Thursday, December 29, 2016

Today's Boston Globe - Boston College Basketball

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe wrote an article about the process of trying to rebuild BC basketball.  For the most part the article was fair.  However,  this excerpt from the article ticked me off:

"it makes recruiting difficult. Christian’s job is not only to convince Division 1 players they can reignite passion back into Boston College basketball, but to sell players on a school that’s most vivid athletic memory is a Hail Mary pass from 32 years ago."

I was upset enough to write the author the following email.

Dear Mr. Washburn:

I appreciated your article in the Boston Globe on the state of BC basketball.  For the most part, it was fair .    However,  I do take exception with this:

"it makes recruiting difficult. Christian’s job is not only to convince Division 1 players they can reignite passion back into Boston College basketball, but to sell players on a school that’s most vivid athletic memory is a Hail Mary pass from 32 years ago."

Boston College has had many vivid athletic memories in recent years.    You fail to mention that Jerry York and the BC hockey team have won national championships in 2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012 while reaching the final four of college hockey in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008,  2010, 2012 and 2016.    This is the equivalent of a college sports dynasty and are much more vivid and lasting memories than Doug Flutie's pass that won nothing but a regular season football game in 1984.  

In addition, there are many other athletic memories that you fail to mention including Matt Ryan's pass to beat Virginia Tech to remain undefeated in 2007.   This memory is a much more vivid and meaningful athletic memory than the pass you alluded to in your article.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.   There is plenty to criticize about Boston College Athletics today.   But there is also a rich history of athletic success in a wide variety of men and women's sports that you fail to mention.   Hopefully, in the future when covering Boston College you will be a bit more transparent.

Happy New Year.

Edward Taylor
Boston College Alumnus

I encourage others to write to Mr. Washburn.  I realize we have issues with BC Athletics but there are also some positive things happening.  The Globe continues to cover BC in a negative way.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Great Day To Be An Eagle!

I realize that BC played in a low tier bowl but it was really fun to watch them win and finish with a 7-6 record. Let's hope the 3 straight wins to end the season is a springboard to better days ahead.      I love BC as much as life itself and this is how I feel right now:

By the way, I will be using these golf balls in Florida later this week.   Obviously, I will not be losing any of them!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Golf Practice

As I prepare for my post-Christmas trip to Naples, I thought I would practice my swing outside:

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Matty Gaudreau

A nice Sports Illustrated shoutout to Johnny's little brother who has carved out his own identity at Boston College:

Best and Worst Aiports

As a frequent traveler to RSW in Fort Myers, I would agree that it is among the best airports.    I am also not surprised to see Boston's Logan airport near the bottom.

Here are the five most satisfying airports according to J.D. Power:

Indianapolis International

A thoroughly modern airport, Indianapolis scored a whopping 794 thanks in part to its spaciousness, which you can feel as you wander its concourses. It also helps that most of its facilities are less than a decade old. The airport has garnered numerous industry and travel media awards.

Buffalo Niagara International

Buffalo, coming in at 791, is another case where mostly new infrastructure — circa 1997, with additions since — has helped create a space and amenities that ease passengers’ trips.

Southwest Florida International

Just south of Fort Myers, this airport scored 790 and is another example of how shiny new things make everyone happier. The airport’s newest terminal is only a decade old, and county overseers have worked to improve traffic access from nearby I-75.

Jacksonville International

Like many of its highly-ranked Florida peers, easy access and local flavors-sans congestion inside or out-helped Jacksonville score a 789 as it stands apart from most other airports.

Portland International

Few airports give travelers the sense of place that Portland offers. From its retail, dining, wine, and craft beer options, the Port of Portland wants you to know you’re in the Pacific Northwest. Even the airport’s teal carpet has become a noteworthy feature for many, with its own Facebook page. The airport scored 786 out of 1,000.

Here are the five least satisfying airports as scored by the study:

New York LaGuardia

The shortcomings of this tiny airport wedged between the Grand Central Parkway, Flushing Bay, and Rikers Island (New York City’s central prison complex) are well-documented. Its faults are especially visible along the older concourses that house American, United, Southwest, and JetBlue airlines. Interestingly, North America’s awful airport champion, scoring only 649 out of 1,000, has improved in the minds of passengers since 2010, helped by a new amenities and a major revamp by Delta Air Lines. Its score back then was only 604. But the major renovation that began this year-with a slew of traffic jams and access troubles-caused it to slip below Newark as the least-satisfying airport.

Newark Liberty International

This hub airport scored only 669, in large part because it shares many of the faults of its cross-town rival, with dated facilities designed for far fewer passengers than it serves today. United, which operates a hub here, has spent heavily to bring new offerings to Newark’s Terminal C, but the Port Authority still has a long to-do list.

Philadelphia International

Coming in at 688, this is another aged East Coast hub where passenger growth has far outpaced much of the physical infrastructure for both people and airplanes.

Chicago O’Hare International

This is a hub for the world’s largest and third-largest airlines, and sits at the aviation crossroads of America. It’s jammed accordingly. O’Hare and Atlanta Hartsfield perennially vie for the title of world’s busiest airport in terms of flights, with the latter generally receiving far higher marks about how it moves its customers. O’Hare scored 689 out of 1,000 points.

Boston Logan International

Logan dates to the 1920s. Upgrades and renovations in recent years have nevertheless failed to keep pace with steady passenger growth, fueled by an expanding JetBlue Airways and new international service. Logan scored 689 out of 1,000.