July 11, 2012

Somebody's Salty

If you've wandered your way onto this blog, first off, hello. Neither Jesus nor I have been in Boston for almost a year now. One of us isn't even in the country, but we still keep tabs on our favorite student athletes and our favorite university we attended.

That brings me to point two - if you're reading this I'm sure you by now know that the America East Conference has banned BU from competing in the conference tournaments because BU has decided to take their talents to the Patriot League. Unusual? Maybe. Within their rights? I think so. Seems like it's the sexy thing to do in college athletics - switch conferences, defy well-established relationships between local schools, and move elsewhere, even if it means more travel, less familiar foes, and some slight confusion amongst all parties.

I'm not going to get into BU's decision to switch conferences - that's the decision of the school and there are obviously factors I do not nor need to know about.

What I am going to get into is the decision of the conference to disallow BU from competing in conference tournaments. You won't find the America East saying this anywhere on their website. I certainly understand that the conference is pissed at BU. They're rightfully salty when the school that has unfairly dominated the conference for years is packing.

I would understand if the higher-ups in the conference decided that BU can't win the Commissioner's Cup for best overall conference performance in their last year. However, the decision to ban BU from partaking in conference tournaments is erroneous. All BU teams will be allowed to compete in regular season, but then not in the tournament that matters.

This all hurts the athletes and fans, and really who else? Want to punish BU for their decision? Don't punish the students who had absolutely no say in the switch? Fine BU (Lord knows they have enough money), don't pay them whatever they would be owed if they won the conference, or the Commissioner's Cup. Not allowing the student athletes defend their confernece titles or win more - that's just not fair.

BU has done just about all the school can, I think. Superhuman AD Mike Lynch put an appeal on the front page of GoTerriers.com. The student athletes threw their Hail Mary today, but I think it will all be for naught. The America East will hold the decision of administrators above student athletes heads, and I just don't think that's fair.

As (at one time) an outspoken student fan who really has gotten to know this small conference pretty intimately, I'm even more disappointed in the decision to ban BU than I am at BU leaving. I hate it when Mommy and Daddy fight. Seems like this one will end even worse than usual.

It will also be my last season as the America East Fantasy Basketball Commissioner.

Sidenote: If I were a BU athlete (HA!) entering this season, knowing I wasn't going to be allowed to compete in the conference tournament I'm not happy and probably not giving it my all. Hell, I'm probably not afraid to injure someone! Now, I am not an athlete, and clearly, the BU athletes are better people than me so that wouldn't happen, but what the hell is their incentive now? Especially if you're playing in your senior year? Things to ponder at night. Or just transfer.

July 21, 2011

It's About Time We Break Our Silence

It's been a long time since we've been here. I haven't even checked any aspect of this site in months, potentially this calendar year.

Regardless, the year of 2011 is nearing it's end, and both Jesus and I have been long since graduated (for over a year now). Both of us still thrive, but in different, un-costumed roles and for that we are thankful. However, we'll always remember our time as "Hot Dog and Jesus" and we'll always remain fans.

So much to the point I whipped out the weiner outfit on two separate, basketball-related occasions, which brings me to the point I've even typed as many words as I've typed - BU men's basketball reigns supreme as the champions of the America East for the first time since the Dark Lord:

Sidenote: Dennis Wolff is now the head coach of the women's basketball team at Virginia Tech. Somebody show me any other coach who made the transition from men's basketball to woman's, as a player or a coach. It's an uphill battle, Dennis. Who will win a National Championship as a coach first - Dennis or Matt? God, I'll never get tired of talking about the Wolffs. Live long, and prosper.

Back to present day BU basketball - they're champions. And even though I wasn't a student at the time, I still got the experience of a student. I had seen more games than I would say probably 90% of the arena at that America East Championship. I'd suffered just about as much as anyone as a diehard of this program, so I really put it all on the line to see this team win.

I went to Hartford, put on the costume, and screamed. In Boston, I got my courtside seat, put on the costume, and continued to scream. I never would've expected the game to go down the way it did. To not lead once other than at the very end of the game - what a slap in the face way to win a Championship. Suck it, Mick Foley!



