Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Matt Ryan!

Matty Ice

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

BC Women's Soccer - From ESPN

"Those are the kinds of effort it takes to advance in November; they're also the kind it takes to survive week to week in the ACC. And it's not without note that Boston College's first appearance in the College Cup also comes as the ACC's lone representative. In five years, the program has gone from newcomer to standard bearer."


Saturday, November 27, 2010

BC Women's Soccer Advances to the Final Four!

Hannah Cerrone scores game winning goal on corner kick in overtime. BC heads to the Final Four for the first time in program history!!!

Tom O'Brien's NC State Wolfpack

With a win today at Maryland, NC State will go to the ACC Championship game next week vs. Virginia Tech.   NC State started out fast and led 14-0 early in the game.   Now late in the 3rd, Maryland has run up 24 unanswered points to take a 24-14 lead.

Is anybody surprised by this?  Not me.  I remember 2004 vs Syracuse.

Update:   TOB loses another big game!


I am extremely proud of our Eagle football team.  After losing 5 in a row to go to 2-5, all seemed lost.  But things turned around and suddenly we are on a 5 game winning streak to finish the regular season with a respectable record of 7-5.  Much of the credit must go to Coach Spaz for keeping the team together and showing his young team how to fight through adversity. 

With 20 true freshman or red-shirt freshman on the 2 deep depth chart, the future looks very bright!


Friday, November 26, 2010

BC Hockey Tonight vs Merrimack

I am off to Merrimack to see the #7 Eagles play against #18 Merrimack. As an Andover resident, I am happy for Merrimack.   This week is the first time in the program's history that they have been ranked.   I loved their coach Mark Dennehy, a BC grad!!

I always believe BC is going to win before I attend a game except ..... when it is played at the bandbox known as Lawlor Arena.   I still remember the 2000-2001 team which went 33-8-2 and won the National Championship.  But on a cold January night in North Andover against a bad Merrimack team, here was the result:

Tue 01/16/01 at Merrimack* L 6-3

Let's hope that tonight is different! 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


This is the time of the year where we need to take a step back and look at the big picture of life.   We get so caught up in the day to day treadmill that is our life.   But with the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I would like to reflect on the many gifts that I have been blessed with (in no particular order!):

o  2 wonderful parents who are the most selfless people you could ever meet.
o  A sister who takes after her parents - see above. 
o  A wife of 25 years who has a heart the size of this planet.
o  A mother and father in law that inspire all in the way they live their lives on a day to day basis.
o  3 beautiful, well adjusted, caring and sensitive young children that we love more than anything that can be described.
o  Boston College:   Where would I be in my life without Boston College? Boston College is such a big part of who I am as a person.  Everyday that I step on campus, I pinch myself and thank God that I am involved in this special community.

There is more I could mention:  grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and colleagues.  I am thankful for all.  But I will leave you with one thought:

It is always a great day to be an Eagle!!

Matt Ryan - SportsCenter


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jerry York Extended!! Great News!

Jerry York Signs Five-Year Contract With Boston College


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Nov. 23, 2010

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College head men's ice hockey coach Jerry York has a new five-year contract with the school that runs through the 2014-15 season.
"Jerry York is the best collegiate hockey coach in America," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "Boston College is very fortunate to have a man of his talent, leadership and character at the helm of our hockey program. We are extremely pleased to announce this new contract."
York led the Eagles to the 2001, 2008 and 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championships and Boston College has advanced to the NCAA Championship game in four of the last five seasons.
"I am very happy to continue my career here at Boston College," York said. "Since returning to my alma mater 16 years ago, I have been blessed to be surrounded by outstanding assistant coaches and staff members, and countless players with great talent and character. In addition, the support from our administration has been fantastic. I look forward to the years ahead as we strive to keep Boston College among the nation's premier hockey programs."
York assumed the head coaching duties at Boston College, his alma mater, on June 15, 1994. The 2010-11 campaign is his 39th season as a head coach as he spent seven years (1972-79) at Clarkson and 15 years (1979-84) at Bowling Green. He won the NCAA Championship at Bowling Green in 1984.
York has also coached Boston College to seven Hockey East Tournament titles (1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010) and four Hockey East regular-season championships (2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05).
He is college hockey's second all-time winningest coach (first among active Division I coaches) with 858 wins.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Boston College Tax

