Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Big East is the Big East again
Overall this won't impact BC much. We will still play Providence regularly and it might speed up Notre Dame's transition to the ACC. But other than that, it should be status quo. It will diminish the exiled football schools a bit more. Until UConn and Cincinnati find better homes and better branding, they are sliding towards mid-majordom. That should help our recruiting in both areas and help when we recruit against USF and UCF in Florida.
I truly wish these programs success. Catholic schools helped make college basketball what it is today and it would be nice to see these guys rebuild their brand again.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Another ugly road loss
-- Shooting 3s when down in the first half. Odio missed some and so did Rahon, but the intent is good.
-- Hanlan creating his own shot. If our offense is stagnant at any time, Donahue needs to give him the green light to penetrate. He's the only guy we have who can create his own shot.
-- Clifford finishing. He's not back, but at least he got off the ground to throw a few down.
-- Tentative offense. Just like Duke, NC State played very tight man early. What did BC do? Pass around the perimeter over and over. There is not enough motion in our motion offense at times. Someone needs to be aggressive!
-- Odio coming back down to Earth. The loss wasn't his fault by any means, but it did confirm that Odio is not Superman. He is going to have off nights. Tonight he was sloppy with the basketball and couldn't convert on his open looks.
-- Van Nest's decision making. I tweeted that he and Heckmann share the same basketball brain. Half hearted shots and passes that leave you wondering if he is playing in a fog or pressing or what?
-- Anderson's frustration. He got T'd up and didn't get involved in the offense until the second half. He is our best player and is often asked to do it all down low, bu the needs to keep his poise. And he needs to be an offensive factor even when he is not getting the ball in the post (rebounds, pick and rolls, etc.).
'Cuse facilities, Hockey loss, Bollman update and other links
The hockey team played its makeup game against UMass-Lowell Tuesday night and lost 4-2.
Remember when Dan Monteroso decommitted to sign with Purdue? At the time he was following former BC coach Jim Bollman. I wonder if Monteroso is second guessing himself now that Bollman is off to Michigan State. Bollman is just another reminder how mercenary the coaching business is and BC as an institution should not forget that. We -- the fans and the school leaders -- always place too much emphasis on a coach's desire to be at BC, when the coaches are just looking for the best job for themselves.
BC target Sam Hubbard is now getting Big Ten interest.
USA Today posted a pretty fair preview of our Spring Football outlook.
Congrats to the BC runners who made the ACC's All Academic team.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friday is the new Thursday
Thursday night games were an honor. Friday night games are a chore. That seems to be an undercurrent among BC fans...even among those who commute to games from outside of New England. But Virginia Tech's decision to beg off of a Thursday night in 2013 is the surest sign that Thursday night games are now devalued across college football.
VT explained their desire to not host a Thursday game was the pain it caused their fan base and the logistics on campus. I don't know if I totally buy that. The Hokies never seem to have a problem filling the stands on a Thursday. My suspicion is now that the NFL plays weekly on Thursday, the game is less of a recruiting tool and less popular with fans. The TV ratings also reflect that the time slot has lost its luster.
That is why I am glad to see BC embrace the Friday option. Unlike Thursday, the ratings for the Friday games continue to grow. And playing in New England means we are not disrupting many high school football games, like Friday night games would in other parts of the country.
I am not a season ticket holder, so it is easy for me to overlook the commuting factor, but I would have to imagine a Friday night game is easier for people south of Connecticut too. The drive might take a little longer but showing up for work on the next day is no longer an issue.
I think we will learn to love the Friday game. I also think it will have a positive effect on marketing the program. BC won't have all that many chances at the spotlight over the next two years. We need to make the most of them.
An evening with Steve Addazio
Make 'Em Laugh
Last night Addazio broke out his Spaz impression! No one got a picture of it, but I now have a new white whale. I must see our new coach openly mock our old sad sack coach. I guess it involved crossing your arms and sulking. I don't get the sense that this was premeditated. Addazio seems more emotional and seat of your pants in these types of situations. But his instinct to mock Spaz was right on with his audience. It also shows a sense of humor, something that has been sorely lacking around football for a few years.
Poetry Night at the Coffee House
Addazio read his new favorite poem the "The Oak Tree" by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr. He read this early this winter at some booster meetings. A bombastic, rah-rah football guy stopping for poetry is certainly different, but once again, it went over well with the crowd. Here is the text:
"The Oak Tree"
by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.
