December 27, 2009

Celebrities in Case Gym!!!

He changed his name. How could he do that to his loyal fan base? BU battled Mount St. Mary's last Tuesday, but I was in awe. Actor Robin Harris from house party took form in MSM's Shawn Atupem.

In 1990:



and now:



Clearly the fan favorite for the MSM fan section at the roof. But then again, if a movie star played for my team....I'd be all over that like tar and feathers on an 18th century Mormon. But that's just me.


I digress. BU looks strong before a tough @ Dayton matchup. The only thing stronger (and by stronger I mean that kind of 'roids strength where your heart just gives out after years of falsified power) -- BU's attendance. I love being reminded of hot summer nights at Landshark Stadium, where it's just me, the Florida Marlins, and opponent. Maybe a Hartford Whalers game in its prime, selling 30% capacity.

Coach Chambers acknowledged me in mid-game as the only student in the arena. After the game, the team came over to thank their fans. I mean...fan. It was possibly the only time that a team has thanked the student section and actually said "Thanks for coming, [insert name]."

I got the VIP treatment. And, Jesus, was it good.

December 24, 2009

Old vs. New Rhett: The ultimate showdown

I took a history course that covered American history between 1945-1968. In that time some stuff went down at BU, and so in the course there were sections of primary source documents from BU publications in that time. The biggest, best, and most important thing I learnd in the entire course is that at one point BU had it's own bowling alley in the GSU:

HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

Anyways, in an unrelated FB finding I stumbled upon these EPIC old school BU photos:





This picture led me to question Rhett. When was he on his game? 1970s:


1990s:



or this past decade:

YOU DECIDE:

Which version of Rhett is the best?

1970s
1990s
Current

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December 23, 2009

Goodbye BJ, we barely knew you

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So BJ Bailey wasn't at the Mount St. Mary's game yesterday, and according to Doug Brown, the play-by-play commentator for BU basketball broadcasts, BJ is "homesick" and leaving the team.

It's unfortunate that BJ is going, but I don't think it would be fair to criticize him or Coach Chambers for his decision.

Who do we criticize then? Obviously Dennis Wolff, that bastard!

Just kidding, it wouldn't be fair to criticize him either, so let's not do that. He's taken enough shrapnel to the face. BJ was a Wolff recruit, and that makes his number of recruits to leave the team climb higher and higher. I don't doubt that many of the cases weren't Wolff's fault, while some of them were, but one has to question whether these recruits were given everything they were told by Wolff on recruiting visits.

Regardless, it doesn't much matter. Chambers recruits start next year so we'll see if Boston University is just cursed for holding on to players. I sure hope not!

There's no doubt that BJ's absence during conference play will cut down the bench that was already very slim. Will this matter? As long as the starters are contributing as much as they did last game (77 of 86 points) this won't crush the Terriers. How likely is that during the season though? TIME WILL TELL.

December 17, 2009

Hold Up! Deez Playing Cards?

Playing cards. Badass when I was like 10. At 22, I don't care as much, since nowadays, trading cards have no monetary value. Especially college hockey ones. That's not to say that I don't love them. I think the BU hockey team playing cards they gave away before the RPI loss were pretty awesome. However, it's hard not to notice some things, because well, some of these things are impossiblities. Ah, the power of photoshop:

Ryan Ruikka - never played a game - wearing Sean Sullivan's jersey.


Look for the "SC" patch - it's a dead give away for last years jersey. Especailly interesting when a fershman could not only get one of these, but play. Like Max Nicastro in this authentic Brian Strait jersey. Lucky guy.


Ben Rosen in a Steve Smolinsky.


And my personal favorite, your captain, Ryan Santana!


I think Chaisson is legit though:


I hear in some specialty packs this one was included. BADASS:


Band > Hockey Team.

Goodbye Jesus: Alumnus Al

Goodbye Jesus is a ongoing farewell to the one and only Boston University Jesus. If you would like to contribute some kind words about the J-man you can email us and be a special guest blogger!

