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L Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 9, 2010 HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB t', CORNER TALK R ,na, o by The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street, World Champion "Tony DeMarco" ii George Kimble, Champions Both "Boxer and Writer" guardI'LLTAKERajonTHATRondo-- isCeltiCScur- linesmenseitz, willMarkbe inPareretireTnentand Lyle rently first in steals per game when the 20.10-2011 season The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street, World Champion "Tony DeMarco." Michael O'DonneU and Adam "The Hebrew Hammer" Quirt. all of the hard work they've put into making this show successful. He is also putting together a New England Law Enforcement Boxing Team, representing Massachusetts. Their first bout? Versus the Irish Depart- meat of Corrections. Where, you ask? It's in Ireland. A "grand sparring session was held at On Point Boxing in New Bedford. Some good trainers are at this gym. Motivator Sucra Ray Oliveira, Ricky Gonzalez, Ebony Silva and Dave Santos. Fighters here are in good hands. Sucra Ray Oliveira, 47-11-2, 22 KO's, is a New England Champion, an IBF Inter- continental Champion, a two time NABF Champion, and a two time WBU World Cham- pion. They are open to sparring sessions with other gyms. Paul Poirler, a highly deco- rated fighter, acted as referee in these spar- ring sessions. They do the best they can to give the youth simulation. Paul Poirier fought the likes of World Champion Larry Holmes. He accomplished a great career in professional boxing at a very young age. This was a good sparring session. Some of the names participating: Reinaldo Oliveira III, Ray Oliveira Jr,, Chris Fernandes, Curtis Thomas, Chris Dudley, Chris Perry, Justin Morales, Eric Lugo, and many other budding Champions. They are all to be commended for their fine performances. Our Prayers go out to our brother in boxing, Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald. He's a longtime fixture in our boxing worId. A brotherhood like no other. A respectful and great guy as there is. He's back on his feet. Ready for the next round. "Ding!" We say our prayers for you Eddie Fitzgerald. He's recovering from a mild stroke, as he made me aware of in our conversation. Our prayers are with you. Please continue on your path to recovery. Send your get well, wish cards to: Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, 143 Franklin Street, Arlington, MA 02474. Ring 4 Boston Boxing's Meeting will be on April 10, 2010 at Lindseys Restaurant in Wareham. I just spoke with Ring 4 Presi- dent Bobby Franklin. Bobby Franklin ad- vised me that Jimmy Connors will be hon- ored at this meeting. Jimmy Connors is-a longtime Ring 4 Boston Member. He had a spectacular professional boxing career. One of his opponents was Willie Pep. A boxing great who compiled an unbelievable record. Jimmy Connors is a great man and a great friend. Pugs Luncheon will be on April 13th at 11:00 am at the Florian Hall, Dorchester, Tommy Martini again has a fabulous event planned, Tommy keeps punching with his spectacular events "For the Pugs!" "Tony DeMarco!" The Fame and Fury of Fleet Street was written of well by superb columnist George Kimball. In his March 28th Boston Herald column headlined "DeMarco, Basilio reunite." George Kimball speaks well of Tony DeMarco and Carmen Basilio battles. Both champions combined in their battle to fight some of the. greatest wars in professional boxing history.- World Champion Tony DeMarco, we would like to see inducted in the prestigious Canastota New York Boxing Hall of Fame. He was an undisputed World Champion. He fought eight other undisputed World Champions. He fought i'n an era of only eight World Champions. Tony DeMarco excels as a champion and as a Man. There were more fighters in his era. Tony DeMarco is a partner in the 15-round 1955 Fight of the Year. A fight between two great World Champions. Both fought furiously in these battles. Both World "Champions, Carmen Basilio and Tony DeMarco! Two warriors, united eternally forever together, as co-participants, in their 1955 "Fight of the 20tb Centuryl" are scheduled to be jointly honored as part of the 2010 induction weekend. Two days after their June 10, 1955 fifty-fifth anniver- sary first meeting. Battle of the Badges H April 24 Boston Athletic Club. New England Law Enforce- ment battles FDNY Boxing. Come one, come all. Check out these badged individu- als. They're disciplined, calm and courte- ous. In the Ring they're tough. World Champion great Paul Pender was, himself, a fire fighter. Other tough cookies, who wear/wore uniforms: Bob Benoit, Leo Gerstel, Jason Pires. In the main event on April 24th, Adam "The Hebrew Hammer" Quirt battles another tough-opponent. Adam Quirt is on the Framingham Fire Depart- ment. He's battling "Irish" Bill Traft. Both New England Golden Glove Champions. Quirt 2006, and Traft 2004, and 2005. Tough Michael O'Doanell is a Corrections Officer at MCI Walpole. Michael O'Donnell is a very successful and highly regarded boxing vet- eran and Dennis Marrese promises all a great show. Dennis Marrese would like to thank Larry Belcomino and Brian Dee for in the NBA with his stats hov- ering right around. 