In this corner, at five-ten, 175 pounds, one of the greatest female boxers of all time, the only boxer to have won four world titles in four different weight classes at the same time, Ann Wolfe. And in that corner, standing five feet, nine inches tall and weighing 165 pounds, one of the greatest American musicians of all time, seller of more than fifty million albums, Willie Nelson. She is 41. He’s 79. She is considered the hardest female puncher of all time. He once put out an album called Face of a Fighter.
On Wednesday Wolfe and Nelson went toe to toe in a sport that turns otherwise rational men and women into crazy persons. We’re not talking about boxing. We’re talking about dominoes. The two battled at Nelson’s ranch in Spicewood—the scene of a match last year, where Wolfe won handily. They were set to play again, straight dominoes, first to 250 points wins a game, and best of seven games wins the day. “Loser leaves town,” both agreed beforehand.
The game began at twelve, with red dominoes on a black table in Nelson’s