Get well soon, Charlie Davies

Get well soon, Charlie Davies

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Crawley new WBB coach

I'm excited about the hire. This has the potential to be the TOB->Jags move of women's basketball. I'm glad the AD took this hire seriously, and picked a true, exciting up-and-comer with a great basketball pedigree. I am a fan of Inglese, but this could be an exciting new era for BC WBB.

BC has all the ingredients to have a powerhouse women's basketball program, and the benefits of becoming a national contender would be boundless: more excitement about BC from young girls age 8-12, increased donations from female alumni, and the visibility of ESPN's non-stop women's basketball tournament coverage.

Let's hope this is the jumpstart the program needs to move into the upper echelon of the ACC.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Congrats to BC's newest pros-

Congratulations to Matt Ryan (Atlanta), Gosder Cherilus (Detroit), and DeJuan Tribble (San Diego) for being selected in this year's NFL Draft, as well as Kevin Challenger for signing with Calgary of the CFL.

Good luck to Andre Callendar, Jamie Silva, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Johnny Ayers, and any other Eagles trying to latch on to an NFL team as a free agent. Just getting a sniff of the pros is more than 99.9% of athletes can ever imagine.

I have a feeling that despite being the lowest picked, Tribble might have made out the best of all 3. He's going to a great organization in a wonderful city with fantastic weather. Given the choice, I'm not so sure I'd like to live in Atlanta, or play for the train-wreck Detroit Lions franchise.


I admit that I haven't really been following baseball/softball since the hockey national title. I've kind of just chilled out and enjoyed the afterglow of that.

The softball team is in the cellar of the ACC (5-13) but they are only 1 game away from jumping up 2 spots to 6th place Maryland. All 8 teams make the tournament.

Baseball just took 1-of-3 from NC State but remains 3.5 games behind Wake Forest for the final ACC tournament spot with 6 conference games to play. It looks like we'll have to wait until next year at Fenway to make our ACC tourney debut.

Baseball has a pair of homestands before the season ends - May 2-4 vs. Maryland and May 11, 13, 15-17 vs. Northeastern, UConn, and Wake Forest.

I won't be able to get to softball's next home game (Wednesday vs. UMass), but they close their season with 3 home games vs. Maryland that will prove critical for tournament positioning: a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spring Game

Here are some pictures. Mike has a better camera, I'll get his pics up ASAP.

Hockey team got honored on the field before the game

A lot of shotgun today.

Flutie had a very good game.

Crane driving

Codi Boek

I don't pretend to be a football analyst, but here are a few general impressions:
-Crane is solid, but unspectacular. He can throw while on the run, he's big, he can move. His arm is okay,and he isn't great at picking out receivers, but he'll be solid.
-Haden looks a lot shorter than the listed 5'8'' - he's quick but he has trouble finding the hole
-Billy Flutie had a really impressive game at WR. He has better hands than most of our receivers, and he even made a couple of jumping grabs.
-Gunnell and Jarvis had a case of the drops again.
-OL was better than advertised, but not great (but don't tell Johnson, the 4th string quarterback, that the OL was any good; he got pressured on every snap). I thought Claiborne had a solid game.
-Good to see Toal back out there. Raji was out with an injury.
-The defense once again showed its trademark bend-but-don't-break style, stopping 3 offensive drives within the red zone, including...
-...a 100-yard INT return for a touchdown by freshman Donnie Fletcher, who played with the first team defense since Gause was out with an injury. He was the standout in what was a solid day for the secondary.

You can't judge too much from the spring game, but the pieces are there for a solid run. I'm already excited.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bruins are out...

and hockey season is pretty much over for me (I guess I hope Pittsburgh wins the Cup).

Now what?

Hopefully BC baseball can get a few good wins before the season ends, although the ACC tourney is looking like a real long shot.

And hey, the softball team is showing some improvement this year. They are 3-12 in conference but 24-26 overall, and have some decent freshmen.

I haven't been to any games in a while. I'm still kind of soaking in the hockey glory + I've been busy with work as finals approach.

