Monday, December 31, 2012

My Favorite Moment of 2012

April 7, 2012 :Tampa, Florida

Monday, December 24, 2012

From BC Interruption - Myles Willis


I am looking forward to meeting Myles Willis when he arrives on campus next summer.  I hope he is in the Carroll School of Management:


http://www.bcinterruption.com/2013-boston-college-football-recruiting-class/2012/12/24/3800586/boston-college-football-recruiting-myles-willis-penn-state

Criticism of Steve Addazio

 From the comments section of yesterday's Boston Globe article about Steve Addazio:



It's appropriate that the Globe provided this story free on the Web for non-subscribers.  Simply, it is not worth the paper it is printed on.

This is your standard puff-piece, following the time-tested metropolitan daily handbook of welcoming a new head coach to town with a love letter that A) Glosses over his weaknesses; B) Features glowing testimonials from former players; C) Exaggerates his modest accomplishments; and D) Pledges his ever-dying love for his new employer.

I would hope that even Julian Benbow, the earnest author, realizes this is pure bullcrap.

This is the real Steve Addazio:

-- A man who inquired formally about the UConn job in 2011 NINE DAYS after he accepted the Temple position.

-- A man who interviewed for the Rutgers job prior to the 2012 off-season.  Apparently both of those were "dream jobs" also.

-- A coach who's 2011 season was a tremendous disappointment, despite the New Mexico Bowl victory which is now being touted as if if came with a Vince Lombardi Trophy.  The Owls were loaded in '11 with speed, size and depth (all recruited by Al Golden).  Instead, they did not beat a team in the MAC with a winning record, and languished in the bottom half of the East Division while Addazio flabbergasted the fanbase with an offense that had all the creativity of a tollroad ticket.  Only a late-season winning streak against the  bottom-feeders led to the Bowl and a post-season opponent (Wyoming) that had no right playing in a Bowl.

-- That led into the 2012 season, when most felt that Temple would likely struggle in the Big East.  And did it ever.  But even before a season-ending, five-game conference losing streak, it allowed nearly 500 yards of total offense to VILLANOVA, played flat at Penn State, and was absolutely shredded at home by a freshman quarterback from Maryland.  The Owls dominated Army.  In the other 10 games they were beaten to a pulp at the line of scrimmage, including both of their conference wins (South Florida, UConn...both gifts hand-wrapped by the opponent).

-- Oh, and let's not forget that Addazio, despite having his eye other jobs, kept badgering his AD to join the Big East.  The Owls made the deal with the devil (Meatball Marinatto), despite the fact that it never accomplished anything in the MAC and that anybody with two eyes could see the basketball portion of the BE disintegrating.  But the AD felt that Addazio -- that same fraud that Benbow portrayed lovingly at getting up pre-dawn to recruit in Western Mass -- would raise the profile of the school by convincing 4-star recruits in the Northeast to come to North Philadelphia.  Fat chance. And now basketball pays.  The school's signature program stuck in a conference with no future while its former home (the A10) thrives.

And, oh, by the way, the 2013 recruits that Addazio did get to pledge before be bolted Temple are currently rated as the worst class in the Big East.  The. Worst.

Oh, his new BC players will love Addazio at first. He'll fill up the Yawkey facility with more inspirational quotes than Tony Robbins, and he'll alternate between driving them hard and asking about their little sisters.  They will think and say all the right things leading into the season.  Then the games will begin and Addazio will run left on first down, right on second, and have get Rettig sacked or hurried on third.  Please just check YouTube at your leisure for what Florida fans thought about his offensive schemes.

If Addazio had never met Urban Meyer he would be selling Chevys in New Britain and volunteering coaching the local Pop Warner team.

5-7, 4-8, 6-7 (with a Bowl loss), 3-9.  The prediction for Addazio's four years at BC.

At least Spaziani had some character.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Barry Gallup - So Sad

From Mark Blaudschun

www.ajerseyguy.com

It was one of those days at Boston College when nothing was happening and then everything was happening. New BC football coach Steve Addazio was in the process of finalizing the process of hiring his two new coordinators, Ryan Day on offense, which wasn’t a surprise and Don Brown, on defense, which was a surprise.

