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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 CORNER by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. R.I.P. SMOKIN JOE FRAZIER lie Sparred with Ring 4 Member Paul Cardoza to Prepare for his Muhammad Aft I Bout World Heavyweight Champion great Joe Frazier "Rest In Peace." Smokin Joe Frazier, as called, lit the Ring up with his furious style. With his energy and fighting viciousness, he fought many great fighters. A great World Champion who always gave his best. In his 32-4-1, 27 KO record, he fought many greats of the game: George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Ellis, Jerry Quarry, Joe Bugner, Bob Foster, Os- car Bonavena, George Chuvalo and Marion Connor at the Boston Garden in 1967. Smokin Joe Frazier won the Gold Medal at the 1964 Olympics in Japan. World rated "New England Light-heavyweight Champion Paul Cardoza sparred and prepared World Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier for his World Title fight with Muhammad All on March 8, 1971 in New York. Paul Cardoza fought out of New Bedford and was trained by Jerry Houston, and rated amongst the best boxers in the world. Heavyweight fighter Ed Casey of New Bedford, is another area fighter who became a good friend of Smokin Joe Frazier. Ed Casey won some titles in his brilliant fight career and shared many great moments with Smokin Joe Frazier. Paul Cardoza, a New England Champion in great era of Boxing in New England Light- i eavyweight History. We have another New England Fighter World Rated in the same era as Paul Cardoza, That fighter was Iron Mike Pusateri of Dedham. R.I.P. Iron Mike Pusateri who was given a great respectful ten count and Fight Family respects by Presi- dent Mickey Finn, John O'Brien, Ed August 1975 Boxing Hlustrated Magazine: Ali vs. Frazier. These two icons in Boxing engaged in three "wars!" of Victory and at the cemetery by his Fight Family. I saw the look of pride and admira- tion by first-time observers on this great tribute to fallen Fight Family Members, R.I.P. IronMike Pusateri. Respects to the McNeeley family, Pusateri family, Fitzgerald, Tom Martini, Richie Torsney Petronelli family ~/nd.Frazierfamily. Our and Bob Frankltn'gl: Centemlle at Our La . dy prayetS. e g!th,You ". : Dmnmg: th the Pugs" Left to Right: Ann T. Murphy, Maureen Murphy, Pug Ring leader Navy Champion Tom Martini and 1960 Olympic USA Gold medalist Wilbur "Skeeter" McClure. That's Paul Doyle, John F. Ford, Vinny Marino, and Eddy "Fitz" Fitzgerald. The Pugs' and Pug Ring Leader Mr. Tom Martini, Ring 4 President Mickey Finn, Mary Nelson, Kenny Butler Jr., Christine Lewis, Rick Rudolph, Jimbo Curran of the Peter Welsh Gym, Ed Fitzgerald, John Ford, Beverly Johnson, Shirley Adams, Vinny Marino, Paul E. Doyle, Joey "D Street" DeGrandis, Joe Devlin, Joe Marques, JimmTConnOrs,.Dan 'Cuoco and Jay Delaney of LB.R.O., Johnny Gould. Ed Quigley, Art Boyson, Don Green, Maureen Murphy', Ann T,: Murphy, Wilbert Skeeter MCClure. We had another fabulous time. Talking with Vinny M no; who stil! trains and appears in great: ondiUon. P ':of his training regiment is? He swims hour per day. World Champion Tony DeMarco, works out ,d~jly too. A salute was given for Earnie Manelli, Iron Mike Pusateri and Tom McNeeley. A Table for four? Jimbo Curran of the Peter Welch Gym, Johnny Gould, Mickey Finn standing and Joey "D Street" DeGrandis. Pugs' Rick Rudolph and Don Green enjoy an evening with the Pugs. The California Boxing Commission has ruled that Bernard Hopkins is still the "Champ!" FLASHBACK: Dick Divola fought World Champion Carlos Ortiz in Boston on Decem- ber 14, 1964. Joe Rindone fought Sugar Ray Robinson on October 16, 1950 in Boston. Joe Louis in an exhibition fought Johnny Shkor in Boston on November 9, 1948. Vinnie Marino sparred with Luis Rodriquez and Benny Kid Paret. Emil Grifflth fought Tony Licata in Boston on February 5, 1974. