Monday, October 29, 2012

Maryland Recap

I was really happy that the guys were able to get at least one ACC home win this year.  They haven't given up on the season and seem to have worked hard through very difficult circumstances.  I really wish that the students had stayed until the end of the game to root on the team.  Leaving while the team is down just one score with several minutes left in the fourth quarter is just unacceptable.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Open Letter from Jerry York

The following was published in The Heights on October 24th.  

To the students of Boston College:

I write to you today for two reasons. First, to thank you for yet another outstanding display of pride and amazing support at our season-opening game against Northeastern last Saturday. Raising the Championship Banner is always a very special time. The energy and excitement of a packed Kelley Rink impacts our locker room.  We feed off of it. It never gets old.

Secondly, I write to challenge each of you. BC is a special place. As BC students you  have amazing minds and great talents. When you support our team, I ask that you put your talents to work. Think creatively when joining together in unison to cheer on the Eagles. Think creatively when coming up with new chants and cheers. Continue to make things interesting for your fellow fans and inspiring for our team.

When doing so, we only ask that you use sound judgment in language. Please don’t curse.  We travel to other arenas and hear things I never want to hear. Our hockey program belongs to BC. It belongs to the students, alums young and old, and fans alike. Game day at BC is where we join together in pride. It should be enjoyable for everyone.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Thank you again for your support of Boston College hockey. Please continue to take ownership of the environment in which we compete, and continue to make the Kelley Rink environment the most unique in college hockey.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Men's Basketball Preview: Part II

I sat down this morning with Coach Donahue to ask him about the progress that the basketball team has made over the past few months.  I will try to post that interview in two parts, one on Friday and one on Monday.  In the meantime, here's a breakdown of the upcoming schedule and a prediction for how the season will go.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Free Ice Cream to Make Up for Rancid Season

BC football will hold an open practice tomorrow at 3:30.  The football team will then hand out free ice cream to all students in attendance. 

This...This is what we have come to.

Donahue Invests in Himself

Garland Owens committing to BC raised a few eyebrows over the weekend.  Other than BC, Owens had only been offered by two major programs, UTEP and Seton Hall.  Rivals and ESPN have very little in terms of scouting on Owens, but he seems to have above-average athleticism with below-average fundamentals.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Head Coach Power Rankings 3.0

Less changes to the power rankings this week than last week.  I think my preferences are starting to settle in a little.  I'm still open to adding other guys as the season goes along, but I think the pecking order is more or less established at this point baring a major late-season collapse.  At this point I see this list as being composed of two tiers.  Tier one consists of the first six guys on this list, and I would be completely comfortable with any of them.  Tier two consists of coaches with flaws that BC would have to overlook to hire them.

Brad Bates' job will be to get a first tier candidate to come to Chestnut Hill.  It's hard to sell something you're not familiar with, but that's going to be Bates' job come the end of the year.  The media narrative, like it or not, is going to be that BC is a "tough job with little upside."  That is going to turn some candidates off, but ACC jobs are hard to come by.  If Pitt can attract Paul Chryst then we have no excuse for not getting a top-notch coach.

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Case for Bringing the Air Raid to Chestnut Hill

BC will be looking for a new head coach in the coming months and so this is the perfect opportunity for a discussion on what type of offensive scheme the Eagles should run.  Brad Bates will be looking for someone with an excellent track record of success, someone with a personality that will mesh with Boston College, and hopefully for someone who has a style of offense that will make the students excited to turn out for home games.  At least two of the candidates who would seem to be good fits for the Eagles (head coach power rankings to come later) are experts in the air raid offense.  The air raid is both difficult to defend and exciting to watch.  I think it also fits our current personnel extremely well.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

BC Adds Star to Jersey, Defeats Northeastern 3-0

Boston College defeated Northeastern 3-0 Saturday night in a very workman-like game at Conte Forum.  The Eagles scored two goals in the first period and added another in the second.  Milner was fantastic in the net, recording 26 saves, some of which were simply incredible.  The story of the game was really BC's transition play.  We were able to open several opportunities by pressing the puck up the ice on offense and really only gave up one fast-break on defense.  It was not a performance that would scream "national title contenders" by itself, but we are better than Northeastern and we put them away accordingly.

More importantly, BC added yet another championship banner to the rafters and another star to their jerseys.  I love the idea of adding a star to the back of the jersey with each national championship.  It's a subtle and classy way of demonstrating the program's excellence.  It also reminds the players what they're shooting for each night.  You want a legacy?  Add a star to the jersey.  It's a permanent mark that will last long after your BC career.

