was fortunate enough to not get myself but know many who did. Many children vote on this show and it unfortunate that that had to happen.
Something must be done — even if they can't get Chris back, but they should! Or at least address this truthfully and not claim it was human error.
Long Island, NY

ANSWER: I received so many e-mails about Ace Young and "American Idol" that I told the panel that I am going to get the viewers to call in and vote on them.

E-mail No. 7

For some reason your interview with Mike Tyson really touched me. He was so lucid and real and then when he said he wasn't interested in fighting anymore — it just got to me. In some ways I think he got a raw deal.
Kay Rhodes
Odessa, TX

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