Winners of 2010 Tax Case Competition announced 
Published: 21-Nov-10

Following the judging of the efforts of 79 teams from 57 unique colleges and universities to master a complex and hypothetical tax case study, students from Brigham Young University won the undergraduate and graduate divisions of the ninth annual Tax Case Study Competition. The annual event is sponsored by Deloitte Tax LLP with administrative support from the Deloitte Foundation.
Each of the students on the first place teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the school will receive an institutional award of $10,000 for each division.
“The goal of this case competition is to provide students with an opportunity to examine and solve real world complex tax challenges,” said Shaun Budnik, president of the Deloitte Foundation and partner, Deloitte LLP. “This year’s winning teams demonstrated a strong understanding of today’s tax issues and worked collaboratively to solve them.”
Deloitte tax practitioners judge results
The Tax Case Study Competition features teams with up to four students who are given five hours to complete the case study. The exercise requires that they analyze information, identify issues and alternative tax treatments, and develop a recommended solution that appropriately cites the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. At the end of the competition, each team prepares a written solution to their case and submits it to a panel of judges from Deloitte Tax LLP for evaluation.

“We are pleased to sponsor this tax competition each year as it enables students to tackle complex business issues much like those that current tax professionals face,” said Chet Wood, chairman and chief executive officer, Deloitte Tax LLP. “The cases require teams to maximize their technical and analytical skills, and the caliber of the work presented by this year’s winning teams offers a great reflection on our profession’s next generation of talent. I commend the students for their commitment to learning, and congratulate them on a job well done."
In addition to awards for the first place teams and their schools, the second place teams in each division will receive a $1,000 scholarship per student and $5,000 for their school, and third place teams will receive a $500 scholarship and $2,500 for their school. Each of the honorable mention award recipients will receive $2,000 for their institution and $200 per student.
Recognition went to 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate teams, which included:
Graduate Division
1st Place – Brigham Young University
2nd Place – University of Central Florida
3rd Place – University of Southern California
Honorable Mention – Baruch College
Honorable Mention – Colorado State University
Honorable Mention – University of Florida
Honorable Mention – Georgia State University

Honorable Mention – University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign
Honorable Mention – University of Mississippi
Honorable Mention – University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Undergraduate Division
1st Place – Brigham Young University
2nd Place – College of William & Mary
3rd Place – Boston College
Honorable Mention – University of Akron
Honorable Mention – University of Denver
Honorable Mention – Georgia State University
Honorable Mention – John Carroll University
Honorable Mention – University of Northern Colorado
Honorable Mention – Utah State University
Honorable Mention – University of Wisconsin – Madison

Thanks to participating Deloitte Professionals
The competition was administered by the Deloitte Foundation team and was made possible thanks to the efforts of the many Deloitte Tax practitioners and Talent Acquisition professionals who assisted with the planning and delivery of the event.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

BC Hockey Beats Maine

BC Hockey Back on Track

BC Women Back to the Elite 8

College roundup

BC women in elite company

Associated Press / November 20, 2010

Brooke Knowlton scored a pair of goals to lead the Boston College women’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory over visiting West Virginia and a trip back to the NCAA Division 1 tournament’s Elite Eight for the second straight season.
Knowlton scored in each half, while Victoria DiMartino and Julie Bouchelle each had a goal as the Eagles ended the Mountaineers’ 14-game winning streak, second-longest in the nation.
Jillian Mastroianni made two saves as BC handed West Virginia just its third shutout in its last 11 NCAA Tournament matches. Kerri Butler made nine saves for the Mountaineers.
The victory earned the Eagles another home game next weekend against the winner of today’s third-round game between Cal-Irvine and Washington.

What Do You Think of Tenure for Teachers? From the Wall Street Journal

How to Succeed in Teaching Without Lifetime Tenure

The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering attracts 140 applicants for every faculty position. And they can even be fired.

Needham, Mass.