Our first guest blogger is Jesus' favorite BU alum, our good friend, Al. I was lucky to meet Al at a pre-Beanpot rally last season. Jesus wasn't of drinking age and couldn't get in, so I had to deal with the free food, drink, and people who wanted to meet me. I'm real lucky Al recognized me out of costume, because we immediately got to talking and formed a friendship. Al is well, well connected in the Friends of BU Hockey community and he shares his kind thoughts about Jesus. I've taken our real names out (even though those are probably very easy to find). His piece is titled "Why is it so difficult to say goodbye to Jesus?"

The good news is that [Jesus] will be graduating BU this December. Even better news is that he has been offered a real job. But, the downside is that the job is not in the Boston area, and even more on the sad news side is: [Jesus] is Jesus.

That would be Jesus of Hot Dog and Jesus.

So, come the start of 2010, Hot Dog will be without his wing man. Most Boston University fans are totally unaware that Jesus is ascending from our ranks and will now be sitting at the right hand of some corporate person. And what is BU doing about this noting this significant event? Well, apparently nothing much.

I spoke to Dean of Students Ken Elmore the other day about this obvious oversight. He was quite sympathetic and said he would talk to Director of Athletics Mike Lynch. But, he notes, the whole “Jesus” thing makes some people a bit uncomfortable. Still, can’t a little something be done during the January 2 hockey game? We don’t need anything fancy like a last supper, a party that begins on Friday ends on Sunday (that is best left to playoffs which occur during Easter), or a procession with duck boats down Commonwealth Avenue. A simple THANK YOU JESUS on the Jumbotron with a highlight or two from their career would suffice nicely.

For those of you who think this unwarranted, may I remind you it was rumored that it was our own Jesus who at Boston College Conte Forum made the temperature rise, ice part, and fog appear. Some people claim it was Stevie Moses from New Hampshire who caused this miracle. But until UNH coach Dick Umile recruits some guy named Berger (thus, the team of Moses and Berger), I am sticking with BU’s sausage and saint.

Come on. These two guys did as much as anybody else to promote BU athletics. They make every effort to get fans to all BU sporting events. Every male and female athlete owe them a debt of gratitude. Taken from the fan perspective, Hot Dog and Jesus are THE legend current students will always remember as alumni. For alumni, HD&J’s school spirit reminds us of other great student fans like Tony Biscardi (give me a T) and Brian Zive (Sasquatch who yet still lives on). We come to the games and these folks add color. It’s great. And it encourages us to donate more (since money talks, maybe Elmore and Lynch will get this hint).

The BU big whigs need to get over their hang up. This isn’t like the M*A*S*H finale when Hawkeye could not get himself psychologically to say goodbye to BJ Honeycutt. BU fans want to say so long, good luck, and thank you to Jesus. Not the real Jesus, our special Jesus.

P.S. – If Boston College could have a team chaplain, goalie chaplain, defense chaplain, offense chaplain, and special teams chaplain, BU can have at least one Jesus.

If BU officially doesn’t say goodbye Jesus, I encourage every fan to make the effort to do so individually at the January 2, 4:00 pm hockey game.

Postscript – In an earlier blog, Hot Dog mentioned that his younger brother will be attending Boston College rather than BU. During the NCAA Championship tournament in Washington, I had the pleasure of having the Hot Dog family (mom, dad, and baby brother) join us during the first night games. True, I did call the younger sibling “cocktail weenie” the entire time. And, it was rumored that this was one of the deciding factors in the lad selecting the inferior of the two Boston schools of higher learning. But face it, it was four hours with me or four years with thousands calling him what I think would be an appropriate nickname. You can thank me when he graduates.


There you have it. Again, mail us what you want to say about Jesus. After Alumni Al's piece, you've got big shoes to fill.

December 16, 2009

The beginning of the end

Finals period is NOW. I have a final in less than 3 hours (I really don't care for it), but there's a more important issue at hand. Jesus is leaving! He's graduating early.

