December 31, 2007

Winter Road Trip: UMass

Jesus and I formulated a plan: a road trip. Sometimes road trips are just things you talk about or watch on TBS at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday during your break. No, this was for real. Looking at the Terrier sports schedule:

Saturday, December 29th: BU Men's Bball @ UMass
Sunday, December 30th: BU Men's Hockey vs. Merrimack
Wednesday, January 2nd: BU Men's Bball @ Holy Cross
Saturday, January 5th: BU Women's Bball vs. Hartford
Saturday, January 5th: BU Men's Hockey vs. Vermont

You could throw in BU Men's Bball @ Deleware on the 22nd, but that really isn't part of the itinerary of the trip. I'm going to try to give you some insight into each game and the overall trip. Hopefully we don't lose all our money/get beat up along the way:

We left Philadelphia at around noon on Saturday. Traveling in my 1993 Acura Legend, which is approaching 150,000 miles, we made it to Amherst in less than 5 hours. If you've never been to Amherst, save yourself the trip because we found nothing to do there. When we entered the campus (2 and a half hours before tip off) we drove around the stadium. The Mullins Center is nice, but the main attraction on the UMass campus is most definitely the heating center. The heating center is adjacent to the basketball/hockey stadium and resembles Conesco Fieldhouse, where the Indianapolis Pacers play. However when we drove up to get a closer look an armed guard prevented us from getting closer than 200 yards. It's clearly the equivalent to BU's photonics center.

The UMass game started terrible. It was 40-17 at one point in the first half. The Terriers played a SOLID second half, getting it as close as 3 points. UMass took the game 70-61 but BU certainly made it interesting.

First off, it was a pleasure having Ibi Konate back. Maybe he is what this team needed so desperately because as soon as he got in the game he threw a block party. Ibi reminds me of a skinny Stretch Armstrong from Mali. His arms often appear out of no where to disrupt attempted field goals.

Tyler Morris played a good game, minus fouling out and only tallying seven points. He's still coming back into form but you can see his ability to control the pace of the game already coming into effect.

UMass fans are A-holes. Eventually I'll post my encounter with two UMass fans from last year in which case I was challenged to fight in the parking lot, but this visit to Amherst was no different. It was break so the likelihood of a lot of UMass students wasn't probable. With any A-10 school there are a lot of just fans, from the area. Usually these 3,000 people don't care about our presence and most of the time just seem amused. Some do approach and ask why we dress up, only to walk away even more confused than before they asked. Regardless, these consistent fans of their respective A-10 school don't mind us. Opposing students do.

Jesus and I entered before any of the Minuteman fans. The fist one who did arrive immediately said to his friend, loud enough so we could hear it, "hey look at these fa----s." It's like, come on, really? We didn't do ANYTHING to you. NOTHING. We don't even know you, but as soon as you start shit like this, we're going to fire back. We're not going to lie there and take it. We fire back with the typical stereotypes for UMass - you're dumb, you go to a state school, you don't have money. That type of stuff. We don't get into derogatory terms, we don't call people gay. Doing stuff like that just isn't creative/smart. When you can say something so clever that the person can't formulate a good enough sentence other than, "scoreboard" and giving you the middle finger; you've won.

ANYWAYS, the security guard from our area approached US first. He didn't look like he was older than me, maybe a Junior at UMass. He asked to see our tickets, looked at mine, told us that we couldn't heckle the students we only told him to tell them the same thing. He walked away without looking at Jesus' ticket to go talk to the Minutemen.

They would call us out 3 more times before the game started only having us fire back and be approached by the guard before them.

I ignored it as the game started and through the first half. Jesus didn't seem unphased by it as he made eye contact with their fans, I don't do that.

Things were kind of uneventful until about the 5 minute mark in the second half. A UMass fan, probably a senior at Amherst approached with a half eaten pretzel in the shape of a cross and a hot dog with mustard and ketchup on it. He offered them to us saying, "oh, since you're loosing maybe this will cheer you up." I knew this was going to end badly. It's just what this a-hole wants to have happen.