When Richard Miller told his colleagues that he was leaving his tenured position as dean of the University of Iowa's engineering school, a number of them asked if he was smoking dope. Mr. Miller was stepping down to become the first president of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts—and Olin, which opened its doors 10 years ago, does not offer tenure to its faculty.
"Don't you realize that if you go there you'll never work in higher education again?" Mr. Miller recalls his friends asking. "They'll think you turned in your union card—that you don't care about the core values of academic freedom." Mr. Miller, a jovial man who now presides over a campus of 350 students in this suburb west of Boston, says he didn't care. Having tenure is like being placed in "golden handcuffs," he told me. "There are more important things than permanent employment"—like offering students a fulfilling education.
One wishes that other academics shared his opinion. In the meantime, Olin is showing what's possible when a school sheds tenure, one of the most antiquated and counterproductive employment policies in the American economy. Instituted at a time when people in most professions remained in the same job for life, tenure today is an economic anomaly. The policy protects laziness and incompetence—and rewards often obscure research rather than good teaching.
F.W. Olin was an engineer and industrialist who amassed a fortune from a variety of manufacturing enterprises in the early 20th century. In 1938, he transferred much of his wealth to a foundation that bore his name, and, for the next 50 years or so, the foundation supported higher education on more than 50 campuses across the country.
But by the 1990s, the trustees were frustrated with their inability to promote change—particularly in the field of engineering. Engineering, a commission of the National Science Foundation concluded a number of years ago, had become too specialized and wasn't giving young engineers the skills to compete globally.
Little came of the commission's work. And so the Olin board of trustees decided to start over. Along with a $200 million founding gift, the trustees laid out their idea for a college, which included creating a "culture of innovation" and thus deciding not to offer faculty tenure.
This creative culture is apparent to any campus visitor. Unlike students in most engineering programs, who spend their first three years taking physics and math before they work on designing an actual structure, Olin students begin to design things on the first day. I watched as one professor gave his mechanical engineering students instructions to build a bridge spanning two tables. They would be judged on how much weight it could bear, its aesthetic appeal and its cost efficiency.
Olin students—a significant number of whom turn down more prestigious schools like MIT, Stanford and Berkeley partly because of Olin's significantly lower tuition—take a variety of liberal arts courses as part of their general curriculum, as well as courses at Babson College, a business school adjacent to their own. During senior year, they work with a local company as consultants for an engineering project.
Some have worked on products like a photovoltaic system to power greenhouses. Others have helped develop advanced robotic devices and medical instruments that will result in less invasive surgeries. Their school is ranked 8th in undergraduate engineering by U.S. News and World Report.
Mr. Miller says that promoting a culture of entrepreneurship has been especially important. Like entrepreneurs, "engineers are people who envision things that have never been and do whatever it takes to make them happen," he says.
Olin's trustees put some structures in place to keep that entrepreneurial culture strong. In addition to the lack of tenure, the entire curriculum must be re-evaluated every seven years. There are no formal departments.
Students are also engaged in a constant process of evaluating their education: They are asked for extensive feedback about each course, and alumni are surveyed routinely. When I asked senior Theresa Edmonds how these policies affect her education, she said her professors are very "responsive" to the concerns of students.
Though Olin doesn't offer lifetime employment, the school's vision has been appealing enough to attract an average of 140 applicants for every faculty position. In all but three cases, Olin got its top choice to fill each teaching slot.
Mark Somerville left a tenure-track position in the physics department at Vassar to teach at Olin. "It was not a hard decision to make," he says. Mr. Somerville says he has found that the lack of tenure has changed his teaching and research interests for the better.
"When one is on the tenure track," he says, "the clock is ticking. There is a certain day on which you will have to produce a stack of papers." He's no longer worried about publishing a certain amount by a particular date. Instead, he's free to pursue research he finds interesting—something Mr. Somerville says has been "liberating."
The passion of the Olin faculty and students is unmistakable. Mr. Miller calls them "a community of zealots"—not exactly what you expect from a bunch of engineers. But then giving up tenure seems to do some strange things to people.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My First Political Post

How to assure the re-election of President Obama?   Sarah Palin.  She is BRUTAL. 

Sarah Palin Says She Could Beat Obama

In Interview With Barbara Walters, Palin Says She Is Seriously Considering Entering Race in 2012



Jerry York Assesses His Team

(NOVEMBER 16, 2010)
Opening Remarks:
“The beginning of the season presents] an interesting dynamic. As the year starts, you’re trying
to self-scout your team while also scouting the league. Looking at our own team, we’re a club
that returns a lot of players from last year. We have high aspirations to have a very successful
year. The reality is that the league is very good. It’s a difficult process that you go through from
October to hopefully April. We’ve been pushed by a number of different teams. We’re keeping
our head above water; we’re still in the race, but we certainly haven’t broken any records in terms
of how well we are playing. We’re getting excellent goaltending from John Muse. He has been
on top of his game. Our defense has been fairly solid through the early part of the season. We’ve
lost Tommy Cross for the last couple of weekends, but he will be eligible for full contact starting
today [Tuesday], so we should be at full strength on defense this weekend. We have four
sophomores on defense - Philip Samuelsson, Brian Dumoulin, Patrick Wey and Patch Alber. I
think that’s a pretty good corps of young defensemen, but they still need time to mature and
develop. We have only three seniors, none of which are defensemen. So it’s a relatively young
defensive corps that I think will get better as we go through the year. The problem we’re having
is lack of offense. We’ve got to score more goals. We have a lot of goal scorers and, as the
season progresses, I think they’ll put up some pretty good numbers for us. They’ll give us that
balance between good, solid defense and contributing on offense. But right now, we’re
struggling offensively. I think we’re trying to get more cohesiveness into our offense. We’ve got
good goal scorers. Once we get that cohesiveness and are more in sync, we should be a dynamic
team. Right now, our heads are above water. We’re in the middle of November. Are we
satisfied with where we are? No, not really. But we’re still in the race.” 

