The 'Hawks were idle this week.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The 'Hawks were idle this week.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This one is for all the braindead morons who continually pick BC to struggle year after year after fucking year, only to be wrong again and again. For all the people who said BC could never win without Ryan, for all the chicken littles who wanted to run Jags out of town after UNC, for all the pundits who picked BC 5th or even 6th in the Atlantic, for all the people who said TOB made football at BC, for all the fucking rednecks who send us to shit bowls every year.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I love Boston College. More specifically, I love how BC gives me an excuse to do what I did yesterday – make a day-long jaunt to the Madison Square Garden for the sole purpose of watching one essentially insignificant college basketball game – and make it seem normal and socially acceptable. [Compared to some of my previous BC trips, and some other trips I have planned, it’s actually about as normal as taking the T to the TD Banknorth Garden for the Beanpot.]
Despite a tumult-filled eight hour (!) bus ride from Boston to New York, a long wait at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and a tough loss that included the classic BC Tease ™ where it looked like they were going to pull it out only to rip your heart out with a minute to go, the trip was a blast. I traveled with my whalepants-wearing, old-fart compatriot, Pat Lane (BC alum from the long-ago class of ’08), got to see Madison Square Garden, and sat in the second row courtside for $10. And at the end of the day, I left feeling a lot better about BC basketball than I did at the start, when I was predicting doom-and-gloom the entire trip down.
First, the trip: we booked the Peter Pan bus for 11 AM, figuring we’d get into town at around 4 PM, giving time to enjoy a nice pre-game meal, walk around a little bit, then head to the Garden. All was going according to plan, as we crossed the CT-NY border at 3:30 PM, but thanks to New York traffic, it took us from 3:30 PM to 6:55 PM to travel from the NY border to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. We were held up even further by the fact that our bus driver apparently sideswiped a taxi cab in the traffic jam, forcing us to wait an additional fifteen minutes for the police to show up and file a report. It was, as the driver said over the PA system, the ‘longest four-hour trip of all time.’
Instead of dinner, we quickly shifted to plan B – ‘miss as little of the game as possible’ – and we got into the Garden about 5 minutes into the game with BC down by 4 points. Our NY culinary experience was reduced to MSG hot dogs of questionable origin and ridiculous price.
MSG was initially very surreal and unenjoyable to me – the color scheme is offensive to the eyes, the stage lighting takes some time to get used to, and the bowl arrangement just feels very, very odd. [The stage lighting is especially rough on me – I have a weird eye condition and my view was definitely impacted by the stage-style lighting - I can see a lot better when all things are illuminated more equally.)
While there’s certainly not a bad seat in the Garden, our instant-upgrade to courtside made the experience much more enjoyable; we then moved into the oh-so-packed “student” section when our pal Claver2010 scored us two second-row seats next to him near the BC bench.
The game itself was actually very entertaining. BC held their own and played with authority and aggression in the first half, but turnovers, poor shot selection, and a baffling lack of shooting by Tyrese Rice let Purdue drift out to a double-digit lead as the second half went on. BC kept showing flash after flash of a potential comeback, and I remarked that the 5 minute mark was the right time for the BC Tease ™, at which point, It Happened – BC went on a really nice run, sparked by some good play by Southern and Trapani, and cut the lead down to 4; an awful offensive foul call on Trapani – one in a sequence of shady calls against BC at critical situations – stemmed the BC tide with about one minute to go and the rally tapered out.
Still, Tyrese Rice only scored 15 and never looked dominant, but BC hung in there with one of the top ten teams in the country; I can’t really complain about that. I like the development of Southern, Jackson looks like a player, and JOE TRAPANI is going to be the steal of the year. We just really need Tyrese Rice to play like an All-American; if that happens, this team will win its share of basketball games.
A nightmarish hour in the Port Authority Terminal listening to an endless loop of Christmas music plagued the return trip, but it was an otherwise smooth journey, and I got back into Boston safe and sound at 5 AM.
