June 17, 2009

John Curry Got His

It's so hard for me to think about BU hockey and not think about Johnny Curry. He was the goalie my freshman year and in my eyes the best player on that team. I thought he was the only reason that BU team made it to the NCAA tournament in 2007.

So It makes me happy on the year that BU won a National Championship Johnny Curry got one too, but on a (somewhat) bigger level - the Stanley Cup.

Even though it's with the Penguins, I'm still happy for him. He was a part of the team's season and he was involved in all the celebrations, much like Adam Morrison was with the Lakers. Enjoy it Johnny, everyone's happy for you!

Coming Soon

Doesn't This Feel Right?

So with Brian Strait's jump to the pro's Kevin Shattenkirk becomes the hockey team's captain, leaving room for new assistants:
Meet one half of the new Boston University assistant captains:


The first thing I thought of when I saw this pictures was this epic scene with Ben Stiller from Tropic Thunder:

Those are pandas and the similarities between the two pictures are frightening.

Somehow, with Gryba being named an assistant I feel like this is some sort of personal, life success. I can't even explain why.

The other "A" next year will be Nick "I'm Bananas For" Bonino.

Oh, happy day.

June 11, 2009

America: Leading Exporter of 3-Pointers

Dear Italy,

You got a whole-lotta 3-poiners coming your way.

- America

I don't even know if 3-pointers exist in women's bball in Italy, but if they do, boy, are Umana Reyer Venezia lucky in signing the best 3-point shooter in BU women's basketball history. Dini finished the season as the country's leading 3-point shooter, hitting 3.3 3's per game. Some lucky Italians will get to see her showcase her skills for an entire contract year. Congrats, Dini - I'll miss your 3-balls. That sounds awfully strange, but there's no denying it's true. Best of luck!

Women's Lax Blogging

I guess that all the recruiting/selling various goods/doing whatever they could to get my and your money finally paid off, because according to GoTerriers.com, the women's lax team was indeed in Australia and played some lacrosse. I think the real reason they were there, other than to partayyyyyyy, was to blog about their lives in order to give meaning to mine. Certrain members of the team wrote more than others, but here are the highlights with some commentary:

May 31: Xan Weitzel '10

G'Day From Australia!:

"After the long flight we were finally in Australia and made our way through customs, but don't worry, we still had another flight to get on. By this time I had no ankle bones and was very antsy."

I'm still trying to figure out what Xan means when she says she had no ankle bones.

June 4: Annie Stookesberry '12

Greetings from Down Under!

"Seven of us rented bikes for a few hours and rode up into North Head National Park where the steep vertical climb yielded a breathtaking view of the skyscrapers of Sydney across the harbor. Erica Baumgartner, who hadn't been on a bike for 10 years, even decided to make the trek into the park for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rachel Collins and I made a great team on a tandem bike, and I can say that it is something I will not soon forget."

I'm thinking/hoping a surrey was involved in this adventure.

June 3: Brittany Vieira '12


"The most picturesque and cliche thing happened as well. Some girls were out past the breakers sitting Big Kahuna style on their boards, and a rainbow appeared on the horizon. A RAINBOW! How perfect and cliche. Amazing. I was sitting there waiting for the meaning of life to pop up but it simply did not happen. Maybe next time we surf? Ha."

At least give it a ha-ha or lol, Brittany.

Now I sit and wait for the pictures to appear on Facebook.


Maybe it's his boyish good looks, maybe it's his subtle charm, or maybe it's the fact that he's just about everywhere (still waiting on Facebook though), because Coach Chambers broke the news himself that JOB will be returning to BU next year. I'm sure parts of the reason for coming back were the 'Great JOB' sign seen at the AE tournament, and my harsh criticisms, and, really, Chambers.

JOB dismissed the coach and the program, really:

“Coach Chambers explained to me what he wanted to do at BU the next few years and his vision for how this program will develop, what type of system we’ll run and how he saw me fitting into it,” O’Brien said of his meeting with Chambers. “I had this conversation, but my mind had already been set and there wasn’t too much he could say to sway me.”

But you can't give up on Chambers. He's never given up on himself and certainly didn't give up on Jake. I have to think Coach had a least some part in Jake's return.

