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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 2010 CORNER by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Left to Right: RIP to Charlie "Punchlines" Ross, Albert "Dapper" O'Neil, Paul Pender, and Charles "Babe" Wood. God Bless you all. Remembering the phrase "You'll never know where you're going to until you re- member where you came from." Words, all so true. That's why I respect and honor those that came before me. I honor and appreciate what they gave to us Boxers. I know and remember where I came from. The many de- parted brothers that proudly made our game Boxing the great sport it is. They paved the way for us. I give a Ten count to the dearly departed architects of Boxing, in that "Golden Ring in Heaven, Refereed by God!" In Memory of: Allie Colombo, Rocky Marciano, Clem Crowley, Charlie "Punch- lines" Ross, Albert "Dapper" O'Neil, Paul Pender, Charles "Babe" Wood, Rip Valenti, Bucky Vincent, Peter Santoro, Bill Connolly, Nick Previti, George Kreger. RIP all, we'll never forget you. "Brace for Impact," on March 12th at Foxwoods, in Connecticut. That's where Tony Grano 16-1-1, 13 KO's and Mark "Oak Tree" Brown will collide. Tony Grano, wants redemption. He wants to, reverse his only loss. Tony Grano, lost to Mark "Oak Tree" Brown 15-2, 7 KO's, and has vindication on his mind. Tony Grano is com- ing off of a Big Kayo Victory over unbeaten 18-0 Travis Kaufman, in September. Tony Grano, now wants Brown, then a top 10 fighter. He does not see Oak Tree going the full scheduled 10 rounds. That means. "Timber!!l!" to a chopped down, Fallen Oak Tree! Also at this great fight, Hall of Fame Trainer Angelo Dundee will be present. This great trainer has trained Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carmen Basilio, Willie Pastrano, George Fore- man, Jose Napoles, Jimmy Ellis, Luis Rodriquez, and many others. Fighting also is the 22-2, 7 KO Hartford Battler Mike Oliver, and Marshfield Massachusetts Undefeated Super Middle- weight prospect Manual An- tonio Lopes 5-0-1, 1 KO. Call CES, Jimmy Burchfield for tickets, at 401-724-2253/ 2254. Doors open at 6:00 pm. In admiration of Vinny Marino of Roslindale. Vinny has been involved in the Boxing Business,~ for many years. Owner of the South- side Gym in Roslindale that operated for 25 years. Many great fighters, worked out of, and or trained fighters Tough Vinny Marino of Roslindale. out of Southside. Tough great fighters, such as Jimmy Farrell, Joe Feeney, Roberto Hernandez, Danny Long, Richard Torsney, amongst many. Vinny Marino is, and has been a great member of the Boxing Fraternity, for many years. He is recovering from recent surgery, and is recovering well. Still disciplined, as he was in Boxing. Daily exer- cise, stretching, and swim- ming. Our prayers are with you and your great family. Tell Vincent Marino Jr., Our prayers, are with him to, in all that he does. Guys "The Pugs." On March 16th. Unbeaten feath- erweight contender, NABF Champion Matt "Sharp- shooter" Remillard. Now the WBC's #1 featherweight. His goal is to fight for a World Title. It seems like? It's right around the corner? Facing Ali. This documen- tary, features 10 Boxers who fought Muhammad Ali; (In quotations, are the amount of Rounds the fight went) Joe Frazier (15, 12, 14), George Foreman (8), George Chuvalo (15, 12), Ernie Shavers (15), Ron Lyle (1 1), Henry Cooper (6), Ernie Terrell (15), Leon Spinks (15, 15), Larry Holmes (10), and Ken Norton (12, 12, 15), Jimmy Ellis (12). Other great fighters, on this show are: Jerry Quarry (3, 7), Sonny Liston (7, I), George Chuvalo, said on this show. It's hard to get a rich kid, to be a fighter. Skeeter McClure was on this show too. They won Gold Medals together at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. What a great list of Heavyweight Fighters. They all showed their class and spoke complimentary words on Muhammad Ali. This is a sport, of classy gentlemen. We're at VELS, in Ware- ham. Tommy Martini, Juan "Butcher Boy" Botta, Dennis Marrese, Jimmy Connors, Tony Petronelli, Iron Mike Pusateri, and myself. We've got? Good food, good company, great conversation, and great service. During our lunch, we spoke about Wall Street economics, Physics, Sociol- ogy, Quantum Mechanics, Developing Intelligence Quotient, and Behavioral Psychology. After that, we dabbled on more economic issues and Darwin, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Adler. Then we touched on Transactional Analysis, and its applica- tions. Till next week. Next time we get together, we'll probably speak on several of Einsteins theories. Time, dimensions, and possibly on universal factors such as universal changes, and their effect on our Solar Sys- tem?????? "Ding!" "Ding!" Till next time. Tough Heavyweight, and Marine Ken Norton. "We're out to Lunch" Dinning at VELS in Wareham. Juan "Butcher Boy" Botta, Tony Petronelli, Jimmy Connors, Reinaldo Oliveira, Dennis Marrese, Tommy Martini, and Iron Mike Pusateri. HOT STOVE LEAGUE- ESPN The Magazine