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   Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba                                WINNIPEG FREE FEBRUARY 2001 SPORTS 03 Westwood withstands the barking Til kick him right through the Mad Dog says ByEdTalt WE know this much about Mathias Mad Dog the Stony Mountain brawler who promises to be featured in Troy Westwoods nightmares for years to come When it comes to talking the pre fight this guy is Hughes who will meet the Win nipeg Blue Bomber placekicker in a fourround cruiserweight scrap that is part of the undercard for tonights Cold War1 at the University of Win nipeg Duckworth Centre was so entertaining at yesterdays weighin he makes some of those WWF blowhards look like shrinking You all heard the Mad Dog said moments after barking into WestwoodS mug after one of those cheesy boxing Now come and see him Im going to have a real good time beating up such a pretty little Well be playing the pain Were going to party all night long at Troys Were ready to Im getting madder and madder as the day goes Im one crazy I wouldnt dream of losing to a field goal Ill kick him right through the rafters at the Duckworth I dont like pretty I dont like guys who jump into the pro game so He needs to be taught a lesson you dont play around with Troy is going to be bleeding all over the Its going to be and theres Told that West woods only comment after the stare down was that Hughes needed Clorets because his breath the Mad Dog bit back with this my breath is going to smell even badder on fight Hughes Hed better be ready because Im going to be stinky all Im going to come in dirty and sweating and Im going to beat him all around the ring for four long Troy is going to be made to stand up for four Westwood to those who may have been wondering did not lose his marbles since the Bombers 2000 season ended in Mon treal last Hes an adven Mathias Mad Dog Hughes and Troy Westwood stare each other down at yesterdays the Bombers kicker will be making his professional boxing debut tonight at the Duckworth turous sort who drives a car at Victory Lane sings in the band Eagle and Hawk and fought three times in one of those toughest man competi tions while in Next up for Westwood tap My parents gave me a pair of tap dancing shoes for Christmas and Im sure Ill be taking some lessons Westwood Maybe I can be a half time act after I retire from the it turns is just something he wanted to take up make no hes not just some pudgy kicker with one muscular The guy is Turns out his skills are pretty I dont know why he prefers foot not said Mario the former head coach of the Colom bian boxing team who defected fol lowing the 1999 Pan Am Miranda and former Manitoba super heavyweight champ Aleks Paunovic have tutored Westwood over the past few Boxing is something Ive always wanted to Westwood Some folks want to run a marathon or dream of climbing Mount This is a challenge Ive always wanted to Its going to be a very intense 12 minutes of my life moments of my life that I will never About six weeks ago I was full of anxiety about There were some mornings I wouldnt fall asleep until four or five But I feel pretty good about going into this now after working with Mario and Aleks in the past few Win or Im glad I have a seri ous opponent to do this West wood This isnt a Mickey Mouse This is a career path for him Looking at this anyone I was going to go up against would want to beat the hell out of JOE BRYKSA WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Unbeaten 190 Winnipeg welter weight Mark formerly of will meet John Roby 185 of in the main sched uled for 10 The which begins at 7 will also feature the following bouts I Edmontons Super Mario the 1ranked light weight in versus JeanLuc Morin of Montreal I Brooke Wellby of Winnipeg versus Robbie Stowell of Edmonton in a six round super welterweight battle I Winnipegs Luis Flores versus Nathan Dorey of Fort Alexander in a fourround super welterweight fight and I Gareth also of Win nipeg and making his pro ver sus Montreals Claudio Ortiz in a fourround super welterweight THEINSIDER Scott Taylor Allstar showcases earn bushleague ratings GOOD Rod My good buddy and former Giroux As baseball teammate was in attendance at the XFL opener in Las Vegas a couple of weeks Heres his report It was quite a Brockie There were people in the build ing and were blind Thats the Ill Let me preface this by saying I enjoy allstar maybe not the games but at least the introduction of the Its great to see all that talent in one regardless of what I the rest of the world seems to be send ing a message that goes something like this We dont really like allstar games enough to actually watch NBCs ratings for the NBA allstar game on Sunday were the worst in his