New Proposal to Cut Deficit

Sweet drinks,sales tax targeted to cut deficit

Good to see Former-Eagle Ron Brace Developing

Ron Brace steps up

Begins to make mark thanks to hard work

By Karen Guregian / Patriots Notebook
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FOXBORO - Ron Brace spent part of his day off yesterday in the film room with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson trying to improve his craft and get a jump on the Indianapolis Colts.
It’s just another example of the growth and maturation of the second-year defensive tackle, who played well Sunday in Pittsburgh against the Steelers.
“Nobody has a totally perfect game, but you can always strive for it,” said Brace, who visited Children’s Hospital after his film session and helped put smiles on the faces of some pediatric patients. “Just going in there, seeing little things, mistakes you can try and correct for next week. The more film work, the better.”
Johnson, who spoke to the media via conference call, said Brace and rookie Brandon Deaderick were doing well after taking “baby steps” initially.
“Ron Brace is trying to grow into a strong professional, and that’s some of the things that we ask of him during the course of the year,” Johnson said. “Instead of sitting around pouting, he likes playing football. Whether he plays two plays or he plays 20 plays, he’s out there trying to do his best.”
Brace said he was excited to move on to the Colts and get ready for the next challenge.
“It’s going to be another big week,” he said.
How much would he love to get his huge arms around Peyton Manning and bring him down?
“I think anybody would, because he gets rid of the ball so darn quick,” Brace said. “Sometimes, you’re lucky if you get a hand on him. But I’m going to try as hard as I can.”

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I've Always Wanted to Be Feared!

Here is the new me:


BC Women's Basketball Win Again.

Boston College women cruise

Eagles handle Hawks

By Staff and wire reports
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 -

Stefanie Murphy poured in 24 points and Carolyn Swords recorded a double-double as the Boston College women’s basketball team rolled past Hartford, 93-66, last night at Conte Forum.
Swords finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for BC (2-0). Jackie Smith and Alex Hall both had 11 points for the Hawks (0-2).

Monday, November 15, 2010

NYT Article About Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta is the best Boston College hockey player I have had the privilege to watch:


Matt Ryan described by Peter King of Sports Illustrated

1.   Atlanta (7-2). Matt Ryan can win big games. That's what I take from Thursday night's pulse-pounder over Baltimore, and it's a great sign for games with Green Bay and New Orleans coming up in the season's last seven weeks.

2. I think this is what I liked about Week 10:

a. Matt Ryan's poise. After the Thursday-night win over the Ravens, there's no question in my mind Ryan's the superior player to his 2008 first-round-draft peer Joe Flacco.

Boston Globe: One More Win for Bowl Eligibility!


Virginia Out of Bowl Picture

They will be playing their younger players on Saturday at Boston College:


BC Women's Soccer Advances to the Sweet 16

Women's Soccer Advances To Round Of 16

Julia Bouchelle and Victoria DiMartino celebrate with Stephanie Wirth who scored the third goal in the 3-1 victory over Hofstra in the second round NCAA Tournament match on Sunday afternoon.
Julia Bouchelle and Victoria DiMartino celebrate with Stephanie Wirth who scored the third goal in the 3-1 victory over Hofstra in the second round NCAA Tournament match on Sunday afternoon.  
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Nov. 14, 2010