That being said, we're going to start a string of guest columnists, who want to say anything about Jesus, anything at all. A memory, a moment, a shared kiss, whatever you want - I want to hear about it and I want the world to know how you feel about the J-man.

Our first one will come later, but if you have anything, please send it to thehotdogandjesus@gmail.com.

December 8, 2009

This past weekend was equal to kissing one's sister

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1-1-1. In the worst type of way. I'm talking all men's sports right now, and it was difficult to get through.

It started out on Friday night, in what was a very winnable game against UVM. You should know what happened. BU fell behind, got back in it, and then failed to bury a couple open chances to get two points rather than one.

Then the following night after playing for two periods, the hockey team went to 973 Com. Ave a little too early and let BC handle the third period and two points. BU ended up with a single point in Hockey East play in what was without a doubt the biggest weekend of their young season.

At least the next afternoon BU men's basketball got their first win of the season in Agganis. BU did blow a 16-point lead, but managed to win by 10 against Bucknell. Corey Lowe was still battling injury, but went 22 minutes. The box score might tell you JOB played the entire game, but I remember seconds when he was seated on the bench.

No matter, the team won a game they were expected to win and can look foward to attempting to do the same thing on Saturday at Marist.

In a way, BU was 3-0 on Friday/Saturday/Sunday in something. In fact, they have a perfect record on the season in this particular feat. I'm talking BOGO's.

(Via)

Buy One, Get One free promotions at Raising Cane's. For those of you who don't know what on earth I'm talking about, allow me to fill you in - Raising Cane's is the newest fast food joint on BU's campus that is sure to stay in busy for a good long time. They may only have four things on their menu, but that place is not going anywhere. RC is right where the old McDonals used to be. Cane's has some things working for them - right now it's still new, it's affordable, it's not a typical fast food place, in that you don't see many of them around the country, and finally, the MATCH school is right down the street.

Anyways, BU is undefeated in meeting the Buy One, Get One free challenges that Raising Cane's has for every Agganis game. This leads to massive "We want chicken," "We got chicken," and "Raising Cane's" chants. And don't forget about Pat Hazel going as crazy as the student section did when BU got 60 points and secured another Buy One, Get One free eating experience!

For me, what's happening is that at every hockey game the best part of the game is seeing this dude
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and his dog (who I really think must be stoned based on the way and length of his blinking)

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come on the jumbotron and tell me what BU has to do to get me some free chicken.

(Via)

Don't fail me now, BU. GIVE ME CHICKEN OR GIVE ME DEATH. I'd settle for the Texas Toast too.

BC beats us, then beats themselves

So BC did take it to the BU men's hockey team on Saturday night in Agganis Arena, in what was the last Green Line rivalry game I will experience as a student at BU. Depressing. However, once I got home from the game I watched a couple BC related Youtube videos and immediately felt a lot better about my life:




I don't believe any of this was filmed/pictures taken at BC. THERE'S NO WAY THERE ARE THAT MANY ASIANS IN CHESTNUT HILL.



That 1986 BC team went on to lose to BU in the Beanpot finals, 4-1.



Really, why should I expect anything better? All these videos put a smile on my face until I looked at the hockey team's record again!!

December 1, 2009

They're at the mercy of YOU!!!


So maybe think about helping them out, because they're grade directly corrolates with the attendance at Sunday's basketball game. Ain't that crazy???

Jo O’Connor’s CM 441 Media Relations class must get as many people to this game as possible. They're not only shaking in their high tops, but busting their collective asses to promote this thing.

For me, it's another game, for many, it's a make-or-break grade to determine their college careers! Whewww!

So, by obligation, I'm doing my part to help them out, and relaying the info, from the Facebook event:

The first 300 fans will receive free stainless steel water bottles, and we will also be giving away official BU basketball jerseys, rally towels, gift cards, an iPod and more!

**SENIORS**: There will be a special Senior Tailgate before the game! Tons of free food and giveaways from 12-1:45 at 973 Com Ave aka T's Pub! Come eat some food, win some free stuff and "drink 'em to sink 'em" with the rest of the class of 2010!

