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« on: May 17, 2012, 09:47:44 AM »

We recieved our tickets for the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend last week. Last year was my first year and I'm so excited to be going back. To stand among the great champions of our sport, both past and present, is really something that is hard to put into words. I almost felt like a school kid when I shook hands with Ken Norton. I'm thinking"this guy was heavyweight champion of the world, when it still meant something, he beat Ali, he should've beat Holmes!!!" Seriously, I felt like a school kid! The whole weekend was just an awesome experience. So I have two questions: Is anyone else going? and Who gets in next year? Right off the top of my head Gatti, Vargas, Corrales are all eligible I think.
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2012, 01:39:51 PM »

Whomever the morons in the BWAA submit as nominees. These rump swabs are clueless. And they don't know shit about history. Or Asian fighters. Or ones from the UK. You feeling me on this?

But have fun. It's not what it used to be. Now they even have security guys walking around. It used to be very fan-friendly. I hope it still is. You can have a lot of fun and get great photos at the Cocktail Party and the memorabilia show is neat. Also, it's kind of interesting watching some of the suck-ups mingling about like the sickening syncophants they are. The parade is OK but it's usually hotter than hell so bring something cold to drink. And have a good camera and maybe alawn chair to sit on.

Where are you staying? Graziano's has good pizza and is across the street. Out by Lake Oneida, there are some interesting spots. The best plave is Vernoin Downs. Lots of the guys hang out at Graziano's and gamble in Verona at the Turning Stone Casino. I once  met Oscar in the elevator there. Christ was he ever small. But he was very accesible and humble. By the same token, Norton is verg big.

The best part of the weekend is seeing and talking with the boxers. Guysd like Harry Arroyo, Alen Minter, Jeff Fenech, etc. Hagler is unaccessible but not SRL. If you are lucky, they might engage in a rematch. Smiley.

The weekend is what you make of it. Plenty of things to choose from., Hearns will be the BIG show this year. 

Enjoy!!!
 

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2012, 01:43:34 PM »

BTW, I always stayed at the Best Western in Utica because it was cheap and was not all that far from the Hall. I probably went 6 or 7 times and always had agood time. Actually, my name is on the Boosters Plaque by the Pavillion as I made a pretty good contribution for that neat place.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2012, 07:33:47 PM »

Yeah, honestly I think they could've used a little more security last year. Apparently the laws of acceptable human interaction don't apply there. (In fairness Tyson and Sly went in so probably a different crowd than usual) I can see what you are saying about foreign fighters, though I must admit, I don't know that much about them either. Of course my job is setting up funerals not writing about the sport of boxing as their's is. I just think that boxers are unique athletes when it comes to fan interaction, very gracious and more than willing to pause for a photo, an autograph, or even to engage in small talk. The downside to that is the guys who carry 25 gloves over their shoulder and take advantage of the boxers friendliness, then run to the nearest computer and hop on eBay to sell. It screws the folks who will genuinely cherish those momentos. All and all though, it's just awesome. We stayed outside Syracuse last year and will do the same this year. Kudos for donating, I encourage all boxing fans to do so. It will help add to the hall's collection and help provide a place for fans to come for years to come.
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2012, 08:16:49 PM »

I donated before I realized that the BWAA plays a key role in selecting the nominees. And that Tommy Hauser, as a key player in the Selection Committee to the BWAA in effect, plays a disproportinionatly important role in this entire scenraio. That said, I would not donate in the future.   Angry Angry Angry Angry
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