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss It was over 28 years ago when it last occurred. A person who was a senior in college then is now around age 50. President Ronald Reagan was in office. The first personal computers had de- buted a few years earlier and were beginning to replace typewriters in offices across the country. Hockey was enjoying a pe- riod of growth at all levels -- part of the extended afterglow following the historic Miracle on Ice Olympic Hockey Team saga that had played out at Lake Placid in 1980. It was March 1, 1983 -- not particularly a remarkable date for most of the world -- but one that the college hockey community would come to recall as the years rolled by, For that day -- over 28 years and eight months ago -- was the last time that Boston University shut out Boston College. Both teams would go on to win Beanpots -- indeed BU would dominate the tour- nament -- and both would win National Championships. But what occurred that day would not occur again ... until November 13, 2011. And when it did it would most appropriately be wit- nessed by a sellout crowd of 7,884 up at the Heights. The score this time was 5-0 in favor of the Terriers com- pared to the 3-0 count way back when. You just knew that on this memorable occasion there had to be a twist. And, of course, there was. Three of BU's goals came in situations other than the usual normal strength scenario as the Terriers scored two power play goals and added another while shorthanded. If there was a weak spot for Be, who entered the game ranked second in the nation, it was on the power play where the Eagles finished 0-8. While BU goalie Kieran Millan made 21 saves to earn the shutout victory, it was the Eagles who had the slight advantage in shots at 21-20. So, it was a very satisfied coach Jack Parker who left the Heights with his victori- ous Terrier team -- the same man who was behind the BU bench in 1983. As for his counterpart Jerry York at Be? Well, it's never nice to be blanked, especially by an archrival. But once every 28 years and eight months. I think he can live with that. POSSESSING THE PUCK -- For Bruins Coach Claude Julien, nothing could be more important than for his play- ers to control that little round disk. And it starts with the faceoffs. "It always does every night," noted Julien. "You're going to hear me mention that to players every night. It's important to start with the puck. After the first period I have a look at those things (who is winning or losing faceoffs) and even during TV timeouts I'm having a look at who's hot and who's strug- gling. I'm on the guys a lot for that because I feel it's an im- portant part of the game. If you want to control the game, you've got to start with the puck. And you've got to have it on your stick." And who is the most impor- tant player for the Bruins in the faceoff circle? According to Julien, that would be veteran Patrice Bergeron. "I think anytime we have a big faceoff, he's the guy you go to. He's the most reliable center- man we have on faceoffs. There can be certain nights when other guys are hot but overall he's been domi- nant in the faceoff circle. It helps his line (Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron- Tyler Seguin) in a way that most of the time they're start- ing with the puck and that's where you want to start. When the puck is dropped you want to start with the control of it and he certainly makes that happen more than his fair share of times." SEGUIN'S STRONG START -- When Tyler Seguin scored his 11th goal of the season in the game against Buffalo on November 12, he equaled the number of goals he scored all last year just 15 games into this season. "I think we're really happy with his strong start," stated Julien. "He's probably playing better than we expected but that's what happens when a talented guy comes back and has more confidence. But at the same time, he'd be the first to tell you that his linemates deserve a lot of credit." COMMENTARY -- They say it's just a day now, one like most others in late Novem- ber. People in good spirits and getting ready for Thanksgiv- ing with thoughts of the holi- days coming in December. It falls on a weekday this year so there will be the nor- mal activities of work and school and perhaps for some an early departure for the Thanksgiving Weekend. There will be plenty of smiles and good cheer all around. But for some of a certain age that date in November with the double twos can never be a normal day. Every year memories flood back. As the clock approaches 1:30 p.m. -- the fateful mo- ment -- the recollections come to the fore. The person running down the hall in school. The teacher briefly exiting the room and then returning to announce that someone just said President Kennedy had been shot. The normal dismissal about 20 minutes later. The short walk home and upon arrival, find- ing out it was aU t_rue. Watch- ing a veteran TV network newsman ~ Frank Reynolds -- break down and cry dur- ing his broadcast. All the churches in the community opening and everyone just going like it was a Sunday -- even though it was a Friday. They say it's just a day now but for certain citizens it can never be. For they recall November 22, 1963 -- a day with tragic events they will never forget.