Newton, MA - The Boston College women's soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season with a 3-1 victory over Hofstra in a second round match of the NCAA Tournament in front of 720 fans at the Newton Soccer Field.
Boston College improved to 15-6-1 on the season while Hofstra ends the season at 19-3-0. BC will play West Virginia in the Round of 16 on Friday, November 19. West Virginia defeated Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles were led offensively by sophomore Kristen Mewis. The midfielder from Hanson, MA gave BC a 1-0 lead 17 minutes into the match. Mewis received the ball from Hannah Cerrone and carried the ball down the left sideline. Mewis struck a looping ball into the far post to give the Eagles the early lead. It was her tenth goal of the season, a new career high for Mewis.
Hofstra tied the game just 10 minutes later when Courtney Breen flicked an Amy Turner free kick into the back of the net.
The Eagles gained a 2-1 lead on a great goal from freshman defender Zoe Lombard. A native of Florida, Lombard one-timed a set piece driven to the back of the goal by Hannah Cerrone. It was Lombard's first career goal, first game-winning goal in her first career start for the Eagles.
BC junior Stephanie Wirth would seal the victory when she connected with Mewis. Wirth made a run up the side and Mewis found her when she switched the point of attack. Wirth one-timed a low shot from the 22 yard line past the approaching Hofstra goalkeeper Emily Morphitis. It was Wirth's third goal of the season and Mewis' 12th helper of the season.

BC Tix

Boston College goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni came up big in the second half as she deflected a shot from Hofstra's Laura Green that was headed into the top left corner at the 60 minute mark. She finished the game with two saves. Mewis finished with four shots, three on goal, while the Eagles had 10 total shots in the game Hofstra's Laura Greene had three shots and the Pride had nine shots in the match. BC held the edge in corner kicks, 6-1.
Game Notes: Freshman defender Zoe Lombard earned her first start on defense for the Eagles. A native of Florida, Lombard recorded her first goal and played a full 90 minutes in the back ... Freshman midfielder Kate McCarthy earned her second career start and also played a full 90 game for the first time in an Eagle jersey. Both starts for McCarthy have been in the NCAA Tournament ... BC has advanced to the round of 16 six times since the 2004 season ... Junior goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni improved to 15-6-1 on the season. Her overall record is 48-16-5 ... BC's record in the NCAA Tournament in the last five years is now 8-4-1.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

What is wrong with the defending National Champions?

Tax News

Congress won’t act quickly on taxes after lawmakers return next week from their break.  Democrats and Republicans will spend the first week setting up their leadership positions for next year and holding orientation for the many new members. Then they’ll take another week off for Thanksgiving. So they won’t get down to the nitty-gritty until Dec., leaving little time to finalize the tax rules for 2010, including higher AMT exemptions and other breaks that lapsed after 2009, as well as the Bush tax cuts. Here is our take on what Congress will do: 

On the Bush tax rate cuts, figure on a two-year extension for all taxpayers, not just for joint filers with incomes below $250,000 and singles below $200,000. But don’t be surprised if final action ends up being postponed to 2011. House Democrats are talking about holding a vote soon on extending the tax cuts for all but very high incomers...those with incomes above $500,000 or $1 million. If Republicans vote against the proposal, Democrats plan to score political points by painting the GOP as defenders of the wealthy. Republicans say they won’t agree to split the tax cuts, and if Democrats won’t agree now to an extension for all filers, the GOP will wait for 2011, when it runs the House and has more say in the Senate. House Democrats might cave now if Treasury issues withholding tables for 2011 based on the higher rates in effect before the Bush cuts, trimming paychecks for all. But we don’t expect Treasury to do so and needlessly upset a huge block of voters. The same goes for the tax rates on capital gains and dividends. We expect that lawmakers will extend the 15% maximum rate for a couple of years for everyone. Taxwriters are almost certain to take action this year in two key areas: Retroactively reviving tax breaks that lapsed after 2009. Among them: The deduction for state sales taxes in lieu of income tax. Tax free payouts from IRAs to charity. The R&D credit. Write-offs for college tuition and teachers’ class supplies. The IRS is so sure Congress will reinstate these last two breaks that the latest draft of the 1040 for this year has retained the lines on the front used for these write-offs. Ditto for higher AMT exemptions in 2010. Top House and Senate taxwriters say they will boost the exemptions to $72,450 for couples and $47,450 for singles, up by $1,500 and $750, respectively, over 2009. In addition, personal tax credits such as the tuition and dependent care credits will be able to offset the AMT in 2010. None of these extensions will be paid for with offsetting tax increases. A solution on estate taxes may be put off a while. For 2011, the GOP wants a $3.5-million exemption with a 45% top rate. In later years, the exemption would rise in steps to $5 million while the maximum tax rate would decrease to 35%. If Democrats balk, the GOP is prepared to wait for 2011, when it has more power. Lawmakers don’t feel pressured to act right away because the first estate tax returns for individuals who die in early 2011 would not be due until Oct. 1 at the earliest. One thing is sure: The estate tax won’t be retroactively reinstated for 2010.

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BC Football Defeats Duke