Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mr. BC - Barry Gallup

Great article about a great man!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Government Knows Best

This is stunning.   Obamacare was deliberately written to lack transparency to fool the American People (called "the stupidity of the American voter").  Why is this not front page news?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Brad Bates

Rumors of the Michigan job continue.  This from Dan Shaughnessy on Twitter this morning:

Dan Shaughnessy @Dan_Shaughnessy 1 minute ago
If I ran Boston College, I'd be worried about losing AD Brad Bates to Michigan

October at Boston College

Monday, October 27, 2014

BC vs Louisville

Football Announces Louisville Game Time

RB Jon Hilliman leads the Eagles with nine touchdowns.

RB Jon Hilliman leads the Eagles with nine touchdowns.
Oct. 27, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College football team will host Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 8. The game will be played at 7:15 p.m. and broadcast on ESPN2.
The Eagles (5-3, 2-2 ACC) will face the Cardinals (6-2, 4-2 ACC) for the
first time since 1998. The teams are even, each winning three games apiece in the six meetings. BC is 2-1 at home.

BC travels to Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday to take on Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. Louisville will take on No. 2 Florida State on Thursday.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Death Cab for Cutie - Finally a New Album

Our Bewildered President

By Charles Krauthammer:

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in the New York Times last Saturday.

There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. He’s president. Has been for almost six years. Yet Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.
IRS? “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” he thundered in May 2013, when the story broke of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS.”
Except that within nine months, Obama had grown far more tolerant, retroactively declaring this to be a phony scandal without “a smidgen of corruption.”Obamacare rollout? “Nobody is more frustrated by that than I am,” said an aggrieved Obama about the botching of the central element of his signature legislative achievement. “Nobody is madder than me.”

Veterans Affairs scandal? Presidential chief of staff Denis McDonough explained: “Secretary [Eric] Shinseki said yesterday . . . that he’s mad as hell and the president is madder than hell.” A nice touch — taking anger to the next level.

The president himself declared: “I will not stand for it.” But since the administration itself said the problem was longstanding, indeed predating Obama, this means he had stood for it for five and a half years.

The one scandal where you could credit the president with genuine anger and obliviousness involves the recent breaches of White House Secret Service protection. The Washington Post described the first lady and president as “angry and upset,” and no doubt they were. But the first Secret Service scandal — the hookers of Cartagena — evinced this from the president: “If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry.” An innovation in ostentatious distancing: future conditional indignation.

These shows of calculated outrage — and thus distance — are becoming not just unconvincing but unamusing. In our system, the president is both head of state and head of government. Obama seems to enjoy the monarchical parts, but when it comes to the actual business of running government, he shows little interest and even less aptitude.

His principal job, after all, is to administer the government and to get the right people to do it. (That’s why we typically send governors rather than senators to the White House.) That’s called management. Obama had never managed anything before running for the biggest management job on earth. It shows.

What makes the problem even more acute is that Obama represents not just the party of government but a grandiose conception of government as the prime mover of social and economic life. The very theme of his presidency is that government can and should be trusted to do great things, and therefore society should be prepared to hand over large chunks of its operations — from health care (one sixth of the economy) to carbon regulation down to free contraception — to the central administrative state.

But this presupposes a Leviathan not just benign but competent. When it then turns out that vast, faceless bureaucracies tend to be incapable, inadequate, hopelessly inefficient, and often corrupt, Obama resorts to expressions of angry surprise.

He must. He’s not simply protecting his own political fortunes. He’s trying to protect faith in the entitlement state by portraying its repeated failures as shocking anomalies.

Unfortunately, the pretense has the opposite effect. It produces not reassurance but anxiety. Obama’s determined detachment conveys the feeling that nobody’s home. No one’s leading. Not even from behind.

A poll conducted two weeks ago showed that 64 percent of likely voters (in competitive races) think that “things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control.” This is one degree of anxiety beyond thinking the country is on the wrong track. That’s been negative for years, and it’s a reflection of failed policies that in principle can be changed. Regaining control, on the other hand, is a far dicier proposition.