A mighty wind blew night and day.
It stole the Oak Tree's leaves away.
Then snapped its boughs
and pulled its bark
until the Oak was tired and stark.
But still the Oak Tree held its ground
while other trees fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
"How can you still be standing Oak?"
The Oak Tree said, I know that you
can break each branch of mine in two,
carry every leaf away,
shake my limbs and make me sway.
But I have roots stretched in the earth,
growing stronger since my birth.
You'll never touch them, for you see
they are the deepest part of me.
Until today, I wasn't sure
of just how much I could endure.
But now I've found with thanks to you,
I'm stronger than I ever knew.
Always be selling
Ultimately this will be decided on the field, but Addazio does understand selling his vision to BC fans. He said he dreams of driving up to Alumni as it is surrounded by tailgating fans. He talked about fans noise and making the game day experience more exciting. He emphasized the he's in charge of recruiting and thinks BC is a sleeping giant. It was exactly what everyone wants to hear.
If not for his final season with Temple, I would be chugging the Addazio Kool-Aid. I like his coordinators, I like his passion and I like his work ethic. Now he just needs to translate those things onto the field. One thing is clear though from these meetings: Addazio knows how to work a room. Comedy and poetry are a tough tight rope for anyone to walk in front of a crowd and even more so when you are public figure and football coach. Most of his peers try to remain deadly serious (think TOB or Saban). Addazio is letting us see who he really is. Like anything else this is risky. But if he wins, it will make him that much more endearing.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Thoughts on the 2013 Football Schedule
August 31 -- Villanova
September 6 -- Wake Forest
September 14 -- at USC
September 28 -- Florida State
October 5 -- Army
October 12 -- at Clemson
October 26 -- at North Carolina
November 2 -- Virginia Tech
November 9 -- at New Mexico State
November 16 -- NC State
November 23 -- at Maryland
November 30 -- at Syracuse
Nova! The big news was Villanova replacing Stony Brook as the opener. Adding the Wildcats was all the result of some musical chairs pulled off by ESPN and the ACC, so that Pitt (Villanova's previously scheduled opponent) could play a conference game against FSU opening weekend. This is a win-win for BC. We get an easier "W" against a lessor FCS opponent and we get a somewhat more appealing game. Villanova has the cross-demographic appeal to old school whalepants fans and the younger SuperFans who have friends at the fellow Catholic school.
First Friday. We've played plenty of Friday games before, but this year's game against Wake Forest represents our first official Friday under the revised ACC TV deal. This will be a test of our attendance and TV appeal.
Manageable dates. On paper our toughest games will be Florida State and Clemson. Prior to FSU we get a bye and play Army at home before our trip to Death Valley. That should give the staff plenty of time to prepare. One of the most frustrating aspects of the Spaz regime was our cowardly gameplans against elite teams. Hopefully the schedule allows Daz to have the whole team up for these games.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Hockey takes away the sting of bad basketball loss
That intensity is part of the Hockey team's culture. They kept the pressure on in OT and scored the game winner with minutes left. The win left BC in
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Keeping a presence in Cincy and other links
Most of you probably read this by now, but Addazio's Q&A with ESPN is worth your time. Even though he has yet to even coach a game, I feel like I've changed my opinion on Addazio a dozens times. It will probably wear thin after a while, but for now I still like his passion and confidence.
Women's Hockey tied Vermont.
BC is going to be part of next Fall's 2k Sports Classic.
Lacrosse lost to Ohio State.
The baseball team lost to East Carolina on Friday.
The second half of this article mentions Montel Harris's talking point to the GMs at the Combine. It is a pretty simple explanation.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Everyone knows now.. but I'm a BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLE. #BLESSED.— Marcus Outlow (@PrinceOutlow) February 20, 2013
After last night's loss to Boston College, Maryland has dropped to 0-2 in games after which its fans have stormed the court.— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) February 20, 2013
Just a week after it collapsed, it looks like the bubble at Alumni has arisen again. twitter.com/GJoyce9/status…— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) February 15, 2013
So what's it like to march in the Inaugural Parade? on.bc.edu/XBYoe6 | Great job, @bcmarchingband. P.S. Nice gloves.#wearebc— Boston College (@BostonCollege) February 21, 2013
.@petefrates3 got a standing ovation when he presented the game ball. Here are a few more photos. instagr.am/p/WAhyteAMYA/— BC Baseball (@BCBirdBall) February 21, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The pre-Combine consensus on BC's three prospects
WEAKNESSES Must gain additional strength in his lower body in an NFL weight program, usually widens to anchor but can get put on his heels by better power rushes if losing the hand battles. Not the quickest of feet. Height gives him some stiffness running in the open field, also makes him vulnerable to slipping off blocks or overextending after initial contact.
