- Alex Albright's stock continues to rise. In the latest two mock-roster selections, Albright made the team both times. Find ESPN's projections here and SB Nation's here. Albright did not play particularly well on Thursday night's game according to the box score, registering just two tackles, one solo. I say that because I couldn't see any of the game, and the box score rarely tells all the story.
- Things are not looking as rosy for former BC guard Thomas Claiborne. He is currently listed as the third-string right guard on the first depth chart issued by the Bucs. Realistically, he's going to need to pass at least one guard, and possibly two, on the depth chart if he hopes to become a backup this year. At worst, I do think he will get signed by a practice squad somewhere (Pitt?). He has too much potential and had a great rep heading into 2010. I understand that this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league but let's be honest here; he didn't suddenly forget how to play his position. I think he could make a decent NFL backup, just not necessarily with the Bucs because they already have a lot of good, young interior linemen. I'm going to try to get an interview with him at some point this week so feel free to hold your breath.
- Mark Herzlich plays in his first preseason game of the year tonight, so be sure to try and tune in. I don't think that Mark is in serious danger of getting cut, but he does need to show some decent speed during a game setting to reassure people that he is fully recovered. He's been getting a lot of media coverage in New York, and even my local newspaper ran a human interest piece on him two weeks ago.
- There is a serious chance that the ACC will lose either Florida State or Clemson in the coming weeks. If you had to part with one school, who would it be and why? Personally, I would rather lose FSU simply because I've come to really enjoy the Clemson fans who travel to Chestnut Hill. Not something I can say about the FSU fans...
- Lastly, as to the stripe on the helmet. I don't like it but I'm not really upset about it either. If the stripe on the helmet is the biggest problem we have this year, then I think we're in for a darned good season. The old helmet only dates back to 1991, and I'm not a fashionista, but from my vague understanding of these things there isn't much to be proud of in terms of early 90s fashion. I generally love the stained-glass theme simply because I think it encompasses BC's tradition and what the institution tries to accomplish far better than anything else the athletic department has come up with in 50 years. I think this is an instance where we're pushing that theme a little too far, but if BC tries to take that stripe out after BC fans watch a highlight film of Rettig pumping his fist after throwing a dagger touchdown pass to Swiggert in South Bend, people will be rioting in the streets. What do you think? Would you be more likely to warm up to the stripe if BC has a very successful season (ACC Championship Game or beyond)?
Sunday, August 14, 2011
A lot of small things have happened over the past few days so please accept this mini-post as a humble offering to get you through a slow Sunday.