December 30, 2008

The Streak Is Over

BU women's basketball played well, but not well enough - 74-66 final against St. John's with 245 people in attendance.

So...come on with only 245 in attendance that can't count. Regardless, BU looks to restart the streak at home on the 10th against UVM.

Deja Vu

I've had a day to reflect on last nights embarrassment to Cornell and really, BU basketball feels a lot like it did last year: picked to win the conference, starting out OK, then midway through the season having a massive panic attack. DW's words courtesy of Full Court Press:

"I don't have a lot of answers right now. We are at a crossroads and we are going to either fight our way out of it or we're going to be exposed as somewhat of a phoney team. And that's going to be determined by the way we handle the next few days."

God, please don't let us be phoney! That would be the worst. What a way to bring in 2009. Just like last nights game, the year-to-year turn around looks like this:

QUESTION: What is worse? DW's practices the next 2 days or a 1940's Japanese American Internment Camp? Trick question! DW's practices will be an internment camp.

I feel bad for Tunde/Tully/Schultz. For these three walk-ons here are some tips:

Pray for them.

December 29, 2008

Hi, My Eyes Are Bleeding

There's 3 minutes and 45 seconds left in the BU-Cornell Men's game.

The score is 81-52, Big Red.

I can't believe I paid $5.95 for this.

Is there a way BU could've played a worse game?

When it was 30-7 ten minutes into the game I kind of figured it was a losing effort.

I guess the midseason recession has already come. BU: L3.


Final score: 89-59.

DW's post game locker speech is sure to feature plenty of f/s words. Hopefully some wrist cutting to take away some pain. What a horrendous performance.

BU is under .500 for the first time this year.

BU Sports: Back In Action

Tonight BU men's basketball travels to Cornell to play the Big Red, not to be confused with the Hofstra Red.

Cornell is 5-6, but definitely not a cookie-cutter Ivy League team. They're non-conference schedule is packed with strong opponents, all of which they've been playing close. Hell, they were beating Syracuse at halftime. BU will have to bring their A, maybe B+ game if they want to win. If they show up like they did against Delaware, you better believe BU will fall below .500 for the first time all year.

The game I'm REALLY worried about is tomorrow. The BU women's basketball team returns to action after a 17-day hiatus. They take on St. John's who are an astounding 11-1. What's worse is that this game is being played at Case Gym, a place where BU hasn't lost in 16 games, meaning the 8th longest winning streak in women's ball in the nation is most definitely on the line.

You can watch the BU men's game tonight HERE. You'll be paying some money though.

December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, You

And a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. May you and your family enjoy it.

December 23, 2008

Baby Mama Drama - The Heartbreak That Was The UDel Game

So I've been putting off thinking about last Sunday's BU men's basketball game versus Delaware. For the second year in a row BU dropped a game to the Blue Hens. Unlike last year, I fully believe that BU is the better basketball team. However, they surely did not play like it Sunday.

The Terriers did almost all they could to lose - I think everyone in attendance could feel the wheels falling off the bus just before halftime. That's when I felt it a least. By the 15-ish minute mark in the second half I felt like the game was doomed for the Terriers.

BU jumped out to an early lead in the game then kept letting UDel do things to get themselves back in the game, and eventually in the lead.

Statistically it was a fairly even affiar, but UDel hit every shot they needed to and got every rebound when they absolutely needed it. They seemed much more clutch, in control, and ready to win the game.

In all honestly I think BU should've cleared the court - it should've been domination. I think if John Holland didn't get two fouls with two minutes BU would've distanced itself enough in the first half to secure a win. His second foul changed the game - and I don't think Carlos Strong was used in his place nearly enough. No, in fact he wasn't used at all - 11 minutes in the game.

Los is obviously the sixth man on the team. So it makes no sense to me that when a small forward, John Holland, has to sit with foul trouble DW doesn't just put Strong right in. Carlos Strong is a scorer, and in my opinion the best rebounder on the team. Instead, you see Matt Wolff move to SF and Brittain/Valdas/Los all splitting time the rest of the half.

Unfortunately, BU lives and dies with the three. Against Delaware it was a painful death - 7-30. I don't need to say it (but I will anyway), this team can't win basketball games shooting 23% from distance.

As the game came to an end BU gave me some false hope. Somehow, the most unlikely hero, Matt Wolff, goes an unlikely, 2-2 from the free throw lane to go up a bucket with ten seconds to go. All it would take would be one stop. Instead Blue Hen, D.J. Boney, a player who was 1-5 from the free throw line, nail a 3-ball, uncontested, in the corner with four seconds left.

Of course, without any timeouts BU was a chicken with it's head cut off, as Corey Lowe tried to be a hero, but lost the ball at midcourt without getting a shot off - something I've seen far too often when BU has a chance to take the last shot.

There's plenty of adjustments DW can look at and make over this holiday break. I'm sure he's neglecting family time with Matthew to make sure this team looks and plays a little better against a very good Cornell squad. I feel that it's vital to the well being and mentality of this team that they finish nonconference play with a winning record.

The most alarming element of Sunday's game wasn't the game, or the weather outside. It was the Delaware "fan" section. I have never been more scared/seen anything like it in my life. It consisted of about six women who were all:

1. Mothers of UDel players
2. Wives of UDel players
3. Baby Mamas of UDel players (not married, but mothering their children)
4. Groupies

Any time anything would go in UDel's favor they would stand up, start yelling, and basically freak-the-f-out. I mean on anything - possession arrow change, forced timeout, missed shot, rebound, foul, anything.

What's worse is that they were targetting me. During one break in action I was kind of mocking them and one unnamed woman stood up, pointed at me, and said something like "hot dog....." and the rest became unhearable.

The scariest part of all this - the women who was effectively leading the fan charge was holding a child the entire time; awkwardly, and at times just by the young girls legs. UDel would score and this woman would stand up, child in arms, and start yelling and dancing in the middle of the aisle. And when she would dance, she would break it down; she was grinding on imaginary people, with a freakin' child in her arms. My God, it's a living thing!!!

If anyone of the 324 people in attendance has a pitcure of this women please send it my way. This type of thing shouldn't be allowed to continue. Poor little girl is gonna have brain damage from all the shaking that was ensuing.

Alarming, really. How come someone, anyone, in Case let this slide and not do something to stop this. I mean think of the children! Alan, where were you when I/the world needed you the most?!?!