At the same time new BC Director of Athletics Brad Bates was wrapping up the details of adding New Mexico State as the Eagles final non-conference opponent for 2013.All Categories
Routine stuff, but enough to keep you focused away from the real world events such as the horrific events last Friday in Newtown, Ct.

And then there came a simple tweet from Boston College Associate Athletic Director of Media Relations Chris Cameron. “”Lisa Gallup passed away.”

I didn’t really know Lisa Gallup, but I know her father Barry Gallup, BC’s Associate Athletic Director of football operations. I have known him for 26 years, ever since I came to Boston in 1987.

I knew him when he was an assistant football coach at BC. I knew him when he was the football coach at Northeastern as well as the Athletic Director. I knew him when he came back to his alma mater BC as the director of football operations.

No one had more passion for BC than Gallup.  If you didn’t like Barry Gallup, something was wrong with you.

I also knew Barry Gallup in 2003 when his oldest son Darren was killed in an automobile accident.  Darren was  18  years old and the Gallup family: Barry, Darren’s younger brother Barry and his Lisa grieved as the family  tried to understand the meaning of it.

Darren was the oldest, born in 1984. Lisa arrived next and then came Barry Jr. All three children were athletes, all had inspirations to attack life with a passion they received from their parents.

But then suddenly, on an icy February night, Darren was gone.

“What kind of God takes a child away from a parent?”. was a question  Vickie Gallup asked after taking some comfort that her son was in God’s hands.

The same question could  again be asked  tonight as the Gallup family absorbs the shock of the death of Lisa, after a long bout with cancer.

No parent should ever have to bury his or her child. Now Barry and Vickie have to do it again.

Barry was in New York City on Monday, working on arrangements to take his daughter home where she would receive hospice care in her final days. She never made it.

Gallup was talking to a friend a few days ago, who asked about Lisa’s condition. As usually was the case with  Barry, he was non-committal about his personal life and problems and concerns, but always positive.

Now he offered his friend some advice as he left.

“When you go home, make sure you hug your daughter, “Gallup told his friend.

It has been said that many times that life can be unfair and in the past five days we have seen way too much of that.

We see it as we see BC assistant athletic director Dick Kelly battle the effects of Lou Gehrig’s disease with dignity and a positive attitude.

Life CAN  be unfair and the people at BC and in Newtown are experiencing that now.

And that, quite frankly, sucks.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The New BC Defensive Coordinator

Don Brown, former UMass coach and current UConn defensive coordinator, will be the new BC defensive coordinator.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Boston Globe Today - Article on New AD Brad Bates

http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2012/12/18/bates/gvvKmDBKSaDnDG0eRC5qAN/story.html
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, I posted the following on Facebook:

Why does any civilian in America need a weapon that can fire 100 rounds of ammunition at rapid speed? Give me ONE good reason?

I am no fan of guns and believe we should regulate them.   But the primary issue here in my opinion is the mental health of our population.   This article is a must read, written by a mother whose son is mentally ill.   It is moving, alarming and heartbreaking:

I am Adam Lansa's Mother 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stokes Hall Opens

I must admit it is nicer than I expected.  I was upset that the dustbowl was disappearing but there is a surprising amount of green space left.  

Here is a good article in today's Boston Globe about Stokes Hall:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/12/12/with-opening-million-stokes-hall-makes-bold-bet-humanities/OKKTn9VN7eUwDcPx79fE0I/story.html

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Football Coach

I was hoping for a splash - an Al Golden type.   In retrospect, that was not going to happen.   But after reflecting a bit about the hire, I am cautiously optimistic.   Let's face it.  It's all about the recruiting and Addazio can recruit. What he does with those recruits is another story, but he certainly has a strong track record of quality recruiting at both Syracuse (Dwight Freeney) and Florida (Aaron Hernandez).

Let's hope he builds a top shelf staff (will Ryan Day and Kevin Rogers be returning?) and gets on the recruiting trail and sells our special school; one of the finest schools in the nation. 

Here is a positive spin on the Addazio hiring from ESPN:

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/49553/boston-college-nails-addazio-hire

Thursday, November 29, 2012

What Is Important In Life? Great Read.

 A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnais
e jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Who Is Aaron Kromer?