With events in the saddle and a sense of disorder growing — the summer border crisis, Ferguson, the rise of the Islamic State, Ebola — the nation expects from the White House not miracles but competence. At a minimum, mere presence. An observer presidency with its bewildered-bystander pose only adds to the unease.

 Charles Krauthammer is a nationally syndicated columnist. © 2014 The Washington Post Writers Group

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ronald Reagan - A Real American President

BC's History Department

7. Boston College

Boston College is a prestigious university, known for its selectivity and demanding curriculum. Faculty members ensure students have the skills to think critically, while writing concisely and persuasively.

The undergraduate program at BC includes classes in Western history, European history, Latin American history and other specialized topics to help students see the connection between the past and present so as to understand how cultures and traditions have been shaped. These skills lead students into careers in education, law, communications and management, earning an average starting salary of $49,000 and an average mid-career salary of $87,000.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll

Team (1st Place Votes) Pts. 1. Providence (7) 127 2. Boston College (3) 120 3. Notre Dame 94 4. Northeastern (1) 90 5. New Hampshire 86 6. Boston University 83 7. UMass Lowell (1) 79 8. Vermont 75 9. Maine 74 10. Merrimack 37 11. Massachusetts 33 12. Connecticut 26 - See more at:
Team (1st Place Votes) Pts. 1. Providence (7) 127 2. Boston College (3) 120 3. Notre Dame 94 4. Northeastern (1) 90 5. New Hampshire 86 6. Boston University 83 7. UMass Lowell (1) 79 8. Vermont 75 9. Maine 74 10. Merrimack 37 11. Massachusetts 33 12. Connecticut 26 - See more at:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association Preseason Poll

1. Providence (26) 414
2. Boston College (8) 399
3. Boston University (2) 309
4. Northeastern 305
5. Massachusetts-Lowell 267
6. Maine 256
7. (tie) Notre Dame 231
7. (tie) Vermont 231
9. New Hampshire 171
10. Merrimack 97
11. Massachusetts 80
12. Connecticut 48

F Ross Mauermann (Sr., Providence)
F Kevin Roy (Jr., Northeastern)
F Devin Shore (Jr., Maine)
D Ben Hutton (Jr., Maine)
D Michael Matheson (Jr., Boston College)
G Jon Gillies (Jr., Providence)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shea Field Parking

A bit of a controversy about Shea Field parking on Saturday.   The Heights had it wrong and fortunately Brad Bates responded timely:

Brad Bates' Response

The Heights

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No Naples In September

So we start on August 30 at Gillette vs. UMass.  Then clear your weekends for the entire month of September - BC football hosts Pitt (9/5), USC (9/13), Maine (9/20) and Colorado State (9/27) in it’sfirst four home games of the season.

What fun!  Go Eagles!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shannon in Haiti

I cannot imagine going on a service trip at age 18.  But my girl is there now.   So proud of who she is:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 6, 1944

One of my hobbies has always been post World War I history.  I was the geek who wrote a book report in 5th grade on William Shirer's book, "The Rise and the Fall of the Third Reich".     I watch this video every year of Ronald Reagan speaking at Normandy on June 6, 1944, the 40th anniversary of the D Day invasion.  President Reagan continues to be an inspiration to me.  Spend a few minutes watching this:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


There is a rumor going around that the BC Board of Trustees is voting on building a new $40 million indoor football athletic facility on Shea Field.    I have never seen this in the master plan.   Has anybody heard this rumor?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Old Friend John Muse

On his way to the NHL ....

BC to the Frozen Four Again

I should know better than to doubt Coach York.  But after only playing 4 games in 34 days, I was concerned that the team would be rusty and not up for the challenge of the NCAA tournament.  Boy, was I wrong.   For the 11th time in 17 years (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014), our Eagles advanced to the Frozen Four where they have a very good chance of bringing home National Championship #6.  Since BC's recent titles in 2008, 2010 and 2012 have occurred in even numbered years, there would be poetic justice to add 2014 to the title list. 