recently had a piece concerning goalie equipment where several netminders explained the equipment for the position in some detail. One of those responding was Cam Ward, a former American Hockey League goalie for Lowell who back- stopped the Carolina Hurri- canes to the 2006 Stanley Cup Championship and con- tinues to perform for the Canes today. When asked about his skates Ward replied -- "I go through only two or three pairs per season, mainly be- cause I don't like breaking them in. Skates are so stiff that getting them ready for use is particularly tough. But we have a special oven that we stick them in to loosen them up." Ward, who was in the nets When the 'Canes eliminated the Bruins in game 7 of their playoff series last spring, also revealed that he uses numerous sets of glovers per season. "I only get 8-10 games out of them. It's im- portant for them to be bro- ken in, because you don't want pucks jumping out of our glove. I want to be able to dictate whether I can force a whistle. So I practice with what I use in games, which is part of the reason they break down so fast." ALL OUTDOORS -- Leav- ing the arena and getting out and competing in the natural elements is all the rage, it seems, in the world of hockey this winter. The latest to host an outdoor game was the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. The Crunch defeated the Binghamton Senators, 2-1 at the New York State Fairgrounds on February 20 before some 21,508 hardy souls, the larg- est crowd ever to witness an American Hockey League game. The rink was put down in the infield of a har- ness racing track. Getting to the afternoon event, the first outdoor game in AHL his- tory, proved to be a challenge with cars stalled in traffic for several miles. Some cars were in line 90 minutes be- fore entering the parking lots. Temperatures were in the mid 30s during the game with 16 mile-per-hour winds. There wasn't any precipita- tion. New York Governor David Paterson attended the game. Earlier in February the University of Wisconsin men's and women's teams swept a doubleheader at the school's football stadium in Madison. The women de- feated Bemidji State 6-1 while the men rallied to down Michigan 3-2. Somehow they were able to separate the attendance out with the women drawing a record crowd of 8,263 and the men drawing 55,031 -- the sec- ond largest collegiate crowd in history. The men's game started just after sunset with a temperature of 21 degrees at faceoff and winds from the northeast at 11 miles per hour. The stadium's capac- ity is just over 80,000. ALL-STAR CROWDS -- With some 108,000 fans at- tending this year's NBA All- Star game in Dallas, it would seem that the days are dwin- dling for cities that don't have a dome to get the pres- tige event in their town. The last men's Final Four Division I college hoop cham- pionship to be played in an arena was the 1996 cham- pionship at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Since then every one has been sched- uled into a domed facility with a seating capacity of at least 30,000. Now, with the NBA getting a taste of super large crowds for one of its major events, it may significantly reduce the chances for franchise cities that don't have a large domed facility to host the All-Star game. Would the league rather play the All-Star game in an arena that sits 20,000 or in a domed stadium that has four to five times that capacity? And, could it ever come to pass that the NBA Finals might, just might, be played in a neutral site domed fa- cility versus in arenas that struggle to sit 20,000? When there's big money to be made and thousands more tickets to be sold, not to mention the additional food, beverages and souvenirs that will be purchased, don't bet against such an idea coming to frui- tion sometime in the future. CELTICS LAND LANDRY -- Although much of the media spotlight concerning the re- cent Celtics trade centered on the acquisition of Nate Robinson by the C's, perhaps the story of rookie Marcus Landry -- the "other man" in the deal -- is somewhat more compelling. Poking around the internet we found that Landry grew up in Milwau- kee, led his high school team to a berth in the state title game and then played four years at the University of Wisconsin. Yes, he did stay all four years and yes, he did gradtmte -- congratu- lations, Marcus. This past spring he had pre-draft workouts with at least six NBA teams but went undrafted. However, Sacra- mento offered him a spot on its summer league team. After summer league ended, he did not earn a spot on the Kings roster. So, he paid his own way to New York for a tryout with the Knicks last fall during training camp time. And, he made it, signing a contract on September 25. Granted, he made it as a substitute, but he made it. At the time of the trade, Landry had ap- peared in 17 games for the Knicks and was averaging 2.8 points per game. How many players wish they could play in the NBA for just one game? Plenty. Marcus made the big time and -- he has his degree. He's a double winner.