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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 19, 2010 C--NER _..-. TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Remembering a Good Man Patrick "Sonny" McDonough and Competition Makes Men Tough fighter and gentle- man Tim Flamos. Ladies, and gentlemen. In this corner, we have, Wince Marino. He's undefeated in his career, verified by the Another tough fighter Johnny Otto. "0", in his loss column. He has some good wins. He gave undefeated Buddy Edenfield his first loss. He defeated 49 Another tough fighter Richie LaMontagne, who's also a gentleman. bout professional, Willie Cadillac James. Willie James had experienced Dick French and Joey Archer on his 49 bout professional record. Vince Marino of Boston, who we call Vinny in Massachu- setts, fought his career out of Miami Beach, Florida. Boxing true friend Patrick "Sonny" McDonough. A great gentleman and politi- cian from South Boston. Sonny McDonough and Babe Wood are great friends. Both in that Golden Ring in Heaven, Refereed by God. He is to be remembered for the great work he did. He helped, so many. He helped Boston, in becoming the great city it is. I remember Sonny, a great man. A great friend to Babe Wood and the many other boxers. At the Old Mill Lounge, Sonny McDonough made a great chowder for the boxers at the Babe Wood Night. This annual event was attended by many: Judge George White, Jack Monroe, Bill Stewart, George Kreger, Steve Memishian, Dickie McDonough, Paul Pender, Rocky Graziano, Tom McNeeley, Ronnie Ferioli, Ed Connolly, Marty Murphy, Mickey Finn, Mickey Flynn, Bill Connolly and many, many others. Always a good time. Sonny McDonough is a great man and friend to all. RIP. We pray for you, and your "great family!" Happy Boxer Family Birthdays: On March 19  to Manny Lopes and Pat Long, 25 th Emily Harney, 29 th John Vena and Rick Rudolph, and on April 4 th Marty Murphy, the 5 a Kenny Butler. "Happy St. Patrick's' Day to All." ur Ad Could Go Here For information about advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929. YES, YOU ARE HEARD -- Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett took the message of the fans to heart. After hear- ing the boos of the home crowd during recent losses the Celtics stars both cited the negative reaction as the incentive that spurred them on to a 122-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers at the Garden. Both said the I11-91 loss to Memphis brought the team together for a meeting where there was a lot of open dialogue. And one of the items discussed was the re- action of the fans. "Nobody wants to be booed at home by their home crowd -- seeing everybody leaving early," said Pierce. "That really sat with me that night to be honest. I think it sat with everybody. Then we came out (against Indiana) and played like a team that was on a mission and hope- fully it will carry over for the rest of the season." Kevin Garnett went into the process of the team meeting in some detail, not- ing that often the players just talk among themselves but that the meeting "was the first time in a while that we've done that. It in- cluded coaches and players. It wasn't anything negative. I think the best thing about this team since I've been here is that we've been able to talk to one another and critique each other and be positive and get results out of it. You never want to be in a situation where you're get- ting booed at home. Home is supposed to be where you lay your head at and where you're most comfortable at. We had to reestablish that here." Oh, and what does Garnett especially like about a win at home. You get to see Gino (the dancer in a video that is played on the Jumbotron)." HE SAYS HE'S GLEN BUT TO HIS COACH IT"S STILL BABY -- Glen Davis says he no longer want to be called Big Baby. But in a recent press conference Celtics coach Doc Rivers lauded his substitute while still calling him by his original nickname. "He's playing hard and that's the energy we need from him every night, noted Rivers. He's keeping it simple, playing it hard and playing the right way. You know, Baby's moving the ball when he should move the ball and he's shooting the ball when he should shoot the ball. You know, if you're not one of the go-to guys then the game is pretty simple and just playing right, doing your job. And I think Baby -- over the last couple of weeks -- has been abso- lutely fantastic in doing that." GARNETT ON THE BIG PICTURE -- "The year isn't over. We still have a lot more basketball left to play. You know, Doc does a really good job about making sure we stay focused on the game that is sitting in front of us. There is nothing we can do about the future, there is nothing we can do about injuries. We're just trying to keep guys healthy and gain momentum going into the latter part of the month. We can't do anything about the past. Every year is new -- new personnel, new team but you have to have the same consistency and hard working defense." AND KG ON PIERCE AND RONDO -- Rondo sets the tone and everybody follows. Paul is aggressive like he is. There isn't a forward in the world that could play him, a player that could guard him. He's hard to guard when he's aggressive. He also sets a tone -- not just for the offense but for the defense also." As the regular season en- ters its final month, victo- ries are most important for the Celtics. As of the morn- ing of St. Patrick's Day, the Celtics were in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. There's no concern about a playoff berth -- They have a lock on that. But on the day when everyone wore green -- not just the Celtics -- the C's were only 51/2 games ahead of Milwaukee in the conference standings. That's a bit too close and here's why. Should the Celtics be passed by Milwaukee and slip down into fifth place, they would lose the home court advantage for the open- ing round of the playoffs. So, there's quite a bit at stake as the regular season winds down. The Celtics will be in the playoffs but whether they will open at home re- mains to be determined. And Milwaukee might have a di- rect say in the matter. The C's are slated to play the Bucks twice before the cur- tain come down on the regu- lar season -- on April I0 at Milwaukee and on April 14 on the parquet -- the last game of the regular season. Let's hope that the Celtics have put some additional dis- tance between themselves and Milwaukee before those games are played. See you next week. K J S Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs@ aol.com "i'