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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 26, 2011 CORNER TALK Madonna del Soccorso (Fisherman's Feast) 2011 "Man of the Year" Tony DeMarco, acknowledging his proud moment to the happy onlookers. Jake LaMotta '~rhe Raging Bull" World Middleweight by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Tony DeMarco Pens Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion Honored as Fisherman's Feast "Man of the Year" Champion says, "Nardo, Memoirs of a Boxing Cham- pion," tells the story of the great Tony DeMmrco and not only his life in the ring, but his life in general. Tony was one of my favorite champs as a fighter and as a man. Tony, "I salute you," Welterweight Champion Tony DeMareo of Boston's great North End. "Bravo!" As the streets of the North End are full of sup- porters for "The Champ" "Nardo!" We gathered at LaSumma's on Fleet Street, had a great meal and headed to the "Man of the Year" pre- sentation, to World Cham- pion Tony DeMarco. This great time will be covered more extensively in next week's column. A great read for all "Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion." At La Summa Restaurant on Fleet Street, North End, Boston are, left to right: Joe Marques, Jimmy Connors, National 2nd Vice President O.S.I.A. Joe Russo, Judge Dom Russo, Joe Angelo and Iron Mike Pusateri. Peter Welch Gym located at 371 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston. A great gym. Boxing classes for men, women and youth. Begin- ners to advanced skill levels. They have fighter conditioning, boxing instruc- tions, private boxing lessons, youth boxing classes and more. Great entertainer, record- ing and rising star B-Capp performed at Twin Rivers with a knockout perfor- mance. He's the son of CES matchmaker, Rich Cappi- ello. He's got talent. September I0~ at Lindsey's Restaurant in Wareham, Massachusetts, veteran box- ing judge Don O'Neill will be honored for his many years of great service to the box- ing world. He'll be honored with the prestigious Warrior Award for his years as an official in boxing. Thanks, Don Green, for making me aware of New England Golden Gloves, Light- Heavyweight Champion Sean Bettencourt of Stoughton, Massachusetts. He's a 22- year-old, 178 pound Light- heavyweight. He defended his title this year. He partici- pated as an entry in the 2012 USA Olympic Boxing trials. He did well; he ranked fourth in trials competition amongst a field of eight top U.S. fighters. He lost a 12-4 decision to New York oppo- nent Marcus Browne and an 18-14 decision to this year's National Golden Gloves Champion, Caleb Plant of Tennessee. RIP Scott LeDoux of Min- nesota, who fought a tough elite group of fighters. He fought in Boston at the Bos- ton Garden January 18, 1975 vs. CJ Bar Brown. On June 26, 1976 in Providence R.I., he fought world contend- ing Massachusetts Heavy- weight John "Dino" Denis. Scott LaDoux fought many other tough great fighters in: George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton, Gerrie Coetzee, Greg Page, Mike Weaver, Ron Lyle and Leon Spinks in compiling a great 33-13-4, 22 KO record. Thank you, Don Green. Thank you Emily Harney, Richard Hand, Chris Sarno, Anton Metzger and others who contributed photos to these articles in the last few months. Thank you. August 17thwas the birth- day of Manny Lopes. Happy Birthday, Manny Lopes. Promotional Product Spe- cialist Paul Barry. Keep up the great work. The Gemelli, Colombo, Marciano Connection: David Gemelli played high school football in the early 1960s for Armond Colombo, the win- ningest and most revered coach in Massachusetts his- tory. Coach Colombo's wife, Betty, is Rocky Marciano's sister. Rocky's younger brother, Peter, played football for Coach Colombo in the late '50s and later was a baseball catcher at the Uni- versity of Miami and with the Milwaukee Braves orga- nization. All three gentle- men are members of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. At the recent Pug's Lun- cheon I received a nice prayer card, which read: "In Memory of RIP 'Irish Bob' Murphy. 