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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 31,2014 iiii:~~ _ ~~ HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss I thought I would lighten things up a bit this week and share a number of boxing photos with you. Most of these shots are of local box- Boxing Shots ing figures and many were taken at one of the New Gar- den Gyms. I think they are all pre-1980s and most are from much earlier. You should recognize many of these people, and I hope these bring back memories. Bobby can be reached at Trainer Johnny Dunn, Paul Stiviletta, and Joe Legendary boxing scribe Mike DeNucci at the original New Garden Gym. Marley with Kris Kristofferson Welterweight contender Joey Francis landing a left on Marcelino Alicia at the Boston Garden. These guys fought a war. Charley "Lefty" Longo with Wilbur Wilson. Charley was the boxing writer for the Post -Gazette for many years. Tony DeMarco and Ted Williams. Two great hitters. AI Capone with Heavy- weight Champion Jack Sharkey. Sam Silverman, legendary boxing promoter enjoying a good cigar. Jack "The Giant" O'Halloran, heavyweight contender best known for his roles in the Superman movies and Farewell My Lovely, training at the second New Garden Gym. Ted Whitfield, outstanding amateur champ Ken Flora, and Gerald Pate pose at the second New Garden Gym. HE WAS IN STITCHES -- Mr. Hockey, a memoir by Gordie Howe, one of hockey's greatest players, is hitting the bookstores, and should probably be an interesting read for those who grew up when the former NHL star was at the height of his career. Howe, who played most, but not all, of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, amassed over 3,200 goals and assists when regular season and Stanley Cup playoff statistics are combined. And remember that the bulk of those points were tallied from 1946 through the mid 1960s, when there were fewer regular sea- son games than today and fewer rounds in the playoffs. Reading an early review of the book in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal, we thought the most interesting statistic was a medical one. Playing in an era when play- ers did not wear helmets or visors, Howe received over 300 stitches to his face alone during his three-decade ca- reer in pro hockey. An intro- duction to that hard way of life came way back in 1946 when he scored his first NHL goal: in the process of getting that memorable tally he lost three teeth. All we can say is that it's a different NHL today. It's a pleasure to walk into a hockey locker room today and see players -- even veteran ones -- with unscathed faces and full smiles. It's quite a con- trast compared to what your faithful correspondent recalls from his high school days. We remember the hockey team's goalie -- not for his talents, because he really was average at best, but because of his appearance. For, you see, at age 17, he had no up- per front teeth or lower front teeth. In fact, he wore den- tures. It's that kind of thing that hockey headgear, plus facial and mouth protection, has prevented. And we're thankful today that we're in an era when players are wearing those items and thereby avoiding injuries that could affect their physi- cal health, their appearance and could potentially scar their faces for life. HIGH ON HOOPS -- That would be UMass -Amherst men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg whose new. con- tract as the head of hoops at the flagship campus of the state university makes him the highest paid state em- ployee in the Commonwealth. Under the terms of the new pact, outlined in a detailed article in the Daily Hamp- shire Gazette, Kellogg is guar- anteed to make $994,500 every year through the 2018- 2019 season. "I think it's fantastic," Kellogg said in the article. "I'm really happy personally and professionally." Our comment was well, who wouldn't be with that amount for an annual income. And by the way, that's the income for one person lead- ing a single program at the university. The person run- ning the entire university out there in Amherst -- Chancel- lor Kumble Subaswammy -- is paid "only" $388,239 a year. Just think. No one working for the state gets paid more. Not Governor Deval Patrick, not the various cabinet sec- retaries, or others in high state government positions. Not even Dr. Michael F. Collins, the Chancellor at the UMass medical school in Worcester. Dr. Collins, who runs an institution that heals people and saves lives, earned a re- ported $813, 602 in 2013, making him at the time the highest paid state employee. But at least the institution that he ran performed valu- able public services. Compared to that the best Kellogg can do is oversee a single program at the univer- sity which on its very best days can only do one thing- win college basketball games. Kellogg can make even more money by meeting vari- ous bonus standards. For example, he'll be paid an additional $75,000 if UMass makes the NCAA Tourna- ment and another $25,000 for each victory in the tourna- ment. He'll also make an extra $15,000 ff he wins 20 regular season games and $25,000 for winning 23 or more regu- lar season games. He'll also be paid 20,000 if UMass finishes in the top three in the conference standings and another $20,000 if the team also wins the conference championship. He'll even earn a bonus based on home attendance: $15,000 for an average of over 6,000 fans, $20,000 for an average over 7,000 and $25,000 if over 8,000 people on average show up over the course of the season. The most important part was listed near the bottom but should be first. The coach can receive up to $80,000 based upon his team's academic achievement and progress. The standards for this were not defined in the article but the fact that it was listed near the bottom speaks volumes. If there's any consolation, it is that our state has lots of company in these skewed priorities. In 40 states, ei- ther the football coach or the men's basketball coach at the flagship campus of the state university is the high- est paid state employee. In Connecticut it is veteran women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma. The overall leader in col- lege coaching compensation is Duke University men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. His overall haul, according to USA Today: a startling $9.6 million a year to coach "amateur" athletes at a private college. Remem- ber, this is for coaching a college team, not a profes- sional one with millionaire players on the roster. Some- thing is wrong with society's values, very wrong. !