The Boston Red Sox will play in their last home series of the season this Tuesday and Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox are officially a losing team for the first time since 1997 at 68-82. Something else to consider, however: The Sox averaged 91.8 wins throughout the past 14 seasons. (more)
Eagles RB Montel Harris ran for 104 yards while scoring three touchdowns as Boston College went on to run circles around Northeastern University 54-0 last Saturday. Legendary former Heisman Trophy Winner Doug Flutie’s nephew Billy Flutie caught his first career touchdown pass. BC football is now 5-0 against Northeastern with a total scoring gap of 133 points between the two teams.
After being down 21-0 in the first quarter, Northeastern may have finally realized that they should wait until February during hockey season to play BC. In Boston’s annual Bean Pot hockey tournament between BU, Northeastern, BC, and Harvard, Northeastern has won four times to BC’s 14. Boston College’s next game is set for September 12th against Kenn State at 2:00 pm.
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Boston College football is scheduled to kick off the 2009 season on Saturday, September 5th at 2:00 pm, when they host their cross-town rival Northeastern Huskies. BC has been getting prepared through four inter-squad scrimmages for the past couple of weeks. “This is an improvement,” said head coach Frank Spaniani. “Obviously, we have to make some (quarterback) decision. I think Dave (Shinskie) is in the mix but obviously if he can’t practice for a week, he’s out of the picture. (Justin) Tuggle has made a lot of strides. He wants to do it and he made some progress.”
Last season BC finished with a 9-5 total record. They advanced all the way to the ACC Championship where they lost to the #26 ranked Virginia Tech. They also competed in the Music City Bowl, but fell short 14-16 to Vanderbilt University. The last time BC and Northeastern met for a football game was in 1999 when BC held on to win 33-22.
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The Boston College Eagles football squad has their eyes on the calendar. The date circled, Aug. 30th when they are scheduled to kick off the 2008 season against Kent State. With the pre-season wrapping up, anticipation for the upcoming year is high and coaches, players and fans alike are all excited to get underway.
This past Sunday, the Eagles conducted their final summer camp scrimmage that featured a positive showing from an offensive standpoint, but more of a lack luster approach from the highly touted defense.
“I would have liked to have seen more intensity,” said coach Jeff Jagodzinski, who did add he was more interested in coming out of camp healthy than in anything he could see in a scrimmage. “This was our last live scrimmage, because I want to make sure my team is in a healthy state going into the Kent State game. That’s my first priority.”
The obvious key loss for the Eagles from last year’s squad was the loss of QB Matt Ryan. Ryan was drafted 3rd overall in the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons and it will be hard to replace his on field leadership and athletic abilities right away. Chris Crane has the tough job of filling Ryan’s shoes as the starting QB this season and he seems up for the challenge by looking sharp in the last game of the summer.
“We ran the ball well and we’re making progress,” said Crane, who completed 10 of 20 passes for 66 yards. “Each day we’re getting better. We just have to get better every day.”
The Eagles received some votes of consideration to be ranked in the Top 25 AP Poll but fell a little shy of breaking the top 25. In the ACC Coaches Poll, BC was picked to finish 8th in the conference beneath the likes of power houses such as Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
As far as expectations go for the 2008 season, the Eagles have to remember that they are not the same team that they were one year ago. They need to play within themselves and keep games close on the defensive end because their offensive is not going to be able to put up the same kinds of numbers they were able to generate last year behind Ryan and Co. If their defensive and special teams units are able to gel early on in the schedule, they will certainly have a great chance at qualifying for a bowl game, but at this point in time cannot be considered favorites in the ACC.
One player to watch is WR Rich Gunnell who last season in 14 games made 64 catches for a team high 931 yards and seven TD scores. It will be interesting to see how quickly Crane and Gunnell get on the same page and if the WR can continue to have the same success without Ryan running the show.
After the Kent State game on the 8/30 the Eagles open up their home schedule on 9/6 against Georgia Tech at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.
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