I ignored, or tried to, but this duechentstein was standing right between the game and me. Jesus tried to get any of the THREE sercurity guards next to us to come check his ticket, since that's the same treatment we got. THEY DIDN'T MOVE AT ALL. This dude wouldn't leave so I did the only thing I had wanted to do since he got there, slapped the hot dog into his face. Immediately a guard grabbed me and said, "that's it you're done."

A police was right there and he told me to come talk to him. He was an extreme close talker, but I've found out, that's the way all arena police are. He told me not to say another word to the UMass fans our I would be taken off in handcuffs. He added that the only reason why him and his partner were there was to make sure that Jesus and I didn't get beaten up by Minutemen at the end of the game. To that I thanked him. He gave me another chance as Jesus came over to talk to them. The other cop told me to go back and sit down. I said we stand, we were told we could stand, why can't I stand? He said not to question him, but I continued to do so. Jesus wrapped up his conversation with the cop who had just lectured me and he began to return to his seat. The nicer of the two cops said go back and stand and don't talk to anyone. I heard the answer I wanted and walked away. The policeman who had been telling me to sit questioned his partner but I was gone.

3 seconds left, the game was out of reach, I let out my frustrations by calling out UMass fans and told to leave. I walked SO slowly to the exit to make sure I saw how the game ended. Ugh.

We undressed out of costume, got back in the car, then drove an hour and forty minutes to Boston.

It is fun to be an opposing fan in a hostile environment though. Always an experience.

December 24, 2007

A semester in review

Well, we're through one semester already and perhaps our posting hasn't been as much/good as we had initially hoped. But then again neither has the play of either men's sports teams.

BU men's basketball and hockey have combined for a total of 7 and a half wins in the first semester of 2007. (The half being the victory over the Under-18 US National team. They're not even a real team and that game actually doesn't count for anything. That's why I'm giving it half a win.) This is not what I expected for this season.

I really thought that entering 2008 the hockey team would have at least 10 wins. What I didn't realize was the the defense is a lot weaker than last year. Of course, that's because the defense is a product of the goalie and furthermore, the goalie is a product of the defense. Last year with Curry, everyone was made better. This year with a mediocre rotation of 3 it's been kind of painful. Sigh. I don't know what can be said about this team, other than, maybe we can make a run in January that will carry us out of the bottom of the Hockey East to possibly a 5 seed. Hopefully this isn't wishful thinking.

And when it rains, it pours. In the midst of back-to-back loses against BC four of the key players on the team were suspended without much detail as to what they did. The generally accepted theory was that they released a baby tiger on campus. Since Parker isn't giving the fans/press much to work with it's the only thing I can believe. Regardless, it will be good to have the Baby Tiger 4 back in action on the 30th.

It's too bad that the basketball team won't be entering conference play with a winning record. Then again there won't be nearly any teams in the America East entering conference play with winning records. (UMBC is the only one right now) Overall, the America East is 38-54 at this juncture. This pretty much puts the conference at 27th out of 32 in Division 1 basketball.

At this point it seems like anyone could win the America East and the immaculate sophomore season of the big 3 hasn't panned out as well as everyone had hoped. At least Corey Lowe has reached 500 points in about 30 games. Impressive Corey, now please don't transfer.

Speaking of transfer, highly recruited Will Creekmore has peaced out after only 7 games. Some people blame Coach Wolff. I don't really blame anyone. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be as this school has seen time and time again with Wolff's recruits. In Creekmore's 7 games with the team that really helped was shoot free throws, and he only shot 6 of them. Looking at it this way, BU is 1-1 without him. I only wish he had showed a little more dedication to this team. It's Bobby Petrino-esque to bail out like that, but I understand he had to do what he thought was best for him.

