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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 19, 2011 00'---CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "The Fame and Fury of Fleet Street Tony DeMarco, Author of "Nardo," Honored at the "Fisherman's Feast, Madonna del Soccorso Mechanics Hall in Worcesterl Traietti vs. Rodriquez, Kielczewski, DuLuc and More Pugs at the Florian Hall Again The Madonna del Soccorso "Fisherman's Feast" honored "Man of the Year," World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco (right), of the North End. To the left of Tony is top fighter Tony Valenti. On Thursday, August 18 TM the Madonna del Soccorso "Fisherman's Feast" honored their "Man of the Year," undisputed World Welterweight Champion from a Golden Era, co-fighter in the Fight of the 20 th Century Tony DeMarco. Tony launched his newly- published autobiography Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion. Tony autographed books for his many fans. Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion is a great read for all boxing enthusiasts and to all those who love a great story. Luis Rosa tangles with Shawn Nichol Jr., Rashad Minor dukes it out with Kelvin Price, Sonya Lamonakis mixes it up with Tiffany Woodard, Keith Bianchini steps out with Randy Smith and Gabiel Duluc brawls for it all with TBA. This looks and sounds like a very good fight card. Support this fight card. Cheer and get behind all fighters, especially local fighters. The Pug's are at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. Pug Ring Leader Tom Martini has put together another exquisite time. There's Tony Valenti, Fred Valenti, Ed Fitzgerald, John Buddy Ford, Paul Barry, Joey "The Grandest of them All" DeGrandis, Frank and Diane Ross Toscano (Frank Ross Toscano, I was told, was introduced to Bob Cousy at the Boston Garden many years ago, and when introduced asked Cousy, "What weight do you fight"?), Charles Dwyer, Ted "The Bull" Sares, Tony and Dotty DeMarco, Richard J. Hand Jr., Doug Keefe, Christine Top Boxing officials Paul Barry, and Charles Dwyer with Ted "The Bull" Sares. Chris Traietti 10-2 (6 KOs) vs. Edwin Rodriguez IS-0 {13 KOs). Saturday, August 20, Broadway Boxing presents "A Night of Professional Boxing" at Mechanics Hall in Worcester featuring Chris Traietti battling Edwin Rodriguez. Both Traietti and Rodriquez are tough and good fighters. Who is the best Super Middle- weight in Massachusetts? There's a lot more fantastic fighters on this fight card; Joachim Alcine who fights TBA Jr. Middles. Lewis, Leo Gerstel, Don Green, Art Boyson, Ed Quigley, Rick Rudolph, Jake Doucette, Joe Marques, Jimmy Connors, Danny Long, Thomas Connors, Jimbo Curran of "Peter Welch Gym" and special welcome to Peter Welch, Mickey Finn and Mary Nelson, Denis Marrese, John Matheson (had Bos- ton Boxing Gymfor 10 years), Skeeter McClure, Ann Murphy. Oh yeah, I'm here too. There were more pugs here than men- tioned. Names included in article, are those of members who signed in, or maybe I re- membered were here. Hey! I'm not as dumb as I look. I've got a good brain. "DingI" 2 guzinto 4 = 2 times. 6 guzinto 24 = 8 times. I mean 4 times. Those dog-gone left hooks. Pug Ring Leader Tom Martini is to be con- gratulated on this fine time. Thanks to Richard Hand Jr., and Tom Martini. Cloth- ing was donated to whoever wished. The remaining items will be donated to charity. Our Fight Family Prayers are with Tom Martini and Pat Martini and all you Pug's too. Peter Welch, of the Peter Welch Gym in South Boston in conversation with Mickey Finn. Leo Gerstel, Joey "The Grandest of them All" DeGrandis, Marine Richard Hand, Kenny Butler and Don Green. A Tough Crew. The "Pugs"! Look for some changes near the bench area when the NHL resumes action this coming fall, in part driven by an inci- dent involving Bruins cap- tain, Zdeno Chara. Recall that back on March 8, when Chara put Montreal's Max Pacioretty into the boards, causing him to ram his face into an unpadded turnbuckle that was part of the players' bench. No sanctions were imposed on Chara by NHL headquar- ters, causing an uproar in Montreal. The immediate effect was the installation of padding around the turn- buckles near each bench, padding we felt was somewhat less than generous when we had a chance to observe it up close during a B's Stanley Cup practice session. We also felt its width was such that the view of some fans down low might be affected. In