Not much to dislike this week as nearly all of BC's teams are hitting on all cylinders at just the right time.
- Men's Ice Hockey: This team is shaping up to be the best team I have seen in the past five years, and I don't say that lightly. This team does the little things right, and passes the puck at a level I have never seen from a college hockey team. Not only that, but the guys on this team represent BC very well as young men of a Jesuit institution. They don shirts and ties after the game, are incredibly receptive to fans, and generally seem to be well-spoken and polite individuals. Just the type of guys that make you WANT to root for them.
- Jerry York: At what point does Jerry York begin to enter the conversation as the best men's hockey coach ever? As far as I can tell, Vic Heyliger from Michigan currently holds the lead in NCAA ice hockey championships with six. Jerry York has four, three with Boston College and one with Bowling Green. I think that York enters the conversation if he can win one more. Winning with Bowling Green is significantly more difficult than winning with an established power such as Michigan. Additionally, the tournament, with 16 teams, is significantly more difficult than the 4 to 8 team tournament Heyliger participated in. Furthermore, there has never been someone to grace the ice with more class than Jerry York. He simply doesn't get the credit he deserves.
- Men's Basketball: Let me begin by saying that this team is not making the tournament. A good rule concerning BC sports is that the teams are not as good as they look when things are going well, but neither are they as bad as they look when things are going poorly. Having attended the game Saturday, I can safely say that game should have been won by ten points easily. This has been a better-than-expected year all things considered, but this isn't going to be the Cinderella ending Eagle fans were looking for in December.
- E-A-G-L-E-S Chant: Is there a worse BC chant than the agonizingly slow Eagles chant, which seemingly holds its place at BC home games simply to make sure that the time is filled during TV timeouts? To say that the crowd is apathetic to this cheer is way too generous. Fan reaction is simply dreadful at this point, resulting in a disheartening cheer that sounds like the crowd is slowly taking its last breath of life before quietly passing to the unknown: "Eagles, Eagles, Eagles!" Please Gene, please, get rid of this quickly and give us some more sumo wrestlers, lame t-shirts, or pretty much anything else during the TV timeouts.
- Reggie Jackson: Our expectations for Jackson were clearly a little high early in the year. That being said, Jackson is doing a lot of the little things, like playing hard defense, even if he isn't scoring 25 a game right now. This is more than just a late season slump and I don't think it's a coincidence that this slump is occurring as Donahue is slowing our offense down a little. Expect Jackson to snap out of it once we start running the floor a little more.
- Beanpot Refs: It's really difficult trying to win the Beanpot when you have to fight against the opposing team plus three refs. NESN was incredulous that BC's 2nd goal wasn't allowed to count, and it seemed pretty clear on the telecast that the puck crossed the line. Additionally, there were certainly some third period penalties that were questionable at best. It's time to start playing Three Blind Mice again.