I could rant and rave about my disappointment for this past semester, but that will get no one anywhere. No matter how piss poor the records of each squad become I won't give up on either teams. Anything could happen at any moment for either of these teams that will turn the season completely around. Hopefully you'll be there with Jesus and I every step of the way.

And also, this is a promise, we will post more in the new year. We'll give game recaps, updates and stories as best we can during the Spring semester.

October 14, 2007

Midnight Madness: Cardboard Cutouts, David Barth, and Tuition Money

It was great to be back in Case again watching The Dance Team perform.

 

Oh, it was great to see the basketball teams, too.

Aside from my own skills on the mic (that’s not in my contract), I must say that Midnight Madness was a great season kick-off. It’s good to show the freshmen what The Roof looks like with more filled seats than empty seats. After all, only a few of us have had the opportunity to see such a glorious turnout at an actual BU basketball game, if any.

Unfortunately, The Hot Dog could not attend because he had prior commitments at his half-brother’s wedding (his half-brother is a sausage), but he was there in spirit, as well as in cardboard. We are planning on asking the whole basketball team to autograph the cardboard cutout and raffle it off to one lucky fan. Proceeds will go to starving hot dogs in Worcester, a charity called “Food For Food,” cleverly labeled FFF. Let me know your thoughts on the idea.

The image of the basketball team dancing to Soulja Boy will forever be embedded in my memory. I thought it was the funniest thing I have ever seen until a man in a cape dashed out onto the floor and electrified the crowd, and it only got better. Yes, that is right: A cape, aviators, a headband, BU basketball, and Soulja Boy all in one. Thank you David Barth.

Finally, the night concluded with a lucky fan’s shot at $50,000 for tuition money. We learned one thing from this competition: However hard it may be to come up with the $50,000 to pay for tuition, it’s even harder to steal it back from BU. A lay-up, free-throw, three-point shot, and half-court shot in 25 seconds?  I was ready to storm the floor after the half-court shot was made, but I left early to go buy a lottery ticket; I think my chances are better with that. Does anyone know if he made it?!

Midnight Madness was truly a good time and I hope BU athletics was able to persuade more than 25 students to regularly attend games. The combination of a solid non-conference schedule, a few Agganis Arena games, and a promising team with lots of talent will hopefully set our team on the right path to success.

 

The Hot Dog and Jesus will be there every step of the way. Section 2, row 1.

August 24, 2007

Just in Case You Don't Know Us

We’re sure you’ve seen us at Boston University hockey games starting the coast-to-coast (♥ Tom Morrow) and ugly goalie chants.

We’re sure you’ve us at Boston University basketball games, cheering almost too intensely for Scott Brittain.

We’re sure you’ve seen us at Boston University lacrosse games starting verbal arguments with mothers of Stanford University women’s lacrosse players.

We’re sure you’ve seen us at basketball games not just adoring the dance team, but pushing for more court time for them.

We’re sure you’ve seen us at the America East basketball tournament verbally assaulting Chris Holmes and the Vermont cheerleading team even when they weren’t in uniform.

We’re sure you’ve seen us on the ice at Agganis between periods, while one of us missed four shots on four nets the other buried one for a free roundtrip flight anywhere in the United States.

We’re sure you’ve seen us be threatened with physical violence by University of Massachusetts alumni after a game and asked “want to take it outside,” only until Dean Elmore stepped in.

We’re sure you’ve seen us in Providence University heckling the hockey manager only after he started a Facebook message war with us, only to verbally dominate him so badly he sprayed water on us while a Providence police officer escorted us out of the building.

We’re sure you’ve seen us in costume at almost any game you’ve been to at Boston University, because Jesus knows we’ve never missed one.

We are the Hot Dog and Jesus. During each BU sporting event we dress to impress and we do our best to be true fans. NOT Superfans.

Throughout the year we will be blogging our opinions on all issues involving Terrier sports. We will provide a (very biased) perspective from the stands. And by stands we don’t just mean 118.