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c , Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 11,2011 RNER AL by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. I Call it "Fighting for GodV Italian Boxing Priest" Fr. Massimiliano Pusceddu" In this Comer we have "Fighting" their way to the Top! Fr. Massimiliano Pusceddu "Italian Boxing Priest" Fr. Massimiliano Pusceddu, is the parish priest of the small town of Vallermosa, where 2000 inhabitants live on the Island of Sardinia, Italy. I was made aware of this, by Rev- erend Marek Chmurski of Saint Lawrence Martyr Par- ish, in New Bedford. I read Fr. Massimiliano Pusceddu is also a part-time Boxer, known as Don Max. "The Bishop of Cag!iari Giuseppe Marl, approves Fr. Massi- miliano's "apostolate." Indeed he says: "People don't come to the parish. You must seek them in the streets." Using this same rationale, progres- sivists have gone to night clubs and discotheques to "bring Christ!" to the people. We have seen the results: the night clubs remain the same; instead their atmo- irl n o tho llur h. I just watched a video on You Tube; Priest Boxer Don Massimiliano Pusceddu he's good. "Prete pugile." I'd like to give a special Thank you, to Reverend Marek Chmurski for this informa- tion. God Bless you all. I really admire Fighters, fighting their way, to the Top. Thus brln~in~ to my atten- tion? "Society." I'd like to see more involved in the fight- world. Fighters have a spe- cial bravado, as do all ath- letes, and.the others, who have? " he wllllngnesg in risking defeat, in order to achieve Victory." A special characteristic, some lack. Real fighters have it. Real Fighters in life, help society do better. There are many real fighters, in our great so- ciety already. Individuals in life, getting knocked down many times, that don't quit. Fighters getting back up, and fighting back harder. Parents that struggle, for their fam- ily. Fighting when times get tough, they get going. Their strength, faith, desire and perseverance mustering through. Fighting back hard, never settling for defeat. In- dividuals, believing in their will to succeed. Fighting from the Soul. Achieving victory through strength, confi- dence, and will power. What impresses me most, about these totigh guys is? The car- ing of our Brothers, and Sis- ters, I see by our Family, great personalities, and ma- turity, in our Fight world. The Believing in you can and will. Joe DeNucci, a great Politician, responded from his heart, doing a great job for constituents. For we the people of Massachusetts. Mickey Finn, President of Ring 4 as he administers to duties, with his best of inten- tions. Thank you. Pug Ring leader Tommy Martini, a former Ring 4 President. He worked, and did a great job for all members. To Politician Calvin Brown, for his great work.' Marctano Family member Mike "Little Rock" Cappiello, for his dedication to the teaching profession. The dedication of Jerry Colton, he gives graciously to the fight world. How about Jimmy Corkum, and his Medical work. How about Paul Cardoza and his dedi- cation to the medical field. RIP Allie Colombo, a great man in Boxing. That will never be forgotten. How about Angle Carlino another great man in Boxing. "Yo!" Jimbo Curran keep up your great work. Hey Jimmy Connors. He's a fighter, as is Huey. What about Dan Couco, and his great work in IBRO. To our man Joe " Devlin a fighter, who cares about his brothers Thank you Mark DeLuca, for being there for Our society. Joseph Dowries your experience, and drive enhances our fight world. Tim Flamos. He's a gentle- man, who always gives? The Best of his Best. To my man, limie fimtel Jr.. thnnkg for your service, to the good Ole USA, and to Boxing. Dave Gemelli you've done great work for Boxing. Thank you Tommy Lee. you've served Boxing with distinction. To Gary I,itchfild and his work for Fighters. There's tough Eddie MeAloney a fighter, who's given it his all. RIP Bernie McNall~r thank you for Jim McNally. And Tom McNeeley. Thanks for Peter McNeeley. I'm not forgetting to thank Tom McNeeley, and Bernie McNally for what you've both done in the ring yourselves. Hey Julie Coek- erman. You do great work. Dennis Marrese you do great work too. aWdla:'s up Jim McDonnell.Hckv, s the Cape? To Vinny Marino. You're a great man from our fight- world. Kevin McBride What up. RIP to Joe Nolan. To John O'Brien Keep Punch- ing. Rose Pender, our prayers are with you and RiP World Champion Paul Pen- der. Billy Pender we hope you're doing well. The Petronelli Family, we wish the best for you all Goody, Pat, and Tony. Jordan Ed- ward Faul "Tinker" ]Picot. Have a great day. Hey Ir0n Mike Pusateri. How does it feel, to be a World rated title contender. What's up in Con- necticut? Joe Possidento, and Jack Monroe. To the CES Fight" Family team; Jimmy Burehfield, Michael Parente, Rich Cappiello, Jennifer Cobis, Emily Harney, Bob Trieger and all. Have a great 2011. To the Marciano Family, Peter, "The First Lady of Boxing" Barbara Roach. Sonny, and RIP Rocky our prayers are with you always. Have a great year. There's Missy Fiorentino she's tough. Hey Marine Chic Rose at ease. John "The Quietman" Ruiz fought a great career. To tough Dana Rosenblatt thanks for the many remarkable fights. Hey Kenny Butler and Joey DeGrandis. What are you two up to? Congressman Stephen Lynch has fought for our society, and for the future of Massachusetts. Tough AI Romano a great fighter. Ted Sares a good writer for Boxing. Jaekie Smith a tough fighter. RIP Great Promoter Sam Silverrnan. Keep up the good work Bobby Bower. Skeeter McClure you fought and won [0r the US/ Writer Mile Silva wrote the "The Art of Boxing." Richard Torsney a great business man and New England Champion. Hank Tuohy is great for Boxing. Hey Matt Troiani. Great on the microphone is John Vena. I'm thinking of Manny Freitus. Oh my head hurts. Hey to Ben Venuti and Venetia. To Shirley and RIP Charles Babe Wood. Our Fight Prayers are always with you. Joe "Medicine ball" Wright You're great. That's Referee Eddie