the prac- tice session, for example, the view of a good portion of one goal was effectively blocked from certain seats down low, just behind the bench. That's a lot of money to pay for a par- tinily obstructed view. Those concerns may now be part of history thanks to an innovative curved glass design that will be tested by the league at its annual research and development camp in Ontario, with the goal of installing it in all NHL arenas by the start of the up- coming season. Under the design in use for many years, the glass came to an abrupt termination point, a dangerous situation highlighted by the Chara- Pacioretty incident. Now the glass at that point will be curved and will deflect any player who makes contact with it at that point back into the field of play. Essentially, when a player comes in contact with the glass at the point, it will be pushed inward and absorb the contact before bouncing back to its original shape. There will no longer be pad- ding, thus creating better sight lines for those specta- tors in the expensive seats near the bench. But the real- ity is that padding won't be needed because of the design of the glass. "That's because it's free flowing," said NHL Facilities Operations Supervisor Dan Craig, in an on line piece. "The curve itself is a continu- ation of the straight line from the glass and then it bends around. It starts right where the glass ended before, so it immediately goes away. There is no place to put a pad. If you put a pad there, you'd create a hazard of having a shoulder stick and twist because this is a free-flow- ing system. If you're coming down the wall at the players' bench and there is contact, your shoulder will deflect off of that and you'll continue into the play." So it looks like when the Bruins host the Flyers on Opening Night (October 6), there will be a new item for the new season. NOT LIKE HIS FATHER -- The NHL internet site has a good piece on Seth Jones, one of the highly touted prospects at the recent National Junior Evaluation Camp, held at Lake Placid. One might not recognize Jones, who is only 16, but many know of his father. He is none other than Ronald "Popeye" Jones, the former NBA forward who once played for the Boston Celtics and is now an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets. Popeye Jones moved around quite a bit during his career as an active player, seeing action with six differ- ent teams over an ll-year span. His last stop was with the Denver Nuggets and it was in Colorado that the three Jones boys took up hockey. The interest caught Popeye a bit off guard, but he was advised that skating was the key. Seth took lessons with a figure skating instructor for over a year before even pick- ing up a hockey stick. Over time he improved and worked his way through the various age group levels before joining the national development program at age 15. Thus far, it's been all on the upside for the 6' 4", 175 pound defenseman. Last sea- son he had four goals and 17 assists in 37 games with the Under- 17 team plus 10 assists in 20 games with the Under- 18 team. He also had three assists in six games to help the Under-18 squad win the gold medal at Under-18 World Championship in Germany. This from a young man whose father grew up in Tennessee playing basket- ball, baseball and football. Quite a story. PASSING UP SCHOLAR- SHIPS -- It's always a bit sad to see a young person take a pass on a college education, especially when it opens the door to so many opportunities down the road. When that education would be essentially free, meaning it would be covered by a schol- arship, there is even more cause to lament. Yet that is the decision that three highly regarded hockey players have made, turning down the offers of three Divi- sion 1 schools and opting to play in the Ontario Hockey League this coming season. Connor Murphy, who was born in Boston but grew up in Ohio, turned down a scholar- ship offer from Miami of Ohio and will play for the Sarnia Sting this coming season. J.T. Miller passed on a scholarship offered by the University of North Dakota to play for the Plymouth Whalers, while John Gibson will play for the Kitchener Rangers rather than go to the University of Michigan. Such a decision shuts off college coaching possibilities, for example, since most col- leges require that their head coaches be college graduates. Thus this could be a decision that they may well wish they had not made as time goes on.