Let me start by saying you have absolutely outdone yourself this past year. Right now, the state of BC Athletics is looking pretty damn good. I hope you don’t mind if I recap some of the better gifts of the past year, but some things are just worth mentioning.
Let’s see, we’ve had a Sweet 16 berth for our women’s soccer team, men’s hockey had that 9-2 thrashing of Wisconsin who was ranked #2 at the time, both of our hockey teams are currently the No. 7 teams in the nation, an NCAA-tournament appearance for the women’s field hockey team, and another year of Johnny Gaudreau consistently lighting the lamp. And all of that doesn’t even mention the football team, which finally appears to have an excellent coach at the helm in Steve Addazio, already the best recruiting class BC has seen in years, an appearance in a bowl game, and this Andre Williams guy who had the best season a running back has ever had at Boston College, which landed him the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back, a slot as a unanimous First Team All-American, and a candidacy for the Heisman Trophy.
Given all of this, it seems almost greedy to ask for anything more this year, I mean giving us Coach Addazio will tide over Eagles fans for quite some time, but I do have some things on my wish list.
I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I do think it would be safe to say that any of these gifts would warm the hearts and minds of everyone at BC, from the young Eaglets on Newton Campus to even Baldwin himself.
- Another round of NCAA Tournament appearances for the BC hockey teams
- A fifth consecutive Beanpot Trophy
- A goalie to step up and claim the starting spot out of the current rotation
- A level of consistency that has eluded BC at times this year
- That forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes keep up their torrid scoring pace (currently both top-10 in the nation)
- Jerry York to keep tapping into the fountain of youth and continue to coach throughout the entirety of his recent contract extension
- Johnny Gaudreau to win the Hobey Baker Award and be recognized as the best player in NCAA Division I hockey
- To continue the trend of winning a national championship every other year by capturing BC’s sixth title
For the football team…
- A top-25 recruiting class come February
- A seamless transition to a new starting quarterback this spring
- Andre Williams’ talents to be recognized in the NFL Draft in April
- Steve Addazio to improve on this season’s success and contend for the ACC next year
- And of course, a BC bowl victory in the Advocare V100 Bowl; their first since 2007
For men’s basketball…
- A healthy rest of the season for center Dennis Clifford
- Growth and continued success for freshman guard Garland Owens
- A successful defensive scheme for men’s basketball coach Steve Donahue
- A winning record in ACC Conference play
- Another year of Olivier Hanlan
- A full student section for every home game
- A signature win over Syracuse, Duke, or UNC
- A turnaround for the season with a dramatic winning streak
- Lastly, an appearance in the NCAA Tournament so that
thisthe senior on campus can finally experience a little March Madness
Santa, I hope this letter finds you well and your last-minute Christmas preparations nearing their conclusion. It’s been a wonderful year for Eagles fans so far, but if you could just help us out with a few (or, you know, all) of the items stated above we would all greatly appreciate it.
After all, if you ignore what happens in the mods from Thursday to Saturday, everyone at BC is on the “Nice” list, right?
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School, major and year: A&S, History/Poly Sci double major, 2014
Hometown Buffalo, New York
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You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I start the day with your run-of-the-mill campus tour. Then I’d take the students to lunch at Eagle’s Nest, take them to a PULSE class with my former teacher, Professor Troxell. Eventually I’d work my way to dinner with some friends at Lower, and I’d make sure to take the students to a BC hockey game to finish up the night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? By far the most important thing I would’ve told myself would be to not be so shy or concerned about putting a bad foot forward when meeting people. It took me a while to start to meet people at BC because I was so nervous getting there, and I wish I could sort of have a do-over and give that another shot.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? Easy question, the study desks on the 4th floor of O’Neil that face the plaza.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? It depends on the night, honestly. Generally I’ll go with a steak and cheese with BBQ, but there are times when I go with a Hawaiian mini-pizza. Occasionally I’ll go with mozzarella sticks or chicken fingers. So I guess really anything I’m in the mood for, not too sure I have a “go-to”
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? Ever? "Hold Me Tight" by The Beatles. Lately? "And We Danced," by Macklemore
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? Probably Indiana Jones in 7th grade. That was a cool one.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Jims Steakout, a local Buffalo sub shop. Best chicken finger sub on the planet.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? From a TV show, definitely the main characters from "How I Met Your Mother." From a movie, Luke, Leia, and Han from "Star Wars."