This year's BC football team is a media dream
As the diehards, we tend to get tired of the media rehashing the same story over and over. But this season might take it to a new level. First I think BC is going to be surprisingly good and play in many meaningful, nationally covered games. Second there are so many simple but marketable stories and storylines for the TV, papers and internet to grab a hold of. Just look at the list:
1. Mark Herzlich's return from cancer. This is already a huge and worthy story. It will only get bigger Saturday. Depending on how he plays, this might become one of the biggest national stories of the college football year.
2. Anthony Castonzo's Rhode Scholarship candidacy. Think of how big the Myron Rolle story was. Now add in the factor that Castonzo is better football player than Rolle ever was. This is a top ten pick, who just happens to be a bio-chem major, who wants to be a doctor.
3. Dave Shinskie -- former baseball player. This is not a new story but now Shinskie is the full time starter and hopefully a more complete player. If he plays well, his baseball background will get mentioned ad nauseam.
4. Frank Spaziani -- underrated, old school coach. Spaz is hardly a great quote or a media darling. But if he puts together another winning season and brings BC back to the ACC Championship game, the media will start to credit him for all of BC's success over the past ten years. It doesn't hurt that in a cookie cutter profession, Spaz also looks a little different and talks a little different from most DIA coaches.
5. Billy Flute -- the legacy realized. Although Flutie has played four years, this will be the first season where he starts and is a significant playmaker. Each shot of Billy will probably be followed by a shot of Doug in the stands.
These are just the predictable plots. Other players will surely emerge and provide more media fodder. Let's just hope it all has a happy ending.