Friday, December 30, 2011

Last Run of 2011

I finished the year running 218 days (1,000 miles) or 60% of the total days in the year.    This is down from the 270 days (74% of the total days) and 1,300 miles of a year ago.    The body doesn't bounce back like it once did!

The 2012 goal is to get back to the 1,300 mark.

And despite the dismal state of Boston College Athletics, 2011 was another great year to be an Eagle!

Friday, December 23, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama

During the summer, the Obamas vacationed on Martha's Vineyard.   Good for them.  They deserve a vacation.   But Mrs. Obama decided to head to the Vineyard separate from her husband, a mere 4 hours before he departed.   Obviously, the costs are borne by us, the taxpayers.  

Now, the Obamas are vacationing in Hawaii over the holidays.   That is fine with me.  But again, rather than wait for her husband to take care of his business, she takes off early at the taxpayers expense. 

She told Barbara Walters recently that it is "practical" for her to put her self highest on her priority list.  I find her appallingly selfish who feels entitled to milk the taxpayer for her own private pleasures - even in a global recession.

In my lifetime, I cannot recall a First Lady like  Michelle Obama.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In the Age of Political Correctness, This Is A Refreshing Christmas Message

Divorce Agreement - Very Clever - Written By A Current Law Student

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

Here is a model separation agreement:

--Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

--We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.
--You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.
--Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.
--We'll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and bio diesel. 
--You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.

--We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.
--You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, home boys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.
--We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms and greedy CEO's.
--We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .

--You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.
--You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.

--We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.
--You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McLane. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

--We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you can find.
--You can give everyone health care if you can find any practicing doctors.
--We'll continue to believe health care is a luxury and not a right. 
--We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The National Anthem."
--I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".

--We'll practice trickle down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

--Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.

Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you answer which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

John J. Wall
Law Student and an American

P.S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Barbara Streisand, &Jane Fondawith you.

P.S.S. And you won't have to press 1 for English when you call our country.

Ron Paul Is Crazy. Is He A Racist?

Ron Paul On CNN 12/21/11

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Father McGowan in Today's Boston Herald

Back in Hub, Deval Patrick enters casino fray

By Chris Cassidy
Monday, December 12, 2011 -

Gov. Deval Patrick will return to his State House office today, after a nine-day trade mission to South America, to find a heated battle has erupted between the backers of a Suffolk Downs casino and one near Gillette Stadium in Foxboro — just as the governor prepares to name the leader of the all-powerful state gaming commission.

Patrick, state Treasurer Steve Grossman and Attorney General Martha Coakley will all name a member to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. They will jointly select the remaining two members.

“You really need people who know this industry,” said gambling expert Richard McGowan of Boston College. “This industry is not an easy industry to know. It’s going to be pretty quickly a case of holding the casinos’ feet to the fire to make sure they get the best deal they can.”

Patrick’s search for the chairman is already under way, according to Patrick spokeswoman Kim -Haberlin. Patrick plans to select a leader who has “experience in getting organizations off the ground and running them with independence and integrity,” she said.

Patrick will make his pick by the end of the month, she said.

The governor returned Friday for the first time since Patriots [team stats] owner Kraft and Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn made public their plans to build a casino near Gillette Stadium, which pits them against the owners of Suffolk Downs — a project backed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and House Speaker Robert DeLeo — for the only casino license allowed in the Boston-area region under the state’s new gambling law.

Patrick’s pick to lead the commission could have a dramatic influence over which business titan prevails, but McGowan said he thought Patrick’s best bet is to avoid naming favorites.

“I don’t think the governor would be too crazy about getting involved,” he said. “He has nothing to gain from it.”

During his nine days in the Southern Hemisphere, Patrick met with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. He also signed an agreement between Brazilian leaders and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that Patrick claims will lead to job growth and economic development in agribusiness.

He also participated in the groundbreaking of a new research and development center in Rio de Janeiro with leaders from Hopkinton-based EMC Corp.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Coach Fazio Reinstated

I am hearing that Coach Fazio has been reinstated as a teacher and as head basketball coach at Andover High School.  I am so happy and relieved.  

The Town of Andover has many assets.  And one of them is David Fazio.   We as a town are lucky to have him. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Luke Kuechly News

I am hearing that Luke Kuechly will need Tommy John surgery to repair an arm injury he suffered late in the season.  

