Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Religion, tax policy, reproductive rights BC Sports and other links

I knew the Brown post would upset people, but I thought my postscript encouraging everyone to vote showed that I understand this is a sports blog and there are two sides. Unfortunately political passion and debate shares many characteristics with sports debates. Unlike sports though, winning and losing is not as clear cut in politics. Sure, one candidate may get more votes, but the end results come in policy, legislation and our livelyhood. We have heated debates all the time on this blog and I hope that people don't forget that I am just one guy with my own opinion. I try to let others share their opinions on nearly anything in the comments. I've got a pretty long track record here and try to be clear in my opinions and agendas. I am not always fair. I am not always right (clearly). But I try to be straight forward and respectful. Now let us move the discussion to things we can all agree on like religion, economics and reproductive rights...

Here is another good feature on Herzy.

Matt Ryan made HD's ACC All Decade team. Kiwi got an honorable mention on the Big East squad.

Mixed reports on McLaughlin at the Shrine game practices. He's getting good marks for leadership and having trouble in pass coverage.

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At 1:00 PM, Blogger matthew said...

ATL sorry for saying "If you want to talk politics, do it elsewhere"

Who do I think I am? Do it elsewhere?? Boy did I say the wrong thing. truth is that I am just some putz who thinks just because he makes really important comments on the blog and has his own major following, that I should call the shots. (I really should call the shots, but it is your blog after all.)

Please understand that when I was posting my musing, it was late at night and I was only typing with my left hand. What I was doing with my right hand really distracted me.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Erik said...

BC +6.5

Not bad considering we've been losing 16+ each game. Maybe we put it together a little tonight.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger matthew2 said...


1 -- herzy came in at #10 on HD's list, also.

and 2 -- I am a different matthew than the imposer 2 comments above me. I figured at first that the duplicate name was an accident, but for at least the second time, he is pretending to be me. Either that, or he has an alcohol problem, blacks out, and then is very confused the next day (and takes credit for my post thinking it was his). Either way, I just changed my name to matthew2

I love this blog. I also stand by my comments about preferring to keep politics off the blog (the comment other matthew took credit for). Yes, Bill can say whatever he wants on his blog. But in my experience, the debate that ensues isn't a debate at all. It is simply people saying what side they are on... and I've never seen a political debate between people that are interested in hearing what someone else has to say, and actually might alter their stance 1/100. Just seems like a waste of time.

Now if Al Skinner ran for public office...... that is a debate I would take part in!!!!!!!!

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Herzlich is already benching 355 ?!?! This guy is amazing.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

I've been meaning to post on this for a while now to talk about Skinner. Lets face it - and I'm sorry atleagle -- Skinner needs to go. He is a polarizing figure and the way his W-L record is going I would have to imagine many are going towards the south pole. He runs the slowest, worst offense in the NCAA, he simply does not recruit, and the bad losses outweigh the fun nights like UNC and Duke victories.

Look who is 3rd in the nation in points this year:http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/statistics

Thats right. Old friend Marquez Haynes. Classic example of a guy who got in Skinners doghouse for no reason, was never able to work his way out of it and transferred and is now tearing it up. Granted, lesser competition, but take away 10 points thats still over 20/game. Imagine him playing with Rice last year....Anyone who has been there in the past few years knows they were best friends and had great chemistry.

Skinner needs to go. He has done a great job in making BC a national(ish) program, but it's time for BC and Gene to make a move. If Gene is serious about the basketball program, it is time to go in another direction -- I recommend a younger, more charismatic coach who will actually recruit local talent. Adios Al.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger matthew2 said...

Marianne --

Haynes is averaging 24.5 PPG -- what do you mean, "take away 10 points thats still over 20/game"?

Also, I'd argue that the wins over Duke/UNC do outweigh the tough losses. Yes, there have been more tough losses this year than fun wins... but if in a normal year, we have 1 or 2 WTF losses, and beat either Duke or UNC, I'd sign up for that right now.

