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PAGE 16 BOSTON POST-GAZEI-rE, JANUARY 15, 2016 HOOPS and HOCKEY by Richard Preiss in the HUB Blood Mago during To most boxing fans, the events of November 2, 2013, are a distant and faded memory. Those who watched the Mike Perez vs. Magomed Abdusai- amov bout on HBO that evening will remember that it was a brutal fight and that Mago, as Abdusalamov is more often re- ferred to, took a brutal beating. They also may recall that after the bout, the courageous heavy- weight lapsed into a coma. The tragedy of that evening was in the news for a very short time, and boxing continued as usual without missing a beat. There was very little outcry about this. Nothing like the days when, in a supposedly more callous time, there were investigations and calls for banning the sport after Benny Kid Paret died after taking a beating from Emile Griffith. Or November 13, 1982, the afternoon Duk Koo Kim died after being kayoed by Ray Man- cini. After that bout, there were in-depth investigations into the cause of Kim's death and changes in the rules such as changing championship fights from 15 rounds to 12 rounds. The public saw this as a ter- rible tragedy and it was talked about for months afterwards. It was disturbing to people that they would witness a man being killed on live television and there was a dialog about what should be done, including whether or not boxing should be banned. Fast forward to 2013 and we are experiencing a very differ- ent reaction to an event that in many ways can be seen as worse than a fighter dying in the ring. Mr. Abdusalamov did not die from his injuries. The hus- band and father who received all of $30,000 for the beating he took lies in a family friend's home in Connecticut, partially paralyzed and unable to speak. Boxing continued uninterrupt- ed after this horrific evening, and nothing has changed. If you watched boxing on TV shortly after that night you will have noted there was very little said about Mago other than a brief update on his condition. Some boxing writers, including me, did write about what we be- lieved to be the negligence that occurred on so many levels that evening in New York City. Well, thanks to New York Times writer Dan Barry, we now have some more insight into the events of that night and just how terrible things were handled on so many levels. Mr. on Their, and Our bout with Perez. Barry's piece can be read by going to: http://www.nytimes. com/2016/01/10/sports/ magomed-abdusalamov-box- ing-madison- square-garden. html?_r=0 Though I must warn you, what you will read is positively nauseating. Barry pieces to- gether the events from tran- scripts of interviews given un- der oath during a continuing investigation being conducted by the New York State Office Hands was a neurologist in attendance that evening, but he remained seated at ringside and Varlotta reported his findings to him. The neurologist, Dr. Barry Jordan, had witnessed the Abdusalamov Perez fight and never once stepped into the ring to examine Mago, even though it was obvious even from watch- ing on television that the fighter was taking terrible punishment. Dr. Jordan also seemed not to feel there was any reason for him to leave his seat at ringside to spend a few moments in the dressing room examining the gravely injured fighter. There is so much more con- tained in Dan Barry's article. Clearly there was no one in authority around Mr. Abdusal- amov that evening that would step forward and see the injured warrior was cared for. Eventu- ally, Mago was taken by cab to a local hospital where he fell into a coma. His brain had most likely started to bleed during the fight, and certainly had in the dressing room after. It should also be remembered that Mr. Abdusalamov was complaining about fface pain" to his comer Magomed Abdusalamov and Family. of the Inspector General. It is men during the fight. It was a lurid tale of neglect, incom- clear from watching the fight petence, passing of blame, and that there were problems early cold heartedness that is truly on. Time was of the essence. unbelievable. If only the chief second had Mago, who had been on the stopped the fight after the 4~h receiving end of a terrible beat- round. If only Dr. Jordan had ing, is given a total of 15 min- bothered to step into the ring utes medical attention in the to examine the fighter. If only dressing room after the bout. He Mago had been taken to the is asked through an interpreter hospital immediately after the if he has a headache. He re- fight. If only the officials and sponds that his face hurts, the medical people in charge that same thing he was saying be- night were better trained and tween rounds during the bout. not just political appointees. Because he doesn't specifically If only there was an adult in say he has a headache, the charge. If only, if only, ff only doctor decides he does not have someone gave a damn. serious enough injuries that Mr. Abdusalamov's family would justify having an ambu- has been filing lawsuits, but lance take him to the hospital, they have an uphill battle suing There were two on site. Mago's the government. I do not know trainer, John David Jackson, what culpability HBO has, but thought he should go to the I would think they have at the hospital, but did not pursue very least a moral obligation to the matter. In this age of cell see Magomed Abdusalamov is phones, it seems insane that not forgotten. nobody dialed 911. Why didn't And what about the public? someone just approach one of After all, it is our desire to see the EMTs and demand they take men step into a ring with the sole the fighter to the hospital? objective of inflicting head inju- Dr. Gerard Varlotta was ries on one another that makes the doctor who examined Mr. this all possible. Are we culpable Abdusalamov after the bout. as well? Varlotta is a sports medicine Please