Sorry to Luke but perhaps he will be back for his senior season?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Coach Fazio - Andover High School

I have been thinking for some time about posting about Coach Fazio and the Andover High scandal.   I know the Fazios very well.  They are a wonderful family.   My daughter is best friends with Alivia Fazio.  They are a family to admire and emulate.  If every family was like the Fazio's, our culture and society would be much better off. 

That said, I am sickened by the rush to judgement and the critics who insist that all associated with the basketball program should be fired.    Many are jealous of Coach Fazio's success. Many also have an ax to grind if their child did not make the basketball team.   I have been involved in Andover sports since 1995 as a coach and a board member.   If you are involved and out in the public, you are going to have your detractors.  I have had many detractors during my years of coaching but I did things the right way and put the kids before anything.  I feel that Coach Fazio always put the kids first.   My oldest two children loved attending gym class because Mr. Fazio was the teacher.  He made it fun.  He knew everybody's name.  He made all, athlete and non-athlete,  feel special. One other thing.  Coach Fazio is dynamic and a larger than life personality.  When you walk into a room, you know he is there.   He has such charisma.

Again, remember, he was not coaching the kids who perpetrated this hideous act.   He was home with his family.    To make him the scapegoat and ruin his career is unthinkable.   I have lived in Andover for 20 years.  I love Andover.  But, if he is made the example, I am leaving this town. Goodbye and good riddance   

I get so annoyed reading the comments on the Eagle Tribune website. Most are so negative.   But I did came across a comment that echoed  my feelings about Coach Fazio and I would like to share it.

Here are excerpts of the post:

Coach Fazio is a good man, and one hell of a Basketball Coach!  All of my children have attended his Hooptown Camp for multiple weeks each summer.  He loves the children, and they love him right back.  He is passionate man and loves to win!  So Andover opponent fans hate that.  I watched his team lose a close game to Brockton, and Coach Fazio ran onto the floor and hugged one of his players for playing such a great game.  He is a man all about heart & character.  His life wasn't easy and perfect.  He grew up in Lawrence in a tough neighborhood & played basketball for Central Catholic then Salem State. His father died young, and Dave Fazio helped to support and raise his younger siblings.  He became a teacher and basketball coach; both of which, are very noble vocations. I watched him one day at AHS from the parking lot.  He did not see me sitting in my car as he exited a bus full of Andover Student leaders he had taken on a field for a job well done.  He knew every students name and greeted each one thanking them as they got off the bus.  I was absolutely amazed how much he loved his students and how much they loved him back! 

Let's not blame Coach Fazio or any other coach for the mistakes of these kids.  Coaches are people like you and I, they are not Gods.  In short, Coach Fazio had no control over what occured outside his human senses.  Please treat Coach Fazio like family because that is exactly how he treats others in Andover, and surrounding communities.

Does This Guy Ever Work?

The Obamas will enjoy a 17 day holiday vacation this year.
On Saturday, December 17th, 2011, the President will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii. He will return to Washington, DC on Monday, January 2nd, 2012… No public events are scheduled during the trip.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

BC 3 Yale 2

Barry Almeida scores shorthanded with 2:19 left to tie the score.   Chris Kreider then scores the game winning goal with 39 seconds left.

Brian Billett, making his collegiate start in net, stopped 31 stops in the victory. 

Big win for our Eagles!

Coach Spaz Will Return

November 25th, 2011
Boston College AD Gene DeFilippo offers strong support for football coach Frank Spaziani
Posted by Dan Duggan at 9:46 pm
Spaz As you may have already read on Twitter, Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo gave a strong vote of confidence to football coach Frank Spaziani following the Eagles’ 24-17 win over Miami in today’s season finale.

Spaziani — and DeFilippo to some extent — have been under fire as BC stumbled to a 4-8 record this season, the worst finish since 1995. The Eagles saw a 12-year bowl streak end and the team’s win totals have decreased in each of Spaziani’s three years at the helm.

Overall, the Eagles are 20-19 under Spaziani and haven’t won a bowl game (though he led BC to a win in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl as the interim head coach). That has led many fans to call for the firing of Spaziani, who signed a two-year extension last December that runs through the 2015 season. In an interview with the Herald, DeFilippo addressed the calls for Spaziani’s job.

