Thursday, August 09, 2012

Linemen now "Blue Collar"


The BC linemen have been sporting these blue work shirts around campus. It's a symbol of the guys being "Blue Collar" and getting back to what made BC lines great. Is it gimmicky? Sure, but at this point I am willing to try anything.

(Thanks to Ryan for the pic.)

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14 Comments:

At 11:50 AM, Blogger SaturdaysOnShea said...

I like it. We've all heard BC described as hard working, "blue collar" in the past. I like the line's motivation here.

BC Football...Blue Collar Football

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Not gimmicky at all! I love it. Stuff like this builds camaraderie and a sense of purpose. That fact that they know they have to get back to a physical "BC Tough" brand of play is great. Tells me these guys are taking ownership of the program....sign of a winning football team.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

When BC plays Miami, the players will have to give 110%. No one questions that, not even a blue collar brawny guy. BC can't look past Miami, but must take it one game at a time. BC must come to play, and really, must take it to the next level and show that BC really wants it more than Miami.

Once the game is over, it is what it is, and whatever the stats might be they can be misleading. BC can't forget that the only stat that will matter is getting the 'W'.

But thank God BC has a bunch of blue collar, lunch bucket guys in the trenches. Warriors. Nasty, phsical guys. Yeah. There is no 'i' in team and there is no 'i' in OL (esp. if you can't spell it out); Teams are about teamwork and so are blue collar guys (hey: who would let a blue colalr guy work alone anyway? that what management does). Ok?

Remember too that the most powerful force in our solar system, the Sun, does not talk trash or give bullentin-board amterial, but lets its own work speak for itself.

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

I'll try to be more direct: I hate the "blue collar" schtick.

It is a bogus cliche (and mildly insulting to actualy blue collar workers). And BC is NOT a blue-collar place, no matter how you spin it.

Usually, 'blue collar' (lunch bucket, great work ethic, etc.) is thrown out to suggest that such players do not have obvious athletic gifts, and are instead brawny and hard-working (and kind of stupid meat-heads too ..duh??). Similar to when announcers say BC's receivers lack "athleticism" and do not get "separation" but are "hard working."

Still nice to see the OL players unifying, even if they are wearing ugly blue shirts and buying into a ridiculous cliche.

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Goberry said...

Blue collar refers to the oily blue uniforms worn by your local mechanic...not exactly blue polos in that pic.

On a seperate note, did I miss AtlEagle's best, worse, and probable predictions? Not sure if he posts them later in the summer, but figured I may have missed them with only three weeks until kickoff.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger ATL_eagle said...

Goberry:

I will post them the week before kickoff.

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

Come on. Blue collar does not mean stupid etc. It only means that they believe in hard physical work. Blue collar shirts are not only worn by greasy mechanics, but by all kinds of people who do work that has a major physical component.

When I went to BC I worked all kinds of jobs. Several were "blue collar". I loved them and the folks that I worked with.

WHo are we to say what will bond a team? If they want to wear pink leotards that bonds them into a unit that excels, then do it. When you take ownership of the team, then you can dictate the team building program, until then silence might be better.

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger EL MIZ said...

in no way is this a bad thing. this team has lacked an identity since Spaz took over. TOB's teams were always hard working and overachievers. jags was a riverboat gambler who played to win. Spaz has been timid and plays not to lose, which is hardly a winning identity for a team.

this is exactly what we need, and is likely the work of Bollman, the new O-Line coach. we are never going to have more playmakers than other teams, the calling card for BC success has always been winning in the trenches. if the lineman have the blue collar mentality and control the line, that will go a long way to helping this team win games.

 
At 7:59 AM, Blogger Erik said...

Love it. Especially that they acknowledge that recent performance wasn't good enough and they expect better.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger mod34b said...

Cleary got the cliche memo about "blue collar" tough guys...

"Cleary looks at the past and sees the future, which he says is bright. 'There is as much young talent in this program as there has ever been,” said Cleary. “Last year was a symptom of not having enough veterans. The character of this team, of our locker is blue collar, a bunch of hard working tough guys. That’s what attracted me to BC.”


Uuggghhhh....

Cleary is also, distressingly, becoming some sort of wormy Spaz apologist:


"Cleary, like his teammates has heard the chatter of Spaziani being on the hot seat. “A media invention,” he says. “If we win 9 games, he will be Coach of the Year and all that crap will go way. Coach Spaz is our coach and he is the right guy for the job.”

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

And you would have him bad mouth his coach? great team building.

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger Walter said...

I like the blue collar gimmick. That's exactly what BC needs more of.

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger knucklehead said...

Mod34B,
You are the problem with Boston College.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

Knuckle - wow. I never knew I had such power.

(suggestion: re-read my posts, which complain about cliche use not the players. U really are a knucklehead)

 

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