BOTTOM LINE The Eagles’ starting tight end has not accumulated tremendous production throughout his career. While this is definitely in part due to the offense he played in, he does not profile as a great receiver at the next level. However, he should be a solid pass catcher, who also possesses a strong blocking mentality.
STRENGTHS Tall and thick throughout his frame that gives him great strength as a run-blocker. Explodes from a three-point stance, making him tough for tackles to hold their ground when he crashes the edge and making him capable of taking out linebackers at the second level. Strong punch, consistent in his aiming point. When balanced and patient in pass protection, extends his long arms and move his feet well enough to eclipse small rush ends -- and pulling off a bull rush against him is extremely difficult because of his strong anchor.
USBWA honors Dick Kelley
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
More Outlow stuff and other links
The Red Sox will only use their relievers against BC in our annual exhibition Spring Training game.
Here is a Q&A with Nick Clancy.
This is about Nebraska, but I think it is an interesting read on geography, player development and how recruiting has evolved. Because Nebraska has to look beyond its borders for talent, I thought there were a lot of lessons for BC to learn.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Baby steps? BC puts Maryland away
-- Hanlan taking over. With most of the team having an off night, Hanlan did a little bit of everything. Down the stretch he also dominated our possessions with a lot of dribbling...and of course he made some clutch shots and free throws. He's cruising towards ACC Freshman of the Year awards.
-- Odio!!! Calling him a good energy guy or a change of pace is underselling his stellar play the past few weeks. He's a very, very good help defender. He's a good finisher and a good rebounder. Throw in some heady plays and we've got a rising star on our hands. Who would have guessed that it would be Eddie Odio who made the "leap" this year?
-- Strategy on Len. Anderson did most of the heavy lifting in guarding their big man, but our overall gameplan was solid. We doubled and also made it difficult for him to even get good positioning on his post ups.
-- Mad bombing. We've been in a bad habit of abandoning the 3 when it is not falling early. Despite missing a ton of 3s in the first half, we kept taking them. That sort of mindset is critical for a team built like us. Plus even on off nights, a 3 is a better offensive efficiency shot than a long two.
-- Anderson's offense. I applaud him for taking on Len, but he still needs to deliver on both ends. Even if he is not taking shots, he needs to be more careful with the ball and grab more rebounds.
-- The transition D. We put ourselves in a huge first half hole by allowing their marksman (Aronhalt) to get off clean looks from long range. Those are the type of careless lapses that have cost us games and make me question if the guys are learning.
Addazio gets first verbal of 2014 recruiting class
Monday, February 18, 2013
Opening up the video vault
The page is heavy on the Flutie era, but there is a freshness to watching these games that I rarely get. I've seen the Miami game a million times and the West Virginia game is often on ESPN Classic, but I've never seen the Alabama or Penn State games prior to this page. Now go enjoy ten hours of random BC watching.
As a parting gift for the Addazio fans, here is a clip of BC vs Temple in 1984:
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Hockey ties UNH and other links
Marcellus Bowman signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
On the recruiting front, BC was one of the first to offer a scholarship to Florida WR Garrett Johnson.
Women's Basketball lost to Miami.
Women's Ice Hockey shut out UConn.
Baseball lost to Marist.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Beyond Deja vu: Hoops loses another close game
-- More offensive production from Heckmann. This is his best stretch of play since last year's early season games. He is playing with much more confidence and getting off shots with pressure.
-- Odio adding offense. Huge 3 and a solid overall day. At this point he should probably get more than 20 minutes a game.
-- Making FTs. We wouldn't have had a chance to tie it, if we didn't make our late Free Throws.
-- Anderson taking the final 3. He's our best player and got a clean look, so I understand why it happened. But he's only making 23% from 3. You would want Lonnie, Rahon, Heckmann or even Hanlon taking that shot instead.
