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Inspiration time on 'Contender'

Updated: October 24, 2007, 11:13 AM ET
By Dan Rafael
When my wife, Jenn, told me she had something to do Tuesday night after work, my first question was: Will you be home by 10 p.m.? That, of course, is when we religiously watch "The Contender" each week on ESPN. She said she would be, so I was concerned when it was 9:55 and she wasn't home yet. But she walked in the door just as the show was starting. Whew! She took her place on the reclining couch as Sugar Ray Leonard recapped the first round of the 10-man tournament. Cue the omnipresent theme music and we were in business. A look at Episode 8:

From the beginning, my wife's favorite fighter in the tournament has been Sam Soliman, who faces Sakio Bika in next week's second semifinal. When Soliman's picture flashed during the opening credits, she clapped and proclaimed herself president of his fan club.

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