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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 29, 2010 time " Our prayers go out to also trained World Heavy y'ou and your wonderful fain- weight Champions Floyd It's that time again on regular season, an event in fly. Your.lovely wife Bmrb~a. Paterson and Mike Tyson in Causeway Street -- time for which separate records are five eniiaren, eonsisting of New York. Need I say more. the annual Beanpot Tourna- kept, a separate Hall of two sons and three daughters I personally believe that if ment set once again for Fame is maintained and ~j~ and your 14 wonderful grand- Gus D'hmato had been in the i'irst two Mondays in glory for the decades can be ~~ children. Thank you all. Tyson's' corner throughout February. obtained over the space of You're our champion. Audi- his career Mike Tyson would This year the 58th annual eight days. ~~ tor Joseph A. DeNucci, who have retired undefeated and tourney get under way on BU and Northeastern look i ~~ was presented on January grown into being a model the earliest possible date -- like teams that might ~ f i -| 19, 2010, a gracious award champion. In no way am I the first of February (exactly evenly match up this time = ~ that reads; For your contia- taking away from the accom- one month after the NHL's around given their less ~ - j ued and strong support of plishments of Evander Winter Classic) -- as Boston than-impressive regular --~ _ : . :J the Massachusetts Fire Holyfield and the other great College meets Harvard in season records to date. But ~~ Service as Auditor• Mere- fighters that defeated Tyson. the first game at 5 p.m. and Northeastern will be looking ber of PERAC and a former I just believe that Gus Boston University goes to get even for last year's ~| State Representative. Pre- D'Amato would have guided against Northeastern in the loss to the Terriers in the _-~ sented 19 January 2010, Tyson through the demons 8 p.m. nightcap, championship game. That : ~:| Fire Chiefs Association of that plagued him. Back to Informally, some call the alone might provide enough ~ ~ ~ ~J Massachusetts. Jimmy Farrell. Jimmy event the BU invitational, fuel to propel the Huskies ~[ Our condolences to Massa- Farrell was a rated fighter in citing the fact that the into the finals In addition ~~ chusetts Boxing Commis- his great era of boxing. No Terriers have advanced to the Huskies topped BU 1-0 ~- sioner Nick Manzello. He questions about it. You want the championship game 46 earlier this season. North- passed into that Golden Ring to learn boxing. This is one times in the event's near six eastern, the only Beanpot dosepn ..... A uet~ucci in Heaven Refereed by God, of our great gyms in Massa- decade history and have won team that has never won a • at the age of 82. He's a very chusetts, to be at. When I 29 titles -- including last national championship, has Massachusetts State Au- well-known and admired arrived at Farrell Boxing year when they downed not captured the Pot since ditor Joseph A. DeNucci sports writer and author of members of the fine train- Northeastern 5-2. 1988 the longest current finishes his term, January many years. A man that did ing crew here: Peter And although the Huskies span' of going without a 2011 He says Boxing pre the best of hls abdlty m Gustafson, Dennis O'Mal were f • , " " - ..... - de eated, they have at title of the four competing pared me. Boxing opened everything he did. An irre- ley and Ricky Kielczweski least played in the finals in schools. Northeastern's first doors for me. It taught me placeable icon in the world of Jr., were putting the fight- recent years -- three times Beanpot title didn't come discipline. If you don't work sports. Elected to several ers through their workouts, in the first decade of the until 1980 when the Hus- hard for something you Sports Halls of Fames in Check them out. Farrell 21st century, in fact. kies downed BC, 5-4. Since never win." He knocked on Massachusetts. A man, well Boxing is a top gym. Compare that to Harvard then they've won three doors to get here. "Boxing spoken about by all. By Mas- Pugging out at Georges which had not appeared in more -- in 1984, 1985 and teaches you courage, which sachusetts Auditor Joe Cafe in Brockton with the finals since 1998 and the aforementioned 1988. is needed for anything you DeNucci, Dave Nordman, Iron Mike Pusateri, Peter faces another tough chal- However, there's no ques- do in life." Especially boxing former Holy Cross Athletic Cataloni, Denis Marrese, lenge this year when it tion that the Terriers do and politics. You learn about Director Ron Perry, Mike Tony Petronelli, Pitt Per- goes against BC on opening have a hold on the tourna- integrity• You have to be Kleminich, Paul Cantiani, ron, and I. We're having a night. The Eagles will come