The highlight of the game for me was personally realizing the game clock was still going on a dead ball. Somehow I was the only one to notice this and started screaming non-understandable things. This somehow got Chambers attention enough to look up and see precious seconds vanishing. Of course the clock was reset, those seconds were needed, and BU won "it" all.

As expected I rushed the court. That wasn't a highlight. I would've rather preferred to be sprinting side-by-side with my buddies who I had seen the shittiest of shitty BU games with. Alas, it was with a bunch of strangers who couldn't even tell you where one of the transfers had come from.


But that's college basketball, and that's the power of a decent team. Don't get me wrong, as weird and awkward as it was running with a bunch of people I had never remembered even seeing before, it's part of winning a Championship, and I'd rather have that then getting defeated in Burlington, VT. To be fair though, rushing the field after the women's lacrosse team won it all and the men's soccer team won oh so many years back, was far more rewarding. Mostly because on one occasion it was just Jesus and I making the run. Ah, glory days.

Anyways, so BU won, but it doesn't feel like it does it? Why? Because THE COACH LEFT.

The way that's said is unfair. He didn't "leave," well, I guess he did, but he can't be blamed for it, which he has been in the last months.

Patrick Chambers got presented with an opportunity he had to take. As soon as the rumors started that he was a frontrunner for the head coaching job at Penn State I knew he was gone. He is from PA, he had a crystal-clear opportunity to go back home and coach in a Big Ten school, and if he stays at BU, when's the next time he could even consider a bump-up in talent and play?


This will hopefully remain a lasting image of the 2010-11 BU basketball season, and Chambers' two. Both John and him will continue to have success, and that's kind of what the BU basketball progam is designed to do - entertain (some of) the masses and produce talent that can springboard to the next level. I love a few things, and one of them will always be BU basketball. No matter who the coach is, no matter what place they finish in, no matter how coked out the Terrier looks.


It's BU basketball. On your feet.

September 11, 2010

Is it the end or just the beginning?

It's the end. Or actually, it's already ended. In May. Hell, it probably ended in December to be honest.

What I'm talking about is the duo of Hot Dog and Jesus. The pair of us fell apart to an extent when Jesus graduated early and for a semester it was more or less just "Hot Dog."

Then I graduated and Jesus graduated officially in May bringing an end to four years of student fandom.

Now I'll still follow BU athletics closely as I'm sure Jesus will, but our unmatched love of BU sports as students is no more. It becomes a little more difficult when neither of us are attending the school anymore.

It was an unbelievable ride. I never ever expected Hot Dog and Jesus to become what it became. We came into the school as two high school friends who enjoyed sports. We left best friends who carved oyers ut a niche for ourselves at a school of tens of thousands.

If we're remembered or we're forgotten in BU athletic history, it doesn't much matter to us. We had four unique years and I wouldn't have traded any of it for anything.

What now for us two?

Jesus is off to Italy to work and live for at least a year. I'm still in Boston and will be for at least the next year working for a local television station.

See kids, even dressing up ridiculously and spending thousands of dollars on sporting events for four years can somehow pay off and get you a job.

Will we post here anymore? I'm sure occasionally when we feel like talking about BU sports. I can't guarantee a number of posts or a certain frequency, but once basketball season starts you'll probably hear more from us, or at least me.

So, until next time, GO TERRIERS.

June 25, 2010

Hope is just a set-up for failure!!!!!!!

THE HOCKEY SCHEDULE. Is anyone else excited!? No? Oh.



How 'bout it. I'd certainly refer you immediately to Nov. 3rd's meeting with the Swedish U-20 team as the highlight of the year. Dave Warsofsky knows a little something about beating this team, which is great, because I think he's our only hope at winning...this entire year.



I hope we'll see this at least once?

So what if we lost any talent to the NHL. The loss of last year's captain and 1st round pick Kevin Shattenkirk was clearly nullified by the loss of MVP (most valuable product (of the system)) Colby Cohen. We good. We good.