One of the things I love about traveling anywhere, but particularly to NY – I absolutely love returning to Boston, walking around the city I love, and noticing and further appreciating its great qualities. For all its flaws, Boston is home.
My trips to New York always follow a predictable emotional pattern.
1- 1. I’m very excited for my trip.
2- 2. Getting into the city is a pain in the ass, and I get mildly annoyed.
3- 3. I get out of the bus/train and realize why I always end up hating New York the first six times I get bumped into or almost gunned down by a renegade taxi driver.
4- 4. I have a great time doing whatever I’m doing. This is invariably part of the equation: I always have fun.
5- 5. I come down with some sort of cough or stomach bug.
6- 6. I get to the bus/train station and anxiously await the return home
7- 7. I return to Boston, and as I step on to the street, angelic music plays in my head and I remember how much I hate New York
8- 8. I get excited for my next trip to NYC.
No offense is intended to New Yorkers here, who make up some of the best people and best sports fans at BC; also, New York has the only four things I really need to enjoy a city – 1) an educated population, 2) good sports, 3) good food, and 4) ample public transportation – but every day, I thank God (who I technically don’t even think exists) that I went to Boston College and didn’t go to school in New York, like I considered for a good amount of time; again, it’s not that I don’t enjoy my trips to New York, it’s just that when I walk out of South Station and into downtown Boston, it gives a nice, comforting sensation – it’s a vibrant, lively, historic city, yes, but I enjoy the fact that being a pedestrian is not round-the-clock hand-to-hand combat, a Darwinesque struggle for survival; and I like how drivers aren’t involved in a NASCAR-style 24 hour contact sport. I also enjoy how every third person I come across isn’t a) on crack, b) mumbling loudly to himself, c) asking me for change [especially since I’m a sucker and always give change to anyone who asks, as long as I have some]. Boston is a kooky city with some insane drivers, rude people, and oddly-laid-out streets, but warts and all, I’ll take it any day and often feel compelled to kiss the ground when I walk out of South Station.
All in all, I’d rate this as one of my top BC road trip experiences, despite the loss; it made me regret for 2.2 seconds the fact that I’ll never see a BC Big East Tournament at MSG [then I snapped out of it and realized that if we were still in the Big Least, we’d have our big tilt against Rutgers football to look forward to this weekend].
I took many photos, and expect to have them up later in the day, but for now I must get some sleep, then enjoy the holiday with family.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and GO EAGLES!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
By the way, to Dartmouth & the NCAA: lame. Soccer is supposed to be played regardless of weather.
So good luck to the soccer Eagles this afternoon.
The basketball Eagles have their MSG matchup with Purdue tonight. I'm taking the Peter Pan, not the Fung Wah, so I might actually make it; I'll be in NYC at around 3:30 and will be sitting up in the nosebleeds.
See you all tonight!
Monday, November 24, 2008
1. Minnesota - A split at Denver is always a solid weekend. The Gophers have clearly established themselves at #1.
2. Notre Dame - I discounted the Irish early on this season, but I have learned my lesson. Their combined two-game 14-2 pasting of Bowling Green was a message to the CCHA.
3. Boston University - BU hit a rough patch this week, losing two to Vermont, but I doubt their struggles will last long. Credit to Vermont.
4. Northeastern - Boston's far superior urban university picked up two more wins this week, including one against a plummeting UNH team. Thiessen is one of the best goalies in America.
5. Minnesota State - Am I the only person on the Maverick bandwagon? I feel like I consistently have them much higher in my rankings than anyone else does. Two more wins for MSU-M this weekend, although it was just Michigan Tech.
6. Boston College - It looks like BC may be starting that Slump Thing again. It's not full-blown Slump Thing yet, but we may be getting there. Either way, I really am not concerned. I'm a little concerned with Muse right now, but we'll see how he does with the chips on the table. I bet he returns to his freshman year form.
7. Colorado College - CC is another solid team that is struggling along with the growing pains of its sophomore goalie. I suspect they will be back in the top 5 soon.
