Sunday, December 04, 2005

Road to nowhere

The nightmare came true: BC is headed to Boise. I can’t say I am totally surprised. I saw this coming in the summer.

This is a huge disappointment. I don’t blame the players.

I certainly don’t blame the fans. Yes, we have a lousy travel reputation. But we’ve never had an exciting destination to excite the fan base. If BC goes to a big bowl, we will travel.

I don’t blame the ACC. It is the conferences job to put these agreements together. They can’t handcuff the bowl committees. If they make selections too restrictive, they’ll be left with a series of undesirable destinations.

The blame for this bowl falls solely on the coaching staff. The highly questionable decision to start Quinton Porter for the North Carolina game and then leaving him in there deep into the second half cost BC the game. If BC wins that game they are in the ACC Championship and probably in a better bowl.

I will whine about this for a long time. I assume the players might too. The reality is the BC community needs to suck it up and go kick Boise State’s ass. Going to this game is a debacle. Losing is would be an utter disaster.

One last piece of advice to the BC Sports Information office: stop pushing the “bowl streak” to the media. Most diehard fans are sick of it, fans with any understanding of the game see through it and casual fans are going to start mocking it now that Boise is included on the illustrious bowl streak list.


Bostonian in Boise said...

Coming to Boise is not a downer. I ama thrilled to have BC coming to town, especially as a Boston transplant.
Born and raised in Dorchester, just moved to boise this year. I can't wait to see the Eagles roll over the Broncos, and break Boise State's home win streak in the process.

MattyR08 said...

I know about the travel reputation factors, but the fact that Clemson, UVA and NC St (specifically the last 2) are going to a better bowl is just unbelieveable to me.

Deacon Drake said...

Can we turn this bowl down? UCLA did a few years ago because it isn't cost efficient for the scant payout (the bowl minimum). Teams behind BC in the standings that were invited to better paying bowls with MUCH less travel expense: Virginia and Clemson. NC State finished last and earns a HOME game for a bowl (minimal expenses). Will the ACC cover the difference for this? Regardless of what we should have done to beat UNC, we beat both UVA and Clemson and finished above them in the standings, apparently it was BCS or bust.

We won't get anyone out of Boston for this game, and Boise St has NEVER lost this game. Why risk finishing the season unranked on a blowout loss, when the gain is maybe one spot (to 18th) for a win.

All logic points to staying home.

J A Greer said...

From a Clemson fan... couple of things

Lots of Clemson fans on the Clemson message board think y'all got a bad deal going to Boise, especially regarding NC State.

As far as turning the bowl down, that isn't really done in the ACC unless the bowl happens during exams, or, um... your favorite team gets in a bench clearing brawl.

As far as money goes, don't sweat it. The ACC will give all 12 schools the same amount of bowl money, with extra for the two extra games. The ACC will ensure that your travel expenses are covered, no matter the bowl.

Everyone Clemson fan I knew that made the trip to Boise a few years back said it was one of their best trips: locals were friendly, food was good and the scenery was nice. Some of us, who couldn't go, sponsored a system to buy tickets through Clemson and then donate the tickets to local children's charities. I would reccommend that as a way to turn something negative into something positive.

See y'all on Beacon Hill next season when the Tigers come to play!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Nathan said...

The ACC bowl tie-ins absolutely blow. We can feel your pain, making our third trip to the west coast in the past 4 seasons. It's getting really old, and the ACC needs to get this fixed PRONTO.

Rewarding GT and BC for 5-3 conference seasons with trips to San Francisco and Boise against non-BCS opponents is just assinine.

Unknown said...

There are 2 programs that got rooked during Bowl Season.

1. BC - staggering screw job. Although, having been to the Music City Bowl to play you guys...I saw this one coming. You guys didn't send 5k to that game.

2. LSU - playing in the Peach while 3 teams they beat with lesser records are in New Year's Day Bowls

All of these other schools like GT and Oregon who are complaining about their bowl have tiny problems compared to the screw job that fell onto BC and LSU

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