We're basically approaching the dead period. Once the spring game happens, it'll be a long time before any BC athletic event of major consequence takes place. I love Red Sox baseball, but I really can't wait for the fall to come and for the BC football journey to begin.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Photos from the Frozen Four weekend

Credit to various friends - specifically, Mike Lee and Andrew Keener - for most of these photos. They are in no particular order and come from:
-Thursday's game watch in the Welch Hall TV lounge on College Road (after we got shut out of Roggie's)
-Saturday's game watch at Roggie's
-Sunday's team return
-Monday's rally

The fun doesn't stop

Coach York is fond of saying that "the season never ends when you win a National Championship." This whole week will be chock full of personal opportunities to celebrate:

-Tomorrow, the team will be honored at Game 4 of the Bruins-Canadiens series. (A game that I really, really can't wait for, by the way - after the huge emotional high of Saturday night (and a substantial high on Sunday night at the B's) I feel like a junkie searching for a hockey fix.)

-The national championship gear should also show up at the BC bookstore at some point tomorrow.

-On Wednesday or Thursday, I expect the national championship gear I ordered from USCHO right after the game to show up.

-On Friday, I get paid, and I will use the opportunity to raid the bookstore for any last items that I haven't already purchased (I greatly fancy the big banner they were selling on USCHO for $30).

-Hopefully, the DVD goes up for sale some time soon, so I can buy that and have it to enjoy forever.

-Soon, the team will be honored at the White House.

My pictures from the Conte rally will be up in the morning.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A perfect cap to the weekend

I had mixed emotions about attending the Bruins playoff game last night against Montreal. Don't get me wrong - I love the Bruins, I have since I was 3 years old. But I didn't want anything to dampen my enthusiasm from Saturday night, and the Bruins are very, very good at being buzzkills.

In the end, though, the Bruins game proved to be a fitting finale to an amazing hockey weekend.

I wore my beautiful, brand new national champs 2008 shirt to the game and got lots of comments for it. I was amazed by the amount of people in BC gear at the game - I even met someone who graduated from BC in '51 and knew guys from the '49 championship team. The Garden organ even played "For Boston" late in the third period.

And the game itself? Incredible. I've never experienced a more electric atmosphere at a pro game. It was an absolutely intense, carnival atmosphere, with the 6,000 or so Hab fans trying to take over the Garden and the Bruins fans fighting hard to drown them out.

The battle in the stands seemed to reflect the battle on the ice - the Habs clearly had more talent, seeming to glide down the ice and set up wave after wave of attack with relative ease, but the Bruins - led by Tim Thomas's outstanding performance in net - withstood the Canadiens' surge early in overtime, worked hard, and earned a game winning goal to pull themselves back into the series.

Marc Savard truly is an amazing player. In the 2nd period, he fed two absolutely gorgeous passes to Milan Lucic, but Lucic was unable to finish. I wonder how many assists Savard would have if he actually had people to pass to who could finish? It was only fitting that Savard finished this one off himself (with the help of a sweet feed from Dennis Wideman).

The march out of the Garden was awesome, with fans chanting, clapping, and ragging on Montreal fans all the way out the door. It was a small glimmer of what hockey in Boston once was - and, despite what the doubters say, could be again, if the Bruins become a contender over the next few seasons.

Championship rally tonight at Conte - pics to follow.

Savard's sweet game winner:

Sunday, April 13, 2008

BC hockey team to throw out first pitch at Fenway tonight

...assuming the game doesn't get rained out. What an awesome honor for the team.

T-minus 90 minutes until the CHAMPS return home.

My gear so far

I plan on getting everything. Here are my first two picks


-The team arrives home tomorrow at approximately 4:15 PM, at Conte Forum bus stop. Go there, be loud, wear your gear, and bring signs. Let's welcome the CHAMPS home in style.

-BC has tentatively planned a championship rally for 5:30 PM Monday night, I assume in Conte Forum.

-Get your gear at or Also, I suspect that the NCAA will soon be selling DVDs of this game.

One to remember.

It was a rebuilding year. We had a freshman goalie. We had to boot two defensemen in the first week of the season, leaving us woefully thin at the position all year. We lost one of our best all-around players to an injury. We had to replace Brian Boyle and Corey Schneider. We played like garbage for several weeks after the Beanpot. We went into the last game of the regular season at Northeastern needing a win just to clinch home ice in Hockey East.

