Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Businessweek's 50 Best Colleges in America


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.

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