Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Wife Stays Home With My Kids - Juan Williams Should Be Fired

Liberals Against Stay at Home Mons

I Despise Chris Matthews

Tries to make everything about racism

By the way, most of the people on welfare are the same color as you Chris.   What a jerk.

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.

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

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!

I Too Used to Love Notre Dame

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  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.

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:


$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.