Random notes: Johnny Gaudreau asked Jerry York if he was on the 1949 championship team.  Brad Bates took in Jerry York's post-game press conference, sitting quietly and largely unnoticed in the last row.

Banner Raising at 6:30

A lot of students are worried about hockey attendance this year.  Let me just add to the numerous voices saying that if you have a ticket, you need to go.  Basketball is at least one year away from ACC competition, and football is at least three, if not four, year away.  The hockey program is all we have right now and it needs to be supported like the top-tier program it is.

Think the students at Minnesota or North Dakota wouldn't kill for our hockey championships?  Think again.  Go to the game.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Basketball Preview: Part I

Today I'm going to begin breaking down the men's basketball team as it moves into the second year of a complete overhaul.  The team has only lost two notable contributors, Matt Humphrey and Gabe Moton, but has gained two freshmen who will look to contribute immediately. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Steve and Nate at 8

Last night, Steve and Nate from WZBC's hit show Steve and Nate at 8 invited me on their program.  I commented on the importance of blogs to the BC fanbase and the recent tussle involving Blauds.  I come in at the 14 minute mark.  I was not aware that my Jesuit friends were going to be commenting on my performance afterward but I'm sure they can take comfort in the fact that if they study and pray hard enough they can grow up to be Dominicans one day. . .

Great job by Steve and Nate, who are clearly passionate about both BC sports and radio.  

Monday, October 15, 2012

BC Blogger Throwdown

Eagle in Atlanta and Mark Blaudschun are having a well-publicized fight on their respective blogs.  In general, I try to avoid making references to other BC sports blogs.  We don't compete for readership, and have the common-goal of creating well-informed fans who care about BC.  My views on this situation might be biased because I came to really love BC sports by reading ATL everyday as an undergrad.  I remember discussing his most recent posts and insights on a near-nightly basis with Ralph during my junior year and ATL still retails the number one spot on my "bookmarks" list.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Brad Bates is the "Right Fit"

A lot has already been written about the Brad Bates hire, but I want to speak about it more generally with the overall mission of the university in mind.  We first began hearing about finding a coach who was the "right fit" for BC with the hire Steve Donahue and we heard it again this week when Brad Bates was discussed.  While the jury is still going to be out on Donahue for another year or two, I think that most BC fans are satisfied with the progress of the basketball program over his first two years.  Although Donahue may not have been the "sexiest" hire possible, the athletic department stressed that his personality and experience made him the right fit for the university.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Has the BC Offense Regressed in 2012?

If there is one ray of hope for BC fans in this miserable, miserable season it's been that "well, at least the offense is good this year."  At first glance, the difference between this year and last year seems like night and day.  Football Outsiders had us ranked as the 101st best offense in the country last year (out of 120!!!).  This year the offense has seemed competent, if not capable of putting points up in bunches.  While doing some research for another article, I casually checked to see how BC was faring in total offense this year, only to spit out my coffee when finding that Football Outsiders currently has us ranked as the 116th best offense in the country.  116th!  How is this even remotely possible when even the most die-hard detractors of the current coaching staff agree that Doug Martin's transformation of the BC offense is nothing short of miraculous?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Head Coach Power Rankings 2.0

I'll get into the Bates hiring later in the week.  Obviously he wasn't ready to make a change his first day on the job.  My guess is that he will take the rest of the season to get a handle on things and approach Spaz with a buy-out which lets him retire after the last game.  That's probably the best way to go about things for everyone involved as it will allow Spaz to save some face while saving BC some money to spend on the next head coach.  In the meantime, here are this week's power rankings...

Monday, October 8, 2012

How long oh Lord? Will you be angry forever?

I'm way, way behind the curve right now because I am visiting Texas A&M and catching up on school work.  Obviously Saturday's loss to Army was a new low for this program, which its saying a lot considering last year's loss to Duke.  This team has gone from a promising 14-0 lead against Miami to this.  Here are a few scattered thoughts for the start of the week that I don't think other blogs have hit on.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Thoughts on the New Athletic Director Search

A lot of people have been speculating about the new athletic director search and so I wanted to add my two cents.  The most specific information has come from Blauds, who hasn't been given a lot of credibility because he uses unnamed sources and hedges his bets a fair amount.  I think Blauds has more credibility than the BC blogs are giving him credit for.  Without question he has sources within the athletic department.  You just don't report on BC for this long without developing some relationships and inside sources.  At the same time, I don't think it's likely that the athletic department is being briefed on the new athletic director search.  BC is conducting this search very quietly and that makes me think that the circle of people "in the know" is very small.