read Dan Barry's piece. specialist. As far as I have ever It is important that the public known, a sports medicine doc- has the facts. It is important tor's focus is usually on muscle, that we not allow this to hap- bone, and joint injuries. There pen again. BACK FROM WISCONSIN -- Just in time. A few days after com- pleting our long 1,200-mile drive back from another memorable Christmas season in the Midwest, we received a phone call from the relatives conveying the news that it was 20 degrees below zero on an early January evening. So while there's been a cold spell here after the holidays, it's been nothing like that. Despite the warm weather in the North- east over Christmas, it appears Old Man Winter plans to be with us for a good long while. ONE MEMORABLE SEASON -- It was 30 years ago that the Boston Celtics had one of their most memorable seasons, post- ing an outstanding 40-1 home record as a lead up to capturing the 1986 NBA Championship. The C's were outstanding during the 1985-1986 season. While the Green did lose only one home game, few remember that the feat was accomplished in two different venues. The C's were 37-1 at the original Boston Garden -- which fronted directly on Causeway Street, unlike the present Gar- den which is recessed from the street. Thousands of fans would stream into the building after exiting the Green Line on the El -- the elevated portion of the transit system above Cause- way Street. The three additional ~home" victories came at the Hartford Civic Center. Overall, the Celtics posted an enviable 67-15 record (.817) for the regular season, coming up one victory shy of tying their franchise record of 68 wins set in the 1972-1973 campaign. Coached by Celtics legend K.C. Jones, the Green simply blew away the competition in the Atlantic Division, leaving the second place Philadelphia 76ers behind in the dust by 13 games. By contrast, it was one horrible season for the New York Knicks. The archri- vals of the Celtics finished in last place in the division with a 23-59 record (.280), a distant 44 games behind their rivals to the north. The lone loss came fairly early in the season. It was the 20 game of the campaign and the Celtics came in at 17-2 over- all. Somewhat remarkably, the Celtics' hope for an undefeated streak right out of the box had ended on the very first night of the season, with the C's absorb- ing a 113-109 setback at the hands of the New Jersey Nets at Brendan Byrne Arena on October 25% Their second road setback came against Indiana on November 16~, a 111-109 loss at Market Square Arena that left the C's with an 8-2 mark. The Green then reeled off nine wins in a row before meeting the Portland Trail Blazers at the Garden on December 6th. Coming less than two months into the season, there was, of course, no buildup or pressure concerning the extension of an undefeated home record. So, when Portland left the parquet floor following a 121- 103 victory, no one assumed it was anything more than that -- simply a loss during the long six-month regular season. But as the season progressed and the home wins continued to mount, that lone setback on Causeway Street would take on a life of its own. By the end of both the regular season and the playoffs, it would be the only blemish witnessed by the season ticket holders at the Garden. What people at the time didn't know was that there would be only one close call at home dur- ing the regular season after that loss. It came on January 26 when the C's prevailed over the 76ers by a score of 105-103. Larry Bird would display his many talents over the course of the season, playing in all 82 games while leading the team in scoring (25.7 aver- age), rebounding (805), assists (557) and steals (166) on the way to winning his third con- secutive NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Kevin McHale would score at a 21.3 clip while hauling in 551 rebounds while Robert Parish would produce a 16.1 scoring average and come away with 770 rebounds. Bill Walton, whose son Luke currently coaches the Golden State Warriors, won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award for his contributions, while Dan- ny Ainge, the current Director of Basketball Operations for the Celtics, saw action in 80 games and had a 10.7 scoring average. Rick Carlisle, who now coaches the Dallas Mavericks, played in 77 contests as a substitute. The playoffs opened with the Celtics winning a best-of-five series against the Chicago Bulls 3-0, a series made memorable when Michael Jordan scored 63 points at Boston Garden in game two before the Celtics prevailed 136-131 in double overtime. The Celtics next took down the Atlanta Hawks 4-1, win- ning three games at the Garden and one on the road. Next came the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, which the Celtics swept 4-0. That put the Green in the NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets. The Celtics won the first two games at the Garden, managed to win one of the next three at Houston and then scored a 114-97 closeout victory at the Garden on June 8, 1986, to win the title. All in all, one memorable sea- son by one memorable team of Boston Celtics players. LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given by TODISCO TOWING OF 94 CONDOR STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L. c 255, Section 39A that they will sell the following vehicles. Vehicles are being sold to satisfy their garage keeper's lien for towing, storage and notices of sale: 2015 TOYOTA CAMRY VIN #4T4BF1FKXFR507996 2005 DODGE MAGNUM VIN #2D4FV48T45H531063 1989 FORD F-150 VIN #1FDKF37LOHKA73115 2002 ACURA TL VIN #19UUA56842A001899 2002 GMC YUKON VIN #3GKFK16ZX2G268945 The above vehicles will be sold at auction online only at TOWLOT.COM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016 at 10:00AM at Run dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2016