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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JULY 8, 2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. We of Massachusetts Proudly Say "Boston!" is the Greatest City in the World A State with.Many Great Cities class of superstars: Mike Lowell, Bobbi Gibb, Willie O'Ree, Ty Law, Micky Ward and Larry Bird. We of New England, Massachusetts and of Boston are proud of what the great athletes that rep- resent the area have accom- plished. "Many world titles and superstars in all sports: boxing, basketball, baseball, hockey, football, soccer, Micky Ward 10 th Annual "The Tradi- tion Sports Museum." at TD Garden, Boston, Massa- chusetts. June 28 th. What a fabulous time and event. Boston, Massachusetts, is the Sports Capital of the World. "Go Boston!" I am in the process of putting to- gether a column on this great event. Honoring the Class of 2011. An all-star Larry Bird Willie O'Ree track and all other endeav- ors of athleticism. Growing up I have always been a fan of'all our local teams and athletes, as I know mil- lions of others have been too. Ace photographer Dom Campochiaro took some ex- cellent photos at this event. Next week's article will focus on this great event. Ty Law July 12, 2011 -- Time Pug's Luncheon at Florian Hall, Dorchester. "You guy's" gather for a great time with Pugs. Please "bring no bells!" It's a tough crowd of great individuals. Buy the way, Pug Ringleader Tom Martini and his wonder- ful wife Pat will be celebrat- ing their 50 th wedding anni- What do you think about Saul Alvarez? His record is 37-0-1, 27 KO's. He was born in Mexico on July 18, 1990. He made his professional debut at 15 years old, win- ning his first three fights by first round stoppages. He recently came off of a victory over Ryan Rhodes Toka Kahn-Clary of Provi- dence, Rhode Island. Still an amateur, recently quali- Bobbi Gibb Mike Lowell for Pug's Luncheon at Florian Hall, Dorchester versary on July 9% I'll drink to that. My favorite, a cold cup of 1% milk. Looking for- ward to seeing our many great members of Pugs: Pops Lynch, Angle, Anthony, Bob, Bobby, Brian, Chris, Calvin, Charlie, Danny, Dan, Bick, Dave, Don, Denis, Dennis, Eddie, Ed, George, Hank, Iron SAUL ALVAREZ 45-4 of England, via TKO in 12 rounds. Saul Alvarez is quite impressionable. He's still only 20 years old. His opponents combined record of won, lost, draws of last 15 fighters is an amazing 487-79-23. He's defeated Matthew Hatton 41-4-2, Lovemore N'dou ".Fighter on the Rise!" fied to compete in the U.S. Olympic team trials. A Silver Medalist 2011 Mike, Jimmy, John, Joe, Juan, Jim, Jerry, Jimbo, James, Jack, Larry, Leo, Micky, Mike, Mickey, Mary, Marty, Mark, Manny, Paul, Peter, Rich, Richard, Rick, Ron, Skeeter, Steve, Tony and Dottie, Tom, Tony, Tommy, Tinker, Tim, Vinnie and Walter. 48-11-2, Jose Miguel Cotto 31-1-1, Carlos Manuel Baldomir 45-12-6 and many other fighters with great records in his young career. Saul Alvarez, kept his World Boxing Council Light- Middleweight World Title with his 12  round stoppage over Ryan Rhodes. USA Boxing National champion in Colorado Springs. Local Fighters "Where are They Now and What "Talk about?" Spider, Roosevelt and Hermie." "What are they doing?" Spi- der Howard Freeman of Freeport, Maine fought 16 professional bouts. Tough op- position: Jimmy Ramos, Dave Adkins, Bob Benoit, Juan Botta, Luis Vinales, Ralph Pallidin, Bruno Scholtz and Gratien Tonna Roose- velt Moulden Brown of Bos- ton represented Lowell. He won National Golden Glove are They Doing?" title at 165 pound in 1969. As a professional he had 17 bouts, 14-3, 11 KO's He fought: Paul Cardoza, Johnny Freitas, Tracy Morrison, Mat- thew Saad Muhammad and Jose Pagan Rivera. I came across fighter name Hermie Freeman of Maine, when I looked up the name Howard Spider Freeman. Hermie was bom March 3, 1924 and passed to that Golden Ring in Heaven refereed by God on February 23, 2000. Hermie had an astonishing record of 70-25-8, 23 KO's. He fought in Boston and Fall River a few times: Pat Demers, Roy Andrews, Johnny Priest, Al Couture, Spider Armstrong, Joey Angelo, Willie Pep and Iggy Yaccari in Boston. Tommy Greb, Buddy Hayes, Rocky Sullivan, George Araujo in Fall River, Chico Vejar, Sandy Saddler and Jerry Zullo. Happy Birthday Fight Family Members July 8 th Jaime Clampitt, 9 th Vinny Marino, 17 th Jimmy Burchfield, 24 th Tony Petronelli, 13  Reinaldo Oliveira "Ill, George Kreger RIP, 29 th Mickey Dwyer, 30  Dick Flaherty. And the truth is -- July will set you free. At least that's what hap- pens in the NHL when a player reaches the end of his contract. He becomes a free agent and since virtually all player contracts in the league expire on June 30, come July 1 it's a brand new day for those veterans whose con- tracts have expired. They are free to negotiate with any team in the league, includ- ing the one