December 17, 2008

Hockey East Best Defenders

To celebrate 25 years of Hockey East hockey the HE is having visitors to their website vote on various categories - best scorer, best player, yada, yada, yada.

One category that you can vote on is Best Defender. You have to chose 25 different players. I did, but I noticed one player wasn't listed. Thus, he had to be written in. I suggest you do the same:

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December 15, 2008


So BU actually almost beat Notre Dame in men's basketball. I'm not even just saying that. I watched the entire game and BU was in the game for all 40 minutes. They had the lead up until the 3:25 second mark.

Wolff said he was proud of the entire team, and I don't blame him. BU did everything but win.

Losses this season:

5 points (GW)
9 points (MSM)
4 points (Marshall)
7 points (ND)

Still no double digit defeat.

It makes me wonder if a double digit defeat will ever happen and also if BU can win close games against good teams. They'll need to come conference play.

Apparently Jeff Pelage is in Wolff's doghouse (no pun intended). He also has what seems like a mental cough - something that causes him to continue to cough during any activity. Doctors have yet to figure it out.

And finally just for my own entertainment I checked out Nate Gerbe's facebook the other day. He used to play for the BC hockey team and now plays for the Buffalo Sabres (a miracle, right?). Anyways, looks like he's still in a relationship current BC Eagle hockey player, Brock Bradford. When will they learn that college-professional long distance relationships never work out!?!?

Bi-Monthly Athlete Rankings - December 2/2

Last poll:

1. Jon Jonsson (1)
2. Corey Lowe (1)
T3. Kristi Dini
T3. Valdas Sirutis
5. Scott Brittain
6. Christine Kinneary
7. Maggie McKemie
T8. Kodjo Wilder
T8. Krystyn McIntyre
10. Tunde Agboola

This week's rankings:

1. Jon Jonsson (1)
2. Corey Lowe (1)
3. Valdas Sirutis
4. Kristi Dini
5. Scott Brittain
6. Kodjo Wilder
7. Krystyn McIntyre
8. Christine Kinneary
9. Matt Killen
10. Maggie McKemie

RV: Tunde Agboola, Jan Bicanic, Jake O'Brien, Carlos Strong, Eric Gryba, Brian Strait, Traci Landy, Mike Salem, Rachel Klein

December 13, 2008

BU vs. Yale. And now Notre Dame?!

I had class and showed up a little late to the game on Wednesday (2 minutes left in the second half). This is what I ran into:

It was that ugly. Corey Lowe didn't get to 1,000, there were 20 turnovers, it was just ugly basketball.

But hey, a win's a win?

It didn't feel like it with only 490 in attendance.

BU Cheerleaders: still working for that first flawless routine.

Anyways, now on to ND. The Notre Dame pregame guys just called BU a "resume game" and "high likely conference champions." Thanks, I guess?

You can watch BU take on Notre Dame HERE. Chances are you'll see Corey Lowe score his 1,000th point (10 points to go) and a curb-stomping.

Side note: Notre Dame's team introduction music is Nas, "Hate Me Now." Really?

December 10, 2008

Notable Numbers

Wins in a row for the women's basketball team at Case Gymnasium

Points Corey Lowe needs to score tonight against Yale to score 1,000 in his career. He scored 35 against the Bulldogs last year.

More assists Christine Kinneary needs to become the BU all time assists leader.

December 9, 2008

Some Kind of Weekend

It started with a game that felt like kissing your sister on Friday night:

Then Corey Lowe decided to just go off for a career-high 36, leaving him with just 22 points from 1,000. He wants to hit it at home on Wednesday night. I have little doubt that he will.

Even with those 36, BU lost. At Agganis of course. (@ Agganis 0-2, @ Case 1-0)

Later that night I attended Conte Forum in what was one of the best hockey games I've ever been to.

It was great hockey. Fast, full of hits, and intense. At one point in the second period I couldn't help but think of this:

It was gettin' pretty crowded in there with all the penalties and Brian Strait 10 minute misconduct. A penalty shot, a huge hit on Jason Lawrence, and a goal as time expired. Sensational.

1-1-1. All in all it wasn't that bad. I enjoyed beating BC for the first time since the 2007 Beanpot. I'd take a redo in Case against Marshall if I could.

It's alright though. I look forward to a special game/night for Corey Lowe tomorrow night. And I look forward to the women going for 16 straight in Case gym this evening.

December 6, 2008

Marshall @ BU, 3 p.m. - Agganis Arena

The "Thundering Herd" of Marshall take on BU today at Agganis. I'm scared. Not because of the boisterous 2-4 record that Marshall sports as they strut their stuff down CommAve, but rather because Coach Wolff just doesn't get it. Let me elaborate:

Click to enlarge...if you dare.

WHY IS HE STILL STARTING? Tyler Morris: BU Basketball's sign of the apocalypse. One day, just one day I hope to see my dreamteam starting lineup on the floor:

G - Corey Lowe
G - Carlos Strong
F - John Holland
F - Scott Brittain
C - Jake O'Brien

A center in the America East..HA! Who am I kidding, let's just keep winning games.

3 p.m. -- Agganis Arena.

December 5, 2008


For Newton, For Newton
The Outhouse on the hill!
For Newton, For Newton
They suck and always will!
So here's to the outhouse on the hill,
Cause Boston College sucks and they always will,
For Newton, For Newton,
The outhouse on the hill!

December 4, 2008

BU Women's Basketball vs. Brown

I showed up late to the women's game but when I walked in I think the score was 41-13. I watched the rest of the first half before going to Harvard. The final score was 81-54, but the game was over within minutes of starting. The second half was treated more like a practice than anything, I'm sure. All I have to say is BROWN SUCKS.

Let me clarify.


Like, they were really, really, really bad. It got me mad/frustrated how bad they were. They shot only .6% better from the free throw line than they did from the floor. Christine Kinneary had as many assists as all of Brown. There were only 181 people in attendance :0

I need to stop before I break my computer. Or before Alan Weinberger reprimands me for saying "sucks" in regards to women's sports.

Harvard - Not Very Hard

Some game notes from the men's basketball teams 75-59 win at Harvard last night:

- I don't think BU played their best, yet they still dominated and won by 16 points. Granted, BU shot 47% and coughed up the ball only 15 times to Harvard's 20 turnovers - I still thought they could've entered halftime with more than a seven point lead.

