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March 29, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Tabbut running Boston Marathon for Franklin Park Coalition

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This will be a special race for each and every marathoner, and all the charities they run for are the real winners. Tabbut will never forget 2013, but after much deliberation knew he had to return for one more race to thank all the heroes, ordinary people, who rushed to help the injured.

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Repertoire Fitness at Danvers Indoor Sports is hosting the Beasts of the Northeast Throwdown 2014 team fitness challenge event on Saturday, April 19 from 10-2 p.m. Male, female, or co-ed teams of two will vie to be the best in their category, and athletes of all levels are welcome to participate in this unique event. B&S Fitness is also a sponsor.

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Sean Stellato has booked the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem on July 11 (6-11 p.m.) for a gala red carpet event to celebrate the publication of his book called “No Backing Down”. The book which Stellato began writing six years ago, is all about the teachers strike in Salem back in 1994 when SHS football coach Ken Perrone and his staff defied orders to stop coaching the team that was vying for the league championship and an invitation to the Super Bowl. Perrone’s loyalty was to the team, and when Salem defeated Swampscott to earn a berth there were 10,000 cheering fans on hand. The Witches went on to the Super Bowl, and later Perrone and his coaches were fired.

Stellato, an NFL player agent will have several pro football stars on hand for the celebration along with other celebrities. He did a lot of research and met with his former teammates to tell their stories personal stories in this compelling book.

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Rick Gonsalves, noted historian and author of Placekicking in the NFL, has a novel idea the league might want to consider when it gets together to vote on changes to make the game better. Gonsalves, who runs Cape Ann Kicking Academy, is a big fan of the drop kick, and thinks it should be brought back as an option. He offers the suggestion of making it worth four points which would be a challenge. He points out over 30 percent of games in the NFL the last two seasons have been won or lost by four points or less.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick had one of his recommendations approved at the league owners’ meeting in Orlando; raising the goal posts. He might want to consult kicking expert Gonsalves before next year’s meeting.

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Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com.

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