1961-2011, 50 years." Irish Bob Murphy, a great American. The Gemelli, Colombo, Marciano Connection. David Gemelli, Armond Colombo, Peter Marciano. Under more ordinary cir- cumstances, it would be a sign that fall is coming, that once again there would be activity on the parquet and that the storied Boston Celtics franchise would once again take the first steps in prepa- ration for their quest of Banner 18. But the times are not ordi- nary but instead unusual. Thus, when the Celtics an- nounced their preseason schedule, there seemed to be somewhat of a sense of fatal- ism about it, releasing some- thing that may well never take place, and ff it does, that may well be surprising. The NBA, as we all know, is now in a lockout -- with no signs that anything about that situation is about to change anytime soon. And, there really doesn't seem to be any pressure being applied from the outside to have it change. Recall that during the re- cent NFL lockout, there seemed to be almost daily coverage -- especially when the calendar hit the summer months. You had the feeling that with all the daily stories that were coming out, the NFL and its Players' Associa- tion felt that the thing had to be settled, if only to stop the stream of media coverage. But as of late August, there doesn't appear to be any such pressure being applied by the media to the NBA lockout. There are hardly any stories about it, Most coverage seems to be directed toward the upcoming college and pro foot- ball seasons. In short, com- pared to the coverage of the NFL lockout, there appears to be a lot fewer members of the media who care at all about the NBA situation. That may change, of course, as late September approaches. That's the time of year that NBA teams open training camps with the October preseason contests following right behind. But rather than be the har- bingers of the regular season to come, they stand instead to become the first real casu- alties of the lockout. That's too~ad since the Celtics have lined up a preseason that is accessible to fans and features what appears to be an old-fashioned barnstorming tour of the Southern New England region. As released, the preseason schedule consists of eight games, most of which are fairly easy drives and six with direct access to portions of the New England population. Two of the contests are at the Gar- den and a third is accessible by MBTA railroad. The preseason is scheduled to open on October I0 (the Monday of Columbus Day Weekend) with a contest against the Philadelphia 76ers in Providence --just a short drive from Boston or a direct trip via MBTA rail. That's slated to be followed by a game against the New York Knicks in Albany on October 15. While not in New England, Albany is a just a short drive for all the Celtics fans that live in the Berk- shires and Southern Vermont. The next night (October 16), the C's are set to play the Raptors in Toronto, while on October 19, the Green will meet the 76ers in the Mullins Center on the campus of UMass-Amherst. Then it's back to the Hub for an October 21 rematch against Toronto on the par- quet -- the first Celtics game scheduled for the Garden since May. That's followed on October 22 by another game against the Knicks -- this time in Hartford. Remember when the Celtics played two or three regular season games in Hartford? That game will recall that era. Then it's on to New Jersey for an October 24 matchup with the Nets with the two teams meeting again on October 26 at the Garden to bring the preseason to a close. If the lockout situation is settled in time, the Cel- tics are scheduled to open the regular season at home against Cleveland on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. But the chances are rather high that some of these early NBA activities, the opening of training camp, the preseason schedule and at least the early portion of the regular season will he affected by the lockout. Another diversion for the media will be college bas- ketball, which seems to get under way a bit earlier every year. Come Veterans' Day on November 11, virtually all col- lege teams will have opened their respective seasons. Will anyone really be writing ex- tensively about the lockout (should it still be ongoing) at that point? We don't think so. The best action that the NBA arid its players could do is to settle this right now. The old saying "out of sight, out of mind" certainly applies here. It's interesting how so many fans did not miss the 1994 baseball playoffs and World Series when they were not played because of a labor situ- ation. Football seemed to fill the void quite nicely. And when the entire 2004-2005 NHL season went down the drain in a labor dispute, other levels of hockey -- such as Division I college games -- got a good chunk of time on tele- vision as did basketball and baseball spring training. One thing is certain about the coming year -- there will be a basketball season. There will be plenty of college games with sports giant ESPN more than willing to televise a large number of them over its numerous outlets. Thus, the choice for NBA management and its players is to come to an agreement and participate in the season or continue to haggle and sit the season out. If they choose the latter, the NBA simply will be out of sight and thus out of the minds of a majority of the fans across America.