The final few minutes of yesterday's game were stressful. Check out the final minutes here:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Gaudreaus

From today's NY Times. I sure do hope he takes his mom's advices:

Gaudreau is now wrestling with what to do at the end of this season. He enjoys college life and playing with his brother, but has little left to accomplish at the collegiate level, especially if Boston College wins another national championship.

The Flames are telling Gaudreau to focus on the coming tournaments and then make the decision. Gaudreau’s mother would like to see her son finish college and graduate, and he said his mother usually prevailed in these kinds of things.

“I don’t think he gets it that when you go out there, it’s not going to be all fun anymore,” Jane Gaudreau said.
“I don’t think he gets he may be taking the spot of someone who has a wife and three kids.”

She added: “As his mom, I’d like to see him take one more year to get a little bigger, a little stronger, and to enjoy his senior year. He’s never had a homecoming. He’s never had a prom. He missed his high school graduation. He said he’d have a graduation picture for me.

“Have your senior year. You will never get that back.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Walter McCarty - BC Coaching Candidate?

From today's Boston Herald:

WALTHAM — The list of candidates for the head basketball coach’s position at Boston College includes Walter McCarty, the Herald has learned.

And the Celtics assistant coach acknowledged yesterday he is intent on exploring the possibility.
“I’m very interested,” said McCarty, who spent 71⁄2 years as a player for the Celts. “I want to be highly considered. I love the city. I have great ties in the city. I have a great foundation here, especially with recruiting.

“If you look at Louisville’s 2013 national championship team, four of those five starters were my guys. So I’m very confident in my ability to coach and lead a program. I think that I’m ready.”
After retiring from active duty, McCarty spent three years as an assistant under Rick Pitino in Louisville and moved back to the NBA for one year as an assistant for the Pacers.
Boston College’s basketball fortunes have fallen in recent years, and McCarty said he would relish the opportunity to return it to prominence at a school more known for its football and hockey programs.

“This city loves basketball, and that’s a great university,” McCarty said. “I think the people in the area and the students can be re-engaged with the basketball program. There’s a good fan base. It just needs to be revived and be resurrected with the right person in place who can re-engage the community, who can engage the fan base and bring them back together.

“And it also has to be a person who can bring players to campus who will be a part of not just the program, but the community. I think if you bring the right type of players here and put a good product on the floor, you can do that.”

Jerry York's First National Championship in 1984

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mark Blaudschun

I usually like Mark Blaudschun.  But there are so many inaccuracies in this article about the culture at Boston College.    He has no clue about many things in the article (like Admissions) but he is really off base when he says:

"What Duke and Harvard do is make sure that once you get into school you can survive. Multiple academic advisors are available around the basketball program.

So why not take a kid who does not meet the academic requirements of the school and give them the support they need, especially if he is a first-team All American point guard or NBA lottery type player.
BC needs to lower its admissions to get better players, while increasing its support system."

First,  BC DOES accept student-athletes that do not meet the academic requirements of the non student-athlete.

Next, it is very difficult to be a student-athlete at an academic institution like Boston College.   But BC does a great job of providing our student-athletes with academic  resources (tutors, advisers etc) only available to student-athletes. I know many of these people in the Learning Resources for Student Athletes Department at BC.   It is a fantastic department which provides tremendous support to our student-athletes.

I wish the media would get their facts straight before publishing a story of half truths.

Lastly, is Mr. Blaudschun Tommy Amaker's agent?   Reading his recent articles, it certainly appears to be the case.

Visitor To BC Practice Today - Can He Suit Up On Saturday? Brian Gionta!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Obama Is With Putin!

And to think I was criticizing our leader for a weekend in the Florida Keys:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Go BU!

We need to root hard for BU to upset Notre Dame tonight or else BC is in for one tough quarterfinals playoff vs. Notre Dame.   I cannot remember such a difficult matchup for the right to get to the Garden on March 21st.

