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
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.
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.