Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Cusumano team is saying:"Next year in Vegas!"
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
My kids are now all well past the age where they can administer and regiment their own defecation. So I have no need for a diaper bag anymore. Nevertheless, this one was so cool, and represented the manifestation of the material musing of a young dad...that I said F*#k it and bid on the damn thing anyway.I won will use it as a range bag at the Skeet and Trap Club.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Philly Gym Wars
From January, 2012, to March, 2013, Philadelphia
hosted just two all-local main event fights. One was the showdown between
undefeated heavyweights Bryant Jennings and
Maurice Byarm. The other was the age-old Philadelphia vs. New
Jersey match between Angel Ocasio, of Philadelphia, and
Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ.
These contests brought a
different feel to the crowd than any other main events did in Philadelphia
during that time period. Even though Ocasio and Sosa are not both Philly
natives, Camden is close enough. Take the case of former NABF Light Heavyweight
Champion Richie Kates!
Kates, of Millville, NJ, was an
outstanding light-heavyweight contender in the 1970s. He won the NABF title in
1974 at the Arena in West Philadelphia when he knocked out Jimmy
Dupree, of Jersey City, NJ, in one round. Kates twice fought
Victor Galindez, of Argentina, for the WBA world title—he got
robbed in their first fight in South Africa-- and he fought the best
175-pounders at the time when the division was loaded. His 1978 Spectrum brawl
with Matthew Saad Muhammad, in which each man
was knocked down, is regarded as one of the most thrilling fights in
Philadelphia’s storied boxing history. Kates was an adopted
Dwight Muhammad Qawi, of Camden, NJ, who
boxed in the 1970s and 1980s and won world titles at light-heavyweight and
cruiserweight, was another adopted Philadelphian, as was the legendary
heavyweight champ Jersey Joe Walcott, also of
Camden, years earlier. We had plenty of local champs: junior middleweight
Robert Hines, cruiserweight Nate Miller,
junior welterweight Gary Hinton, lightweight Charlie
“Choo Choo” Brown, bantamweight Jeff Chandler and his
high school classmate and adversary Johnny Carter and so many
other outstanding fighters who came out of the Philadelphia/South Jersey area.
What happened to those days?
Walcott fought Hall-of-Famer Harold
Johnson, of Manayunk; Hines boxed Kevin Howard; Miller
boxed Qawi; Hinton and Brown collided; Chandler and Carter met for the world
title. It seems today that Philadelphia fighters no longer want to fight each
other despite the fact that Philly vs. Philly always has been the recipe for
success on local promotions. Years ago the Arena and Convention Hall in West
Philadelphia and later The Spectrum in South Philadelphia would be filled with
fight fans because of the local rivalries. Sure, times have changed but change
is not always for the better. Answer this! Is boxing in a better place today
or was it in a better place years ago when local matchups dominated the Philly
Look at the atmosphere at a Flyers game when Pittsburgh or
New Jersey is in town or an Eagles game when New York is in town. Do I need to
mention the atmosphere when the Phillies host the Mets? Those games have
In days gone by, when a Philadelphia
fighter boxed out of town, the host city knew what it was getting in the way of
style and toughness. Today, however, is there anything that separates a
Philadelphia fighter from a fighter based in Chicago, Detroit, New York or
Boston? Philadelphia is known for being a concrete jungle, a sports city that
has more ‘fair weather fans’ then most cities. What we need is a good rivalry.
Why can’t the promoters, matchmakers, managers and fighters understand?
I get so tired hearing today’s manager complain that Philly vs. Philly knocks
off a local fighter. Baloney! Derek Ennis defeated Gabriel Rosado three
summers ago in front of a boisterous crowd at the Asylum Arena, yet Rosado has
far surpassed Ennis as a contender and as a viable attraction.
Philadelphia crown its own champ! If we could re-kindle these rivalries like we
had in Philadelphia’s glory days, then perhaps Philadelphia would have other
world champs alongside Bernard Hopkins and Danny
I’ve heard stories all the time
about “gym wars”, newspaper bouts, smokers, and all the different fights that
fighters used to have. Back then the fighters knew each other the same way they
know each other now, yet they fought one another and learned more about
themselves. That’s the way it should be. Let fighters challenge to be the
Philadelphia Champion and make another Philadelphia fighter take it
away from them. In college sports a lot of Temple University players know St.
Joseph’s players, and Villanova Players. Even in the pros players know one
another and compete against one another. When you apply for a job, or try out
for a team, people don’t pass up on an opportunity because their friend is
working for the same opportunity. Fighters should not pass up an opportunity to
move up in the rankings because they know one another. The fighter that who
normally turns down the fight simply doesn’t want it bad enough.
to the fighters, trainers, managers, matchmakers and promoters to put this into
play. The fans will love it.
Be the next Robert Hines, Bennie
Briscoe, Bobby Watts, Tyrone Everett
or Joey Giardello and build a strong reputation
instead of building a career off of meaningless fights.
main events in a year-and-a-half? No wonder why the fan base is so much smaller
now than it was years ago!
The author is a Temple University graduate who is now a part of Peltz Boxing. Follow us on twitter @Peltzboxing and our intern @bamboxinginc
reprinted for Main Line Sportsman readers courtesy of Brittany Rogers and Peltz Boxing. Cogent thoughts on some local boxing issues.
Monday, March 18, 2013
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Friday, March 8, 2013
Since that test is now effectively obsolete....perhaps this statement offers a new criteria for selecting a mate.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
I am hooked all over again...I must read more. I think I will even tackle A.E. Hotchner's biography of Papa once again. Perhaps I will even finally come to terms with what Jake meant when he said: "Isn't it pretty to think so ?"