The Case of Johnny Gaudreau For Hobey

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy - To Be A Boston College Eagle

140 students, faculty, staff and alumni. 32 locations around campus. Six days. We hope you're as happy watching as all of us were filming Boston College's take on Pharrell Williams' Oscar-nominated song "Happy". 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Johnny Gaudreau

His team is 24-4-3 through 31 games, ranked #1 in the country.   His stats are amazing:

Goals     27
Assists   34
Points    61

He is as close to a slam dunk to win the Hobey Baker award as I have seen.  

Not to be overshadowed, look at the stats of Johnny's linemates:

Kevin Hayes    22 goals
                        28 assists
                        50 points

Bill Arnold       12 goals
                       32 assists
                       44 points

This might be the best line I have seen since the Reasoner-Gionta-Powers line back in 1998 or the Gibbons-Atkinson-Whitney line in 2010.

We are in for a fun ride over the next 2 months of the season. 

Go Eagles!

Hockey East Champions Again

Saturday, February 15, 2014

SI Article About Dick Kelley

This has been posted before but I have re-read it  several times.  Well worth the read:

Dick Kelley

I love Boston College with my whole heart and soul.   But nobody loved BC more than Dick Kelley.   It was so sad to see him suffer over the last 2+ years but he never quit fighting and serving the University he so loved.   Here is a great column by a former Heights sports reporter that shares some wonderful stories of Dick:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tenure for Teaching?

Beanpot Highlights

Tom Caron is as good a hockey announcer as there is in my opinion.

PTI Grades Patrick Brown's Game Winning Goal

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BC vs BU - Beanpot Highlights

Demko was outstanding.   Check out the save made at the end of the game before BC got the empty net goal.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jay Leno Returns to Andover

I Love Jay Leno.

President Obama and the Constitution

I remember taking a class called Citizenship with Mr. Lalicata in the 7th grade. We learned about the three co-equal branches of government with the Executive branch charged with making sure that enacted laws are faithfully executed. President Obama, a former Constitutional professor, apparently did not learn this basic civics lesson. He continues to say that he has a pen and if Congress does not act, he will. Just look at his signature law, the Affordable Care Act. He has repeatedly declared that "it's the law of the land." Yet, he has openly defied it by repeatedly delaying or waiving portions of the law that he is responsible for enforcing. As Democratic Senator Tom Harkins asked recently, "This was the law. How can they change the law?"

What I don't understand is how Congress and the press can give the President a free pass on this obvious lawlessness. Can you imagine if George W. Bush acted in the same manner? The mainstream media would vilify him and and they should. But we hear nothing about Obama's unilateral actions.

Candidate Obama was quoted in 2008 as wanting to fundamentally transform the greatest society ever devised by man. Well, slowly he is accomplishing his objective. As author and radio host Mark Levin says, we are living in Ameritopia.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Boston College Football Schedule

Aug. 30 at Massachusetts
Sept. 13 USC
Sept. 20 MAINE
Sept. 27 COLORADO STATE (Parents' Weekend)
Oct. 4 OPEN
Oct. 11 at NC State*
Oct. 18 CLEMSON*
Oct. 25 at Wake Forest*
Nov. 1 at Virginia Tech *  
Nov. 15 OPEN
Nov. 22 at Florida State*

* denotes Atlantic Coast Conference game

BC vs. Merrimack

The Eagles move to 17-4-3 and 11-1-1 in Hockey East:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

NCAA Scoring Leaders

Kevin Hayes is having a monster season!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

BC vs ND Highlights

Go to the 5:34 mark for the winning play and goal.

Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes

After only 19 games Johnny Gaudreau has 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points.    Amazing.

Kevin Hayes has 30 points with 11 goals and 19 assists and certainly looks like the player that was a first round NHL draft pick in 2010.  

Keep in mind that Gaudreau and Hayes have only played on the same line for six games.   It's going to be fun to watch them play together for the remainder of the year.