10.26.04 - By Coach Tim Walker – firstname.lastname@example.org - When Max Kellerman, the somewhat brazen and flamboyant personality known to many of us by his television shows “I Max” and “ESPN’s Friday Night Fights”, befriended boxer James Buttler he never thought that one day the man he would grow to call friend would be accused of murdering his brother Sam Kellerman but that seems to be what may have happened.
I am not a baseball fan but Sam’s baseball articles always caught my eye. His writing style and ability to add suspense to mostly anything he wrote drew me in and actually caused me to watch a game or two. He had that rare ability to find a greater story within a great story and that is something to look upon with awe. After reading his story on Shawn Green’s election not to play baseball in honor of Yom Kippur I actually tuned in to a couple of baseball games. Though I am still not a baseball fan I feel I know more about the sport having read his stories.
With a single act of selfishness or stupidity or depletion in sanity the life of Sam Kellerman has been tragically snuffed out. The future that once seemed bright now dwindles in the reality of pain and loss that the Kellerman family must feel. There aren’t very many people that I genuinely want to meet but Max and Sam are definitely two of them. I wanted to meet Sam because he intrigued me and Max because of his ostentatious yet resolute opinions.
To be anyway associated with the sport of boxing means you’ve got to have some ego. Whether it’s to step into the ring or deal with those on a regular basis who step into the ring means you can’t be thin skinned. As a trainer I am compelled to instruct young novices in the art of boxing with hopes of them learning to handle themselves inside the ring. I can only hope that the lessons of fair play, hard work and discipline we teach in the ring overflow into my young protégés lives outside the ring.
I never got the opportunity to me Sam but I know the world is a lesser place without him. My heart and prayers go out to the entire Kellerman family and I wish them well and ultimate closure to this unfortunate event.