2.4 swipes per contest. If he finishes the regular season in first place in that category, he will set a franchise standard. No Celtic player has ever led the NBA in steals over the course of a full season. In addition, Rondo has been an iron man this year. Through games of April 6, he had missed only one game back on Janu- ary 2 with a strained left hamstring muscle. THE CELTICS FOR THREE Through games of April 6, the C's were leading their op- ponents in three crucial sta- tistical categories. The Green had outscored their opponents in the "points in the paint" category by over 400 tallies, had raced to a more than 200 point advantage in fast break points and were maintaining an 80 plus point advantage over their opponents in scor- ing off the bench. Boston did trail its opponents in second chance points by about 80. IF YOU WANT TO BEAT the Celtics this year, it might be best to jump out to an early lead. Through 76 games the Celtics owned a 13-16 record in games where they were behind after the first quarter, a I0- 11 mark when they were trailing at the half and an 8-19 record when they were down at the end of the third quarter. By contrast, in games where the Celtics were ahead or tied after one quar- ter they had a 35-12 record, when they were ahead or tied at the half they were 38-17 and when they were up or tied after the third quarter, they were 40-9. Some of the best Celtics situational records are de- fense oriented. When they held opponents to 89 Dr fewer points they owned a 23-2 record as of April 6 They were 12-2 when holding opponents to 19 or fewer points in the first quarter. With two weeks to go in the regular season the Celtics bad used their traditional starting lineup of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Ray Allen and R jon Rondo in 67 games. That quartet had a 52-15 record in those contests. But the Celtics have used 11 differ- ent starting lineups. When just one player is removed for injury or illness and a bench player starts in his place, that qualifies as a different start- ing lineup. When Ray Allen played in a game the C's were 48-27, the best of an C's players. The other members of the starting five were not far behind in victories just off by a 3-4 games. SKATING INTO THE SUN- SET -- The NHL has an- nounced that four veteran on-ice officials -including two who worked the Winter Classic at Fenway Park this past January will retire at the end of the season. Referees Kerry Frazier and Dan Marouelli. along with begins. Frazier, who was on the ice at Fenway back on New Year's Day, has worked just over 1,900 games, the most by a referee in league his- tory. His first game was on October 17, 1980 with a game featuring the Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota North Stars. He has gone on to work the Stanley Cup Finals on 12 occasions. Marouelli joined the corps of officials at the start of the 1984-1985 season with a con- test between the Winnipeg Jets and the Detroit Red Wings serving as his debut back on November 2, 1984. He has worked over 1,620 regular season games, 187 Stanley Cup games, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 Winter Olympics. He also worked the third longest NHL playoff game in history when the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-I, after more than 92 min- utes of overtime action, Pare is currently the league leader .in games served by active linesmen and is third on the all-time list with nearly 2, 170 to his credit as the regular sea- son winds down. He started back on October 13, 1979 with a game between the Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres. Seitz, who also worked the Winter Classic with Frazier, has worked over 735 games since starting on October 7, 1992 with a game between the Calgary Flames and the Los Angeles Kings. He also worked the 2008 NHL All-Star Games in Atlanta. REMEMBER BRIAN SUTrER -- who coached the Bruins for two years in the 1990s before being dismissed in 11995? The former B's men- tor is now the coach of the Bentley {Alberta) Generals of the Chinook Hockey League, a circuit that is billed as "the longest existing senior hockey league in Alberta and the second longest in Canada." Sutter coached his 2008- 2009 team to victory in the Allan Cup, Canada's senior men's hockey championship. His team is competing once again this year with Cup games scheduled later this month in British Columbia. Coming to Boston two years after winning the 1991 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Best Coach while with St. Louis, Sutter's 1993-1994 Bruins team lost in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. His 1994-1995 team got bounced in the first round, -leading to his dis- missal. After Boston he coached in Calgary and Chicago. That was followed by a stint with the Red Deer Rebels of Canada's Western Hockey League. Regardless of the level, Sutter is still active in the game he loves and that's what really counts. i: M P i