Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yep, I'm still alive

First off, sorry to everyone that I haven't posted in forever--I started a new job a few weeks ago and have been extremely busy. Combine this with a fairly dead period for BC sports (save a few notable, albeit fairly old, items that I'll comment on below) and you have a recipe for no posting. Now that I'm more in the swing of things, so to speak, I'll be posting more frequently. Specifically, after this roundup post I'll be getting the next installment in my position-by-position analysis of the upcoming football season up tonight or tomorrow, and trying to continue with those at a rate of at least one a week until the season starts.

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Is there anyone who defines the phrase "BC Guy" better than Cory Schneider??


Talk about a kid who has bled maroon and gold for the last 3 years. He had the opportunity to go pro as early as the summer following his freshman year, and stuck around to lead BC to two national championship games, a Hockey East tournament championship, and numerous national accolades. Following the disappointing loss in this year's Beanpot final, Cory led a BC team that was playing perhaps as well as any in the history of college hockey. Obviously we would've all loved to have seen him return for his senior year, but the big bucks are awfully hard to pass up--especially when you already have your college degree. Schneider loves Boston College, and it was apparent every time he took the ice and every time he was quoted in the press. You really get the feeling that if he hadn't been blessed with such amazing talent, he'd have been up in the student section at Conte Forum calling John Curry a sieve, telling UNH fans to "warm up the trailer", and making Dateline NBC jokes at Keith Johnson. As much as I hate to see him leave the Heights and will always wonder what might have been had he stuck around for his senior year, we here at FHMAM thank Cory for his incredible service to BC and wish him the best of luck in the pros (particularly if the persistent rumors of a trade to the Flyers pan out).

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If anyone seriously still doubts that the Boston Globe has an anti-BC bias, look no further than their coverage of the recent incident involving Gosder Cherilus at a North End bar. While BC successes in the realm of sports often barely merit mention in the paper, while Eagles fans are lucky to get a half-page of coverage the Friday before a big game, this non-story somehow makes its way onto the paper's front page--not the front sports page, the actual front page.

The Boston Herald, despite having far fewer resources and contacts, does a MUCH better job of covering BC sports than the Globe does. It's not uncommon to see 5 or 6 full tabloid pages of coverage on the football or basketball team during the season.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Herald doesn't have a well-documented anti-Catholic bias clouding its judgment.

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More to come soon, including a preview of BC's running back situation and a recruiting update. The next few weeks could be huge on the recruiting front.

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4 Comments:

At 2:38 AM, Blogger Goon said...

Hey did you want to participate in a blog Hot Stove?

If so email me and I will send you the questions. Goon

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At 2:40 AM, Blogger Goon said...

By the way that was a tough loss losing your top goalie, whatever it was, Cory had a pretty good record against my Sioux.

 
At 3:45 AM, Anonymous PJP said...

I like to ad to the more mainstream national media - there seems to be a very much an anti-BC sentiment, whether on ABC, ESPN, FOX, Rivals... It is so biased toward the Southern/Midwest schools. It is totally unfair, and I think rooted in bigotry, but also a desire to appease the ratings. These Southerners resent Notre Dame (and they are enjoy their struggles, I am sure) and also Boston College, because they are firstly real tier-1 academic institutions that happen to have outstanding athletics. And - how could I forgot - the key difference - both are (at least nominally) Catholic Universities. There is a lack of respect, I find which is driven by indifference, and somewhat a hidden agenda for nurture their own ignorances. Of course, these media groups are not usually graduates of Stanford, Harvard, Northwestern, or any legit academic school. You find their commentators call these institutions "snob schools." Imagine, getting dissed for studying hard and striving to achieve something meaningful!

LSU lost a game, they should be looked below BC, who at least up to now is undefeated. You lose, it is your fault, cannot blame a team who is undefeated in a BCS conference, e.g. OSU or BC.

I would like to see a Conference Challenge Weekend during the season that serves as a benchmark of Conferences - SEC vs ACC weekend, all teams have to compete against their level of play. Let's see what conference comes out on top? Same with Big 12 vs Pac-10 and Big 10 vs Big East, etc.

Enough with these "presumptions" which are built on prejudices. I think this game of politics would end, because upsets (sic) would happen. ACC teams would knock off SEC teams, and Big East teams would defeat Big 10 Teams, etc.

We need an objective benchmark during the regular season....

Then we can start talking a post-season playoff system.

Force the conferences to compete and measure their strength head-to-head, by wins and losses, not by who ran the score up in 1 game, but overall - holistically - which pool of teams came up as the top.

Lastly, these so called top dog football "schools" are hardly top academic institutions esp. for the student athlete. There needs to be higher standards for students who participate in athletics. Your primary goal is to graduate with the highest possible GPA and enable you to excel in a career. Without mentioning names, many of these schools are lacking not only its own top standards as an institution, but finally for their student is left only a nudge of the University Concept. Many of these so-called student athletes struggle to realize where is London located. Imagine that? I mean they would tell you, "I went to school to play football." I do not think generally you will find that stupidity in the so-called "snob schools" are these comrades who seem to frequent the same fraternities that the AP/Media and marketeers are all part of.

 
At 3:45 AM, Anonymous PJP said...

I like to add to the more mainstream national media - there seems to be a very much an anti-BC sentiment, whether on ABC, ESPN, FOX, Rivals... It is so biased toward the Southern/Midwest schools. It is totally unfair, and I think rooted in bigotry, but also a desire to appease the ratings. These Southerners resent Notre Dame (and they are enjoy their struggles, I am sure) and also Boston College, because they are firstly real tier-1 academic institutions that happen to have outstanding athletics. And - how could I forgot - the key difference - both are (at least nominally) Catholic Universities. There is a lack of respect, I find which is driven by indifference, and somewhat a hidden agenda for nurture their own ignorances. Of course, these media groups are not usually graduates of Stanford, Harvard, Northwestern, or any legit academic school. You find their commentators call these institutions "snob schools." Imagine, getting dissed for studying hard and striving to achieve something meaningful!

LSU lost a game, they should be looked below BC, who at least up to now is undefeated. You lose, it is your fault, cannot blame a team who is undefeated in a BCS conference, e.g. OSU or BC.

I would like to see a Conference Challenge Weekend during the season that serves as a benchmark of Conferences - SEC vs ACC weekend, all teams have to compete against their level of play. Let's see what conference comes out on top? Same with Big 12 vs Pac-10 and Big 10 vs Big East, etc.

Enough with these "presumptions" which are built on prejudices. I think this game of politics would end, because upsets (sic) would happen. ACC teams would knock off SEC teams, and Big East teams would defeat Big 10 Teams, etc.

We need an objective benchmark during the regular season....

Then we can start talking a post-season playoff system.

Force the conferences to compete and measure their strength head-to-head, by wins and losses, not by who ran the score up in 1 game, but overall - holistically - which pool of teams came up as the top.

Lastly, these so called top dog football "schools" are hardly top academic institutions esp. for the student athlete. There needs to be higher standards for students who participate in athletics. Your primary goal is to graduate with the highest possible GPA and enable you to excel in a career. Without mentioning names, many of these schools are lacking not only its own top standards as an institution, but finally for their student is left only a nudge of the University Concept. Many of these so-called student athletes struggle to realize where is London located. Imagine that? I mean they would tell you, "I went to school to play football." I do not think generally you will find that stupidity in the so-called "snob schools" are these comrades who seem to frequent the same fraternities that the AP/Media and marketeers are all part of.

 

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