- Despite all this there wasn't a point in the game where I thought BU would lose or falter. Past about 7 and a half minutes into the game BU never lost their lead.

- The Harvard band was decent. They were annoying in that they played between every freaking stoppage in play and before free throws. They also wore maroon blazers. However, they were bigger/better than they usually are at the Beanpot and they played Backstreet Boys!

- BU doesn't really need Tyler Morris to score. He had a season high 7 points and career high 6 assists last night, but BU's four wins this year have proven that the offensive firepower of JOB, Corey, and JH23 is enough to put about 50+ points on the board. Don't really need Tyler to score double digits. It would be nice though.

- The reffing was fairly inconsistent, but I guess that's a given on this level.

- Valdas Sirutis got some run and his first three points of the season. Congrats V.

- The Harvard concession stand was wonderful and overpriced. All you need to know is they had CHURROS and that they were $3.50 per one. That sums it up right there.

- I was expecting a weak Harvard fan base, but I didn't think they would be as weak as they were. There were probably more HU fans than BU fans, but all the Crimson sat the entire game and made little to no noise. One of them did have a "Mike [Schultz] , where's Tunde?" sign though. I commend them on that.

- BU traveled very well - a loud, passionate, and vocal fan base in attendance last night.

- Tunde wasn't there! It's a long trip, I know.

- The Terriers have offensive weapons. The bench is deeper than it's been in years past and there isn't much hesitation among any player to shoot the ball.

- This was the first time in 11 games, dating back to last year, that Matt Wolff played less than 20 minutes (19 on Wednesday night). This game was the first time in the last two season that he's played less than 20 against a non conference opponent. It was also the first time since January 30th that Matt didn't get a rebound.

- BU is 2-0 against Boston based colleges. I'm ready for a Basketball Beanpot. How about you?

- Corey Lowe career points: 942. I predicted 1,000 by the eighth game, so he better step it up. I really want him to hit it at home (in the next two games) rather than on the road, in the midst of a raping, at Notre Dame. All he needs is 29 in each of the next two games!

December 2, 2008

Sam Perkins <3 Us

No, I'm not talking about Sam "Big Smooth"/"Constantly Blazed" Perkins, formerly of the Seattle Supersonics and Indiana Pacers.

Although, when I first heard of a "Sam Perkins" who covers America East basketball, I thought it was him.

No, I was wrong. He's not a former NBA great. Sam covers the AEC for Hoopville, and he does a damn good job doin' it. Here's Sam:

I suggest you shake his hand if you ever see him at a game. You can find his (lengthy) America East season preview here. Included is probably the greatest preseason comment ever written:

Best School Spirit
The Hot Dog and Jesus, Boston University: BU has been a school without fans, but these two sophomores have done a terrific job bringing the noise at all things BU. Their outfits are outrageous, but their spirit is through the roof. It's about time BU got some die-hards. Kudos on the blog guys.

You got that right.

Yeah, Screw You Too Agganis

Email I get today:

That is all.

December 1, 2008

Bi-Monthly Athlete Rankings - December 1/2

Last poll:

1. Jon Jonsson (1)
2. Corey Lowe (1)
3. Maggie McKemie
4. Kristi Dini
T5. Scott Brittain
T5. Valdas Sirutis
7. Christine Kinneary
T8. Krystyn Mcintyre
T8. Kodjo Wilder
10. Tunde Agboola

Here's the first poll of December:

1. Jon Jonsson (1)
2. Corey Lowe (1)
T3. Kristi Dini
T3. Valdas Sirutis
5. Scott Brittain
6. Christine Kinneary
7. Maggie McKemie
T8. Kodjo Wilder
T8. Krystyn McIntyre
10. Tunde Agboola

Others Receiving Votes: Jan Bicanic, Jake O'Brien, Matt Killen, Eric Gryba, Caitlin Webb, Brian Strait, Traci Landy, Mike Salem, Rachel Klein, Shaun Taylor

1/2 never change! Ahhhhhh!!!

Over Break

Here's how BU did over Thanksgiving break, since we all know, there is no such thing as a break when you're a student-athlete:

Men's Hockey: 2-0
11/25 vs. Holy Cross - W, 3-2
11/29 vs. St. Lawrence (without even Jason Lawrence) - W, 4-1

Men's Basketball: 1-1
11/25 @ Northeastern - W, 83-75
11/29 @ Mount Saint Mary's - L, 78-69

Women's Basketball: 1-2
11/25 @ Northeastern - W, 71-68
11/29 @ Ohio State - L, 72-47
11/30 @ Central Michigan (in Ohio State) - L, 84-72

Women's Hockey: 0-1
11/25 @ Yale - L, 4-1

Men's Soccer: 0-1
11/25 @ St. John's - L, 1-0

Overall over break: 4-5

It's (kind of) good to be back.

However the real victory over break came in the form of an alumni: Johnny Curry. He finally made it, and got his first win last Wednesday. He followed it up with a loss on Friday, but did record more saves than his opponent, Ryan Miller. This should be the start of a very bright future for the former Terrier.

November 30, 2008

What Happened Against the Mount

So when I landed in Boston late last night, returning from my getaway in Turks and Caicos, the first text I received was from Corey Lowe. I knew it couldn't be good news, and sure enough it wasn't.

The text went something along the lines of:

"Yoo this is some messed up s---, B. Can't believe this."

With my deductive reasoning abilities I gathered that the Terriers dropped the game. Here's what I found out, the stuff that you won't read in the box score:

With "about two minutes" left BU was down 2. It was Mount St. Mary's possession with about three seconds left on the shot clock. A Mount player shot a three pointer and airballed it. The shot clock still didn't go off, despite it probably expiring. A Mount player recovered the rebound and tried putting up a layup, but was blocked. Another Mount player recovered the ball after the block and put it back up, collecting two points on an And1.

None of this should've happened because the shot clock should've expired.

From what I understand Dennis Wolff then threatened the refs jobs, life, and everything in between. He even made the rounds to the shot clock ladies, and really, can you blame him? I was disappointed to see in the box score that he didn't get a technical foul in all of this.

This 5 point defecit with two to go, much different than a two point defecit with BU having the ball, was too much for the Terriers and eventually led to their downfall and second loss of the season.