ment. When BC played true to yourself. If you don't Ralph Raymond who coached great time here in Brockton. into the contest nationally Harvard in the finals in 2008 do it and work hard, you the U.S. Olympic Softball Owner Charlie Tartaglia, ranked and occupying sec- the year BC would go on don't win. That's life. "Boxing team to Gold Medals in 1996, stopped by. Hank Tartaglia ond place in the tough to win the National Cham- brings out your inner soul" and 2000, and by the many, came by too and we had a Hockey East Conference pionship -- it marked the says Mr. Auditor, Joseph A. many others. Nick great time. It's a great place while BU is in seventh place first time that BU had not DeNucci. He's our champion. Manzello! A man who spoke for a boxing enthusiast to and Northeastern in eighth played in the title game He's the Champion of well of all as all spoke well of visit. Many pictures of the in the 10-team league, since 1994. the People, For the People, Nick Manzello. Rest in Peace greatest in boxing are here. All three will play one By the way if both Harvard and By the People. Auditor our Massachusetts Great Also remember, that on Feb- weekend regular season and Northeastern advance to DeNucci with dignity, bat- Boxing Commissioner. He ruary 20 in Brockton, Allie game before opening night the championship game fled for U.S. in government, started the Sons of Italy Colombo will be honored at but regardless of the out- that would truly be historic. Thank you, Mr. Auditor. You Sports program that awards Joe Angelo s in Brockton. comes BC will enter with a The teams have never faced assembled the greatest of- college scholarships to them. He trained the great 49-0-0, winning record while BU, in each other in the Beanpot fice of workers that I've I stopped by Farrell Box- 43 Kayo Rocky.Marciano. a change for the traditional finals. seen. Auditor DeNucci says, ing, in Quincy. It s a great AUie Colombo was also the hockey powerhouse, will POT POINTS Although "I know when to call it quits, gym. Jimmy Farrell a great manager and trainer of Iron come in with an under .500 the Beanpot has been a I left boxing at the right time, fighter and great trainer, Mike Pusateri from 1960 to log as will Northeastern. February tournament for a and I know that I am leaving was trained by the legendary 1969 upon the passing of the Harvard, which competes in long time, it didn't start out my elected office at the right Gus D'Amato. Gus D'Amato great Alli Colombo. Need I the ECAC, also will have a that way. The first Pot was say more. Till next week. losing record come game played at the Boston Arena "DING!" time. (now Matthews Arena) in De- Regardless, the Terriers cember, 1952 with Harvard have shown that they can at defeating BU, 7,4. There least win some of the tough wasn't a tournament in the ones so far this season. 1953 calendar year. The next BU defeated BC 3-2 in the two Beanpots were held in memorable game at Fenway January of 1954 and 1955. on January 8 and followed After that the tournament I that up with a 5-4 overtime moved to February and has victory over the Eagles on been held during that month January 22. BC won the first with one exception. The first Trainer Jimmy Farrell in the middle of two proteges. Gus D'Amato, protege of Jimmy Farrell of Farrell Boxing, Quincy, MA. Left to Right: At George's: Peter Cataloni, Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr., Iron Mike Pusateri, Roger "Pit" Perron, Tony Petronelli, Denis Marrese and Jimmy Connors. game of the season series 4-1 at BU's Agganis Arena in early December. Thus, the pressure might just be on the Eagles when they tangle with the Crim- son in the tourney's first game. When teams enter the Beanpot with a less than .500 record they have noth- ing to lose and everything to gain. A victory by the Crimson, who had only five wins on the season at mid- week, would be the highlight of the year in Harvard Yard. If Harvard managed to ad- vance to the Championship game and win it, the Crim- son players would probably be holding the only trophy they would win all season. And that's just the point. The Beanpot is really a sea- son in miniature within the round of the 1978 event was played during the start of the Blizzard of '78. The massive snowfall prompted tourney officials to move the conso- lation and championship games to March Ist. Every Beanpot game from 1954 to the present day has been played on Causeway Street -- at the original Garden, the FleetCenter, the TD Banknorth Garden and now the TD Garden. If you can't get tickets, the games will be televised on NESN. So, whether you're a fan in the building or a fan at home you can be a part of something that's unique In the sports world. It's been listed as one of the Top 10 sports events in America to experience. It's here. It's now. It's ours.