PLUS, for the first time ever, the Red Sox 2007 World Series trophy, the Celtics’ 2008 Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy and the BU NCAA Men's Hockey Championship trophy will appear together before the game as a fun photo-op, so bring your cameras!


There you have it. Hopefully my random pictures add to it all. Save these people and hook them up. One person, in this case, can make a difference.

Ahh! Anyone but him


Scott Brittain has always been one of, if not, my favorite BU basketballers. He's Canadian, he's tall, he plays video games with me via Xbox Live, he became friends with me at school before really anyone else on the basketball team made the effort, he has a wondeful family, and he is actually, at this point in his career, an impact player on the court.

And he hasn't played yet this year. Scott had his 6th concussion, and I don't need to tell you, he's pretty much in the Troy Aikmen/Billy Bob* area. Who knows, another concussion might kill him.

I'm not joking around when I say that Scott might not suit up this season. Potentially, ever again. He needs his concussion symptoms to clear completely and then wait an additional two weeks on top of that. I'm frustrated, but I have to imagine he's even more upset by all of this.

Only time will tell if Scott can get back, but there's no doubt the entire BU fanbase is pulling for a quick return. If not we have Valdas, Pelage, and Jake manning the role of lowpost enforcer.

*Sidenote: while looking up Billy Bob from Varsity Blues, I found he lost 315 pounds. Look at the then and now:




HOLY SH**!!

BU remains undefeated all-time in Red Hot Hockey

1-0-1! Huzzah!

What an experience, again, from the moment I arrived in New York City, until the moment I left. Red Hot Hockey continues to be an absolutely solid event through and through. I'll try to best summarize my journey to and from the city and the hockey game that occurred while I was there:

Jesus's mom was nice enough to drive both of us through the hellish traffic from Philadelphia to the city. It really wasn't bad until we hit New Jersey and then we were made aware of what it's like to really travel anytime during the last week in November.

Somehow, someway, we made it to NYC in about 5 hours, which wasn't that bad, all things considered.

Upon arrival we met up with our friend we were staying with who goes to Columbia. Parking was a breeze all the way up at 116th street, and after we dropped our bags off in his dorm (easily the smallest dorm room I've ever been in) we worked our way down to the Penn Station stop on the subway.

Once we made it to Penn Station, we made the easy walk up towards the Garden and were greeted with a line, probably 100 people deep. Now, Jesus and I were looking for the "senior event," which we assumed to be for senior students only.

We found out we were in the right place, and that the senior event was merely a section of the entire BU pregame event. At 6 p.m. we were let into "The Club" part of MSG. Jesus and I walked through the area that seemed to be for all parties, BU related, and found the senior area.

It was like a blast from the past - I thought I was a senior in high school again. Air hockey, regulation basketball hoop and lane, Blitz 2000, Cruisin' the World, and so many more games! I couldn't believe my eyes. On top of that there were free hot dogs, chicken fingers, and waffle fries!

Of course there was a fully stocked bar sitting right in front of me as I walked in. I should have known though, it being inside the Garden, it would be $8 for a mixed drink. No matter, I had Blitz 2000.

Jesus and I got into an epic four-quarter game (it cost $4 but it was totally worth it). Remember this is 2000, so I rocked the Jets (with Vinny Testaverde) while Jesus was the 49ers (Jerry Rice = unstoppable). It was a defensive grind, and both Jesus and I had to deal with multiple people coming up to us and trying to talk. Most quickly realized the seriousness of our video game and left us in peace. However, there were some instances where I got so caught up in discussions I thought I was on defense when I was really on offense the whole time!

When all was said and done I walked away victorious, 28-21. I then walked the streets and purchased an N64 with every Blitz game created.

Shortly there after, Dean Elmore's assistant, Dan, found me and walked me all the way to the way through the concourse, down to the ice. I was being called upon to ride the zamboni! Dean Elmore offered me the chance a couple weeks ago. I feel like he felt really bad for me about what I had to endure in Iona. Props, dean, you didn't have to do that for me!

