Tuesday, January 17, 2017

RIP Ray Henderson

I don't like writing about death, especially of young people. I also am always hoping for the happy ending for BC guys who give so much on the field. That is why it was sad to hear of the death of Ray Henderson.

Henderson was a Middle Linebacker on the first BC team in the ACC. Lining up alongside new BC coach Ricky Brown, Henderson was a exuberant presence on the field. Although not always the fastest or strongest guy, Henderson was savvy enough to be very good at dropping into coverage in Spaz's scheme. He ended up with nine career interceptions. I never heard of Ray getting in trouble at BC, but he quickly spiraled out of control after his Football career ended. He was arrested and indicted on drug charges. There are no recent updates regarding his drug usage or current status online. One can only pray that he was doing better.

We can project a lot about these guys on and off the field. I didn't know Ray and don't know who he really was. I just thank him for his service to BC and feel sorry for his friends, family and teammates.

Monday, January 16, 2017

BU beats BC again

The Hockey team dropped a second game to BU in three days, losing 3-0 on Monday. It was another defensive game, as BU added a few goals late.

The team gets a chance to snap its current losing streak when they take the ice again on Friday vs UMass.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hockey drops game to BU and other links

BC lost a defensive battle to BU Saturday. They meet again at BC on Monday night.

Now that the "quiet period" is over, Addazio and his staff are on the road again locking up the verbals.

Former verbal Jason Pinnock sounds like he really loves Pitt. Maybe Addazio can win him, back but it doesn't sound like it.

If you didn't read earlier in the week, Hoffses captured the good and the bad of Addazio's TV work during the National Championship Game.

Women's Basketball lost again.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Syracuse gets it revenge

When BC broke through in ACC play two weeks ago, many wondered what was wrong with Syracuse. If you go by Saturday's results: nothing is wrong with Syracuse. Bowman and Robinson were a combined 4 for 20 from the field. BC can't win games where those two don't play well.

The team also had too many turnovers and couldn't punish Syracuse from outside.

The good news was that Popovic played well. It would be nice for Popivic to take some giants leaps in maturity (like Bowman) so that we have a third option.

BC takes on UVA Wednesday.

Friday, January 13, 2017

BC doing the right thing with retired numbers and Ruth

Earlier in the week, BC announced they would honor John Bagley and Dana Barros with jersey retirement ceremonies. It is a real simple gesture, but an important one. BC doesn't do enough to promote its own history and athletic success. I also don't think BC Basketball nurtures a community and legacy like other BC sports do. While players and coaches are the key to continued success, if we want better fan support and more attention locally and nationally, BC needs to promote their history and build a true winning culture. Getting guys like Barros and Bagley around and honoring their accomplishments might start that change for BC Basketball's culture.

Also, earlier this week, the College Football Hall of Fame announced that former Eagle Mike Ruth would be inducted into the Hall. Ruth, at times, is the forgotten man of BC's success in the 1980s. He had a short NFL career and then dealt with numerous struggles off the field and in his personal life. Those issues have kept him in the background. You won't see the school trot him out for interviews and fundraisers like they do with Flutie or Ryan. But the BC Football alums have been providing support to Ruth for years. I don't know where Mike is in his life now, but hopefully the Hall honor is another step towards stability. And hopefully BC can use this moment to remind people of what he did on the field. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Report: UConn moving their BC home game to Fenway

According to Blauds, UConn is set to move their game this season from Rentschler Field to Fenway Park. If this comes together, it would be great news for BC.

Supposedly UConn is doing it for the money. But who cares what their motivation is? In this scenario, BC gets a guaranteed payout for a game 15 minutes from Alumni. The travel costs (with buses and hotels) are identical to a home game. BC can probably stay in their usual team hotel and keep nearly the same home game schedule. Heck, they could even do the Mass on campus and potentially the walk and STILL get to Fenway on time to warm up there. Like our game at Gillette against UMass, this is an away game to the computers, but becomes a virtual home game for us. Plus, there is a nice recruiting boost and a tiny spark to local interest in Boston.

I know plenty of people were unhappy when BC played Notre Dame at Fenway two years ago as the "road" team. I don't get the frustration. These schools are not taking over our town. Other than diehards, no one really pays attention to the fact that we are the road team. Even if the field is painted with UConn logos, the casual fan will just see a Boston team playing in Boston. Recruits don't care.

Tickets were tight when BC played Notre Dame in Fenway. I don't envision that same problem this time. If anything, more BC fans will be in attendance than would have gone to see the game in East Hartford.

I don't know who else wants to host us in Fenway, but I am all for it. As long as we get paid and don't lose a game at Alumni, it makes sense. Thanks to Fenway Sports Group and Brad Bates for making this happen.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Another impressive basketball win

The "good" BC team came out to play Wednesday night as BC beat NC State at Conte. Maybe it is not fair to keep expecting a terrible performance like earlier in the year, because I think the team and the staff might now have a good feel for what they are. This win was still sparked by Robinson and Bowman, but it wasn't about them getting hot from the outside. BC won this game with good defense and smart ball movement.

NC State was sloppy, but that doesn't explain away all of BC's steals. Plus BC turned many of those steals into easy baskets. NC State was playing both Robinson and Bowman very tight outside, so they started using screen and finding cutters. Smart basketball is developing now that the guys have played together. One more positive -- the foul shooting was much better. BC converted many free throws down the stretch and slowed any NC State comeback.

Aside from foul trouble for Bowman and Jeffers, there weren't many concerns. BC was a little sloppy early, but got things under control. Tava made some great cuts but couldn't always convert. BC also had some bad possessions late when nursing the lead. 

Things are really looking up when you consider where the team was a month ago. Let's hope it continues against Cuse this weekend. 

BC adds Kansas to Football schedule (seriously)

I've called most of BC's recent Football scheduling short-sighted but justifiable. I am having a hard time rationalizing the new series with Kansas. BC will host the Jayhawks in 2019 and go to Lawrence in 2020. This means that after it became clear that the ACC would not add a ninth conference game, BC has locked in games with Kansas, Purdue, Rutgers, Mizzou and Stanford. If you take each team's current state and their historical performance, that is some cynical, borderline cowardly scheduling. We have no idea how good any of them will be when we take the field, but past performance tells us mediocre at best, with a good chance of being terrible.

The only commendable aspect to this current set up is BC is scheduled to play three non-conference Power 5 games in 2019. My guess is that will be more than any team in the country.

Aside from providing an opponent, Kansas Football doesn't do much else for BC. We don't recruit the area. While we have some Alumni in the Kansas/Missouri, those folks are already getting the Mizzou game in their neck of the woods. I doubt Kansas fans will travel en masse to Boston. If they are good in those years, we will get some respect. If they are not, no one will care.

I understand Addazio's cautious scheduling in the near future. He might actually have to coach those games! But I hope that Bates and BC use any game five or more years out as a chance to do something exciting. Why be scared? The odds say none of them will be around when BC plays those games.