Kromer emerges as Boston College candidate

Chargers Saints Football APBoston College is looking for a new head coach.  And the man who served as the interim to the interim head coach in New Orleans earlier this year will be getting a closer look for the job.

Per a league source, B.C. athletic director Brad Bates will interview Saints offensive line coach/running game coordinator Aaron Kromer for the vacant position in the days after the Saints’ Thursday night game against the Falcons.

If offered the job, Kromer will have a dilemma.  He’s regarded as a potential candidate for the various openings that will be emerging in the NFL.  So he’ll have to decide, if offered the job, whether to grab the bird in the hand or wait for an NFL opportunity to emerge from the bush.

Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael’s name previously emerged as a potential candidate for the Boston College vacancy.  It’s unknown if or when he’ll be formally interviewed.

Bates and Kromer have a common connection to Miami (Ohio).  Bates spent 10 years as athletic director at the school; Kromer worked as an assistant coach there from 1990 through 1998 and played for the MAC program from 1986 through 1989.

Monday, November 26, 2012

From USCHO - BC Hockey



OK, I’ll admit it. I need your help, particularly those with great memories of college hockey. With Boston College’s win last Saturday, it has won 29 of its last 30 games, dating to last season. Long-time radio announcer at Providence Mike Logan mentioned to me that this run is the best in college hockey since a Maine team that went 42-1-2 in 1992-93. But after I looked into it, even that Black Bears team didn’t post 29 wins in a 30-game period. I’ve racked my brain all weekend trying to figure out if any other team has posted 29 wins in 30 games and the only club I could think that would qualify for that is Cornell. In 1969-70, the Big Red went 29-0-0, thus regardless of the result of Cornell’s final game in 1968-69 or the first game of the 1970-71 seasons, Cornell at least matches BC’s 29 wins in 30 games.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Old Friends


Coach Spaziani Has Class

Obviously this is a sad day for my family and me. Boston College has been my home for more than 16 years and I have been fortunate to work with some amazing student-athletes. I will always treasure my relationships with them and the BC Staff. Boston College is a tremendous place, and I am extremely thanksful for my time there. I wish the current and future Eagles nothing but the best.

Who Will Be the Next BC Football Coach?

Possibilities who are existing head coaches: 

Miami coach Al Golden, Mississippi coach Dan Mullen, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, and Air Force Coach Troy Calhoun, Northern Illinois’ coach Dave Doreen, Kent State coach Darrell Hazel, and Todd Berry, the head coach of University of Louisiana Monroe
 
Possibilities who are coordinators:

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

New Era in BC Football

As a valued stakeholder in our football program, I wanted you to be among the first to know that Frank Spaziani and I met today. Coach Spaziani will not remain as our football coach, effective immediately. Coach Spaz and I have met with the team and we will issue a press release shortly.

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the many wonderful contributions Coach Spaziani has made to Boston College during his 16 years in Chestnut Hill. He and his staff have devoted countless hours to our institution and our student-athletes. We thank them and wish them well.

Please know that I understand how important a successful football program is to you and our entire University community. We will begin a search for a new head football coach immediately. We will be seeking a leader whose vision of our football program mirrors the mission of our University, whose first priority is the development of our student-athletes and whose goal is to return our program to national prominence, tenaciously pursing the mantra "Ever to Excel."

I know how much you treasure the rich tradition and heritage of our football program, and I promise we will do our very best to find the right person to be your football coach. Thank you for your loyalty and continued support through this period.

Brad Bates
Director of Athletics

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This Sums Up BC Football

"We’ve talked about this hundreds of times among the older guys. I think a lot of these games were lost three or four years ago when my signing class, which was I think 36 including walks-ons – there’s nine of us left. So, it’s hard to win when you don’t have experienced players and experienced depth. We’ve had a lot of young players playing and they’ve really played their asses off these past couple of years, but I think you’d prefer to have those guys redshirt and have experienced backups when injuries and losses happen."

 

Fifth-year senior and football captain Emmett Cleary on the biggest reason the team hasn’t been successful the past two seasons.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Learn From The Past

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Thomas Jefferson

Monday, October 29, 2012

Email From The Obama Campaign - Disgusting

From: "Clo Ewing, BarackObama.com" <info@barackobama.com>
Date: October 28, 2012, 2:56:56 PM EDT
Subject: Your first time...
Reply-To: info@barackobama.com


Obama - Biden

If this is your first time voting, you should know -- it's pretty easy.