My zamboni driver was very cool. British and a Yankees fan. He gave me some crap for being a Phillies fan, and hot dog, but then wised up when he asked me more about my role as a costumed freak.

Riding on the ice on the zamboni, in the world's most famous arena, was pretty awesome. Tons of people were waving my way, taking pictures, showing love. Only a few Cornell fans were showing any signs of hate, and most were just thumbs down. I was expecting more!


I tried to take as many pictures as I could, but there was so much going on around me. It was a lot to take in, but definitely not an experience I will soon forget about.

After the ice was good to go, I jumped off the vehicle and worked my way back to my seats. The highlight on the way back was me going to the bathroom, and a janitor hanging out outside, upon seeing my outfit, said, "oh yeah, I feel dat uni." I gave him a nod.

I found Jesus, his mom, and Manuel in their seats - right in front of the band. I'm talking, drums directly behind me. I've never sat that close to the band, mostly because I enjoy hearing. Had I known that's where I'd be sitting I might have thought about bringing earplugs - not to mute the band, but to lessen the volume. It was fun though, I got to hear all the commands that I'm not supposed to as a common fan via BDCP.

My favorite part of both the 2007 event and this years might have been the National Anthem. The Cornell fans, upon the word "Red glare" yell "red" and fist pump. It's pretty damn awesome, and very intimidating, especially since Cornell fans outnumbered Terrier supporters around 70-30%.


The game got off to the start I truly expected. I didn't think that BU could hang with this Cornell team, especially with Scrivens in net for the big Red. 2-0 after one, certainly didn't sit well.

The Red Hot Hockey is a great event because so many people get to NYC to see this game. I saw so many people I hadn't seen in a while, and in that sense, this event can't be beat.

The second period got going and BU showed signs of life. Warsofsky scored a real softy on Scrivens, but then, it seemed like, any momentum BU might have got from the goal, disappeared instantly when Cornell scored a on a tick-tac play in front of the net. 3-1 entering the third, and as the second intermission began, I actually lost focus of the game.

Instead, my attention turned toward the uncostumed Jesus as he was riding out onto the ice of MSG in a helmet three sizes to small, on a mini bike, which looked equally as small. Before the game he was picked to partake in what was simply advertised as a "race." We both assumed it was remote car based, for whatever reason. I quickly realized that wasn't the case as Jesus was about to compete in a race on the ice in a bike-type vehicle, in which he'd actually have to do work.
The thing about Jesus is he's gotten a lot bigger, physically since he arrived at school. I want to say he's gained at least 20 pounds of pure muscle, and I'm probably short-changing him in that. Jesus loves the gym, and it seems to love him back. Knowing this, I knew Jesus had a good shot to win anything involving physical assertion.

He got off to a real bad start, and as he told me, he was just finding the proper strategy - moving the front wheels side to side to generate more friction and allow for quicker speed. Sure enough by the start of the final lap Jesus was ahead of the pack, and remained that way all the way to the end.

After he won I was expecting him to get off the bike, sprint to center ice, and do a T.O. like pose on the Rangers logo. No luck, as the staff at MSG moved him off quicker than he got on the ice. He won a Red Hot Hockey prize pack, which he actually hasn't received yet and that competition, as he's said, will be the last on-ice promotion the holy one will ever participate in. He's retiring on top.

Keep in mind though, Brett Favre once tried to retire.

BU scored early in the third, which I think everyone knew would be the key if they wanted to stay in the game, and then had another nice flair for the dramatic, by scoring with 50 seconds left.

Overtime was uneventful, but reflective of the rest of the game - hard-played and fun to watch. It took forever to get out of the arena, but that hardly mattered after what was a truly awesome event.

I hope BU and Cornell can keep holding this event. It's awesome not just for the teams and current students, but alumni and any other supporters who want to spend a night or weekend in the city. Lord knows I'd go back, no matter how good or bad the BU/Cornell teams may be.

And for BU's efforts in the city the end up with 1 vote in the USCHO national rankings. Baby steps!