And... they did it. 9 in a row to end the year on top. Unbelievable.

BC hockey is simply the best.

Can't even describe the feeling right now.

Photos & videos from the wild Roggie's celebration to come tomorrow.

By the way: word on the street is the Domers are already complaining about the kicked in goal being called back. To which I say: EFF YOU. 0-for-8 on the power play. You were given your chances by the zebras. Time to go back to the cornfields and watch your football team be similarly wiped out by BC.

Also - it was kicked in. Just because he barely made contact with it doesn't change the fact that it was a distinct kicking motion that redirected the puck in. So there.

How about those penalty killers?: BC was 95% on the penalty kill in postseason play. Where was that all year? More importantly - who cares? They did it when it counts. That's what BC hockey is all about.

Friday, April 11, 2008

It doesn't get any better than this: thoughts on BC-ND

Well, who saw that blowout coming?

A few days ago, a friend of mine saw the hockey team come out of Conte after practice. She said that they all linked arms and skipped across the street, arm-in-arm, to the Plex. While this leads me to believe that our hockey team is probably a little batty, I think it speaks to the team's chemistry right now.

This chemistry is reflected on the ice, as BC is not just dangerous on odd-man rushes - they are deadly on odd-man rushes. The feeling I get when watching BC break in 2-on-1 isn't just excitement, it's anticipation. BC scored 2 goals each on Minnesota and Miami on odd-man rushes, and opened the scoring last night when Orpik scored on a 2-on-1 bid. Ben Smith capped off the Eagles' 6 goal outburst on a 2-on-1 with Gerbe in the 2nd.

Right now, BC's passing is the best I've seen it since the glory days of '99, '00, and '01. All year, one of BC's biggest problems has been that they seem to want to pass it into a general area on the ice where they think their teammate is going, rather than to another player. For some reason, this problem seems to have been rectified in the postseason.

That's going to need to continue tomorrow night, as Notre Dame often employs a neutral zone trap, particularly against high-flying opponents like BC. In order to break it, BC is going to need precise, smart passing.

Pinpoint passing was what got Michigan back into the game last night on the power play. Notre Dame likes to really spread out on the penalty kill, leaving a lot of space in the middle which Kevin Porter exploited to set up a one-timer goal that I believe made it 3-2 at the time. Look to see if BC can do the same.

Two concerns from last night that worry me going into tomorrow's game:

1) Penalties. BC took a lot of penalties last night - 12, to be exact. I think the refs were calling everything extra tight to make sure the game didn't get ugly after BC went up 5 and 6-0, so that might explain the rash of penalties BC took. However, the bright side was BC's penalty killing, which held the Sioux to 0-for-8 and has been a real strength for BC during the postseason. Still, I wouldn't want to tempt it - a special teams game is one way for Notre Dame to slow it down and prevent BC from opening it up into a track meet, which is what we want.

2) The last goal on Muse. When Muse gave up a goal to "South Dakota" (thanks Ray Ferraro) late in the game last night, he looked pissed. At first, I figured it was because he lost the shutout, but when I saw the replay I realized that he probably was upset that he once again got beat high on the glove side. Once again, he went down too early, and once again, he dipped his glove down before bringing it up. It was like a replay of the Beanpot. You know the Domers will be gunning up high - let's hope Muuuuuse is up to the task.

I'm downright giddy in anticipation of this game. I kind of want to pull a Cartman from South Park and put myself in suspended animation until tomorrow night. It's going to be a long 31 hours.


On a total side note, BC beat Northeastern to advance to the finals of the Baseball Beanpot on Wednesday, and will take on UMass next Wednesday afternoon [UPDATE: UMass site says the game is next TUESDAY afternoon... stay tuned] at Fenway Park. It will be a blast to go to Fenway for $5, relax, and watch BC play. Hopefully, we'll be still basking in the glow of a title. We shall see.

The National Championship Game

Saturday, 7 PM:

Boston College vs. Notre Dame

Bring it on. It can't come soon enough.

Thoughts about the game coming tomorrow.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Will it be a BC-ND holy war on ice? Notre Dame leads Michigan 4-3 right now with 6:20 to go.

