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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 25, 2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Let's Talk About "The Fight Family!" We are family. We're a large family that's called The Fight Family! Do you remember the movie, A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crow?. At the end of the movie he says to his wife and colleagues, I believe he said, "I couldn't have done it without you!" Fighters all need inspiration in life. A reason to get up and go to work! A reason to go that extra mile. A reason to get up after getting knocked down. Like they say in box- ing. "You can never tell a great .fighter till he or she has got knocked down." Rocky Balboa shouted "Yow Adrien, I did it!" after win- ning his grueling battle over Apollo Creed. Fighters accept the fight in front of them. Fighters face obstacles, sometimes against over- whelming odds. Have you ever seen a fighter, parent, sergeant, trainer, friend, instructor, teacher, coach, manager, lieutenant, girl- friend or wife complain of dis- cipline issues with others? While doing so, "smiling!" A smirk on their face? That special grin after having come off the canvas to win. You smirk after seeing your protegees knocked down and coming off of the canvas and winning a Battle Royal. Thus! Doing better. Thus realizing it's not the fact that they got knocked down. It's the fact that they got back up and fought and won! It's not getting knocked down. It's getting back up, and not giving up. The act of reach- ing deep within oneself and fighting for victory. "Ding!" Goals are achieved through perseverance. That's what being a trainer, parent, a leader, a peer or a friend is all about. The act of making a positive difference in the life of others is special. That is why we celebrate the lives of great individuals that have made a difference in the lives of others and the fighters they trained and help do better. Helping oth- ers achieve and get to a higher level. Such as they do: Bobby Bower, Jimmy Burchfield, Paul Barry, Ron Borges, Calvin T. Brown, Marvelous Marvin Hagler Francis X. Bellotti, Kenny Butler, Jr., Bob Benoit, Ralph Boyn, Johnny Bos, Bobby Covino, Frank Calabro, Rich Cappiello, Mike Cappiello, Sean Creegan, Tommy Collins, Ed Casey, Jimbo Curran, Joey DeGrandis, Tony DeMarco, Papa Ray Drayton, Mark DeLuca, Sr., Mark DeLuca, Jr., Ray Delicio, Paul Doyle, Joe DeNucci, Cezar Duarte, Charlie Dwyer, Dr. Edgar Bellenas, Dick Ecklund, Tim FIamos, Joe Feeney, Missy Fiorentino, Dan Fitzgerald, Ed Fitzgerald, Steve Fratalia, Robert Fratalia, Dick Flaherty, Jerry Forte, Macka Foley, Mickey Flynn, Jimmy Farrell, Dick Farr, Michael George, Leo Gerstel, Ronnie Gerstel Jr., Carlos Garcia, Don Green, Marvelous Mar- vin Hagler, Jerry Huston, Bob Hanna, Jack. Hurley, Richard Hand, Jr., Johnny Hasson, Emily Harney, Bob Hayden, Jackie Harris, Bobby Halpern, Don Halpin, Joey Innis, Beau Jaynes, Mike Joyce, Peter McNeeley, Scott Ploof and Frankie Ross do. As did R.I.P., do for those who came after. Who now pass on wisdom and knowl- edge to others as was passed on to them by peers. In fight- ing, in life, the ring, the cage and in the octagon. In turn, making life better for others. A salute to those in that Golden Ring in Heaven refereed by God. R.I.P. Fight Family Members: Joey Cam, Tom McNeeley, Sal Bartolo, Lou Bogash, Sr., Milio Bettina, Lou Broufllard, John Bucldey, Walter Byars, Allie Colombo, Clem Crowley, Johnny Cesario, Al Couture, Frankie Campbell, Jimmy Farrell, Sr., Francesco "Kid" Fratalia, Tommy Greb, Billy Hunter, Johnny Nee, Rocky Marciano, Jennie Oliveira, Reinaldo Oliveira, Sr., Jake Kilrain, Frankie Fay, Joe Frazier, Sam Langford, Bernie McNally, Earnie Min- elli, Georgie Martin, Paul Pender, "Iron Mike" Pusateri, Pat Petronelli, Pat McCarthy, Willie Pep, Floyd Paterson, Al Sacramone, Eddie Sylvia, Bucky Vincent, and Charles Babe Wood. "You will never be forgotten!" The Pusateri Family. Mother Kathy, Wife Alice, Sons Michael, Joe, Gary, daughter Debbie Nauss. God bless you all. A flashback with the Fight Family: KO Magazine April 1983; Marvelous Marvin Hagler a 12-5 favorite over Tony Sibson in their World Middleweight Title fight. Middleweight Vinnie Curto won a 10-rounder over Hec- tor Negrete. Scan Mannion won a 10-rounder over Billy Bradley. Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini won by KO in 14 over Duk Koo Kim and re- tained his WBA lightweight title. Freddie Roach won a ten-rounder over Danny Cruz. August 1975 Boxing Illustrated: Jackie Smith outpoints Danny Heath in ten in Boston and Donnie Nelson stops Jimmy Nieves in "1." Jackie Smith also outpoints Marcelino Alicia in 8, in Boston, A1 Romano outpoints Jerry Wells in 8, Marvelous Marvin Hagler KO's Joey Blair in 2 and he outpoints Jimmy Owens in 10. Boxing Illustrated World rated Vinnie Curto fights a draw in Philadelphia with 7 th rated Boxing Illustrated, 8 th rated WBA Bad Bennie Briscoe. World rated fighters in the world from the area are: Heavyweight John "Dino" Dennis, Light Heavy- weight Eddie Owens and Paul Cardoza, Middle- weights: Vinnie Curto and Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Junior Welterweight Tony Petronelli. The Autobiography of Undisputed Welterweight Champ Tony DeMarco The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. ADDED ATTRACTIONS -- With the first doubleheader already sold out, another at- tractive twin bill has been added to the outdoor hockey festivities at Fenway Park in January. Come January 14 rivals Boston College High and Catholic Memorial High will take to the ice at 3:00 p.m. Then at 6:00 p.m. North- eastern will meet Boston College in a regular season Hockey East matchup. The first event -- sched- uled for January 7 -- sold out in less than a week, prompting officials to seek additional games in order to satisfy the eager crowds. That doubleheader has the University of Vermont meeting UMass-Amherst at 4:00 p.m. to be followed by the University of New Hamp- shire facing the University of Maine in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. NESN is televising both January 7 games as part of its TV tripleheader that day. The Bruins will play Van- couver at the Garden start- ing at 1:00 p.m. in a match- up of the two Stanley Cup finalists. When that con- cludes, NESN will immedi- ately switch to Fenway to broadcast the action there. Additional games on differ- ent days are a possibility. The rink will be available for several days between the two doubleheaders, leaving time slots available to sched- ule more games. If you are going to any of these games, remember to dress warmly. You will be sit- ting in a cold weather envi- ronment for several hours, which is different than mov- ing around in the cold. In addition, your seat will prob- ably be more at a distance from the action than any seat at the Garden. Even though the games will be up on the Jumbotron, a pair of small binoculars might come in handy. CLOSING IN ON TRIPLE DIGITS -- When the Bruins emerged victorious in their shootout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 17 at the Garden, it was the 97 th consecutive time that the B's had played before a sellout crowd on Causeway Street, a span that includes regular season and playoff games. If the home sellout string continues, the B's will reach No. 100 in early December. The last non-sellout at home came on December 2, 2009 when a Wednesday game against the the Tampa Bay Light- ning drew 16,553 fans. QUARTER CENTURY AC- COMPLISHMENT-When the Bruins won that game against Columbus to run their mark to a perfect 5-0-0 for the homestand, it marked the first time since they swept a homestand of five or more games since going 5-0-0 in a span from November 29-December 11, 1986. "We talked about it before when we were looking at the schedule," said captain Zdeno Chara. "We were thinking one game at a time and our goal was to get as many points as possible We got all of them. That was the goal and now we accom- plished it. But we can't be satisfied. We've got to keep going" FINDING A WAY TO WIN -- B's coach Claude Julien feels there will be good nights and bad nights as a team goes through the long regular season schedule but what matters is finding a way to win -- especially on those occasions where a team does not play as well as it could. "There's going to be nights, when you have an 82-game schedule, where you play well and you come out with nothing and probably de- serve better, Then there's going to nights where maybe you don't get as good a game out of your team but you still find a way to win. That's where you've got to give credit to your team, finding a way to win those games." READY FOR SHOOTOUTS -- Time was in the NHL where the only time you saw what now takes place in a shootout was during the rare in-game penalty shot. But since the coming of the shootout, those situations are now a part of practice on a regular basis. "We've been practicing shootouts quite a bit," said dulien. "And I've been watching a lot of it, whether it's part of our practice or after practice." The coach mentioned how second year man Tyler Seguin, who went first in the shootout against Colum- bus, has improved in that area. He also discussed two other players. "David Krejci has been a lot better this year when it comes to shootouts. I've noticed that he's doing a lot better in the shootouts. His shot, his release is a lot quicker. I've noticed he's been doing a lot better in shootouts." "Rich Peverley is the same way. He's got a real heavy shot. We also have some other guys we could use. I think we seem to be getting a little better in this area, just from watching how they do in practice. Hopefully the practicing will keep serving us well." 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