“It doesn’t matter,” DeFilippo told the Herald. “I’m with Spaz every single day. Spaz is the best coach that we’ve had in the 15 years that I’ve been here. Spaz is coming back next year and our future here is really, really bright.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend 1984

Top Football Prospect Chooses Ohio State - Here Is Why

"It's the education part. I know all these schools athletically can offer me the same thing. The academic support at Ohio State, there is no way you can fail. Even if you're giving minimal effort there is no way you can fail."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

We Elected Him?

For the second time in as many months, President Obama has taken the nation that elected him president to task for its own lackadaisical economic performance on the global stage.

Obama told a group of CEOs today that the United States has gotten “lazy” and that America lost its hunger in promoting itself in a global marketplace.

“We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — ‘Well, people would want to come here’ — and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America,” he told the CEOs who are gathered on the sidelines of the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, which the United States is hosting this year in Hawaii.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

How About The BC Men's Soccer Team!

No. 13 Men's Soccer Advances To ACC Finals With 2-1 Win Against No. 24 Duke

Nov. 11, 2011

CARY, N.C. - Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez played a part in both goals and scored the game-winner in the 66th minute to lead seventh-seeded Boston College to a 2-1 win against third-seeded Duke Friday night in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The Eagles will face top-seeded and No. 3 North Carolina Sunday at noon. The game will be televised live on ESPNU. The Tar Heels beat BC in the regular season finale, 2-0, on November 2.

Boston College is making its second trip to the ACC Championship game. The last came in 2007 when the Eagles won both the regular season and the tournament crown.

Medina-Mendez recorded a goal and an assist in the same game for the first time this season. He has four goals in the last five matches and six of his eight goals this year have come against ACC opponents.
Senior Amit Aburmad scored the equalizer in the 25th minute. It was his first score since September 16. Junior Colin Murphy was credited with an assist on the first goal while classmate Kyle Bekker got one on Medina-Mendez's game-winner.

Junior Justin Luthy made five saves in goal for BC, as did Duke's James Belshaw.
The first half was played evenly as both teams recorded six shots, four shots on a goal and three saves. It was the Eagles who had more quality chances though.

BC's first opportunity came in the ninth minute but it was denied by a Belshaw save. Bekker made a nice move around a defender near midfield and then perfectly fed classmate Charlie Rugg - who stayed onsides - into open space. Rugg went one-on-one with Belshaw, but the Duke keeper kept BC off the board.



Duke capitalized on its first corner kick in the 15th minute to take a 1-0 edge. Joseph Pak sent the corner in from the left side and it went right to Luthy on the goal line. The ball bounced off of his hands and went to Nat Eggleston who was stationed right outside the left post. He blasted a shot from point-blank range and the ball hit off the underside of the crossbar and in for the goal.

Bekker was inches away from equalizing the game seven minutes later. Murphy battled through a couple of defenders and picked up a foul after being knocked to the ground. Bekker took the free kick from 25 yards out and placed it perfectly on net, but Belshaw dove and got enough of his fingers on the ball to make it hit the post and bounce out of bounds.

BC got the goal it needed four minutes later to tie the game. Medina-Mendez handled the ball near the boundary to the right of the 18. He fed Murphy to his left who sent a cross into the far side of the box. Aburmad warded off a defender and deflected the ball into the back of the net from seven yards out to make it a 1-1 game at the half.

The second half had a different pace to it with only four shots being recorded in the first 20 minutes. BC won a corner kick in the 66th minute and Bekker took the ball on the left side. He sent a perfect cross into the six-yard box and the ball cleanly fell to Medina-Mendez in front of the net. He one-timed the shot to the left side-netting to give the Eagles their first lead of the day, 2-1.

The BC defense stymied the Duke attack the rest of the way, allowng just one shot which was easily handled by Luthy.

BC Hockey Last Night - What A Finish!

BC Scores With 2.8 Seconds Left


Friday, November 11, 2011

Is This Tom O'Brien's Last Visit To Boston College As Coach at NC State?

In February, I posted the following:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tom O'Brien Out at NC State?

According to a reliable source, Tom O'Brien has told his staff that he is out as head coach of NC State after the 2011 season.  Coach O'Brien's current contract runs through the 2015 football season .   Running backs coach Jason Swepson recently left to become head coach at Elon College. 