It can also be life-changing.

You've got to see this video of Lena Dunham talking about her first time -- it's all over my twitter feed:

Lena Dunham

Then make sure you're ready for your first (or second, or third) time, too:

http://my.barackobama.com/Gotta-Vote

Thanks,

Clo

Clo Ewing
Obama for America


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Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Who Is Obama Appealing To?

Parents: what kind of sick & disgusting POS egomaniac compares voting for him w/ "doing it" for the first time? Is this really happening?

Disgusting

My Choice for New BC Football Coach

If, as expected, BC replaces Frank Spaziani at the end of the season I would like to see Brad Bates hire Todd Berry, the current head coach of University of Louisiana Monroe.

http://www.ulmwarhawks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=19000&ATCLID=204858932

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tickets for Maryland Game on Saturday

I have 5 season football tickets and will be using them all on Saturday.    A friend of mine wanted 5 tickets of his own so I went on Stub Hub.   Here is what it cost me:

Order info
Order #: 59694005    |    Order date: 10/22/2012
Maryland Terrapins at Boston College Eagles Football at Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
Sat, 10/27/2012, 1:00 p.m. EDT
(Event time subject to change - Check local listings)
Lower End Zone W | 5 tickets
Row 12 | Seller didn't provide seat info
Comments: Traditional hard tickets
Billing info
Price per ticket:$2.00
Quantity:x 5
Subtotal:$10.00

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

BC Press Conference

I will be attending the BC press conference announcing the new AD.

I am now hearing Bates from Miami (OH). Crazy.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Boy Do I Miss Steve Logan - From Twitter Today


 
a shout out to all the boston college fans that are following ..miss boston..great place..BC is a great school..special time for me

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vote for Jerry York

http://www.nesn.com/2012/09/vote-who-is-the-best-college-coach-in-new-england-sports-history-.html

It's Almost Hockey Season!!! GO EAGLES!


Redistribution of Wealth - From the Brilliant Thomas Sowell


We have all heard the old saying that giving a man a fish feeds him only for a day, while teaching him to fish feeds him for a lifetime. Redistributionists give him a fish and leave him dependent on the government for more fish in the future.

If the redistributionists were serious, what they would want to distribute is the ability to fish, or to be productive in other ways. Knowledge is one of the few things that can be distributed to people without reducing the amount held by others.

That would better serve the interests of the poor, but it would not serve the interests of politicians who want to exercise power, and to get the votes of people who are dependent on them.

Barack Obama can endlessly proclaim his slogan of "Forward," but what he is proposing is going backwards to policies that have failed repeatedly in countries around the world. Yet, to many people who cannot be bothered to stop and think, redistribution sounds good.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11 Tweets - Romney and Obama

      Obama’s sole Tweet today:
Mitt Romney:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

And Even More BU Hockey

BU making a bad situation worse
By Brian McGrory| Globe Columnist
September 07, 2012

So I just want to make sure I have this right.

The president of Boston University commissions a report to look at just how far the school's hockey team has gone off the rails.

That report, in turn, concludes that hockey players lived in a "culture of sexual entitlement," constantly given the star treatment, offered every reason to believe they are better than everyone else. In one telling episode, they filled the showers at the Agganis Arena with kegs after winning a championship, skated naked on the ice, and had sex in the penalty boxes.

At other times, two players were charged with sexual assault in a three-month span. That doesn't include the player who shoved his hands down a woman's pants even as she punched him to get away. They drank for free at a local bar, regularly skipped classes, and bullied a professor. There are some allusions that their grades were changed for the better.

The coach, the legendary Jack Parker, first denied he knew of the infamous post championship party, then admitted that he was aware of drinking in the locker room, even as players told a commission that he had reprimanded the team for its behavior. In other words, Jack Parker apparently lied.

"Jack Parker is the coach. If he didn't know of the entitled culture in the classroom and with women, then he should have. If he didn't know about the excessive drinking, he should have. If he didn't know that too many of his players were acting like basic morons all across the campus, he should have."

