Originally Posted by battleship25
Big difference BBBB, BW actually FOUGHT Probert !!! Nothing wrong with Sammy at the beginning of the fight where he seemed to land a couple of uppercuts..the problem with Sammy is once his right is tied up he tends to give up ( especially someone as strong as BW). BW could barely skate due to a severe groin pull during that whole series - if someone had an excuse for a poor showing it was BW. I have most of that gm on tape, including the end of the gm when the Hawks were stepping down to the dressing room (CHI Stadium dressing rooms were under the building) . BW was one of the first to step down but was so hobbled that he ended up being one of the last players to get down...as each player stepped by BW they all patted him on the back. That's on VHS.
Semenko's MO ..just like in the Hunter fights ..get loose fast (re; jump) and if the right gets tied up hang on till the refs save you. Just not a warrior like a Marty Mac, or BW, O'Reilly, or Probie. BW was in so much pain from 84- on that it's a marvel that it didn't show that much. Same with Secord, his stomach and leg issues had him in a ton of pain. But most of the tough guys played in various degrees of pain..part of being a pro athlete in a tough sport. Some use it as an excuse..others don't.
My reasoning is based on info/anecdotes/re-caps - that it was Semenko who was suffereing from a bad back. On the other hand when Probie and Wilson jostled around I remember clear as day on this site (a thread from long ago) that Wilson was old by then and with a notorius bad back - Did not think that the S and W go was much - Wilson may have been in pain but it appears to me that something is drastically wrong with DS - Whatever the facts are it sure would have been intersting to see Semenko square up with a little confidence and exchange - whatever!