I stand by the post and believe this will be Coach O'Brien's last visit to Alumni Stadium as the head coach at NC State. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Wish I Went to BC." Our Alumni Network is Second to None! From the Wall Street Journal 11/8/11.

Natasha Pearson, 19, questions her decision to attend the City University of New York's Hunter College. She says she turned down an offer from Boston College after the school said her family would need to pitch in $30,000 annually
She says there's a "wide variety" of academic ability among her Hunter classmates and that many of her courses are taught by graduate students, rather than by full professors.

"I can't help but wonder, had I gone to BC, where that could have taken me," she says.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy 16th Birthday to My Beautiful Daughter!

I am so lucky to have 3 great kids and so lucky to have "Daddy's Little Girl." Happy Birthday Shannon!  The above picture was taken at Conte Forum when Shannon was 8 years old.   How time flies!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

More Jack Parker Quotes After Last Night's BU Loss to Lowell

"It was a horrible game; not one guy played well,” said BU head coach Jack Parker. “They (BU) played like they are better than they are and they need to give themselves a long look and live up to that because they don’t play the game the way it is supposed to be played.”

“Give Lowell credit, but we were a pond hockey team tonight,” said Parker. “We think we’re good, real good, but we’re not a good team. (The BU players) need to realize that they’re playing like a last place team in this league. They think they’re better than they are.”

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Death Cab

Getting Ready for Tailgate #5 - Keep This In Mind

The Brainy Bowl

The schools that have the biggest percentage of varsity teams with perfect Graduation Success Rate scores:
SchoolPerfect TeamsPercent
1. Notre Dame18 of 2282%
2. Wake Forest11 of 1479%
3. Boston College19 of 2576%
4. Stanford19 of 2966%
5. Duke13 of 2259%
6. Northwestern11 of 1958%
7. Rice6 of 1250%
7. Vanderbilt6 of 1250%
Sources: NCAA, WSJ research Note: Only NCAA-sponsored sports counted

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ben Gibbard

Zooey Deschanel separates from musician husband

November 1, 2011

NEW YORK—Actress Zooey Deschanel (ZOH'-ee deh-shuh-NEHL') and her husband, musician Ben Gibbard, are breaking up.
Deschanel's publicist Lauren Auslander confirmed Tuesday the couple has separated after two years of marriage. Auslander describes the split as "amicable," with "no third party involved."
Deschanel's career is on a high note with the success of her Fox sitcom "New Girl." Her band She & Him just released a Christmas album, and last month she sang the national anthem at the World Series.
Gibbard is the lead singer of the rock band Death Cab for Cutie.
News of the separation was first reported by Us Weekly.

Coaches Hot Seat - Look at 2 of the Top 10

Friday, October 28, 2011

Democrats and Racism

This is disgusting.   I like Herman Cain and it is not because of the color of his skin.    I find MSNBC to be a wing of the Democratic Party.   That is why I agree with Mark Levin when he calls the lowest rated cable station, MSLSD.


Auntie Fran - One Additional Thought

As perfect a human being as I've ever met. Her biggest fault was that she loved and cared too much. I will miss her but feel so fortunate that she was a part of my life. She will always be part of who I am.

As an Eagle, This Will Make You Proud

BC Graduation Success Rate Second in Nation

Oct. 27, 2011

Boston College, along with Duke University, tied for second in the nation for overall
Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to data released by the NCAA this week. The 97 percent that both schools registered was second only to Notre Dame's 99 percent.

Twenty-one BC sports teams received a perfect GSR score of 100, the most teams with a perfect score of any FBS athletics program in the country. This marked the third consecutive year the Eagles recorded the most perfect scores among their FBS counterparts. In addition, the football team's score of 93 was one of only six FBS programs in the country to receive a score of 90 or better.

"We are very proud that our program is among the top three in the nation in terms of graduating our student-athletes," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "Congratulations to our student-athletes for a job well done."

The 21 Boston College teams that recorded a perfect GSR score of 100 included men's baseball, fencing, golf, skiing, sailing, swimming and tennis along with women's basketball, cross country/track, rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, sailing, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
The five FBS institutions that received scores of 90 or better were Notre Dame (97), Duke (93), Northwestern (94), Rice (93), BC (93) and Navy (91).