This is the stuff you expect to hear from the football factories of the Midwest. These are the types of stories that are told in faraway places where the blind pursuit of championships causes major universities to constantly stumble and fall. And now we find the same story is playing out on Commonwealth Avenue.

So how does the university react to this blockbuster report? What do the president and senior officials do to make things right?

They decide to review guidelines and define sanctions and ? brace yourselves here ? strip Parker of the entirely meaningless title of "executive athletic director." His pay, coaching tenure, and status are every bit left alone.

And with that, BU has taken a deeply embarrassing situation and made it infinitely worse.

Let's not put too fine a point on it all, but the unfortunate reality is that Jack Parker has to go. He may be the great guy that so many people believe him to be. His 40-year tenure may well be one for the record books. His ability to win championships can never be questioned. But he has painfully and obviously lost the capacity to coach his students about life, and that failure is costing his program and the larger university in the very worst of ways.

If you want to see how it's done right, look just up the street at Jerry York and Boston College, where national hockey championships are won more often of late but without the criminal charges and controversies.

In regards to Parker, the report undertakes some impressive intellectual gymnastics. It basically says that it's unclear what Parker knew and what he didn't. It specifically says that the guidelines he and his staff were supposed to follow were "not sufficiently clear."

You've got to be kidding.

Jack Parker is the coach. If he didn't know of the entitled culture in the classroom and with women, then he should have. If he didn't know about the excessive drinking, he should have. If he didn't know that too many of his players were acting like basic morons all across the campus, he should have. It's his job, not only to win championships, but to shape his players, and in that, he has obviously and miserably failed.

And if you need clear guidelines to act like an adult, hang it up, because you clearly no longer have what it takes.

Which gets to the president, Robert Brown. His university is filled with talented scholars ? world-class scientists, deep-thinking philosophers, elite debaters, and celebrated writers. It's also filled with students who are trying to learn a little bit about their subjects and a lot more about life.

And along comes the administration's muted, foot-shuffling response in regards to Parker, a painful lesson that as far as BU has come, some cows will always remain sacred.

Parker failed his players. Worse, Brown is now failing his school, sacrificing dignity in pursuit of another championship

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

From Today's WSJ - The Living, Breathing Professor

What really matters is the set of deeper abilities—to write effectively, argue persuasively, solve problems creatively, adapt and learn independently—that students develop while in college and use for the rest of their lives.

At Williams College, where I work, we've analyzed which educational inputs best predict progress in these deeper aspects of student learning. The answer is unambiguous: By far, the factor that correlates most highly with gains in these skills is the amount of personal contact a student has with professors. Not virtual contact, but interaction with real, live human beings, whether in the classroom, or in faculty offices, or in the dining halls. Nothing else—not the details of the curriculum, not the choice of major, not the student's GPA—predicts self-reported gains in these critical capacities nearly as well as how much time a student spent with professors.

What follows from this finding is obvious, but apparently in need of saying these days: What we do is expensive—and worth it—because these rich, human interactions can't be replaced by any magical application of technology.
 
 
 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444327204577615592746799900.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gene D : From a Friend of Mine - Very Intelligent Post

Thought I would share with you my thoughts on the Gene DeFillippo era coming to an end at Boston College....what are your thoughts? Hoping to get to Miami game, but I will certainly be back for Clemson


My brief or not so brief analysis of the situation...

Say what you want about the guy, I'm not one to talk bad about someone when they have not done anything to you, and I got a chance to get to know him a bit, and he was nothing but nice to me. When I came back to BC, he took a few minutes to speak with me and said how proud he was someone from BC had continued in athletics.

That being said and looking at it with no person stake in it whatsoever, all of the coaches in his tenure that experienced certain levels of extended success were all hired by previous AD Chet Gladchuck:

MBB - Al Skinner

WBB - Cathy Inglese

FB- Tom O'Brien

Hockey - Jerry York

He has made hires in 3 of the big four:

MBB - Steve Donahue (jury still out, but from what I hear they are on good track in rebuilding and he is well-liked throughout the department)

WBB - Sylvia Crawley (is there a level below horrible???), Erik Johnson (new hire but in my biased opinion a genuinely good guy who will do a good job, be able to recruit, and will work hard, something Sylvia didn't do)