After the game, in the hallway beyond the court, the two teams almost fought twice. Obviously, when injustice is done, you want to fight.

I tried to figure out in the play-by-play write up where and when this all took place, but couldn't figure it out. However, it's coming from an extremely close source - someone who was there, at the game.

Had I been at this game I would've probably been kicked out, because if I saw what I have been told and what I've just told you, unfold in front of me, there is no way I wouldn't be on the court.

Not a whole lot can be done about it now - BU's still got a winning record heading to Harvard.

We're Back!!! Ahhhh!!1!

Ahhh, it’s been a while. It’s been a while (for me) because sometimes you get swamped with work and projects and then you just have to go to Turks & Caicos and do absolutely nothing for days, get seafood risotto for Thanksgiving dinner, and dodge the day crappy football games (the first two at least) like the plague, only because you don’t get NFL network at your resort.

But I’m back. Jesus should be returning soon.

We missed out on the standard Tuesday/Saturday 3rd week in November hockey games, but life will go on. These were the first regular season games we’ve missed in our time here. We were hoping for perfect attendance ☹. However, we did manage to make it to “The Battle for Boston” last week at Northeastern. I guess Boston University owns Boston, because both men’s and women’s basketball teams played a far superior level than the Huskies and earned two “W’s” for their efforts.

It was AWESOME being there, and having the Terriers shut up the overweight Northeastern student fanbase. The entire men’s game, well until the Terriers started pulling away, there was non-stop heckling, coming my way in the form of, “Hot dog, I hear your mom makes your toppings,” and “Hot dog, hot dog, hot dog, hot dog, hot dog.” I swear, one guy in the upper regions of Matthews had to have said my name upwards of 50 times during the game and halftime. I did not let him reach orgasm by acknowledging him though. Poor, unloved, NU student. One day you’ll find a nice Husky (girl) to settle down. Perhaps (probably not).

I <3 going to Matthews, only cause it’s such an experience and it makes me feel a lot better about my own life, no matter how sloppy it may be at the time. It’s the only place in Boston where the people can treat you like dog-do and you still feel like an emperor of a small African country.

Beyond the heckling of me, the highlight of the game was developing the Jake O’Brien fight song, every time he scores. Really, it’s stolen from his high school counterparts who showed up at the game – every time he scored (which was a lot against NU) one person counts quickly to four, at which point “John, Jacob, Jinglehiemer Smth” is chanted. Words can’t describe how magical the whole experience truly is. I’m hoping JOB goes off John Holland vs. Hartford style at some point this year, because I can’t get enough of going frigin’ nuts with that song - so much glory. To be fair, Jake’s high school friends gave us permission, along with Jake, so you better believe it’s being sung for every field goal.

Why that song you ask? Well, Jake’s real name is John and his nickname is Jake. Now it makes sense, doesn’t it?

Anyways, we’re back from break, and ready to blog hardcore about BU sports. No doubt we’ve slacked, and I’ve said this before, but we are here, without fear, ready to blog far and near (you see what I did there. I rhymed!)

BU sports kick it into full gear starting Wednesday – BU men’s basketball at Harvard, women’s basketball at home against Yale. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO AND WHO TO WATCH!!!! Input?

November 24, 2008

Remember When We Were #1 In The Nation????

What a good weekend for Terrier sports...Terrier sports that are not Men's Hockey.

From Thursday - Saturday, The Hot Dog and I attended 5 sporting events, with a not too dreadful record of 3-2. Compared to last year, I would take that any week(end) of the year. 

But this weekend was clearly a different story than the norm at BU:

Men's Basketball: 1-0
Men's Soccer (playing in the NCAA tournament): 1-0
Women's Basketball: 1-2
Women's Hockey: 1-0

Notice anything wrong with that? When Monday's rankings come out in a few hours, it will likely be the first time EVER that the women's hockey team will be ranked higher than the men's team. Does this mean I have to start cheering for a new team? Oh well, at least it's better than looking at Jason Lawrence's face for 2 straight hours.

But in lighter news, the men's basketball team actually has a winning record. I'm not going to pretend like I'm used to this. But I will try to pretend I wasn't surprised when Freshman Jake O'Brien didn't foul out of Saturday's win against St. Peter's. There's a first time for everything in that kid's up-and-coming career. Perhaps cursed by his incredibly egotistical remarks in his NESN interview, "I'll take [the final shot], I'm pretty sure I'll make it," Lowe's clutch factor has been somewhere around...the opposite of what he wants it to be. After the home opener where he made the game-tying layup to send it into OT, Corey missed a FT to end the game against Bucknell, and some very essential FT's against St. Peter's that would have ended all hope for the Peacocks. 

Ha, Peacocks.

Not that any of this matters. Because the Phillies won still won the World Series.

November 15, 2008

Bi-Monthly Athlete Rankings - November 2/2

Last poll:

1. Jon Jonsson (1)
2. Corey Lowe (1)
3. Christine Kinneary
4. Scott Brittain
5. Tunde Agboola
6. Kristyn McIntyre
7. Valdas Sirutis
8. Kodjo Wilder
9. Kristi Dini
T10. Rachel Klein
T10. Maggie McKemie

This weeks poll:

1. Jon Jonsson (1)
2. Corey Lowe (1)
3. Maggie McKemie
4. Kristi Dini
T5. Scott Brittain
T5. Valdas Sirutis
7. Christine Kinneary
T8. Krystyn Mcintyre
T8. Kodjo Wilder
10. Tunde Agboola

Also Receiving Votes: Rachel Klein 2, Eric Gryba 2, Mike Salem 1, Joe Periera 1, Caitlin Webb 1, Traci Landy 1, Jake O'Brien 1, Brian Strait 1

After winning the America East soccer title Jon Jonsson remains on top. Needless to say (I'm saying it anyways), he's the man. Keep doin' your thing Jon.

BU vs. GWU - 11/14/08

Sport: Men's Basketball
Final: 63-58 L (OT)
Topping: Ketchup

This was a disappointing start to the season. It was disappointing because I really expected the BU men's basketball team to win this game. They went into halftime with a 5 point lead, lost it, crawled back, made a shot to tie it with 2 seconds left, got another 5 point lead with 2 minutes to go in overtime, and then somehow ended up loosing by five. That's disappointing.

