Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Rules

Most people have heard the phrase marquis of Queensbury rules. Barry Fitzgerald dictates their application to the fight finale in 'The Quiet Man."
However, most people do not know what these rules actually state.

The Queensbury Rules
1. To be a fair stand-up boxing match in a twenty-four foot ring or as near that size as practicable.
2. No wrestling or hugging allowed.
3. The rounds to be of three minutes duration and one minute time between rounds.
4. If either man fall through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, ten seconds be allowed to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to his corner; and when the fallen man is on his legs the round is to be resumed and continued until the three minutes have expired. If one man fails to come to the scratch in the ten seconds allowed, it shall be in the power of the referee to give his awart in favour of the other man.
5. A man hanging on the ropes in a helpless state, with his toes off the ground, shall be considered down.
6. No seconds or any other person to be allowed in the ring during the rounds.
7. Should the contest be stopped by any unavoidable interference, the referee (is) to name the time and place as soon as possible for finishing the contest, to that the match can be won and lost, unless the backers of the men agree to draw the stakes.
8. The gloves to be fair-sized boxing gloves of the best quality and new.
9. Should a glove burst, or come off, it must be replaced to the referee's satisfaction.
10. A man on one knee is considered down, and if struck is entitled to the stakes.
11. No shoes or boots with springs allowed.
12. The contest in all other respects to be governed by the revised rules of the London Prize Ring.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Perhaps my favorite boxing quote...from a man who is not exactly eloquent ( he does have a one-man stage show these days however.)
This evening one of the promoter/managers I deal with will have his main fighter on Showtime for a TV debut and a big step up. We were talking about the opponent and related items of strategy and the fight plan. I closed the discussion by telling the manager to remind the fighter of this now famous line.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


1939 Ford Sedan and a Ruger Red label.....and a Sportsman Emeritus

Monday, April 14, 2014

Waterfowl Migration: Step Up For Conservation

Just a little plug for Ducks Unlimited. This organization is a prime example of how and why sportsmen are some of the best conservationists.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1967 on the Main Line

Rosemont,Pennsylvania, 1967. A photo from the backyard of my childhood home. Even as a little spud I had a thing for guns.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Fifteen  Reasons Why Sometimes  Men Prefer  Dogs And Not Wives:

1. The later you are, the more excited your dog is to see you.

2. Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave lots of things on the floor.

4. Dogs' parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they're ready to go, instantly, 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you're pissed.

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. Dogs won't wake you up at night to ask: "If I died, would you get another dog?"

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and sell 'em.

11. When you drop a silent one, dogs don't run around frantically with room spray.

12. Dogs never tell you to stop scratching your balls. Instead, they sit pondering why you don't lick 'em.

13. Dogs will let you put a studded collar on, without calling you a pervert.

14. If a dog smells another dog on you, it won't kick you in the crotch; it just finds it interesting.

And last, but not least:

15. If a dog runs off and leaves you, it won't take half your stuff.

To verify these statements: Lock your wife and your dog in the garage for an hour.  Then open the door, and observe  who's happy to see you!

Bout Sheet

In horse racing you have your program, in baseball you have a scorecard. When you go to the fights you need a bout sheet. This document provides the list and order of the fights, the fighter's records, the weights and home towns of the combatants and the color of the trunks.This is the sheet I used Friday evening when I witnessed some of the best live boxing I have seen in years.