FB - Jeff Jagodzinski (success but with TOB recruits, and from what I heard was a terrible executive HC. Jags had good assistants who ran the ship, but here is the prime example where Gene let pride get in the way), Frank Spaziani (well we all know how this one is turning out)

Fair Assessment of Gene DeFilippo's Tenure at BC

http://bostonherald.com/sports/columnists/view/20220818defilippo_made_it_happen_for_bc_ads_integrity_will_be_missed/

Friday, August 17, 2012

Gene DeFilippo Retiring


As many of you know by now,  Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo is retiring.  I have long been a supporter of Gene and wish him the best in his retirement. I went back to the archives of this blog and pulled out this post from 1 year ago.  I've edited it a bit but the main point is still relevant.

I was sharply criticized then but I stand by it today. Thanks Gene for your service and making Boston College Athletics vastly better than it was in 1997. 

From September, 2011:

We lost today.  I was there and was devastated as the winning field hit the goal post.   I stormed out swearing under my breath at another loss to an inferior team.      But I am old enough to have perspective on this situation. 

The first day I set foot on the Boston College campus was in the fall of 1976, a few days after BC beat Texas at the 20,000 seat Alumni Stadium.   I always knew that I wanted to be an Eagle but seeing the buzz on campus that fall day solidified my decision to come to BC.   I have never looked back.  I met my wife at BC, have taught 160+ classes at BC, have had kids go to BC and live each day with a pride that is BC.  Anybody who knows me understands  the message I am trying to convey.  

Now, to the football situation.   I am disgusted by the comments I see about our AD, Gene DeFilippo.    For all of you that post degrading his accomplishments, shame on you.   During my sophomore year in 1979, our Eagles. were 0-11 playing in front of less than 10,000 people in a high school stadium that was and is Alummi Stadium.   Things improved when Tom Coughlin arrived but he didn't stay long enough to really build the football program.  Who could blame him.   His success at BC brought new opportunities and he became the first head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.   I loved Tom Coughlin   I can still see him roaming the halls, making sure his players were in class.    He was the main catalyst for the expansion of Alumni Stadium.   Without him, we could still be sitting in the high school stadium that was once Alumni.

So then Dan Henning was hired by our then AD, Chet Gladchuk.  Scandals and the inmates running the asylum led to a period of total disaster.   Then, in 1994, Mike Milbury was hired to coach our hockey team.   In less than a month, Milbury quit.   He had no idea what kind of chaos he was walking in to.

Then in 1997, a new AD was hired.   We knew very little about the man but with all the noise around our programs, we were ready for a change.    Since then, what has happened?   Are we better off today?   It is not even a debate worth highlighting.   The man has done a great job.   He lives and breathes BC athletics.  Has he made mistakes?  Of course.  Who among us hasn't?   So continue to bash him and me for my support of him.   He is responsible for the move to the ACC (very lucrative), the Yawkey Center and $20 million of annual fundraising for athletics.   We have 31 varsity sports at BC, more than any other ACC school.   Do you realize our AD is responsible for more than just football?   Do you realize our men and women are nationally ranked in soccer?  Did you know that our women's field hockey team is ranked #8 in the country?   Of course not. So many of you are out to bash the AD that has helped us achieve national prominence in NCAA sports.   So before you start playing the blame game, look back on history because it has a way of repeating itself. 

I Am Excited!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaaX6mg5Nt0&feature=player_embedded

I Too Used to Love Notre Dame

http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/8264769/notre-dame-irish-relegated-insignificance

Thursday, August 16, 2012

BC Coaches Salaries for Year Ended May 31, 2011

Source:   Form 990 filing for the year ended May 31, 2011, Part VII: Highest Compensated Employees


Gene            $550,910 plus $40.250 in other compensation

Donahue       $724,494 plus $10,690 in other compensation

Spaz             $1,052,902  plus $42,074 in other compensation

Skinner          $637,673 plus $11,899 in other compensation


Jerry York is not listed here (and should be among the highest paid).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tailgate 2012 - Who's In For This Season?

We are beginning the tailgate organizing process.   We have the same spot  (#43 behind More Hall).  The fee for the season will be $200 which includes everything and allows you to bring as many guests as you want.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you want to participate. You can email me at tayloredbc@gmail.com.  The first game is Saturday, September 1st.   I can't wait!

Go Eagles!

