Norris had been knocked out once before, in 1989 by Julian Jackson, and had been knocked down by the lightly regarded Troy Waters last June, but judicious matchmaking had kept his fragile chin protected while he overwhelmed a succession of outgunned opponents. In Brown, however, he found a fighter with the power to back him up, and, once hurt, Norris never recovered.
The night's other loser was Whitaker, whose date with Norris was effectively canceled. Perhaps he can make one with Brown, who is now likely to take over some of Norris's appointments, if not his pound-for-pound proclamations. "I'm not going to get ignorant even though I won this fight," Brown said. "I'm still going to stay the same humble Simon."
Humble Simon, meet the newly humbled Terry.
Dave Raymond, the man who played the Phillie Phanatic, the best and most original of all team mascots, is hanging up his green suit and long red tongue to enter a sports-marketing venture. SI asked Raymond (below) to list the National League players with whom he had the most fun—and also one sourpuss—from his 16 seasons on the job.
1) Manny Sanguillen, Pittsburgh Pirates: "He was the first visiting player to accept me. He raced my three-wheeler all the time, and the crowd loved it."
2) Willie Stargell and Dave Parker, Pirates: "Dave loved to play the bad guy, but when he got back to the bench, he'd always look at me as if to ask, How'd I do? And Stargell was always the one to pick me up and dust me off after Dave knocked me down. They were a great team."
3) Lonnie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves: "Lonnie had a tendency to fall down—his nickname was Skates—and I'd walk around behind him, falling down every five feet. One night he just wasn't in the mood, and he knocked me over with a cross-body block. But he was real good about it most of the time."
4) Pete Rose, Phillies: "A lot of Phillie players from the late '70s had more fun with me than the guys who followed. Pete would just go along with almost any joke."
5) Vince Coleman, Cardinals, New York Mets: "We were both college punters [ Raymond at Delaware, Coleman at Florida A&M], and that was kind of a bond for us. Being a good guy doesn't exactly go with Coleman's image now, but he was always great with me."