tory a overnight rating and an 11 That was down 17 per cent from the overnight rating and 13 share for last years Last years game finished with a national rating and 12 down 35 per cent from the previous allstar which got a in There was no allstar game in 1999 because of an owners Before last the low national rat ing for an allstar game was for CBS in 1979 and for NBC in The 17percent drop matches the decline for NBCs regularseason NBA which are averaging a paltry Allstar game ratings have declined for all Last summers baseball allstar game got a recordlow rating of down 16 per cent from a the previous The NFL Pro Bowl on ABC got a on down 45 per cent from an in The NHL allstar also played that got a national down 37 per cent from a the previ ous year That number is absolutely commissioner Bettman should be afraid very Ill What have ridiculously high salaries done for sports fans Nothing if ticket prices are your gold In 1996 just five seasons ago it cost for a box seat to a New York Mets This it will cost for the same And pro sports franchise owners wonder why attendances are falling Ill Paul Mayor Norm Coleman wants a new ball park to be built in the Min nesota capital its not a new home for the nesota but a new stadium for the Northern Leagues Paul Coleman would like to see a Saints ball park and a soccer stadium on a 28 acre site on the south side of the Mis sissippi River across from The mayor said Monday that hes been talking with Saints officials and boosters of a downtown soccer stadi um about the two He empha sized that both would have to involve private money to supplement the city governments As were looking at the Coleman we are also looking at a much larger picture to revitalize the Sports both professional and amateur can do more to revitalize an old downtown region better than any thing Look at Look at Look at our new arena and what its done for our Coleman maintains that amateur and minor pro sports can aid in Pauls revitalization with or without a new Twins ball park on the downtown side of the Does that mean Coleman has given up on his dream of bringing the Twins to Paul On for the first Coleman publicly discussed his latest plan for a new Twins ball He is trying to put together a deal under which private sources would pay more than half the cost of a outdoor The pre wrred site is near the citys new o the spectacular Xcel Energy I I I The Winnipeg Goldeyes finalized their preseason schedule The Fish will open the exhibition sea son at Can West Global Park against the Russian national team on May 14 at 7 The Goldeyes will head south on Tuesday to meet their the FargoMoorhead RedHawks at 6 The Fish will return home to play the Lincoln Saltdogs formerly the Madi son Black Wolf at 7 on May before concluding the presea son May with a School Day game against Fargo at Athletes OF WEEK This weeks National Sport Centre Manitoba Athletes of the Week are speed skaters Shannon Rempel and Brittany Rempel and Schussler left Monday to com pete at the world junior speed skating championships in the Feb 23 Prior to the our local duo will compete in Berlin at the Junior Country Match February Experts expect both young women to finish in the top 10 at the junior At last years junior Rempel finished ninth overall while the youngest competitor in the finished Both Rempel and Schussler would be considered longshots to make Canadas 2002 Winter Olympic team both are already members of the National Development Todays BANT Chet Simmons is the former president of NBC Hes also the former head of He was even the president of the United States Football league when that league made its debut on ABC in Chet Simmons is no fan of the I watched last Saturdays opener on NBC and I was said Simmons in a report in the New York I saw exactly what they were selling a little boy hold ing a sign that Tm here to see the closeups of cheerleaders acting like the vulgar comments I received it was ust a form some He likes the he likes Winnipeg Star safety Europe sticking with Blue and sexual innuendo out of the mouths of the The cameramen obviously were directed to find and promote the most antisocial things they could like all the young men in the stands with a beer in each I thought to myself that it doesnt matter if its staged or or whether some of its staged and some of its Either its Is this the way NBC chooses to generate ratings Is this what NBC Sports has become Is this what NBC wants young especially to perceive as sports I was disgusted and The pride I always held through my association with NBC was We may not always have but we always tried to present classy But NBCs relationship with the XFL is clearly designed to present sports in a lowlife I started thinking about some of the great sports production people