I'm EXTREMELY happy Jake's going to be back next year. I'm sure the team is too, because this Terrier team quickly became (in my mind at least) the team to beat in the AEC (for yet another year).

June 6, 2009

Coach Chambers <3 Technology

New men's basketball coach Pat Chambers is really expanding his horizons and I love it. He's getting his name out there in almost every way possible. I can't stop reading/watching/borderline stalking what he's doing on his Twitter and his new blog. Keep up the good work, coach.

(Chambers Vision is sooooo cool)

June 2, 2009

Farewell To Brian Strait's Beautiful Facial Hair

It's been rumored and rumored some more that Brian Strait will be heading to the pro's next year and will forget about coming back as captain in his senior year.

No "official" sources have dropped this information yet, but it's all up on the USCHO boards, from a particular user who has really never been wrong. Strait's signed a 3-year deal at the next level.

Brian's always been one of my favorite Terriers. Ever since I saw him at the same orientation I was at in July of '06 - he was alpha-male-ing it in a USC hat in the front row of an information session while his hockey coach was addressing the eager to-be-freshmen. I couldn't help but watch his every move.

I always cheered hard for Strait and his impressive facial hair. It's clear he had the best beard on the team during the title run (even better than Gryba's). He really won my affection when he fell while skating out during opening introductions before (what I believe was) the first game of the season this past year. He was solid defensively game in, game out and always, always relaible (except that one mess up against UNH in the NCAA quarterfinals).

Anyways, one day we'll probably all be seeing Brian Strait on the first line of a defensive pairing in the NHL. Right now he's the property of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but I speak for Jesus too when I say, I hope he (and Gilroy) get traded to the Flyers. Best of luck, Brian, but let's be serious - you can't/won't fail.

One final question - if he does indeed leave (as rumored) will that mean Shatty is captain??

Time To Give Some Credit

...where credit is due.

Besides the men's hockey team there is one other team that won more than one game in the NCAA tournament. And for three magnificent days this team kept me by my computer and kept me refreshing gametracker:

The women's softball team.

They dealt with constant rain and delays and won 2 games in the NCAA tournament. Second most among BU athletic teams.

BU faced off against #14 Georgia Tech in their first match of the double elimination regional. BU was actually up 1-0 before surrendering 5 runs later in that inning they put 1 on the board. The final was 5-1.

The stiff competition didn't end there - BU drew Iowa the next day. Cassidy Hardy pitched a complete game, 7-hitter and shutdown the Hawkeyes to on run. BU didn't even need a bottom frame of the 7th with 3 runs already on scored in their favor.

It was originally scheduled to have BU's next game come later that day against Auburn (who lost to GT), but rain and delays forced the game to be moved to the following day.

BU didn't flinch at the SEC competition. Hardy pitched another gem, this time a 3-hitter. Meanwhile, the BU bats came alive, dinging 3 HRs in total - 2 in the first inning and one in the bottom of the sixth.

Without much rest, BU had to take the field later that day against GT again. They would've had to win twice to advance, but it just wasn't meant to be. Hardy pitched again, and after 4 innings the score was knotted at 2. GT just had too much and added 5 runs in the next two innings to take the game and the regional.

Nonetheless, BU proved itself and gave the conference plenty of street cred.

A 40-plus win season, 2-tournament wins, a couple no-hitters, and arguably one of the best looking teams on campus - I'll chalk the season up as a success. Way to go, ladies. We're proud of ya.

Our Finish Was Still Better, Right?

OI mean, I should've addressed this a while ago, but I've been trying to answer this on my own -

BU vs. Miami - NCAA men's hockey Championship:

Syracuse vs. Cornell - NCAA men's lacrosse Championship:

So, sure, Cuse scored with just 4 seconds left to force OT, but to tie it with little time left is harder to do in hockey I think.

Both games were phenomenal and just about all you can ask for as a sports fan, but BU's finish was better, correct?

Caved To Technology

We or I or us have caved to technology. We are now Twittering/tweeting/twatting/whatever it may be.

