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ZUll fill" ! Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MAY 6, 2011 IP RNER LK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Boxing Movies and Fight Skills Who's Our Kid Galahad? Fighters Speak Well Hillary Swank in "Million Dollar Baby." I'm watching "Million Dol- lar Baby" with Hillary Swank and Clint Eastwood. I like this movie. It's great. Some of my favorite boxing mov- ies, are on real fighters such as: Irish Mickey Ward and Dickie Eklund. This great movie "The Fighter" is about two great fighters, and their careers. I also enjoy, "Some- body Up There Likes Me," the "Rocky" movies, "The Hurricane," "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and Raging Bull, a few movies that in- volve real fighting, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Karate, Kung Fu, Wrestling, Judo, and X-treme Boxing. Fight- ing takes skill, courage and qualities possessed by admi- rable stand-up individuals. You know? (Real Fighters). I recently saw "Kid Gala- had," with Elvis Presley. What do you think about it? Who in the area would you like to see as Kid Galahad? Can anyone sing like Elvis Presley? Tony DeMarco is an actor. Hey Tony, can you sing like Elvis? Who else could play the part of a Kid Galahad type role? I asked some fighters who would be a good actor in a Kid Galahad type role. Bobby Mark Wahlberg as Irish Mickey Ward and Christian Bale as Dickie Eklund in the movie "The Fighter." Bower says Vinnie Marino. Rich Torsney says Paul Doyle. Tommy Martini says Tony Petronelli. Emily Harney says Richie LaMon- tagne. Iron Mike Pusateri says Joey DeGrandis, Danny Long says Mark Wahlberg. Pit Perron says Iron Mike Pusateri. Jimmy Connors says Mark Wahlberg. Ron Drinkwater says Danny Long. Hey Danny, can you sing like Elvis? I then asked Rich Cappiello, he says B Capp. B Capp is a talented performer who can sing, box and dance. Another name I was given was Mike Cappiello. I can see it now, a production of Kid Galahad or maybe our own performed story with real area fighters. What do you think? I'd go see it. We've got the talent. "Live!" Elvis Presley in "Kid Galahad" WHAT I LOVE ABOUT FIGHTERS? Tough looking individuals, when asked to speak? It's great when asked to speak. Fighter responds with the class and eloquence of a Thespian actor. Victor Ortiz spoke with dignity. The fighter responds as dignified as can be. That makes me proud of fighters. Fighters are? For their Family, fighters do the right thing. The Father makes ends meet for the survival of their family. The Mother devotes herself to the up- bringing of their children and family. Keeping one's head up high. Overcoming despite obstacles faced. Never give up. Irish Mickey Ward Sylvester Stallone portrays Rocky Balboa in "Rocky." Dicky Eklund Robert DeNiro as Jake La Motta in "Raging Bull." Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano in "Somebody Up There Likes Me." Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Anthony Quinn (center) as Mountain Rivera in "Re- quiem for a Heavyweight." HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss HEADLINE HEAVEN -- When Nathan Horton became the hero of the Bruins- Montreal series by scoring the overtime goals that won both Games 5 and7 respectively we thought an appropriate headline could have read: Nathan's Famous! Hot Diggity Dog! WHO NEEDS TO DRIBBLE? -- Fans may not have real- ized it but when Miami left the court after defeating the Celtics by a 99-91 count in the opening game of their series, one player from the Heat had achieved an un- usual feat. You see, all seven of James Jones' field goal at- tempts in the game had come on catch and shoot situa- tions, without him dribbling even once. Through Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs, 32 of Jones' 36 shots from the field had been made without employing a dribble to move into position and set up the shots. TIGHT GAMES -- In the first round of this year's NBA Playoffs, 18 games were de- cided by five points or less, the most ever in an opening round. The previous high was 17 during the 2003 playoffs. REVERSE SITUATIONS -- As the Celtics and Bruins came back to Boston after opening their respective sec- ond round series on the road, it was the Celtics that found themselves in a hole, need- ing to win four of the remain- ing five games to advance over the Miami Heat to ad- vance to the Eastern Confer- ence Finals. While no one was saying that there would be a sweep just the thought that the Celtics season could be over nearly a full month earlier-than in the past was enough to sound the emer- gency alarm bells on Cause- way Street. As mentioned last week only 14 teams in NBA history have come back from 2-0 defi- cits to capture a best-of- seven series and none have come back after trailing 3-0. So the C's certainly have their work cut out for them if they wish to continue playing after mid-May. If the Green can somehow even the series at 2-2 with victories here in the Hub then they have a shot at advancing. But ff they go back to Miami trailing 3-1 that would be almost fatal. Only eight teams in NBA history have come back from 3-1 deficits to win a series. The Bruins, on the other hand, appear to be in the driver's seat at this writing but you can never tell. The thought of last year's second round collapse against Phila- delphia (ahead 3-0 in games and ahead 3-0 in Game 7 be! fore losing) is still fresh in everyone's mind. So no one is taking Philadelphia lightly. But a good number of players on the roster were not here to experience the fatal plunge -- thus it did not happen to them and they were not affected by it. If the Bruins do indeed win the series against the Flyers, they will advance to the Con- ference finals for the first time since 1992. That last time was the one and only season that Rick Bowness coached on Causeway Street. Having reached the confer- ence finals that year, the Bruins were promptly dis- patched by the Pittsburgh Penguins in four straight games. Shortly thereafter so was Bowness by Bruins manage- ment, going on to become the head coach of the expansion Ottawa Senators the very next season. Although it's been many years -- indeed, it was our first covering the team -- we still remember what veteran scribes had to say about Bowness: the nic- est man ever to coach the Bruins. Some two decades later, we agree. SHAQUILLE AND THE PLAY- OFFS -- The Big Man ranks first in the NBA among active players in the category of 30-point/10-rebound games. O'Neal has 49 of those perfor- mances to his credit over his long career in the pros. Tim Duncan of the Spurs is second with 31 while Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas has 28. When the list is expanded to include retired players Elgin Baylor is on top with 56 such games. In addition, O'Neal ranks third all-time in playoff scor- ing with 5,248 points to his credit through May I. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is second with 5,762 tallies while Michael Jordan is on top with 5,987. Jordan also holds the record for most consecutive game scoring in double digits with 179. Through May 1 Bryant had a 155 game streak going. Bryant last failed to average 20 points a game in a playoff series 11 years ago when he would up with 15.6 points per game in the 2000 Finals against Indiana. CONGRATULATIONS -- To Chicago's Tom Thibodeau who was named the NBA's Coach of the Year in his first season as a head mentor. Thibodeau is well remem- bered on Causeway Street where he served as the Asso- ciate Head Coach of the Celtics for the three previous seasons, helping lead the C's to the 2008 NBA Champion- ship and the 2010 Finals. Under Thibodeau, the Bulls captured the Eastern Confer- ence regular season title by winning 62 games, which represented a 21-game im- provement over the 2009- 2010 season. The Bulls and the Celtics were the only two teams in the league this year that did not lose more than two games in a row. The victory total put Thibodeau in elite company. He is only the third NBA coach to win 60 or more games in his first season. Paul Westphal (62 in 1992- 1993) and Bill Russell (67 in 1966-1967) were the others. By the way, the NBA Coach of the Year Trophy is named for Red Auerbach, who guided the Celtics to nine NBA Championships