Other highlights:
The season opens against The University Of Toronto Varsity Blues. The who? Really?

Silly Canadian public schools. They'll never learn. I kinda wish that clip went on for at least...11 minutes.





Hockey in Missouri? The IceBreaker resumes for BU with Holy Cross, Notre Dame, and a guaranteed game against Wisconsin, 2006 national champs.

Hockey in Hoffman Estates, IL on New Year's? The Shillelagh Tournament? What the hell?
'The tournament is named after the shillelagh, a wooden club typically made from blackthorn or oak with a large knob on the end that is associated with Ireland and Irish folklore.'

Cool. I'll pretend I care come January.

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The season-ending series, a H/H against Northeastern, should provide a lovely way for BU to back into Home-Ice at the hockey east tournament, 2009 New York Jets style. YAYz!

I'm not bitter about last season. Who said anything about that?

June 7, 2010

Screenshots from the web

Here's a series of screenshots, BU athletic related, that I've accumulated through the last couple months. Here they are in all their shining glory:

First off, let's all congratulate men's basketball coach Pat Chambers on the birth of his second child on June 7, 2010! A busy life gets busier, but there's no doubt Chambers can handle it all. Now moving onto awful men's basketball coaches, Kevin Broadus everybody:



Seems like someone has been having fun with Broadus' wikipedia. The various times I've checked it out there's been some major, possibly fake alterations to it, namely at the bottom of the above screenshot:

Broadus is also the biggest joke of a coach that ever coached a game. There will be a parade through the state of New York when he finally disappears.

For whatever reason, I'm doubting that this is the work of his editors on his website, KevinBroadus.com. By the way, he's gone crazy and is suing lots of people, for I don't know what. Ghosts maybe?

Now some Facebook fanboy-work:

To be fair, I did too. Next:


Did no one learn anything from Brian McGuirk? Moving on, I found this gem of a photo from an early season women's basketball game, featuring Brochure kid's life goal being achieved by women's basketball coach Kelly Greenberg:


If you're in need of nostaligia here's a shot of the BU basketball fan contingency from the men's first round game against Hartford this past year. The game was a blowout and the last for the UHA head coach, and HD&J pal, Dan Leibovitz. He didn't get fired or anything, but decided to return closer to home and join the UPenn staff:


I play Streak for the Cash on ESPN because it seems like a possible way to make money. I also racked up one of the longest losing streaks in the month of May. And I believe I accomplished an L11 in just five days!:



Finally, this is one of the greatest hockey related pictures I've laid eyes on:


GO FLYERS!!!!

At least someone's employed

Not to say that HD&J aren't, but someone from the BU athletic community is already ballsdeep in basketball. That someone is Carlos Strong, playing down in Puerto Rico:





He looked damn STRONG in that jersey, if I may say so myself. He also put up some solid statistics for a bench player.

Los played his last game as a Terrier on March 24. He was in PR on March 28 to play for Atleticos De San German, appearing in 16 of the team's 29 regular season games. While he wasn't a starter, he was finding consistent time - 13.9 minutes per game.

Come playoff time he was seeing 12 minutes per game, including a 13 point performance in just 16 minutes. None of that was really enough against the Quebradillas Pirates who swept the series against San German, ending on May 29. Qubradillas seems to be the Lakers of the Puerto Rican basketball league - kicking ass and taking names, working their way to a 23-6 record and through the semifinals right now.

Regardless, Los played at a professional level and I'm sure won't be the last Terrier from this past year's team to do so. I'm no basketball scout, but I'm sure Carlos will play somewhere professionally next year. I think he can do better than a U.S. Commonwealth, but only time will tell.

May 7, 2010

Let's be serious

This team, these 13-15 players who were drinking less than 48 hours before the biggest game of the season, owe us the fans an apology, because seemingly we all cared a lot more than they did.

We were the ones investing money in the program, attending games and showing support in the darker times of the season. We stuck by and made a commitment to this group of guys and what were they doing? They were cheating us and (essentially) getting paid to do it.