Who the hell knows what's going to be up there, if anything. Hopefully or maybe during games next year you'll get a little insight into what we are seeing or not seeing.

Ah, society's peer pressure for us to keep up.

June 1, 2009

Is What Jake O'Brien Doing Fair?

Don't get me wrong - I hope all the best for Jake in the future, wherever that may be. If he ends up at another school I hope he can make an impact and have as good a year in 2010 (the earliest date he could play as a transfer) as he did this past year. He had a great freshman season (obviously) and helped the team be a contender in the America East.

However, is what he's doing right now fair to the BU team?

Let's look at the Boston Globe article that ran last Thursday:

Jake's visited Xavier last week (as I prematurely claimed here on this site that would be his destination next year) and plans to take a look at Miami and St. Joseph's. Other schools that have been tossed around in the mix include Boston College, Providence, and I've even heard Northeastern.

In the Globe article Jake says that he's exploring his options and seeing what works best for him. By all means I encourage that.

He goes on to say that remaining at BU is still an option, but has said that the goals that Chambers has set in place are different from last year.

Say what?

Come on, the goals year in year out, for a team at this level (in the AEC) are to simply win the conference and make the tournament. That has been the goal for this BU team the last couple years after being pegged to win the conference. Now while Chambers might say he wants to turn BU into a mini-Nova that is more of a long term goal. The goal for next year is clearly to win the conference, and that's no different from what Wolff's goal was.

However, early in the year, after Wolff was fired, it seems like Jake didn't want to give whoever was coming in a chance. This quote comes from a Freep article that appeared when Jake was granted his release:

“Coach Chambers explained to me what he wanted to do at BU the next few years and his vision for how this program will develop, what type of system we’ll run and how he saw me fitting into it,” O’Brien said of his meeting with Chambers. “I had this conversation, but my mind had already been set and there wasn’t too much he could say to sway me.”

That's too bad. It is. For all parties involved. I think the entire BU community wishes Jake would've given Chambers a chance before he even wrote the school off.

But then again he hasn't written the school off completely, right?

One person on the America East basketball forum (which I highly recommend you join if you have any interest in the AEC) put it best:

"He's used this [the new goals] as an excuse to completely shop himself around while keeping BU in his back pocket. Unbelievable." TerrierNation.

Where do I stand? I think TerrierNation hit the nail on the head. It's really not fair that Jake is shopping himself while keeping BU in the back of his mind as a safety school. He's making what the BC kids chant to us come true.

Seemingly Jake wrote off BU a while ago. Because of that the team has also written him off. BU is working together (not practicing because they can't yet) over the summer. They're playing together, getting to know one another better on and off the court, and bonding without a #21. To go off and look to see if he can play at a bigger program, and maybe find that he can't, and come back isn't fair to anyone in this situation.

A while back (2008) I was against Will Creekmore and his transfer. I thought he wasn't manning up and sticking with it for a full year. It hasn't been until recently that I've realized he handled the situation exactly as a transfer should - you find somewhere to go first before you make it known that you're leaving. If you don't, you're shopping yourself and making it seem like you're putting yourself way above the team. Creekmore didn't like it at BU. He didn't like Wolff (as many others hadn't) and he knew he needed to play somewhere else, and somewhere closer to his home in Oklahoma. He found that, he's getting time, and he's happy where he is.

In O'Brien's case it's not that he's unhappy or he wants to be closer to home (considering he's about as close to home as possible) it's that he thinks he can make an impact on a bigger program. He's put himself above the team and that's when things start to break down, all around.

That's just my opinion. At this point Jake should stick to his initial desires and head out. He seemed to want to when Wolff was fired. If he's back, great, but I think that messes up team chemistry a little bit and the way that everyone acts towards him.

But what do I know? I'm not in the locker room. I'm not on the court. I'm just watching the games and the way the team reshapes itself through a coaching change.

As Jake has said, ultimately it's his decision. No matter where he ends up I honestly hope the best for him and I'll continue to cheer for him, but more importantly I hope the best for my school's team and the guys who have stuck by the program through thick and thin the last couple years.

What Can't Gryba Do?

Nothing. The answer is Eric Gryba can do everything, ever.