Corey Lowe made two shots - one of which was the most important of the game - the coast-to-coast lay up with seconds left to send it to overtime. Had you just walked into the building you would've thought BU had won with that. The place erupted. Too bad the team kind of only played half an overtime.

The team shot 29.7% FROM THE FIELD. That pretty much says it all right there.

With this terrible game I am trying to see the good, and there was some good - Jake O'Brien looked like a good lowpost presence, despite shooting 3 for 11. John Holland played solidly defensively and offensively. Carlos Strong was a force coming off of the bench. Jeff Pelage imposed a presence down low.

The defense played well and limited the GW chances, while forcing 24 turnovers. That's solid.

The crowd was sensational - 4,624. I've never seen so many people watching Terrier ball at home before. I can only hope this game doesn't deter people away from this team.

The BU cheerleaders even made it through the whole game.

The bad? There was a lot. Corey Lowe didn't shoot well, it's not hard to see that. The team didn't shoot well. Tyler Morris....did he play? There were far too many fouls and turnovers and in addition, BU started off in typical slow fashion. The music kept messing up for the dance team. Oh, and a cheerleader pyramid toppled to the ground. I could go on and on but I'd rather not dwell on it.

It all just reminds me too much of so many games I saw last year. I'm sure adjustments will be made and a different team will show up Tuesday. Scott Brittain in the line up should change how this team plays and should definitely help the shooting percentage.

I'm moving on. I would rather not think about this game ever again. This wasn't a game I was counting on for a loss this season when determining about the teams final record. So I'm just gonna try to forget about it.

November 14, 2008

Scott Brittain, Sam Tully - Out for Home Opener

Sam Tully fractured his ankle in practice....Scott Brittain has a concussion. Neither of them will play tonight against GWU.

I'm not sure how Sam's loss will effect the team, but loosing Scott could mean Jake O'Brien may be in the starting lineup tonight.

November 13, 2008

Season Preview: Men's Basketball

2007 Record: 14-17

In depth:
Conference: 9-7
Home: 7-6
Neutral: 1-1

Credentials: Finished sixth in the conference and made it to the semifinal round in the America East conference tournament. Corey Lowe was named to the second team all-America East. John Holland was your conference Rookie of the Year.

Key Losses: Max Gotzler and Ibi Konate...those are the only two players that are not on this years roster that were last year. Together they averaged 3.3 points per game. That's an extra three ball from Corey Lowe. Both were inside presences that you could always rely on to get a lot fouls.

Key Returnees: Corey Lowe, John Holland, Scott Brittain, Tyler Morris, Matt Wolff, Carlos Strong, Marques Johnson, and Valdas Siritus. When you don't lose a lot of players you get a lot of them back. In this case, almost every player who contributed to last years team is back. Oh, and is that....

Brendan Sullivan. He was on the team in 2005-06, then took some years off and now he's back. I played against him in an intramural game last year (A division...come on Brendan, you're better than that.). He probably had like 25 points, 15 boards, 5 blocks. Good to see that he's moved on from the FitRec courts.

Who's Gonna Have to Step Up: I think the one player that needs to step up is Tyler Morris. However, I don't think that will be a problem at all. He was plagued by a leg injury last year, but now he's full healthy. It shouldn't be hard for Tyler to return to 06-07 form. Expect it from him.

Beyond that I think the fans need to step it up. And when I say step it up I mean show up. Last year BU wast third last in the conference in attendance. The Roof can and should be filled game in and game out. Home court should matter because of the atmosphere that is created. I want that for our team.

What the Coaches Think: Back on top.

1. BU, 59 (5)
2. UVM, 55 (4)
3. Hartford, 51
4. UMBC, 45
5. Binghamton, 37
6. Albany, 30
7. New Hampshire, 24
8. Maine, 13
9. Stony Brook, 10

Where we belong?

A Look Into Some Key 2007 Stats:
- BU was outscored 1,954 to 2,009 last year.
- The Terriers shot 696 three pointers last year. They made 33% of them.
- BU's opponents had 52 more rebounds than they did all season.
- BU won their only Overtime game - the America East quarterfinal.
- The "sixth man" (Carlos Strong) was the third leading scorer.
- BU: 2.5 blocks per game Opponents: 4 blocks per game.

Hot Dog's Predictions: Optimistic.

1. BU
2. UVM
4. Hartford
5. New Hampshire
6. Albany
7. Maine
8. Binghamton
9. Stony Brook

Stony Brook, there is no hope for you. Anywhere.

- Final Record: As predicted in the Freep and Better With Mustard, BU will finish 22-8. 9-5 in nonconference games and 13-3 America East record. I'm dangerously overly optimistic.

- Final Finish:
13-3 will be good enough for first in the conference. At that point in the season, when you've played that well all year, you just elevate your game when it could be your last. BU will take the America East and get a bid to the NCAA tournament. I would HOPE that the championship game of the America East tournament would be held at Case Gymnasium instead of Agganis. Case is the home court - BU plays the most IN Case. A packed Roof is more of an advantage than playing in spacious Agganis Arena. And Terrier Tip-Off was in Case Gym.

- Projected Starting Lineup:

G Tyler Morris
G Corey Lowe
F John Holland
F Matt Wolff
F/C Scott Brittain

Off the Bench:
1. F Carlos Strong
2. G Marques Johnson
3. F Valdus Siritus
4. C Jake O'Brien
5. C Jeff Pelage
6. C Matt Killen

7. TUNDE and the rest.

2008 Schedule:

11/14 - vs. George Washington*
11/18 - @ Bucknell
11/22 - vs. St. Peter's
11/25 - @ Northeastern
11/29 - @ Mount Saint Mary's
12/03 - @ Harvard
12/06 - vs. Marshall*
12/10 - vs. Yale
12/13 - @ Notre Dame
12/21 - vs. Delaware
1/02 - vs. Holy Cross*
1/08 - @ Albany
1/11 - vs. New Hampshire
1/14 - vs. UVM*
1/17 - @ Binghamton
1/19 - vs. Stony Brook
1/22 - vs. UMBC
1/25 - @ Maine
1/31 - @ Hartford
2/02 - @ UMBC
2/05 - vs. Albany
2/07 - @ New Hampshire
2/11 - @ UVM
2/14 - vs. Binghamton
2/18 - @ Stony Brook
2/22 - vs./@ TBA !
2/26 - vs. Maine
3/01 - vs. Hartford

* - At Agganis Arena
! - Bracketbuster game

This is the season. I'm sayin' it. Ya gotta' believe (and I believe in you too, BU cheerleaders). And what better way to celebrate the 100th season than with a sensational one?

