A College Hoops Town

Has Teddy Sarandis been hosed off yet? Has he even fallen asleep?

Since Doug Flutie left the Heights some two decades ago, attention toward the local collegiate sports scene has been scattered at best. There was the UMass hoops team Final Four run with John Calipari, a few upset wins by BC over Notre Dame, especially the David Gordon game in 1993, and of course, there’s the Beanpot and BC hockey won a national championship in 2001.

For the most part, any support garnered outside of the alum is bandwagon in its purest form. Who could actually name a UMass player on this year’s team?
Well, for those not already on board, the bandwagon train is officially leaving the station, as BC defeated Syracuse, 65-60, Saturday at Conte Forum. It was easily the most-important win of the season and was also nationally televised.

Mark Blaudschun has the game story for the Globe. BC alum Bob Ryan was also there and writes that it was “the most anticipated BC home game in 38 years.”

Really don’t have a problem with Ryan covering the Eagles, despite being a diehard fan and supporter. Morally speaking, unlike many of his co-workers at the Globe, Ryan ranks in the top one percent ethically in the country. Heck, Michael Vega’s wife use to work at Boston College and may still. He has been the BC beat writer at the Globe for around 10 years.

Mike Shalin has the BC story for the Herald. He also has a notebook with Eagles coach Al Skinner touting Craig Smith for Big East Player of the Year.

After this win, Skinner should have National Coach of the Year sealed up, meaning other higher-profile programs will likely be looking at him come season’s end. However, with the Eagles moving to the ACC next season, there aren’t many programs in better shape. However, there are programs that pay their coaches more money.

Moving on, we have lots of Red Sox stories. Dan Shaughnessy looks at Bronson Arroyo and Alex Rodriguez being linked. Dano didn’t actually mail this one in, so his Red Sox book on last season must be finished. Or maybe he just ran out of stamps. Chris Snow says the Sox will issue 500 World Series rings, while Snow and Gordon Edes team up on a notebook that includes a Wade Miller update and some fluff comments from Terry Francona on Byung Hyun Kim, who alas, is back for another year at more than $5 million.

Edes also has his weekly notes leading off with Jose Canseco and another piece in today’s Globe focusing on Edgar Renteria. The ProJo’s Steven Krasner also writes about Renteria, as does David Heuschkel.

The Herald has several Sox stories, too. Karen Guregian has a Jason Varitek feature, while Jeff Horrigan has another Renteria story. Tony Massarotti also leads off his weekly notes with Canseco.

The ProJo’s Jim Donaldson has a column on Adam Vinatieri talking with a Marine stationed in Iraq moments after the Patriots received the Super Bowl trophy. Perhaps the day’s best read here.

On 1510 the Zone, Scott Gilefsky and David Frank have an interesting show tonight at 6 p.m., with Doug Ames, who actually isn’t Canseco’s agent but has been traveling with him during the promotion of his book, and a parent who wasn’t allowed into their son’s hockey game last week stemming from the altercation at the Northeast/Malden and Shawsheen Regional Tech. game a few days earlier.
Gilefsky and Frank are lawyers and will take the legal angle on these stories and others.

Interesting note on that high school brawl. The Herald ran the story on the front page, while despite knowing about it before the Herald did, the Globe didn’t write anything on it. The powers-to-be were not pleased about this and more than one person was chewed out.

And finally, if anyone still cares, Kevin Paul Dupont checks in with the NHL and the nitwits that be.