I just got back in from Vegas late Sunday, so I won’t have my second viewing thoughts posted until Monday.
While in Vegas I was able to watch a ton of college football and get a new perspective on BC football. The two guys I was with are both BC grads and sports fans (one of the guys has regular season tickets to the Celtics and Red Sox, yet not BC). Neither is a diehard BC fan. They both root for the Eagles, but don’t rearrange their schedules around gametimes like I do. You just don’t find SEC grads into sports that don’t root for their school before pro teams. Part of it is culture. College football is behind pro sports in the Northeast. Part of it is our BC experience (we all graduated in 1998. The Super Fans and the rabid culture had not caught on yet. BC football was still about the party). And part of it is TOB. I get a lot of email on him. I also spend a ton of time on the BC message boards where I have already described the divide. But hearing the casual fans talk about our predictable mediocrity was an awakening. It proved to me that the average BC grad is underwhelmed by O’Brien and his accomplishments. I have talked about how torn I am on the guy. I think he might be the best coach in the history of our program. I’ve also discussed his numerous and frustrating short comings. Listening to these guys made me realize that the general population is bored with our program and it will take a new marketing push or TOB taking us to the next level for the malaise to change.