8. Princeton - The keepers of the Hobey Baker flame had another 4-point weekend in the ECAC. A matchup with Northeastern in Troy on Friday will tell us a lot about both teams.
9. Denver University - DU stopped the bleeding with a Saturday victory over #1 Minnesota.
10. Air Force - This week is the big one for still-unbeaten Air Force: games against Colorado College and Denver.
11. Vermont - Another team I initially doubted. Hey, I admit when I'm wrong. Vermont is cruising right now, and picked up an impressive sweep at Agganis Arena.
12. UMass-Lowell - Despite their loss to rampaging Northeastern, I still project Lowell to end up #4 in Hockey East this year when all is said and done. They destroyed Providence, but to be fair, everyone is doing that these days.
13. Cornell - Two wins last week including one over a very solid Harvard team. Cornell and Princeton are shaping up to have a great battle in the ECAC. Cornell has two with North Dakota this week in a monster series for both teams.
14. Miami - With two wins against Michigan, Miami is quietly working their way back up the rankings after a rough start.
15. Nebraska-Omaha - Sorry UNH. Nebraska-Omaha sneaks into the top 15 from completely off my radar after scoring 10 goals in 2 games in a sweep of Michigan State. I didn't even notice until this weekend, but they're 9-2-1.
3. Boston University
4. St. Lawrence
Can this man lead BC to the promised land?
It doesn't matter who you wanted to be the starter at the beginning of the year, or after the Georgia Tech game, or after the UNC game; it doesn't matter if you think he should have gotten some snaps during games this year; it doesn't really even matter what you think of Davis's abilities. What matters is this: Dominique Davis is the man charged with getting us over the hump and into the Orange Bowl. It's time to rally around him. With a week at the helm under his belt, a lot of those first week jitters should be gone... let's hope it translates into results.
It's not going to be easy, but it never really is with BC athletics. GO DOMINIQUE!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
BC really imposed its will for the first period and a half, right up until they took a 2-0 lead; from that point forward, it was almost all UConn, outshooting BC ~25-15 over the last two periods. A number of these shots were point blank and Molly had to make some big saves.
The first goal for BC was vintage Stack/Thunstrom wizardry. Goal #2 was odd - the puck landed on Garcia's shoulder, there was a scrum around the net, and it fell off her shoulder and across the line.
Goal 3 came against the run of play courtesy of a BC power play. Kristin Regan fired a nice shot from the point and Becky Zavisza made a redirection that Milan Lucic would be proud of, putting the game on ice; Maggie Taverna added a 130-foot empty net rocket to put icing on the cake.
Zavisza reminds me a lot of Andrew Orpik from the BC men's team - maybe not the one player who stands out the most, offensively, but a strong, smart two-way player who can sneak up on you by uncorking an awesome wrist shot. Her resurgence has been one of the big reasons for BC's success this year.
The defense didn't have its best game overall, giving up a lot of good chances, but two blueliners deserve a lot of praise:
I thought that Brie Baskin had her best game as a defender thus far. She was solid for the entire game, but one play stands out - around halfway through the third period a UConn player (I think Thibault) was streaking in alone toward the net and had another one coming on her left; Brie came out of nowhere to fly into the zone and breakup the play cleanly.
And then there's Kurth, who seems to almost always be impressive. She plays like a grizzled veteran. Mike said that she's the best BC defender he's seen in his seven years of watching them play. I don't doubt it for an instant.
Good win on the road... time to cap off the weekend with another big one on Saturday."
-Expect plenty of ZooMass students in Conte on Friday night. I'm happy to have them in the building - I'm just wondering how UMass-Amherst can offer a fan bus to away games, but BC can't because kids might drink and get in trouble. Also, for $25, UMass students get a ticket, a ride to and from campus on the bus, AND pizza. At BC the best you can get for $25 is a hot dog and a coke.
-Here's a funny story courtesy of the LetsGoDU hockey blog: the University of Minnesota is in a heavy recruiting battle with.... the University of Minnesota. Both the football team and the hockey team want the services of two-sport high school standout Anders Lee.