Fitzgerald. To Bobby Franklin you did some good work. RIP Billy Hunter to Ralph Wright. Hope you enjoy the winter. What's up Ricky Wyim? How are the Islands IIerbie Weissblum? Don't forget Bob Hayden from Ireland we have Mike Joyee, and from Italy we have RiP Francisco "Kid" Fratalia. Good luck to all fighters. Individuals that's faced challenges and ob- stacles, to persevere. Fight- ers like the greats Sam Langf0rd, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano. They impress me. Christ fought for us. Sacrific- ing the ultimate. He gave his life. He died for his belief, on a cross. God Bless you all, In this corner we have: Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade, Meg Beatty, Vladine Biosse, Jaime "the Hurricane" Clampitt, Mark DeLuca, Jesse Barboza, Rick Kielczewski, Manny Lopes, Peter Manfredo Jr., Danny O'Connor and Edwin Rodriguez. We've got something big, in the planning. Stay tuned. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss It will be the team that has gone the longest without win- ning. a Beanpot title against the one that has won the most recent championship. It will be a constant out- sider against a perennial con- tender. It will be a team that has not lifted the 'Pot since 1988 against the one who hoisted it in 2010. It will Boston College coach Jerry York born, raised and living in Watertown going against Greg Cronin his counterpart at Northeastern, a Boston native and current resident who has been at the 1996, 1999, 2002. 2005 and 2009, However, on all five of those occasions the opponent was Boston University, a school that has been said to "own" the Beanpot. But on Champi- onship Night this year things will be different. The Huskies will face a different team from Common- wealth Avenue -- the No. 1 ranked Eagles -- who took out BU 3-2 in overtime on open- ing night. That, in itself, cre- ates a different setting for the finals. Although Cronin has True, Harvard is having a poor year, coming into the touma- ment with only four victories, but a shutout is still some- thing to take note of since it always means some chal- lenging saves were made along the way. For Be, it should be senior John Muse in the nets, a goalie that has won two na- tional championship games during his career at The Heights: Experience in big ones against significant op- portunities for another. The time is right for the Huskies. One night, one game on center stage. Nearly everyone expect Boston Col- lege to win. Will North- eastern seize this moment of opportunity? The answer comes in the Beanpot finals. CRYSTAL BALL AWARD -- It was way back on Septem- ber 10, when the warmth of the early September days seemed to extend summer int0 overtime and the chills of winter were furthest from our minds. It was then that five sportswriters from USA Today picked the Green Bay Packers to win the 2011 Super Bowl. The five success- ful pigskin prophets were Nate Davis, Gary Mihoces, Tom Pedulla, Skip Wood and Scott Zucker. One wonders if they have any tips to share on the Kentucky Derby. played in three Beanp0ts during the middle of the 1960s, winning the 1965 championship during his sophomore season, his first season as a varsity player. And yes, of the two York is the veteran behind the bench, having.barked out in- structions at The Heights for 17 seasons. Indeed, BC's 3-2 overtime win over arch-rival Boston University in the nightcap of the opening doubleheader was his 870th career win and his 403rd while on duty for the Eagles. Still, one has to appreciate the Huskies who figure to come into Causeway lean, mean and hungry as they seek their first 'Pot title in 23 years. Surely, that interval in time is amazing when you think about it. The vast majority of the c01- lege age students on the Northeastern campus have no memory of an NU Beanpot title triumph since one has never occurred in their life- times. It's llke a modern hockey Odyssey -- wandering around for more than two de- cades -- before once again experiencing the opportunity of a hockey homecoming. It's not that they haven't come close -- because they have. On five occasions fol- lowing their 1988 triumph the Huskies played for the title but came up short- in eastern squad ince 1997. helm of the Huskies for a brought the Huskies back to mere seven years and whose respectability, especially with family ties to the Beanpot go the 25-win season in 2008- deep indeed. 2009, NU has not won the For while York played in the Beanpot, the Hockey East Beanpot for his alma mater Tournament or advanced and Cronin did not -- skat- past the first round of the ing for Colby College in Maine NCAA Tournament during -- family members have per- his tenure. formed at the Garden during But a big step can be taken the time honored'first two by Northeastern. The Hus- Mondays in February. kies have the opportunity to One would be Cronin's "kill two birds with one stone" father Don, a three-year in the Beanpot finals this letter winner at Northeastern year. First, a victory over BC who was named to the 1958 would mean defeating the Beanpot All-Tournament No. 1 team in America. Sec- [ team and was NU's team cap- ond, the win would come in tl tain in 1959. the championship game of l Another was his uncle the most respected in-season Gerry who won three letters college tournament in during his time on Hunting- America. And for frosting on ton Avenue, was a 1961 the cake, it would also mark Beanpot All Tournament se- Northeastern.'s entrance into lection and was captain for the trophy season club -- the 1960-1961 season. In ad- meaning that there would be dition, coach Cronin's sister a trophy to forever symbolize Kerry played on the North- the victory. eastern ~0men's team in tile Arc tile HualiiC~ Ul~ t0 tl~C mid 1980s. challenge? Well, NU goalie York, of course, can one up Chris Rawlings stopped all Cronin on Beanpot experi- 41 shots to backstop his team ence. Not only has he coached to a 4-0 opening night win in more games on Causeway over Harvard, the first Street than Cronin, he also Beanpot shutout by a North-