Monday, August 13, 2012

BC Football 2012


Facts About Paul Ryan's Medicare Proposal

1. No one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way.

2. Traditional Medicare fee-for-service would remain available for all. “Premium support”—that is, government funding of private insurance plans chosen by individuals—is an option for those who choose it. No senior would be forced out of the traditional Medicare program against his will.

3. Overall funding for Medicare under the Ryan-Wyden (a Democrat) plan is scheduled to grow at the same rate as under President Obama’s proposals. Is this “gutting Medicare” and “ending Medicare as we know it”? In reality, it’s the market giving seniors cheaper, higher quality choices they can take if they wish, with the traditional program remaining an option.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Ryan Family

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_TZ4zYEBSw1I/TT9YX8BmT_I/AAAAAAAAOlY/b_TNZDBEIMw/s1600/Paul_Ryan_and_Family.jpg

More Paul Ryan: Challenging Obama on Substance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxMZ1WdINs

Paul Ryan

 From Mark Levin:
Paul Ryan is a great VP choice

The Obama cheerleaders in the media are already attacking him because of the budget he proposed last year. Well, bring it on. Let's have a fight over substance. And let's expose Obama for the destructive leftist he is and Biden for the weak dope he is.
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fDzRFSPglM4 

Paul Ryan Chosen as Romney's Running Mate

This is a great choice by Mitt Romney.  

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fired Up - Political Rants

Rant #1:

It pisses me off when Obama says we cannot afford tax cuts for the wealthy. First, nobody is talking about cutting taxes. With the economy the way it is, many in Congress are trying to keep rates where they have been since 2001.

Next, it pisses me off when Obama says we cannot afford to keep the rates where they are for taxpayers who make more than $250,000 per year. Obama's assumption is that it is the government's money and the government cannot afford for us to keep OUR money. What happened to private property rights? So is the assumption that it is the government who determines how much of our earnings we can keep? I fear for the future for my children.

Lastly (for now), the top 1% in our country pays 39% of the taxes. Obama continues to campaign that it is time for the wealthy to pay their fair share. The wealthy are paying their fair share and with Obamacare kicking in next year, it will only get worse.


Rant #2:

I hope Romney picks either Rubio or Ryan for his VP.


Rant #3:

Harry Reid is a despicable human being.

Romney has released 2 years of tax data and financial information. That is enough. Right dirty, dingy, senile Harry Reid?


Rant #4:

Obama:

$5 trillion in additional debt. What is he running on? Not his record which is abysmal.


Rant #5:

I am for gay rights. Let's let people live their lives without interference. But how hypocritical is it for the Mayors of Boston and Chicago to criticize the owner of Chick fil a? What happened to tolerance? Tolerance is only demanded when you are a leftist. Why can't the left be respectful of a man and a business owner who believes in traditional marriage? I just don't get it. 





Friday, July 27, 2012

The Economy

With downward GDP revisions, the Obama recovery has cumulative GDP growth up 6.7% vs. 18.5% for Reagan recovery
The Obama recovery has averaged GDP growth of 2.2% vs. 5.7% for Reagan recovery over 12 quarters
Obama's answer to this tepid growth: Raise taxes on the job creators. Has that ever worked?
 
 
 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Can Obama Put Out A Campaign Ad Like This?

No Record of Accomplishment
Limited government so conceived has two indispensable advantages. It avoids inexorable European-style national insolvency. And it avoids breeding debilitating individual dependency. It encourages and celebrates character, independence, energy, hard work as the foundations of a free society and a thriving economy — precisely the virtues Obama discounts and devalues in his accounting of the wealth of nations.

New Seinfeld Online Series - Very Funny

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Another Day at the Office for POTUS

Obama Schedule || Tuesday, July 17, 2012

by Keith Koffler on July 16, 2012, 9:38 pm
9:00 am ET || Departs White House
11:30 am CT || Arrives San Antonio
1:00 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio
2:30 pm CT || Attends a fundraiser; private residence, San Antonio
3:50 pm CT || Departs San Antonio
4:25 pm CT || Arrives Austin
5:50 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser; Austin Music Hall
7:55 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a fundraiser, private residence
9:10 pm CT || Departs Austin
1:20 am ET || Arrives White House