-Tonight's BC games: women's hockey travels to UConn for a Hockey East tilt, while women's basketball hosts Hofstra.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The Boston College women's soccer team dismantled Northeastern this afternoon 4-0 to book a date with Florida State in next weekend's NCAA Sweet 16. It's BC's 4th trip to the Sweet 16 in the past 5 seasons. The time and date of the game is TBA, but it will be in Tallahassee. Hopefully FSU wears black uniforms...
The legend of Amy Caldwell continues to grow, as she had two brilliant assists today. I think she might be my favorite BC athlete. She has that rare and special ability to make something out of nothing. I foresee a future for her beyond the NCAA.
Dampening the mood a bit, women's hockey took one on the chin against Maine, 5-3. But it's a long season and Maine is a tough, long trip to make on a Sunday afternoon.
Hopefully they'll bounce back Thursday night @ UConn.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I have no idea.
UNH had a 3-0 lead at one point before BC went on a 7-1 run.
Jimmy Hayes had a hat trick and Brock Bradford bolstered his Hobey campaign with 2 G and 2 A.
Gutty, gutty win, but giving up 11 goals in 2 games is certainly a bit disturbing. Still, that was one of the most exciting games I've seen at Conte - BC went on an absolutely riveting 10-minute in run in the 2nd in which they scored 5 unanswered goals.
More later, maybe, but now it's football time.
Friday, November 14, 2008
With the puck in his corner and 10 seconds left in the power play, Ference took control of it and hummed it 200 feet down the ice, killing the penalty; he then limped slowly to the boards and left the game for good, but not before making a huge play that helped his team keep control of the game. What a warrior. He'll probably miss the next few games, but he still managed to make a great defensive play despite being in excruciating pain. When people say there aren't good role models in pro sports, it's obvious that they're not watching these guys.
And while toughness is a big part of hockey, the game can also be beautiful for its players' brilliance. Marc Savard, for example, is brilliant. Not only is he physically gifted with the ability to make astonishingly good passes, he's also so intelligent and makes such great decisions on the fly. The game is flying by at lightning speeds but Savard always manages to read it brilliantly and make the exact pass the Bruins need. And whether he is wide open, double covered, on his ass, on his stomach, or up against the boards,. Savvy's passes are almost invariably right into the tape of his target player's stick.
Last night was exhibit A. The first few seconds of this video show the B's 3rd goal against Montreal - Sturm from Savard with six seconds left in the first period. With 11 seconds left it looks like Montreal is about to clear the zone, but the B's keep it in; Ryder feeds a wide open Savard to the right of the net, who has a pretty clear shooting lane. 99 people out of 100 - myself included - are thinking SHOOT THE PUCK, the period's almost over! But Savard knows Price is in good position. He drags it back a little bit, drawing in two Canadiens defenders, then makes a perfect pass to Sturm crashing in from the point; Sturm bangs it past a hapless, out of position Carey Price. And this all happens within a matter of maybe 5 seconds, with the pressure of knowing there's less than 10 seconds left on the clock. Absolutely frigging brilliant play.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Danielle Welch, Kelli Stack (welcome back!) and Megan Shea scored for BC. I didn't get to see any of the game, but I'm told it was an "ugly win"... and nothing else. I'll post if I hear anything more.
The Bruins game was just sweet. It was a complete role reversal. The B's pounded Montreal early and often, took advantage of every mistake, and gave the home crowd a chacne to celebrate and taunt for a good ten minutes at the end of the game.
One of the highlights was Milan Lucic destroying Mike Komisarek in a fight late in the 3rd, then pumping up the crowd PJ Stock style.
The Canadiens and UConn are both pretty high up on my Hate List, and let's face it... sports are way more fun when there's unnecessary hatred involved. Well done, hockey teams I like.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
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
- 2008 - ICSA Women's National Champions
- 2008 - ICSA Co-Ed National Champions
- 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
- 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!