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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Things are "Looking Up" for Professional Boxing in Massachusetts Some Discussions Have Been Going On Boxing is Like Politics and Politics is Like Boxing! "The Best and Most Honorablei" Marvelous Marvin Hagler I take my hat off to all boxers, fighters and politi- cians in the United States of America. Fighters who fight for the U.S. We've got a great country. Many of the greatest fighters in his- tory have been from right here in the good ole United States of America. Let's toot the horn of Massachusetts: Massachusetts is one of the 13 Original Colonies in U.S. History. Massachusetts has produced, many great fighters, who gave it their all: Tony DeMarco, Paul Pender, A. Joseph DeNucci, Marvelous Marvin Hmgler, Rocky Marciano, Sucla Ray Oliveira, Tony Petronelli, Irish Micky Ward, Deme- trius Andrade, Calvin T. Brown, Bobby Covino, Jimmy Connors, Clem Crowley, Mark DeLuca, Paul Doyle, Billy Duquette, Cezar Duarte, Mickey Dwyer, Dick Eklund, Joe Feeney, Jerry Forte, Robert Fratalia, Michael George, Jerry Huston, Jullian Pol- lard, Brian McDonough, Emily Harney, Norman Hayes, Rick Kielczewski, Tommy Lee, Paul Lach- apelle, Bernie McNally, Pop Lynch, Stephen Lynch, Peter McNeeley, Skeeter McClure, Dan Mullen, Joe Gagliardi, Aleksandra Magd- ziak Lopes, Mike Cap- piello, Festus McDonough, Ralph Morganelli, Dan O'Malley, Eric Pinarreta, John Pisano, Joe Polumbo, A1 Romano, Art Ramalho, Bruno Scholz, Skeets Scioli, Sam Silverman, Paul Stivaletta, Freddie Trozzi, Renaldo Victoria, Peter Welch, Eddie Bishop, Charlie Tartaglia, Jackie Brady, Bob Benoit, Ed Casey, Joe Devlin, Dick Flaherty, Leo Gerstel, Ronnie Gerstel, Joe Angelo, Peter Koutoujian, Pat Long, Mike Minasian, Lou Bogash, Rick Brutti, Albert Dapper O'Neil, Rich Gingras, Pat Petronelli, Chic Rose, Charlie Punchlines Ross, Carmen Basilio Passes Former welterweight and middleweight World Cham- pion boxer Carmen Basilio passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 of compli- cations from pneumonia. The 85-year-old, one of the inaugural class in of induct- ees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, is best remembered for winning the middleweight championship against Sugar Ray Robinson. Local box- ing fans and natives of the North End remember him as the fighter who won his welterweight title by beat- ing Fleet Street's own Tony DeMarco. After beating DeMarco again in a rematch of that fight, the two became lifelong friends. Edward Brophy, Executive Director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, stated that in Basilio's honor the flags at the Hall of Fame would fly at half staff. Basilio leaves behind his wife Josie, their four children and many grand- children and great grandchildren. 2012 N.E.A.A. BASEBALL CLINIC BANQUET Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm Boston Harbor Community Church 9 Salutation Street, North End, Boston Pizza and drinks will be served for the children. Coffee and cake will be served for the adults. IRRMATN NEEDED For further information, please contact Coach Dora 617-733-1703 Suzanne Mika 617-523-9870 Did you order your DVD? Dana Rosenblatt, Pamer- son Ifill, Francis Mickey Roache, Ron Borges, Chris Sarno, Bill Spadafora, Jackie Smith, Richard Torsney, Hank Tuohy, A1 Valenti, Ben Venuti, Rip Valenti, Fred Valenti, Steve Zouski, Derrick Whit- Icy, Richie Coguen, Dean Hardy, Marc Tigino, Mike Douglas, Ashleigh Moore, Jarrod Lussier, Graham Trout and All. These are some of the many Fighters who've done the best they could. Boxing is a great sport. You listen to opposition be- fore a bout predict Victory! They tell of their abilities and accomplishments and of how and why they are go- ing to win, and be champion of and for We the People. Boxing and politics are simi- lar in many ways. Many poli- ticians are remarkable. De- voting ones commitment to US is great. We've had many of the greatest politicians as also fighters in world history, right here from Massachu- setts. Great Presidents, Governors, Senators, Rep- resentatives, Speakers, Leaders and Fighters from right here in Massachu- setts. Politicians fight for US as do fighters. Before bouts listen to opponents speak. This helps you make a choice. Who will be Cham- pion of U.S.? As in boxing, it's impossible to determine or pick the winner of a bout before fight-night. The best way to analyze fights and elect winners is by what have they done before and what can they do now? Imagine fighting a fight with Rocky Marciano. I'd bet on "The Rock!" Observe previ- ous battles versus his oppo- sition. He won them all. As I said, thank you America. Democracy is Great as it is similar in boxing. Three cheers to our democratic electoral process. I believe that this is the most prudent manner in which to deter- mine leaders for US. The people speak. Majority also rules in boxing matches. Majority of judges voting for a fighter determines winner. I congratulate World Rated Boxing Contender Joseph A. DeNucci, the longest serving auditor in Massachusetts history. Many in politics are ardent fight fans and many boxers, care deeply for our great country. Some great ideas from fight family members can and will make things better. Let's hear and speak on them to- gether. Sounds like a good idea. So let's keep punching. Boxing is the