Thursday, June 12, 2008

SI's frustrating Top 10 and other links

Reader Sunjit passed on this list and photo gallery of the Top 10 athletes in BC history. These sorts of things drive me nuts due to their lack of perspective and context. In all the years of BC sports five of the ten best are from the last ten years? Come on. Only one two hockey players? [NOTE: Thanks to Shawn and DG for pointing out that Emma was a hockey player. SI has him listed with basketball.] Also, does SI rate them on college accomplishments, pure athleticism, or overall athletic career? I would hope it would be just college, but they list many of the wrong guys (and girl). Other than No. 1 and No. 2, the list is full of holes.

Tyrelle Blair took part in this Q&A on his workouts and plans for the future.

Former Eagle Michael Cotton took an assistant job with Bucknell.

Current Eagle Ayla Brown talks more about her summer theatre plans.

Blog Hey Jenny Slater compiled all the preseason rankings and no surprise, we don't crack anyone's list. The ACC is slightly underrepresented with only three teams consistently getting ranked.

This is only tangentially related to BC, but I thought this quote from a Syracuse blogger regarding the state of the Orange was candid, sad and effective in capturing how quickly the landscape can change in college sports:

The 14th winningest program of all time (yep, look it up). A National Championship (1959). A Heisman Trophy winner (Ernie Davis). Home of Jim Brown, Floyd Little, Larry Csonka, Joe Morris, Art Monk, Dwight Freeney and Donovan McNabb. Four-time Big East champion.

And yet, in a matter of just three years, none of that matters anymore. Cause all anyone can see is the failure pile currently residing at the bottom of the resurgent© Big East. The only team not pulling their weight. The House That Greg Robinson Built…Shoddily And Without Adequate Plumbing. There are actually kids living in the Northeast right who only know Rutgers as a football power and Syracuse as a basement-dweller. That’s insane.

Think what could have been for Syracuse. They should serve as a reminder to us how important facilities, an engaged AD and coaching can be in success of a program.


tkow said...

There are actually two hockey players on the list. Emma is incorrectly listed as a basketball player. I am surprised that a Hobey doesn't get Mike Mottau on the list, though.

BCDisco said...

Paul Pasqualoni (sp?) is laughing all the way to the bank. Having grown up in upstate NY and having lived right in Syracuse for 8 years, it saddens me to see the current state of affairs at SU.

BCDoubleEagle said...

The blurb about Matt Ryan in the top 10 BC athletes article is wrong. It reads, "In April, he became the school's highest professional draft pick in any sport when he was drafted No. 3 by the Atlanta Falcons."

In fact, Jack Concannon was the #1 overall pick in the 1964 AFL draft.