-- Taking too many mid-range jumpers. It is no man's land, especially with the type of offense we run. If we aren't getting better looks or opportunities to drive to the basket, then attempt more 3s.
-- Defensive breakdowns. I am encouraged that we used more zone than we have in weeks, yet it wasn't a cure all. The guys need to be more decisive on switches and getting back to their assignments.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Women's Hoops beats UVA and other links
The Redskins signed Ron Brace. Let's hope a new system and new team give his career a boost.
BC is looking at New York DT prospect Thomas Holley. BC also offered Ohio WR Derek Kief.
The New York Times quoted BC's Warren Zola on the insurance ramifications of the Nerlens Noel injury.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Who had it best?
Class of 2008
- Four winning and exciting seasons of Football
- Matt Ryan's various comebacks topped off by the Virginia Tech game
- The final year in Big East basketball and our strong start
- The Sweet 16 run in 2006
- GameDay on campus for basketball and football
- A National Championship in Hockey
- The move to the ACC
- David Gordon's kick
- Knocking off North Carolina en route to the Elite Eight
- The rise of Tom Coughlin
- A Thrilling Beanpot win in 1994
- Four years of Doug Flutie culminating with the Heisman and Miracle in Miami
- A Frozen Four appearance in 1985
- Four really good basketball years, including one Elite Eight and one Sweet 16
- One Beanpot title
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Close one finally goes BC's way
Who had it worse?
As much as I want to say 1998 had it the worst. It was probably 1999 the really captured BC's lowpoint. Let me run through it.
The sports pain of the BC Class of 1999
- Four losing football seasons.
- "Gambling scandal"
- Losing to Army and Temple when both were terrible
- The basketball meltdown after JOB left
- Losing to Notre Dame on the four straight Mike Cloud runs.
- Losing in the NCAA Hockey Finals in Boston to Michigan.
- Watched BU win four straight Beanpots.
- Four losing football seasons
- Terrible hockey season their freshman year.
- Three losing basketball seasons
As always there are others with scars. People who graduated in 1979 saw BC's winless football season, a mediocre stretch of hockey and the end of Bob Zuffelato's tenure with two losing seasons.
I understand the current seniors being frustrated. They had four years of Spaz and watched Steve Donahue rebuild during their final two seasons. But I don't have any sympathy for them. They witnessed two National Championships in Hockey with a possible third on the way. BC won four Beanpots. And as boring as the Spaz era was, we went to two bowl games and hosted GameDay on campus. Not great, but certainly not our lowpoint.
I am sure this will fire up debate, so feel free to make a case for another era in the comments. Be honest with regards to the highs and lows since that is what being a BC fan is all about.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Recruiting news and other links
Monday, February 11, 2013
Four in a row! BC wins another Beanpot
It's a regional tournament. It comes in the middle of the season. It doesn't really mean much. Yet winning the Beanpot never gets old. Tonight's victory was our fourth in a row.
We broke things open in the second period. Gaudreau scored twice and Milner had 20 saves. The team resumes its normal schedule on Friday against Merrimack. Will this be the spark to another championship run? In past seasons BC has broken out of doldrums after the Beanpot. We have enough talent and the right guy behind the bench. After all York has been through this year, it would be nice to end the season with another trophy.
Beanpot Championship Game Watches
Atlanta Game Watch
The Prado, Roswell Rd
Dallas Game Watch
Christies Sports Bar
2811 Mckinney Ave Ste 22
Dallas, TX 75204
Fairfield County, CT Game Watch
Tavern on 7
611 Main Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
New York City Game Watch
Bounce Sporting Club
55 W 21st St
Philadelphia Game Watch
Fox & Hound
1501 Spruce Street
($5 validated parking available)
Washington, D.C. Game Watch
Irish Whiskey Public House
1207 19th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
Seattle Game Watch
Buckley's in Belltown
2331 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Yet another close Conte loss
Saturday, February 09, 2013
A glimpse into how BC is selling the program to recruits
Friday, February 08, 2013
Weather screws everything up
The women's basketball team got out of town early before the storm and are waiting it out in North Carolina. They play Wake Forest on Sunday.
