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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 5, 2010 CORNER TALK Owners' of Joe Angelo's in Brockton Joe Angelo and wife Sheila. POLITICS AND BOXING Politics and Boxing. "You've got to think on your feet." Think about it. How many of you were told how you could of won the match you lost, after you lost it? The Monday morning quarterback. I mean Satur- day or Sunday morning boxer. "Ding!" "You should have jabbed more." "You should have been more ag- gressive." Myself, I'm unde- feated. I won all fights I've "watched." I praise, great fighter/politicians in Mas- sachusetts. They resolve is- sues the way it's needed. Get the right person to do the job. Certain individuals have unique abilities. They are left and right brained, with a densely wired Corpus Callosom. This in turn al- lows for processed informa- tion from the left brain to enter the special right brain, and develop. They get the job done right. If you know them and realize their talent why not use them? Use an indi- vidual that you know, rather than someone you don't. You want the job done right. Do what is necessary to get it done. By the way, Albert Einstein played a musical instrument. Get this one, I played the alto saxophone, in the Wareham High School Orchestra one year. I'm a retired professional boxer, a retired police officer and presently a newspaper reporter. DENNIS MARRESE SCORES A KNOCKOUT AT JOE ANGELO'S Dennis Marrese scores a knockout, in this tribute to Allie Colombo. Friend, by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. trainer and neighbor of the 49-0, 43 KOs, World Heavy- weight Champion Rocky Marciano. All gathered at Joe Angelo's in Brockton, to pay tribute to Allie Colombo. Family, friends, admirers and colleagues all gathered here at Joe Angelo's: Police Chief Mark DeLuca, son Mark DeLuca, Dennis Mar- rese and his wife Claudia are there with owners, Joe and Sheila Angelo, Chef Hank Tartaglia, Master of Cer- emonies Roger "Pit" Perron, Charlie Tartaglia, fellow World Champion Tony DeMarco, who spoke on his acquaintance with Rocky Marciano and Allie Colombo, also there was his lady friend Dottle McGarry (Happy Birth- day Dottle), Iron Mike Pusa- teri Prot6g6 of Rocky, and Allie Colombo, Peter Marci- ano, Richie and Lorraine Colombo, Rocco Marciano, Coach Peter Colombo, Ed and Jeannie Colombo, Pat Co- lombo, Judge Mark Lawton and his wife Patty, Ed Co- lombo, State Representative Michael Brady, Shaynah Barnes representing Con- gressman Stephen Lynch, Todd Petti, Doug Pendarvis, Jim Goodwin, Jennifer Law- son, Cindy Colombo, Lilly Co- lombo, Doug and Jeannie Colombo Shellington, Goody Petronelli, Tony Petronelli, Jimmy Connors and lady friend Terry Nelson, Tommy Martini, Juan Butcher Boy Botta, Tony Botta, baseball coach of the Brockton Rox Ed Nottlie, Rich Bergeron, Dr. Ed Freccero, Joseph Hak, Peter Dovell, Larry and Ellen Bel- comino, Reinaldo Oliveira Ill, Bill Tshsos, Valerie Mar- tins, Carolyn Colombo, Joe Possidento, Jack Monroe, Josh Dawson, Larry Army, Edwin Rodriquez along with many, many others. It looked like a full house. They spoke of, and shared many great memories of Allie Colombo. R.I.P. Remembering boxer fam- ily members in that Golden Ring in Heaven, Refereed by God: Francesco "Kid" Fratalia, Eddie Connors, Bernie Doherty, Irish Bob Murphy, Gus D'Amato, Joe Miceli, Kenny Lane, Enrlque Paulau, Vernon Forrest founder of Destiny's Child, Nick Manzello, Vinnie Vecchione, Danny Wambolt. Rest in Peace. You'll never be forgotten. Albert Einstein once said "Imagination is more im- portant than knowledge." That says it all. You can- not be only smart in box- ing and stupid in other things. It's impossible for you to be a stupid guy and be a smart fighter. (Page 412) of In This Corner ... by Pe- ter Heller. Did you know that R.I.P., singers James Brown, and Frank Sinatra, did some box- ing in their early years? Happy Birthday: March 6  Stephen Toby, 8 th Johnny Hasson, 9 t Jerry Forte and Jackie Brady. Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year: 1932 Jack Sharkey, 1945 Willie Pep, 1952, 1954 and 1955 Rocky Marciano, 1983 and 1985 Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Ring Magazine Fight of the Year: 1949 Willie Pep versus Sandy Saddler, 1952 Rocky Marciano versus Jersey Joe Walcott, 1953 Rocky Marciano versus Roland LaStarza, 1954 Rocky Marciano versus Ezzard Charles, 1955 Tony DeMarco versus Carmen Basilio, 1985 Marvin Hagler ver- sus Thomas Hearns, 1987 Marvin Hagler versus Ray Leonard, 2001 Micky Ward versus Emanuel Burton, 2002 Micky Ward versus Arturo Gatti, 2003 Micky Ward versus Arturo Gatti. Isn't it ironic that the 20 th Century Fight of the Year, is the 1955 Tony DeMarco versus Carmen Basilio War and for the 21 st Century Fight of the Year is the 2003 Micky Ward versus Arturo Gatti war. We've got some tough battle tested warriors in Massachusetts. Comeback of the Year in 1991 Vinny Pazienza. March 12  at Foxwoods in Connecticut. Remember "Brace for Impact" when Heavyweight Tony "TNT" Grano battles *nemesis" Mark "Oak Tree" Brown, with vendetta on his mind? Standing, L to R: Josh Dawson, Joe Possidento, Iron Mike Pusateri, Mark DeLuca, World Champion Tony DeMarco, Tommy Martini and Jack Monroe. Seated, and my wonderful son Reinaldo Oliveira III. It