Top Of The Heights
A Boston College-based sports blog written by the editors and staffers of The Heights
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12/26/09 13:12 PMPosted by Daniel Popko As you sit there wearing Aunt Elma’s freshly knitted sweater and basking in the hundreds of dollars of store credit that Dec. 26 always brings, the Boston College football team will be getting ready to suit up and face the mighty University of Southern California Trojans. Sure, it sounds bad; head coach Frank Spaziani even told the Boston Globe, “Hopefully it’s not a 76-second knockout.’’ But why is everybody so worried? Just look at the match-up on paper. Sure USC has three Heisman Trophies this decade and seven overall. BC has Doug Flutie and then some more Doug Flutie. USC has the hotshot former NFL head coach who gives away cars and apartments (allegedly) like most people give away candy canes on Christmas. BC has a...
12/22/09 13:50 PMPosted by Zach Wielgus The men’s basketball team finally ended their dismal skid against teams of lesser quality, trouncing Bryant University, 72-46, at home Sunday. The Eagles were previously riding a two-game losing streak after dropping games to Harvard and Rhode Island inside Conte Forum. After starting center Josh Southern and watching him do little besides get beat down the floor, head coach Al Skinner finally opted for a quicker, more athletic starting lineup. Guards Biko Paris, Reggie Jackson, and Rakim Sanders and forwards Corey Raji and Joe Trapani took the opening tip, jumping on Bryant early and refusing to let them back into the game – a quality that BC had adopted this season. Trapani had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Raji chipped in...
12/15/09 00:29 AMPosted By Paul Sulzer ... When the United States goes marching in to Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg, South Africa to play England in the team’s first match of the 2010 World Cup in June, there will be more on the line than national pride. The very future of soccer in the U.S. could be decided. Soccer has been slowly percolating the American sports scene; a win over the most recognizable team in the world could finally make soccer mainstream in the U.S. Americans have long turned a cold shoulder to the world’s most popular game. But the storylines in this match-up are too compelling to ignore. From a historical perspective, it’s the colonies vs. the crown. The U.S. and England have fought off the pitch, from the beginning of the Revolutionary War...
12/03/09 14:51 PMBy Daniel Popko The Big 10 used some surprising upsets (Wisconsin over Duke, Illinois over Clemson) to take its first Big Ten/ACC Challenge in the 11-year history of the event. To be honest, I’m pretty sure that the good people of Bristol who have been trying to make this event happen are the only ones in New England who care about that little fact. The rest of us further up north? Well I’d say we’re just happy Boston College could go out to Michigan, formerly of the top 15, and grab a much-needed victory. Apparently the Wolverines were not up to the task of matching Northern Iowa’s output against the BC defense. Player of the year candidate Manny Harris? He’s no Kwadzo Ahelegbe. Sorry Coach Beilein, you’ve done a nice job turning around that...
12/03/09 14:50 PMBy Joseph DeMaio I would like to take a minute and thank Notre Dame upper management. As a rabid hater of all things Leprechaunish (it’s a word, I swear), there is nothing that I enjoy more than seeing the Fighting Irish fail miserably. No amount of failing in bowl games, failing to live up to the unrealistic hype, and proving Lou Holtz so utterly and horribly wrong will ever satisfy my desire to see that program in a constant state of finger pointing and doubt. The best cases of epic fail, however, are those that are self-induced. On to Exhibit A: Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the decision to fire Charlie Weis. And no, I am not defending him because I wanted to see the slow and inevitable decline of the once proud Notre Dame football program into mediocrity that...