Men's basketball is scheduled to play Duke on Sunday on ESPNU. I've asked BC for an update. I assume that as long as the Blue Devils can get to Conte the game will take place. That will be a disappointment for snowed-in fans, but I think ESPN's schedule and Duke's travel needs will trump any desire to help BC's basketball attendance.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Kevin Lempa back at BC for third go around
Lempa likes BC, likes the area, is a pretty good coach and an underrated recruiter of New England high schools. That makes him a positive addition to the staff. He also has ties to Don Brown, so I am sure that was a factor in the decision to bring him back. But after his last go around, I never thought he would be at BC again.
Like most work places, football staffs can easily form cliques. Sometimes it is by age or race or which side of the ball you are on. In the later TOB years, Lempa was sort of the man without a country. Like many of the other staffers with New England roots, he wanted to stay, but wasn't given that option by Gene, Spaz (and therefore Jags). He left without even cleaning out his office. But unlike most of the guys who weren't hand selected by Gene, Lempa was not offered a job with NC State. Fortunately for him, he caught on with Maryland.
And because he didn't follow TOB to Raleigh, Lempa felt free to go on record with ESPN with regards to the Ryan Glasper story (my take, ESPN's). While the Glasper story reflected poorly on TOB, I thought Lempa's association with it was enough to make him persona non grata now. The doctors criticized in the situation are still with the program. Perhaps Lempa's loyalty to the players and guys like Glasper was enough to overlook any issues related to the story.
I wish the staff was a little younger, but overall it is a nice mix. You have nice base of institutional knowledge, talent scouts and solid positional teachers. It should be a strong spring.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Addazio gets a pass on this recruiting class
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Not even close
-- The first half Defense. We weren't down in the first 20 minutes simply because Miami overpowered us (see first dislike). Instead we played good defense and with intensity. And the guys guarding their big men moved well and didn't just hack away.
-- Anderson's ability to score close. He had some nice moves inside against Miami's giants. In fact his wide open mid-range shots on the pick and pop were the problem.
-- Hesitation and timidness on offense. Time and again our guys would pass decent looks. Too often that "extra" pass led to nothing. We wasted time and forced some bad shots towards the end of the shot clock.
-- Odio taking 3s. The other team's are forcing the issue by leaving him open, but I would prefer he play closer to the basket and grab more boards.
-- Rahon's night. This happens to freshmen. But Hanlon over came a cold shooting night by getting better shots close to the basket. Rahon stopped looking for his shot.
Rouse commits to BC
Congrats to Tyler and let's hope his decision means National Signing Day is a good one for BC. Addazio's reputation as a recruiter is not exclusively about sales. He's also supposed to have a good eye for talent. I hope this is an example of him finding a diamond in the rough.
Monday, February 04, 2013
BC wins Beanpot opener
Division shuffle may mean end of "VT rivalry"
While we do have some history with Virginia Tech, I wouldn't shed a tear over dropping them from our schedule. Since we joined the conference, the Hokies have been the most consistent program and hurt our win-loss record. Even if they fade a bit as Beamer ages, I still think it will be a tough game for any BC team. Plus the location is hardly inviting for any of our fans.
Louisville as a annual opponent won't excite the old-timers at Alumni, but it is not a bad game or rivalry for us. They are good now, but based on the historical strengths of each program, we should be able to compete with them. Making trips to Louisville also benefits our recruiting in Cincinnati and southwest Ohio. And although it is a "southern" school, geographically the game would be a nice road trip for our fans in Ohio and Indiana.
Virginia probably excites more people and is near a huge alumni base, but I don't think it will happen. My prediction is that the two more established ACC schools in UVA and Georgia Tech will ask to be paired together and let the newbies in BC and Louisville have each other.
This does confirm that my idea of a "Big East" and "ACC" divisional mix is dead, but getting rid of the Hokies is a nice compromise.
Beanpot Game Watches UPDATED
Atlanta Game Watch
The Prado, Roswell Rd
Fairfield County, CT Game Watch
Tavern on 7
611 Main Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
New York City Game Watch
The Royal NYC
127 4th Ave
Washington, D.C. Game Watch
Irish Whiskey Public House
1207 19th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
Seattle Game Watch
Buckley's in Belltown
2331 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Sunday, February 03, 2013
Boyle to UConn, Kuechly honored and other links
Luke Kuechly won the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
The Women's Basketball Team lost to Maryland.