Today was simply perfect. Gerbe's hat trick, Bertram's goal, Muse's effort between the pipes... if BC plays like that on Saturday, it won't matter who the opponent is. Go Eagles.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The best photographer in the business.

If you're not familiar with the hockey photos of Melissa Wade, this gallery from Sunday's NCAA Hockey Northeast Regional final is a good place to start getting acquainted. She is the best.

Baseball team...

defeated Northeastern today, 8-7 - with the help of a play at the plate.

BC's now 12-14. Tony Sanchez hit a HR to extend his hit streak to 23 games.

I was in the neighborhood, but didn't get a chance to see the game. I do know from previous experience, however, that Northeastern's baseball field is better than Shea.

Next up: a game @ UConn, tomorrow at 3.

The Trophy Case: BC's honors during my years at school

  • Men's Basketball
  • 2006 - Commonwealth Classic Winner
  • 2008 - Commonwealth Classic Winner
  • Women's Basketball
  • 2008 - Caribbean Challenge Winners
  • 2008 - Blue Sky Classic Winners
  • Sailing:
  • 2008 - ICSA Women's National Champions
  • 2008 - ICSA Co-Ed National Champions
  • Football:
  • 2006 - Meineke Car Care Bowl Winner
  • 2007 - Ireland Trophy
  • 2007 - ACC Atlantic Division Champions
  • 2007 - Champs Sports Bowl Winner
  • 2008 - Ireland Trophy
  • 2008 - ACC Atlantic Division Champions
  • Men's Soccer:
  • 2007 - ACC Regular Season Champions
  • 2007 - ACC Tournament Champions
  • Women's Soccer:
  • 2006 - Sweet Sixteen
  • 2008 - Sweet Sixteen
  • Women's Hockey:
  • 2007 - Beanpot Champions
  • 2007 - Frozen Four
  • 2009 - Beanpot Champions
  • Men's Hockey:
  • 2007 - Hockey East Tournament Champions
  • 2007 - Frozen Four
  • 2007 - Mariucci Classic Champions
  • 2008 - Beanpot Champions
  • 2008 - Hockey East Tournament Champions
  • 2008 - Frozen Four
  • 2008 - National Champions

Games I Attended in '07-'08

  • Overall: 51-30-11 + 12 non BC + spring football = 105 games
  • Home: 40-25-6 + spring game
  • Away: 4-5-5
  • Neutral: 7-0
  • Non-BC NCAA Games: 12
  • Men's Hockey: 13-6-5
  • Women's BBall: 8-2
  • Football: 6-1 + spring game
  • Baseball: 5-1
  • Softball: 4-0
  • Men's BBall: 6-4
  • Women's Hockey: 8-11-5
  • Men's Soccer: 1-2-1
  • Field Hockey: 0-1
  • Women's Soccer: 0-1

Stadiums/Fields Seen 07-08

  • Total: 20
  • Conte Forum [BC] - (49)
  • Alumni Stadium [BC] - (8)
  • TD Banknorth Garden - (7)
  • Shea Field, Baseball [BC] - (6)
  • Newton Soccer Field [BC] - (6)
  • Walter Brown Arena [BU] - (4)
  • Shea Field, Softball [BC] - (4)
  • Matthews Arena [NU] - (3)
  • DCU Center [Worcester] - (3)
  • Schneider Arena [PC] - (2)
  • Ridder Arena [Minnesota] - (2)
  • UConn Hockey Arena [Conn] - (2)
  • Agganis Arena [BU] - (2)
  • Tsongas Arena [UML] - (1)
  • Whittemore Center [UNH] - (1)
  • Mariucci Arena [Minnesota] - (1)
  • Bright Arena [Harvard] - (1)
  • Harvard Stadium [Harvard] - (1)
  • Newton Field Hockey [BC] - (1)
  • Houston Field House [RPI] - (1)

Games I attended in 06-07

  • OVERALL 67-27-3 = 97 games
  • Football 6-0
  • M Hockey 17-6-1
  • M Basketball 14-4
  • W Hockey 13-6-2
  • W Basketball 6-3
  • Softball 3-1
  • W Soccer 3-1
  • M Soccer 3-1
  • Baseball 2-4
  • W Lax 0-1