There is definitely a sense of entitlement that the hockey players carry and by all means after winning a National Championship I can sympathize. But this kind of takes it to a different level. I mean, I am going to hold a real grudge as long as this group of players is donning the scarlet and white. Until an entire new set of players comes through it'll be hard to give the same support I gave once in my life. Hockey doesn't seem to have been the primary priority for players who were brought to this school to focus intently on one thing and one thing alone. Let's compare high school transcripts and we'll see if you could've made it without hockey...you're here for hockey, start acting like you give a s&*t.

If I'm Parker I'm coming down harder than ever on this team. They lack discipline, and clearly they lack leadership from a captain, because whichever captain was drinking on St. Paddy's day wasn't leading by example. If I was the coach I'd be making these guys be at BC at 5 am running the steps in front of Conte, running inside the football stadium, running that big-ass set of stairs next to Conte for hours while holding up that 2010 banner that the Eagles got. Every morning. Screw just Saturday and Sundays, this team needs motivation and to understand why they are at Boston University.

I look back and think about the 2008-09 team, the golden example of team mentality. I think about the leaders, Gilroy and McCarthy, and realize there's not going to be captains like them in the foreseeable future. We were all blessed to watch them play. Unfortunately, this is the situation now and every day the reputation of the BU hockey team gets worse and worse as we find out more about what they were doing throughout the season.

Throw the book at them Parker. It's unbelievable. Players given so much take it all for granted. I feel cheated by them. I invested too much money in this program to get a return like this and there are many others who have put many more dollars in and have been for years.

We're all owed an apology.

April 29, 2010

Umm???

Vinny Saponari and Corey Trivino present "Party Like A Puckstar"



The word is that they were suspended for a reason unrelated to these hot new beats, then they decided to show their skill to the world via Youtube and BarstoolSports.

I still think this is a more embarrassing college hockey performance:

April 20, 2010

We may have lost the Beanpot...

...but this guy just won in life.

This video is making the rounds among all the major sports blogs on the interweb, and it's an obligation to share it here, since it does involve two BU fans at the Beanpot.




No Beanpot this year, but far more student section hand jobs than the BC section I'm willing to bet.

If anyone has names of these two, now infamous fornicators, let us know.

April 13, 2010

Wait a minute, BC won? Who knew?


First and foremost, congrats to the Eagles. Three straight national championships in Boston builds this city and region's reputations to unmatched respect levels.

BC won their fourth national championship (BU has five), but really, other than college hockeyheads and BC students and alumni, did anyone really care?

I'm not trying to take away something from the Eagles accomplishment, but it's kind of programmed into my mind to do just that. Unfortunately, I must admit, there shouldn't be a question that BC is indeed the crown jewel of college hockey over the last decade. The championship this season only reinforces that, and the fact they trailed in only 55 seconds in the final 13 games shows how hot they were playing as they usually do in March and April.

That said, let's be realistic - this BC championship sucked compared to BU's in two ways:

1. Our Championship was much better. I'd argue that all our games in the season were much better, but in terms of the drama - ours can't be beat. The ending was unforgettable and made BU's 'ship so much more significant. It was a moment that reappeared on top sports countdowns of the year ad nausea, deceivingly so.

2. BU was the best team all season. BC was the best team for the last month. That's really all that matters when it comes to winning championships (Duke can agree), but BU's team last year will go down as one of the greatest the school has ever produced. I'm not as familiar of BC's history, but I don't think the same can be said of this year's champs.

BCs championships sandwich BU's lone victory of the decade. Years from now hockey fans won't remember a 12-1 margin of victory in the Frozen Four or a 4-1 demolition of Notre Dame in 2008. People will always remember the most absurdly unreal two minutes of hockey of the decade. It's important, as a BU fan, you remember that to deal with the very sigh-worthy reality of BC's championship.

This season sucked on multiple levels for Terrier fans, but look at the positives. We Terriers will always have last year, and 2008-09 still leaves me breathless and speechless, an entire year later, even after BC are the new champions.

But give it up for the Eagles. Or at least give it up for HDJ's favorite Superfan:


That's gotta put a smile on your face, no matter who you cheer for.

LFSD