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North Dakota at Northeastern is hardly the caviar that Harvard at Northeastern was. Leave the West to itself until the NCAAs. If the Penguin was nervous on his honeymoon, wait till he sees how he is in a year or two when his offspring becomes Lou Lamoriello's Lament.
In 1933 I was a reporter for the Thomas Jefferson High School ( Brooklyn) newspaper. Baer was doing a vaudeville turn at the Loew's Metropolitan in Brooklyn in conjunction with a film he'd made. The Prizefighter and the Lady, co-starring Myrna Loy. I went backstage for an interview, and Baer and I hit it off. He was scheduled to spend a week in Baltimore after his Brooklyn appearance, and he invited me to tag along. So a callow kid from the streets, whose greatest adventure up to then had been sneaking into Ebbets Field or going to the fights at Golden City Park in Canarsie, was living it up at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, serving as a gofer for the great Max Baer! In 1934, when Max trained in Asbury Park, N.J. for his title fight with Primo Camera, I was invited to spend a couple of weekends with him at a palatial oceanfront home in the then very exclusive town of Deal, N.J. While there I hobnobbed with his trainer, Mike Cantwell, and with his sparring partners, Seal Harris, Dynamite Jackson and Tiger Roy Williams.
I'd have to say that Baer was largely responsible for my getting into boxing. We met again after he retired and I was working for Nat Fleischer at Ring magazine, so, fortunately, I got a chance to thank him and let him see how the street kid from Brownsville was making it in the fight game.
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At first I thought that the British counterparts of Don Shula and Tom Landry were held in real contempt, but it turned out that the service station operators just didn't want their parking lot choked with buses on the way to soccer matches!