Just one administrative matter before I begin a rant about last night's epic meltdown:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX!!!! Great writer, excellent friend, and outstanding former room-mate.
Okay, now let's talk about last night's debacle. Make the jump if you want but be warned that I am not in a particularly optimistic mood this morning.
Have you ever seen an NCAA program with as many big-time let-downs as BC? How many times in big situations do the Eagles (in football and basketball) come out flat, uninspired, and seemingly apathetic to the matter at hand? If you start to think about it, almost every heartbreaking moment in BC sports is the result of the team coming out flat and finally waking up in the second half, too late to do anything about the scoreboard. Similarly, almost every great moment in BC sports results from the team sleepwalking through the majority of the game, only to wake up in the final moments to play for a spirited finish (ahem, Va. Tech).
Maybe this is just a by-product of great sports moments in general, in that we generally get most excited about come-from-behind victories because they are so, well, unexpected. It just seems to me that BC comes out flat more often than any other major sports team I follow (and I follow the Cowboys so that does say something).
It's honestly amazing how this trend affects both the basketball and football programs. I used to think that it was a product of BC hiring uninspiring coaches who failed to properly whip up the troops with a rousing pregame speech, but I would think that Donahue would be the perfect man to change that. Could it be a by-product of lukewarm fan support? I know I would have felt let-down last night running out of the tunnel as a BC basketball player only to see a smattering of fans lining the first row of the student section.
And please. Let's not start the classic "Does success breed fanatical fandom or does fanatical fandom breed success" argument right now. It's a dumb argument because they both feed on each other and at the end of the day BC sports have had enough success across the board that we should have more consistent fans than what we have right now.
I don't get it. I don't understand it. But this is what it is to be a BC fan at this point. Is this really what it felt like to be a Sox fan (or worse Cubs fan) for 80-something years? Have we really come to the point where we should start making dark jokes about never seeing an ACC Championship in either football or basketball?
In fact, since I've come on campus five years ago, BC sports have almost created too many heartbreaking moments to count. Never fear though, because we will have a series on the top 20 heartbreaking moments in BC sports (of the past five years) this summer. Summer is going to be a relatively slow time for us (no football, basketball, baseball, or hockey to write about) so my fellow writers and I are looking to fill in some of the gaps with BC related series, similar to how ESPN runs the 30 for 30 series on slow news days. We really want reader input on this so please let us know what you think of the following list and shout out any suggestions you have:
Top 20 Heartbreaking Moments in the Past Five Years
Football Recruits Profiled and Ranked
Basketball Recruits Profiled and Ranked
Top 15 Ways to Improve the Athletic Department
Have a great day.