Guest Blog: @eagle98alum shares his thoughts on the second town hall
"Bates greeted everyone at the door. There were about 15 tables setup with a BC athletic dept representative at each one. Our table had Ciaran Cullen, the Assistant Director of the Flynn Fund. The meeting started off with Bates introducing Coach Addazio. Daz told us about his staff and what they each bring to the university. He wants great men, fathers and husbands on his sideline. He loves Ryan Day. He mentioned that Day was getting offers recently as last week for other jobs but Ryan is committed here and loves BC. This team will be tough and aggressive on both sides if the ball.
Several people were allowed to ask questions. Some of which were about his offensive scheme. Addazio said he's done every offense and that they all work. He emphasized he wants a balanced offense but really wants to run the ball. He believes in smash mouth football. Daz was asked that in recent years our lines have been undersized and if he's going to look into getting bigger guys. Daz said when he looks for linemen, he isn't concerned with height and weight. He mentioned, Mike Pouncey who is 6 feet. He wants a lineman who has speed and will smash guys down the field. He loves seeing an OL follow a RB down the field, smashing Lbs and DBs along the way. He talks to many former BC OL alumni about bringing smash mouth football back to BC.
[He also mentioned] No more bend but dont break defenses. We will be aggressive and attack.
Someone asked him how he plans to improve recruiting, currently BC is 13th out of 14 in some ACC recruiting magazine. Addazio said he doesn't care about stars. He wants to find players who will be great four year players. He looks for a player who has "it." ...mentioned Flutie, Ryan and Tebow. Kids who are winners. He said a lot of 4/5 star players don't pan out. [Then he] told a story about Jamie Silva and how he recruited him at Indiana. When Jamie committed to BC, he knew he had "it." 'A hard working kid.'
Daz was also asked about our future schedules. He said he doesn't care who we play, just wants fans to be loyal and support his team. His team will play hard and make us proud. He leaves all scheduling to Bates. An 80 year old alumni mentioned that Tom Coughlin entered in a more difficult situation at BC than he [Daz] did: 'Coughlin's first year the team struggled but played hard. The next year BC went 8-3.' The man told Addazio to be Tom Coughlin. Everyone laughed and Addazio said he loved to be Tom.
Coach ended with a poem about an oak tree that bent with the wind, losing its leaves but remained strong because of its roots. BC is that oak tree.
I originally wasn't enthused with the hire. But after hearing Addazio speak I am sold! So much energy and he is committed to BC. I believe he will bring BC back to at least 8-4/9-3 seasons.
After coach left, Bates opened the floor to us to talk about the Gameday experience. Most concerns were about tailgating. Increasing hours, better access to the stadium. Too many senseless rules, especially on Shea. There was some random complaints about the band and what music they play. There was a question about expanding the stadium to 55-60,000. Person said other schools must use that vs BC in recruiting. Bates said until there is a waiting list for tickets, Alumni Stadium will not be increased. Some older alumni complained about our prime seats going to opposing fans and that season ticket holders should be held accountable. One gentleman complained about BC always getting a game on Labor Day weekend. Bates asked us if we would be ok with a game on the Monday of Labor Day itself. When asked about scheduling, Bates said the future home schedules will have 7 home games.
The biggest theme itself was tailgating and access. Besides one old woman from Virginia who believes increasing tailgate hours will decrease spirit and they'll be more 'drunks with their beer suitcases,' everyone wanted a better GameDay experience.
We then went into a 10 minute discussion at our own tables with the BC rep. We each spoke about our concerns, mainly tailgating. The BC rep mentioned the possibility of 5 hrs pregame and 2 hrs post. [We] discussed parking in Brighton campus, expanding Fan Fest to other locations. Basically they realize they need to fix game day. It will not happen over night. Takes time.
I left feeling good that we were heard. I've been a season ticket holder since graduation and have run a tailgate at BC for last 5 years. Tailgating is only reason to be going to the games last few years since the team hasn't been good, and yet tailgating on Shea and other places is embarrassing. It was good to let the administration know how we felt. Hopefully improvements are down the road.
Thanks to @eagle98alum for sharing his thoughts.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
A "Yes, yes, yes, NO, yes" win over Clemson
-- Donahue over substituting down the stretch. When a team is pressing you need to put your best, and most poised lineup out there and let them play. All the substituting has guys overthinking and pressing.
-- Free throws. How much better would our record be if we converted more free throws? How can we be so hot from 3 and clank so many gimmes?