I'd argue that marquee wins like that in he national spotlight do more positive than a loss to Robert Morris does negatively.

Again, I know this year is a differen story.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

i meant to say 5 less points. Regardless, I think most of my points remain the same. Skinner is not the guy anymore...

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Ry said...

haynes never got in skinner's doghouse. check out this boxscore from his last game as an eagle. or this one from the game before.

that's 43 minutes in two NCAA tourney games. doesn't exactly scream doghouse to me.

i'll give haynes credit as far as being a good scorer on his current team...but it is also impossible to tell with the competition he is facing.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger matthew2 said...

I wanted to further clairfy that even though Bill has a right of free speech, he does not have the right to veer wildly into politics on this public sports blog. I am not offering Bill or anyone else an apology. Sorry, I just don't offer apologies when I am in the right, and I am right that politics has no business being on this public sports blog. Bill or anyone else can start another blog if he wants to talk politics. But he set this up for sports and that's what its for. period.

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Ry said...

we interrupt the political-mumbo jumbo to bring you an actual competitive ACC hoops game late in the second.

bc has the lead with 2:46 left after having been down as many as 17.

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Emil said...

matthew, I think you're really wrong on this one. To generalize by saying 'politics', is negating the huge role politics has on sports today. If he had brought up a steroids story, or even the senate's ncaa interest-- would that not be politics? The modern blog is built on our ability to speak freely, and being that his Brown post wasn't a shot in the dark, somewhat related actually (this being a BC sports blog, after all), your pretense is really unwarranted.

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Ry said...

emil and anyone else, this matthew2 character is trolling...not worth the energy

At 11:21 PM, Blogger Ry said...

I fogot matthew changed his name to matthew2. sorry. ignore my comment

At 11:24 PM, Blogger eagleinexile said...

Matthew2, see you at the bread lines in Moscow, or maybe you and your cronies would like to tell me what products my company is allowed to sell or if I am allowed to own it, Sieg Heil!

I'm in with the lay off ATL crowd. College Football is done, Hoops is in the toilet and Hockey does not get interesting for a couple more weeks. So he wanted to talk some politics, big deal! Same thing went down when Cellucci ran and his daughter was at BC, at least I think it was his daughter.

At 11:24 PM, Blogger CT said...

i'm confused with all the matthews on here...my head hurts. eia can talk about whatever he wants and apologize only for mislabeling his blog. it's his blog. you don't like it, surf elsewhere. this ain't north korea. and if you want to post a comment, i can choose not to read it. like i do with a few on here. and like you can with this one.

back to the latest divisive issue. skinner. i can't wait to lose in the first round of the tourney again this year. the nit. i'm sure there will be an addition to one of the multitude of conte banners hailing the achievement. woo hoo. hey, we're competitive, though, right? i mean, we, the bc community should be so happy to simply be competitive. i know i'm agog at our competitiveness.

the only thing we know is that a) we're better than miami this year, which is now 1-4 in conference, and b) the team has quit in multiple games this season already. skinner is responsible for that b/c he brought the kids in, coaches them (i think), and chooses whom to reward with playing time.

now, if we can only play miami from here on out, to include the ncaas, we might make the round of 32.

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Ry said...

CT, i hear what you are saying. so far we have only proven that we can beat miami, but we have to take something positive away from the way that it happened.

every other time this year that we have fallen behind like we did today, we have allowed ourselves to sulk and give up. today they didn't. and yes, miami is terribly undisciplined and doesn't play D. we still had to muster at least SOME effort. and i know that isn't the loftiest goal, but considering recent history, it has to be a start. at least this team got to experience firsthand clawing back into a game.

At 7:39 AM, Blogger matthew2 said...

*Just to clarify... same asshole changed his name and put a 2 on it now for the comment at 1024 to pose as me again. Not sure what the point of all of this is... but I won't bother annoying everyone with this issue anymore. Though I would like to fight this man. Possible to ban him?

At 12:07 PM, Blogger matthew2 said...

why are so you mad at ourself?


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