was the low point, the nadir, the depths of disgrace. In the more recent decades in the storied history of the Boston Celtics, there had never been a day like this. First of all, it was a day game on a Saturday after- noon. And just when was the last time you can recall the Green playing a regular sea- son game on the parquet dur- ing Saturday daylight hours? Quite a while back, we think. Second, the opponents and we are using that word lightly here -- were the New Jersey Nets, the woeful ten- ants of the Meadowlands, who entered the Garden with the embarrassing record of 5-52, the worst in the NBA. Even ff the Nets somehow, someway won all their remaining games -- more than of them -- they still would not qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs. There are basically two ways to qualify for a feature length article in Sports Illus- trated- do something excep- tionally well (as many medal winning Olympians did in Vancouver) -- or do some- thing in an exceptionally bad way. That latter standard was the one met by the Nets -- who opened the magazine the week of the Celtics game to find themselves -- and their paucity of victories -- fea- tured prominently in the national publication. The article also highlighted statements from some of the New Jersey players who vowed to better the lowly mark of the 1972-1973 Philadel- phia 76ers whose 9-73 regu- lar season record appeared to have assured them the lock on the NBA cellar for all time until the Nets came knock- ing this year. No way were these New Jersey Nets going to wind up this season with fewer than 10 victories. No way were they going to be remembered by basketball fans for all time as the worst of the worst, the bottom of the bottom, the most sorrowful of the sordid. Let's just say that perhaps that magazine spread in- spired the Nets to do some- thing they haven't done very often -- defeat another NBA team. Not just any NBA team mind you, but the Boston Celtics, the team that won the NBA Championship a scant 20 months earlier and a squad that still is one of the best teams in the league -- despite injuries this season. Two nights earlier the C's had been defeated by the Eastern Conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers in a much anticipated contest, a game that saw the C's fade away in the fourth quarter. Their reward for that was to have the next day -- the day before the game with the Nets -- off with no practice taking place. Were the Celtics per- haps taking the Nets too lightly? After all, the Nets were a team the C's had beaten the last 15 times in a row. One will never know but it appeared as if the Celtics took the following day off as well as the Nets suddenly be- came a winning team, defeat- ing the C's 104-96 on the fabled parquet floor. And this was a beating. The Nets led after at the end of the first quarter, at the half, af- ter the third and then pulled away for an 18-point victory "I've got nothing to say. I feel disgusted," said Kevin Garnett in the post-game press conference. And well should all the others. It was a memorable afternoon for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps what's of more concern than just one game is a change in attitude by vis- iting teams that take to the parquet. "Guys are coming in thinking they can win at the Garden. Last year it was to- tally opposite," offered Rajon Rondo. For the record, the set- back was the 21 st loss of the season for the Green and their 1 lth on the Garden floor to go with 16 home victories. Oddly, they had a better mark on the road at 20-10. Head coach Doc Rivers says he still believes in this team, even though it has dropped to fourth in the conference standings and threatens to descend to fifth -- an impor- tant demarcation since in that position the Celtics would lose the home court advantage -- if there is one for this team -- in the first round of the playoffs. "Like I said before, I still believe in this team," said Rivers, who seemed remark- ably composed for a man who had just sat through a two hour and 17 minute ordeal that consisted of among other things, hearing his team booed at home for the first time this season. "I know for a fact that we're not play- ing well. But I do believe in this team. I don't think you change just to change. I don't think we need it." Rivers added "It isn't the system. It's our heads. It's between our ears. We've got to come out and play. Every- one wants to beat us, you can bank on that. So we've got to play better. We've got to play with more of a sense of urgency. We've got to under- stand execution and the value of it. And then we've just got to keep playing." Who you see is who will be here for the rest of the year. The trading deadline has passed and the C's will con- tinue to go with their veteran lineup. It's largely the same group that won the NBA championship in June, 2008. But on the second to last day of February, 2010 that seemed a distant memory. A team with the worst record in the league had left the Garden victorious, now need- ing only four more wins to avert becoming the worst team by record in NBA his- tory. That the Celtics might turn out to play a role in such a dubious scenario should leave all in the organization to pause and reflect -- but then collect themselves and move on to the playoffs and the matters at hand.