greatest, most honorable sport in the world. The fight family is honor- able and the "Best!" Boxing is a sport where one's abil- ity and or lack of ability and/ or tools determines a fighter's rise. As in life. One on one, versus qualified op- position. It gets no better. OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT -- It was the highly antici- pated home opener for the Boston Celtics. Not only did the C's have a number of new players to go with their vet- erans but there was height- ened interest given that the team was predicted to be very successful. Many observers had the squad picked to go all the way to the Eastern Confer- ence Finals where a show- down series with the Miami Heat would take place to see which team would advance to the NBA Finals. In addition,,e ,Celtics appear to "own thewinter" this season on Causeway Street since their partners in the building -- the Bruins -- are not playing (as of yet). All these points added up to the drama of the home opener. You had the feeling that although the Celtics had lost in Florida to the Heat in the season opener a few nights earlier, this was the real starter -- before your fans, on your court, in your house. And what did the Celtics do? They came out and laid an egg. On national TV, no less. It didn't take long to find an omen in this one. Just sec- onds after the start of the game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Celtics star play caller Rajon Rondo was stripped of the ball while advancing towards the basket. The game had just begun and the Celtics had already committed a turnover -- and a bad one at that. Things would continue to spiral downhill for the Celtics most of the night with the Green falling behind by as many as 22 points. The final score -- only an 11-point differential at 99-88 -- really gave no indication of how bad it was. And, as early as the second quarter, sounds were heard emanat- ing from the stands that had not been heard in five years -- or before Kevin Garnett came to the Celtics. Those would be boos. They started slowly then rose in loudness until they were the dominating sound as the Celtics exited the floor at the half. In the second half, the C's never really threat- ened and down they went in a contest that lasted just under two hours, rather short by contemporary NBA standards. Coach Doc Rivers indicated that the final form of the team remains unsettled. "There are growing pains," noted Rivers. "We have a lot of new people, a lot of guys trying to get adjusted, trying to feel comfortable and famil- iar with each other. It's going to take a while. We've got a lot of talent but we've got to stay together. And it has to happen on the defensive end first." Rivers, obviously disap- pointed with the first home game, compared the season to a long trip. "This is what the NBA season, the journey, is all about. We are going to look back at this and say that we grew from it. There are always bumps in the road along your journey and you can look back and say we got through that, we persevered." One game does not a sea- son make and in so many words Rivers stressed that point. Indeed, the next night the Celtics would touch out the Wizards 89-86 in Wash- ington for their first victory of the season. But it was hard not to leave the Garden following the loss to Milwaukee with- out a negative feeling. It was the wrong start on the wrong night. If it had been a midseason game sand- wiched around more wins than losses then it probably wouldn't have been noticed as much. It's early. It's very early. But still you don't like to be in the lower part of the pack at any stage of a race -- even an 82-game one. Fall off the pace and the boo birds at the Garden will let you know -- just like they did on the night of the home opener. MILESTONES -- It was 20 years ago this month -- November 6, 1992 -- that Shaquille O'Neal made his NBA debut with the Orlando Magic against Miami. The big man scored 12 points and came away with 18 rebounds as Orlando won, 110-100. O'Neal's debut came on the date normally associated with another moment in basket- ball history. On November 6, 1861 James Naismith, the inventor of basketball was born in Ontario, Canada. The game that would become popular throughout the world was developed by him at the Springfield YMCA Train- ing School (now Springfield College). The first game under his 13 original rules was played on December 21, 1891. From there its popularity spread through the decades, even- tually becoming the world- wide game that it is today. CONGRATULATIONS -- To Pat Mullane of the Boston College hockey team for being named the Hockey East Player of the Month. The senior scored three goals and added eight assists dur- ing the opening month of the season. The highlight came in a game against UMass- Amherst when he scored two his team's four third period goals and then assisted on the winning overtime goal that gave the Eagles a 5-4 victory. Mullane was tied for third in Hockey East scoring with fellow teammate Bill Arnold who also had 3-5-8 stats. They are part of the reason that BC had won six straight games through the first weekend of November -- and 25 of their last 26 dating back to last season. The Eagles have been just phenomenal on the power play, converting a whopping 40 percent of the time (10 for 25) during man advantage situations. They lead the nation in that category.