It all starts tomorrow night at Agganis against George Washington. BU must win this game and get the season started right.

Then go to the free Coolio concert...the only song of his I know:

Theme song this year? I think so.

Season Preview: Women's Basketball

It all starts tomorrow. Thank you basketball Jesus!

Let's check out the women's team first, shall we?

2007 Record:

In depth:
Overall: 20-12
Conference: 11-5
Home: 11-1 (undefeated in Case)
Away: 6-10
Neutral: 3-1

Credentials: BU finished third in conference last year and second in the conference tournament. Yeah, that's about it. Oh, they were undefeated in Case Gymnasium this year. Everyone blames this on FLUTE GUY!

Key Losses: 1,000-point scorer Cheri Raffo. There is no doubt that her contribution night in, night out will be felt. Also, Casey Devine - BU losses a huge inside presence and about 10 points per game.

Key Returnees: Christine Kinneary. She'll soon be the BU all time leader in assists. Towards the end of the season last year she proved that she wasn't a one dimensional point guard and knew how to put some points on the board. She'll need to prove to be a threat with and without the ball this season, as I see her playing most if not every minute of every game. Also, Amarachi Umez-Eronini. In addition to having one of the coolest names in women's basketball, "A" has defense unmatched by any in the conference. Look for her to continue her tenacity on both ends of the floor.

Who's Gonna Have to Step Up: Kristi Dini and Aly Hinton. They'll take the spots of Cheri Raffo and Casey Devine in the starting lineup. There will need to be massive point contributions from both of them. Dini needs to continue her accuracy from deep, and I have little doubt that she will. Hinton needs to rebound more to create a dynamic down low that Devine left behind. In addition, the road game - BU was 6-10 away from Case. They're going to need to play better even when seeing unfamiliar faces.

What the Coaches Think: There are three power teams in the America East. It's been this way the last couple years. No surprises, they're all at the top:

1. Vermont, 61 (5)
2. Hartford, 60 (4)
3. BU, 50
4. Albany, 41
5. UMBC, 31
6. Binghamton, 25
7. New Hampshire, 22
8. Maine, 18
9. Stony Brook, 12

A Look Into Some Key 2007 Stats:
- BU outscored their opponents 2,220 to 2,041.
- BU shot 41.4% from the field; their opponents: 39.4%. Got ya beat!
- BU made six 3-pointers per game compared to their opponents 4.3.
- Christine Kinneary had 214 of BU's 489 assists.
- The only statistical category BU was beat in was rebounding.

Hot Dog's Predictions:

Final standings will shape up like this:

1. Hartford
2. Vermont
3. BU
4. Albany
5. New Hampshire
7. Maine
8. Binghmaton
9. Stony Brook

Stony Brook, there is no hope for you. Anywhere.

Final Record: 19-9. Do you need that a little more in depth? 7-5 in nonconference play and 12-4 in the America East.

Final Finish: BU will finish third in the conference, like last year. They'll travel to Hartford to play in the America East tournament, like last year. However, in Kinneary and Burkes-Wiley's last year, they'll win the conference tournament, unlike last year. Expect to see BU in the big dance come March.

2008 Schedule:

11/14 - @ Rhode Island
11/20 - vs. Siena
11/22 - @ Iowa $
11/23 - Portland/Providence College $
11/25 - @ Northeastern
11/29 - @ Ohio State %
11/30 - Dayton/Central Michigan %
12/03 - vs. Brown
12/09 - vs. Harvard
12/13 - @ Marist
12/30 - vs. St. John's
1/02 - @ UMass
1/07 - @ Stony Brook
1/10 - vs. UVM
1/14 - vs. Binghamton
1/17 - vs. UNH
1/21 - vs. Hartford
1/24 - @ Maine
1/28 - vs. UMBC
2/04 - @ Albany
2/07 - @ UVM
2/11 - vs. Stony Brook
2/15 - @ UNH
2/18 - @ Binghamton
2/24 - @ Hartford
3/01 - vs. Maine
3/04 - @ UMBC
3/07 - vs. Albany

$ - Hawkeye Challenge
% - Buckeye Classic

Women's basketball season tickets are $48 for the common spectator. I really hope more people start taking advantage of this, students included. This team knows how to get it done at home, so, show them you know how to support/be a good fan. Don't go hipster on me now.

November 10, 2008

BU @ UML - 11/7/08

BU should have lost this game. They were outplayed by the Riverhawks, yet somehow by the end of 60 minutes the Terriers had a two goal margin.

It seemed sloppy and not like Terrier hockey that I had seen all throughout this season. The penalties I was so accustomed to seeing the team take over and over again weren't happening. In fact, it didn't feel like anything was happening. UML always seemed to be in the drivers seat. Entering the 3rd period the score was 3-2. I got brief nostalgia of last seasons Terrier 3rd period comeback win at Agganis early last season.

Sure enough, that's kind of what happened. Colin Wilson again, made it blatantly clear he's awesome. Jesus and I were standing right about where he put in the GWG from. I'm pretty sure I saw what he was aiming for - stick side top corner. He kind of missed, but got enough of Massie to cap a victorious BU comeback. Wilson has 9 points in his last 3 games. Yeah, he's for real.

Then Higgy rubbed more salt on the wound and scored with only .6 seconds left.

For once I was happy not to see Carter Hutton (Ryan Howard from "The Office" look-alike) in net in the third period.

An ankle injury forced UML coach Blaise MacDonald to put in Freshman T.J. Massie. Massie let in twice the goals Hutton did in half the time. Thanks, T.J.

What I learned - even when BU doesn't play their best game, they can still win. Good to know.

All this earned BU a #1 ranking, but in November, six games into the season, does that really matter? Only time to tell.

November 6, 2008

Your 2nd Chance To Pay For Our Time

Last year Jesus and I both sold for $15 in the WTBU date auction. The crowd was more hipsters who probably had no idea who we were and why we were dressed in costumes. This year we're participating in the BU Athletics date auction, and we're going as a package deal. Bring yo' money and you could very well be buying the best date of your life - 2 for the price of 1!!!

