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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 23, 2011 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! "The Fighting O'Brien's" Chad Dawson-Bernard Hopkins Bout Ruled a No Decision Don't Forget December 30, 2011 in Las Vegas Brock Lesner Battles Alistair Overeem in UFC 141 in 2011, Fighting Maureen O'Brien won the Fall River PAL tournament and the Rocky Marciano Tournament sub novice. Also, two time Ringside Tournament Masters Champion John O'Brien did some sparring with middle- weight and light-heavyweight Champion of the World Iran Barkley. They're a real tough father-daughter Fight- Family. Congratulations to you both. The bout between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson was ruled a no contest by the California Boxing Commis- sion due to the fact it was stopped due to the ruling on the manner in which Bernard Hopkins' injuries to h-is shoul- der occurred. Thus causing the bout to be stopped. At UFC 141, remember to check out December 30, 2011 at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. 265 lb. Brock Lesner and 260 lb. Alistair Overeem fight it out. These two behemoths should provide plenty of action. TELEPHONE DIRECTORY ADVERTISING/PUBLISHING !Buon atale a Tutti CAPPUCCIO ENTERPRISES, LLC Michela C. Cappuccio (T) 781-:289-2759 Proprietor / Publisher (F) 781-286-5839 CappuccioEnterprises @ comcast.net NORTH END ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas/ Dam Campochiaro, President Broadway Brake Corp. HEAVY DUTY TRUCK & BUS PARTS & SERVICE Philip D'Angelo, President 45 Broadway 1093 N. Mostello St. Somerville, MA Brockton, MA 617-666-I 000 508-580-2213 Buon Natale Court Square Styling Shop In the Shadow of OLD CITY HALL Hair Stylists Mr. Arthur Mr.Jim 15 Court Square Boston, MA 02108 (617) 523-7755 He had his back up against the wall, he did, as do many visiting basketball coaches. For that is how many coaches who come to the Garden elect to give their post-game press conference -- leaning against the wall outside the visitors' locker room. But in this case, the mentor was not paying a call to the Hub. In fact, he was quite familiar with it. For the man up against the wall on this particular Friday night in December was Dec Rivers, the head coach of the Boston Celtics. In a way he was a visitor that night -- or rather a most interested spectator -- as he had just watched a preseason version of the Green go through their paces during a scrim- mage played out before some of the most ardent supporters of the team -- season ticket holders and corporate sponsors. While the on-court result had excited those in attendance -- with the outcome decided by a last second basket -- a more studious eye could envision potential problems ahead as the condensed 66-game, four-month regular season approached. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had been held out as has Jeff Green -- who a few days later would be declared out for the season because of upcoming heart surgery. The point is that the Celtics -- once you get past the starters and a couple of key substitutes -- are thin. With the compact schedule, should any of the Big Three plus One (Pierce, Garnett, Ray Allen plus Rajon Rondo, have to sit for even a minor injury, the result could be devastating. Several games over a short period of time might be missed since the schedule features several spots where there are four games a week and two when five per week are penciled in. Where would the Celtics find themselves in such a situa- tion? Up against the wall -- and a hard and unforgMng one at that. There would be very few places to turn as game after game would have to be played with at least some bench players. The pace of the season would be unrelenting. In fact, one interesting statement coming from Rivers that very night is that Garnett will have his minutes limited during the regu- lar season by playing about 15 minutes per half with his on court action taking place in separate segments of about five minutes apiece. To us it sounds as if the Celtics will use the regular season to qualify for the playoffs by limiting the exposure to injury for Garnett and perhaps others -- the goal being to have a healthy lineup when the "second season" (the one that matters above all else) begins in late April. It's then that the jets will be turned on, that full throttle will be given and that the quest for Banner 18 will begin in earnest. GE] GEM GRAVURE COMPANY, INC. 112 School Street, P.O. Box 1158, West Hanover, MA 02339 Tel: 781-878-0456, Emil: custservice@gemgravure.com Buon Natale Boston's lar6est pnvate clot Iocker & museum food offennss, c#ar olfenn, and top hclfhqueur 292 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts 617-227-0295 q,fern d Christmas andHappy ,-,r, . 'ALew. ear 58 Sprague Street Hyde Park, Massachusetts 02136