that did not sign them up again by the end of June. And while players do not have to sign up right away, July 1 being officially just the start of the free agent sign- ing period, many of them are quick to put their signatures on the binding forms. Thus, the first few days in July often resembles a full blow Oklahoma land rush from the 1800s, as teams jostle to get an edge and sign up as much of the prime talent that's available on the open market. Right out of the box, the Bruins lost one of the mem- bers of their Stanley Cup Championship team on the first day of the signing period when Michael Ryder opted to sign a two-year contract worth $7 million with the Dallas Stars. Four days later they lost another when Tomas Kaberle, who arrived here from Toronto in Febru- ary, signed a three-year contract worth $12.75 mil- lion with the Carolina Hurri- canes. A non-financial rea- son may have been that Paul Maurice, the current Caro- lina coach, was also his coach in Toronto for two seasons. Kaberle, who had one goal and eight assists during the final 24 games of the regular season, was a factor in the playoffs as he recorded 11 as- sists. He also came at a high price. The B's lost a 2011 first round draft pick and a 2012 second round selection. Now he's gone to his third team in five months. For Ryder, it means the end of a rather long associa- tion with Bruins head coach Claude dulien. The New- foundland native has spent much of his career with Julien-coached teams, start- ing with the Hull Olympics of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and progress- ing to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL and then on to both Montreal and the Bruins. Ryder is 31 now and Julien has known him since his mid teen years. It also means that Ryder exits as he came -- it was July, 2008 when he arrived via the free agent route after his contract expired with Montreal. A forward, Ryder immediately clicked with the B's, going 27-26-53 in his first regular season on Causeway Street and 5-6-13 in two rounds of the playoffs. Ryder was an iron man during 2009-2010, playing in all 82 games and in all 13 playoff games. His most valu- able contribution came this past postseason when he had eight goals and nine assists for 17 points during the 25- game championship run. He'll be long remembered on Causeway Street for his dramatic save in goal against Tomas Plekanec in the first period of Game 5 of the open- ing series against Montreal after goalie Tim Thomas got caught out of position. The quicl thinking action on Ryder's part kept the game scoreless before Boston went on to eventually post a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory. Another player who figured in dramatics for the B's is also moving on. Marco Sturm, the forward who scored one of the most memorable goals in recent times for the Bruins -- an overtime tally that won the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park -- signed on with Vancouver after splitting last season between the Bruins, Los Angeles and Washington. Sturm hadn't played for the B's suffering a knee injury in Game 1 of the Boston- Philadelphia series in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He started the 2010-2011 season on injured reserve and was traded to Los Angeles for future considerations on December 10. Coming to the Brnins on November 30, 2005 as part of the Joe Thornton trade, he played in 302 games for the Black and Gold, scor- ing 106 goals to go with 87 assists for 193 points. While with L.A. he had 4-5-9 totals in 17 games be- fore being claimed off waivers by Washington in late Febru- ary. While with the Caps he was 1-6-7 in 18 games. He also played in all nine of Washington's playoff games. Other former Bruins also were on the move. Defense- man Sean O'Donnell, who put in three seasons on Cause- way Street between 2001 and 2004, is leaving the Flyers, having signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Black- hawks. A very durable player, O'Donnell has missed only eight regular season games over the past five years while playing for Anaheim, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. That's quite an achievement considering he'll be 40 on October 13. And forward Chuck Kobasew, who most recently played for the Bruins in 2009- 2010, left the Minnesota Wild and signed a two-year deal with Colorado. He also was a member of Boston College's 2001 NCAA national champi- onship team. Then there's Randy Jones, a player who continues to live on in Bruins lore in a nega- tive way since he's the one remembered for the infamous hit he put on Boston's Patrice Bergeron back in October, 2007 as the B's took on Phila- delphia. He played with Philly through 2009-2010 then had one season stops at L.A. and Tampa Bay. Next year it will back to Canada for the New Brunswick native. He's just been signed to a one-year deal by the Winnipeg Jets.