Terrier Take-Out is Monday, November 10th at 8 pm in the GSU Metcalf Ballroom.

Some big name Terrier athletes and celebs are on sale including Eric Gryba, Joe Pereira, Scott Brittain, John Holland, Krisit Dini, MEMBERS OF THE BU DANCE TEAM, among many others. Oh. Hot. Damn.

BU Hockey

As stated before, we've been slacking.

BU sports are just playing so well, there's nothing I can write about that most of you don't already know - domination in these last 2 weeks.

BU/Michigan 2 weeks ago was the greatest hockey game I've ever experienced. A 7-2 victory, Jesus and my actual 50/50 win, and a skimmirsh/fight to end the game. I don't know what else could've been included in the game that would've made it any better.

Maybe hot girl/creepy dad. (INSIDE JOKE)

Then BU did it again a week later in Vermont, with the same score, with the same tenacity, with the same grit and grind.

This men's hockey team is playing far superior than it's competition and I know that everyone is hoping that they just don't slow down. It is only November - there's still plenty of hockey left to be played.

UMass-Lowell tomorrow is a test. No one should overlook the Riverhawks, who didn't lose a single player from last year. I think they're going to finish 4th in the Hockey East this year - they've already beat Michigan St. and are undefeated on their home ice.

I'll be there, and I promise to give you a full report of my adventures. It's November - time to pick it all up. AND BASKETBALL STARTS IN A WEEK AND A DAY!!!1!

November 4, 2008

Terrier Tip-Off

I've been putting this off for far too long. And I'm putting an end to that RIGHT NOW, and rushing the writing:

Terrier Tip-Off was an absolute, mother-f**king success. I tip my hat to BU and BU Athletics for doing something and doing it very well.

I've said it before, but I really think that the lighting was the thing that set this event apart from anything else. There were massive lighting grids set up all around the court. Only one side of the bleachers were pulled out, limiting capacity to about 1,600. I would say 1,600 did fill The Roof.

The environment and feel were electric. Red painted the stands and basically everything else. People were actually excited for BU basketball.

The band set up and played on the far side of court, opposite the bleachers. There were big lights set up behind them, creating a God-like effect whenever they played.

Lil' Phunk danced first and the crowd got really into them. For the first 3 minutes. Then they continued to perform for 4 more minutes which killed alot of the energy.

That's not their Tip-Off performance. It was way longer.

I don't know what the general reaction was from the rest of the crowd, but the BU cheerleaders are different than last year. They went on after Lil' Phunk and they are a far different team in the aspect that they actually have a team. And dudes. 2 in fact. I don't know if that's going to or even meant to last. Only time will tell.

The BU dance team looked hot of course. Their first performance of the year brought everyone to their feet (no surprise).

Coach Kelly Greenberg and her staff entered next.

I found it funny how Kelly thanked 2 groups in particular - the dance team and the band. NOT the cheerleaders. But really, it makes sense - the cheerleaders don't go to their games, so why thank them?

Coach Wolff and staff came out next. Like Greenberg he had some kind words.

Then there was more cheerleading/band/dance team. The highlight of this next set - SHORT SHORTS!

After what seemed like forever both the men's and women's teams were introduced by class. One of the coolest parts - the new BU men's jerseys. There's finally names on the back, and the shorts are rivaling those of Georgetown. Here were the highlights from the entrances:

And that's why his new nickname is Marques "Silky" Johnson.

There were a couple shooting contests after that, with fan participation. Dean Elmore was involved in one, but I'm still trying to figure out why and what for. He went up against he Dean of CGS in a Pepsi Shootout type of contest - any bucket scored within the three point-line was worth 1 point, beyond the arc was worth 2. The CGS dean somehow knew what was up because she and her partner just kept pounding lay-ups. Team Elmore got fancy, tried shooting from everywhere, and lost. I don't even know what was on the table to play for though.

After these contests Jesus and I took the floor to MC the dunk contest. It was difficult because I couldn't really hear 1. what I was saying 2. what Jesus was saying. We had some stuff scripted but that all went to hell. We kind of just winged it.

I didn't know what I was supposed to do when John Holland missed not one, but two dunks. Everyone there just wanted to see him. Thinking back about it, I really should've just let him keep throwing it down. Whatever, hopefully he makes up for it in games.

Before he dunked I offered him a cape that I was told he asked for. He declined it and took off his jersey to reveal a Superman shirt. Man, did that blow up in his face.

John should be a little concerned - he's not the best dunker in the league right now. Marques Blakely made this blatantly clear when he went above and beyond John and SUCCESSFUL jumped TWO people:

S. That's scary impressive.

Well, Carlos Strong is your dunk contest champion this year. Hopefully that's a sign that this will be a HUGE year for him. I wouldn't doubt it.

The only thing that was missing was A SCRIMMAGE. I hope next year that will happen. I want to see these teams run.

Then there was dismissal and free food at Qdoba. I mean, the night was a success. People filled The Roof and got just enough of a taste of BU basketball to want more.

The men's team is healthy for once and walking with a different type of swagger. I think everyone can tell that this year is going to be far different from the last two years. That's what I'm hoping at least.

But, bottomline - great night at BU and a great night for the BU basketball program.


A once in a lifetime occurrence!!!

November 3, 2008

This Is A Joke, Right?

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Seriously, this is a joke right? Where is Jon Jonsson?

November 1, 2008

Bi-Monthly Athlete Rankings

At the start and middle of every month Jesus and I will give you our top 10 BU athletes. Our list is based on a coaches style poll, in which athletes will receive votes and then be ranked. Here are the November 1st rankings:

1. Jon Jonsson (1)
2. Corey Lowe (1)
3. Christine Kinneary
4. Scott Brittain
5. Tunde Agboola
6. Kristyn McIntyre
7. Valdas Sirutis
8. Kodjo Wilder
9. Kristi Dini
T10. Rachel Klein
T10. Maggie McKemie

Others receiving votes:
Eric Gryba
Mike Salem

Until November 15th.

October 30, 2008

Back To Normalcy

My BU fandom has recently taken a backseat to a team called the Philadelphia Phillies.

I worked for the Phillies this summer and have never grown so close to a team. That's why, for me, it's extra special to see them win the World Series. I felt like I was a part of the season and I did tear up a little bit last night.