at people who have passed away Scotty Ted Harry I know that they would have been ashamed and When I was with the USFL and we had a deal with Roone Arledge called to complain that one of the teams names was the Houston But the XFL directly encourages And its aimed at What good can come of that And its an NBC Its a bad beyond This is a shameful part of NBCs All NBC cares about Is without any sense of the consequences or social Im depressed about the state of I truly Judging from the contents of the response By Ed Tail stock rationalizat NBC must be receiving more complaints than just Its all very very But as long as people will do anything to get I suspect that things will get worse before they get better if things ever get Where do we go from here I guess we do what ESPN and CBS are doing turning social miscreants such as Ray Marty McSorley and Jason Kidd into heroes Scott,TaylQr@fr0epre8.mb.ca As a financial Tom Europe will tell you he knows just about everything there is to know about bonds and mutual Europe figures that if the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were a mutual hed be telling his clients to jump on board and enjoy the Thats why the eight year veteran safety agreed to terms on a new contract rather than move on to another football I like the attitude around here I like the way we finished the season last and in talking to Coach Ritchie and assistant GM Brendan I like some of the changes theyre talking about playingwise and said who has been with Rice Financial for just over a Im just comfortable Its a football Im working here and my fiancee likes it here as I think weve managed to push the losing out of the minds of people Europe If we can get Brandon Hamilton a free agent and Juran Bold en and Ron Warner back both of whom are drawing NFL I believe we can really be pretty good on Europes 2000 season was one of his best in eight CFL seasons with Montreal and The 30yearold product of Bishops University finished tied for seventh in tackles in the with and led the Bombers with four interceptions career numbers and his most solid season since being named the North Division AllStar safety with the Lions in Most of he erased the memory of a mediocre 99 campaign in which he did nt dominate like management and fans had hoped after he left the Alouettes and signed in I had fun last year and it felt good to be delivering some pops said Last I felt I had to redeem myself because there was some negative stuff in Expectations were and understandably It was a frustrating season and I didnt do the kind of things I wanted to We were playing with dif ferent people week to week and I think I tried to do more than just my But last after training hard in the offseason with Jeff I came in much stronger and in much better My attitude last year was to just con centrate on doing my Tough centre Vankoughnett hanging it up ONE of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers most dedicated and loyal foot soldiers is turning in his armour and calling it Veteran centre Dave Vankoughnett will officially announce his retirement today at a noon news conference at the clubs locker room after 11 seasons in the who turns 35 in has been offered a fulltime job with a pharmaceutical company and has decided to leave the I dont want to say anything right but you probably will hear some thing Vankoughnett said yes Im sure there will be a lot of speculation because the word is but in the interests of the club and myself Id like this to happen with one big Originally drafted by the Lions in Vankoughnett spent the 89 season on the Leos practice roster before sign ing with the Saskatchewan The Riders then shipped him to Win nipeg for future considerations and it was one of the best deals thenGM Cal Murphy ever Vankoughnett played his entire career in Winnipeg and was an East Division AllStar in 1993 while doing countless hours promoting the club in the com He wasnt the strongest or mqst dominant centre in the but he was tough playing half the 98 season on one Most of the Bombers will miss his quiet Hes been a solid guy who was important for us to have in thelocker said assistant GM Brendan Hes a smart Depend Hard he played half of 98 on one We were always hoping in the back of our mind that hed come because hes Canadian and a solid vet Taman But youve got to think about depth and the fight for jobs at Right we plan on bringing in a couple of American centres and have them possibly battle with guys like Garry Sawatzky and Grant Im confident well be OK Its also possible the Bombers will have Brandon Dyson back this Dyson had won the starting right guard spot in training camp before blowing out his knee in a preseason His nat ural position is   

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