Best Moments

  • Men's Hockey, 4/12/08 - National Champs.
  • Football, 10/26/07 - BC rallies with two touchdowns in the last 2:11 to win at Virginia Tech and maintain their #2 ranking. Students spill out of the dorms and have an impromptu celebration all over campus. What a night. WOW.
  • Men's Hockey, 3/30/08 - BC scores 3 goals in 1:58 to come from an 0-2 deficit to a 3-2 lead late in the 2nd against Miami in the NCAA regional final.
  • Men's Hockey, 3/30/08 - Joe Whitney's ridiculous diving goal sends BC to the Frozen Four, beating Miami 4-3 in OT.
  • Men's Hockey, 3/21/08 - Benn Ferriero's 3OT goal caps a comeback against UNH in the Hockey East semifinals at the Garden.
  • Men's Hockey, 2/11/08 - Nick Petrecki's OT goal wins the Beanpot for BC!
  • Football, 9/1/07 - BC scores a touchdown to tie the game at 21 right before half time against Wake. BC wins 38-28
  • Men's Hockey, 11/30/07 - BU goalie Karson Gillespie gets sent to the box by Benedetto for a swan dive... piss-your-pants laughter follows
  • Men's Hockey, 3/15/08 - Nate Gerbe's amazing penalty shot goal makes it 4-0 BC over PC in Game 2 of the HE QFs
  • Men's Hockey, 2/4/08 - Gerbe slays BU in overtime
  • Men's Hockey, 3/22/08 - BC cruises to another Hockey East title, beating UVM 4-0
  • Men's Hockey, 3/29/08 - BC gets past the Gophers 5-2 in the NCAA tournament.
  • Men's Hockey, 3/15/08 - BC sweeps the Friars with a pair of 5-1 wins in the HE QFs to advance to the TD Banknorth Garden.
  • Women's Hockey, 2/29/08 - Eagles top PC 4-2 in the season's penultimate game to keep their playoff hopes alive. Stack with the ENG to ice it with 4 seconds left.
  • Women's Hockey, 1/4/07 - BC kills off a 5-on-3, Lindsay Wright aka CANADA scores a sick goal, and BC upsets #4 SLU 5-2
  • Women's Basketball, 1/6/07 - BC stuns NC State with a thrilling 1 point come-from-behind victory
  • Men's Soccer, 11/9/07 - BC clinches ACC reg. season title with a win at home against VT.
  • Women's Hockey, 01/12/08 - MN native Allie Thunstrom's goal with 1:30 to go gives BC a tie @ #4 Minnesota
  • Men's Hockey, 3/14/08 - BC blitzes Providence early and often en route to 5-1 win in Game 1 of HE QFs at BC
  • Men's Basketball, 12/23/07 - Tyrese Rice knocks down a floater with less than 5 seconds to play to give BC the 57-55 win over Northeastern.
  • Men's Hockey, 1/19/08 - Carl Sneep's goal in the 3rd ties BU 2-2; pandemonium in the student section
  • Football, 11/24/07 - BC finally snaps the long losing streak against the U.
  • Women's Hockey, 2/10/08 - BC's Stack scores in the 2nd to tie UNH 1-1. We lost, but that was a great moment.
  • Women's Basketball, 12/31/07 - Picco nails back to back three pointers as BC wins a thriller against NU
  • Baseball, 5/13/08 - BC rallies from big early deficit to beat UConn.
  • Softball, 3/26/08 - Fence Girl crashes into the fence, Thunstrom scores winning run, BC downs HC 4-3
  • Women's Hockey, 11/29/07 - A clutch goal with under a minute remaining by Stack gives BC a much needed point @ UConn
  • Women's Hockey, 3/15/08 - UNH tops St. Lawrence 3-2 in OT to give Hockey East a representative in the Frozen Four.
  • Men's Hockey, 11/30/07 - BC explodes for a 3-0 1st period lead en route to a 6-2 win over BU
  • Football, 10/7/07 - BC scores 31 points in the 2nd quarter against Bowling Green and rolls to 55-24 win - up to #4 in the country!