The Philadelphia Phillies are world champions. It still doesn't feel right. October was filled with some major sports highlights, but this just takes the cake.

That being said, my obsession with BU sports will probably increase tenfold, as will my activity on this blog. I still need to update about last weekend and give a recap of how well BU sports are doing right now and a couple of other things. That will all come.

My God, the Philadelphia Phillies are world champions.

In the words of KG:

Matt Wanetik, I told you, they did it for you. The Fightin' Phils did it for you.

October 25, 2008


Bottomline - this was the best weekend I've ever had at BU. Thank you Boston University.

Details to come.

October 24, 2008

Women's Hockey....Good?!?!?!

BU is ranked tenth in the nation. Last night they beat Hockey East powerhouse and the number four team in the nation, UNH. So...yeah, this team is kind of good.

Come Saturday to see how good they really are (2 pm versus Maine at Agganis Arena.)

October 23, 2008


I'm not gonna beat around the bush here - it's been a rather difficult month for both Jesus and I. Things happen and in the end of the day it's important the sun is still gonna rise tomorrow.

We've slacked a little - we always haven't been able to bring you game write-ups/our analysis/Monday updates - but it's not easy trying to balance being a full-time student and a full-time fan.

We'll try harder. I'll try harder.

And really what is making me so cheerful, so happy, so positive right now is that in 4 hours I will get to experience BU basketball for the first time this year.

There is NOTHING like The Roof. I went to a Terrier Tip-Off walkthrough on Wednesday and just walking into Case gave me goosebumps.

BU basketball makes me happy inside. And now, I get to immerse myself in BU basketball for the next 6-ish months. Thank you, Jesus.

Also, check it out:

The 3-point line is moved back a whole foot this year. How much will this alter the game (none if you're Corey Lowe)?

Folks, get yourself to Terrier Tip-Off tonight. It is going to be out of this world. (8 pm at The Roof.)

October 21, 2008

Your First Look

The 2008-2009 Boston University Dance Team:


I see you lookin' at that box of tissues beside your computer.

October 20, 2008


Ah yes, the start of a new basketball season. High hopes as usual, but we will not know for sure how BU's team will fare until we get to see them for the first time this season at....

Friday, October 24th at 8 p.m.

I hear Dean Elmore is ferocious on the court. That other dean that I've never heard of who he is competing against clearly doesn't stand a chance. But then again I can't name any other deans at this university, so in the end who really wins?

We get our first look at the men's and women's teams, who both came off very successful seasons. But I don't care about the drills, the coaches' speeches, the intra-squad scrimmage. Hell, I don't even care about the dance team performance. I just want to see the dunk contest. And when I say dunk "contest," I really just mean I want to see John Holland's perfect 10.0 scores across the board. That event will end the evening, and will be MCed by some very special guests.

Be there. Or Scott Brittain will turn you into a mirror image of himself.

No one wants that.

October 17, 2008

Hockey East Predictions

Coaches have their opinions, so do I. With BU starting Hockey East play tonight, here is my best guess at how the Hockey East might shape up:

1. Boston University
2. University of New Hampshire
3. Boston College
4. UMass-Lowell
5. Vermont
6. UMass
7. Northeastern University
8. Providence College
9. University of Maine
10. Merrimack College

If I get it all right I'm going to pay myself $5.

October 15, 2008

Coach Leibovitz Knows Where He Stands

Hartford men's basketball coach does indeed know where he stands in the America East blog world. BELOW US! From his blog:

"I'll do my best to get back into blogging mode now that the season is upon us. I have to take my rightful place ahead of the Hot Dog and Jesus Blog (actually two BU
students from the Philly area) as the best blogger of America East hoops!! Although I must admit that their get-up for games is a much better look than mine..."

He knows, right now, we're KWNING him. To be fair he's been off recruiting and actually having a job.
I can't wait to see him step it up. He's a solid GG. (Hartford - my second favorite America East team. I still really hate Howie.)

I'm sure Coach Leibovitz is just as happy as Jesus/me that the Phillies are 12 outs away from a pennant. Go Fightins'.

#9 BU vs. #11 MSU - 10/15/08

Topping: Ketchup
Sport: Men's Hockey
Final Score: BU - 2 MSU - 1
Attendance was up a little bit from the previous night, but I didn't really care about that. I cared about the product on the ice, and that product, again, looked promisingly good.

I've never felt like this. I'm already convinced that this team is tops in college hockey. I know I shouldn't feel like this, I know it's only been two games, I know it's October - I know all of this, but I can't hide my true feelings. This year just feels likes it's gonna happen. And not the Chicago Cubs style "it's gonna happen." Like a promising it's gonna happen. Right now, I'm not sure what that's going to be, but it's going to happen.

BU's defense was the shining star against Michigan State - the Terriers only allowed Grant Rollheiser to see 13 shots. He was perfect on all but one of them that split his five hole from almost the blue line. Regardless, BU played with desire and intensity and won a hard-nosed, solid hockey game.

The bad? Jason Lawrence. A slashing penalty five seconds into the game? A penalty while on a penalty kill to make BU have to play a 5 on 3? Jason, come on hockey.

In addition - Nick Bonino wasn't the same from the night before. Then again, neither was Wilson. I'm not just saying that because they didn't score any points - I think the combination of Lerg and a heavy MSU focus on both players suffocated them a little bit.

David Warsofsky looks like a stud. The first goal was all a product of his hard work while shorthanded. He's such an offensive minded defender - he's Matt Gilroy but a little smaller.

Kevin Shattenkirk looks much improved from last season. I don't know what he did, but he's gotta keep doing whatever it is (beef jerkey diet?). In fact, the entire defense looked much improved from last year. Strait was awesome, Gryba was checking, hitting, scaring, and playing smart. Gilroy is Gilroy - running the team. I did get oh-so scared when he went to the locker room after getting hit in the foot by a puck in the second period. Many sighs of relief were heard when he reappeared on the ice.

I'm thinking so positively heading into conference play. It helps that perennial bottom-dweller Merrimack storms into town (watch out, they're on a winning streak!).

These two non-conference wins help BU tremendously - not only with confidence now, but having victories over top programs that will certainly be in contention for a tournament bid come March makes this team's potential end of the year record a little stronger.