Mitchell laughed at this; funny how one gold can make five bronzes seem just fine. "It's unbelievable," he said on Sunday. "A storybook, me and Dave." He looked over at Reid, who was surrounded, having his picture taken with anyone who asked, and signing hats and pieces of paper and shirts. A woman reached over to fondle his gold medal. "I'm going to shower and throw it right back on!" Reid said. "And I'm going to wear it tomorrow—all day."
Now Mitchell nodded. "That's what boxing is," he said. And nothing NBC or anyone else does can deny the day's simple truth: In boxing it only takes one punch to keep a man—a sport—very much alive.