Yea, so, uhh, can we hit the reset button on this weekend's sporting events? It wasn't exactly the best sports weekend for us Superfans.
Both the men's and women's basketball teams dropped games to Miami over the weekend. The women fell to the 'Canes 65-63 on Sunday afternoon, while the men lost by a point not 24 hours earlier. The men drop their first ACC game and fall to 13-5 on the year, while the women fall to 1-2 in conference and 14-4 overall.
Then there's this business of the NFL Playoffs, where former Boston College quarterbacks had performances to forget. On Saturday, Matt Ryan completed 20-of-29 passes for 186 yards, throwing for a touchdown and two very costly interceptions in Atlanta's 48-21 loss to the Pack in the Georgia Dome. The loss wasn't all on Ryan, as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers put on an absolute clinic, picking apart the Falcons' secondary. But Ryan's pick-6 towards the end of the first half was all sorts of awful and the Falcons never really recovered from the 14 point halftime deficit.
I'm happy for BC alum B.J. Raji, Robert Francois and the Packers, and will cheer for them the rest of the way, but you couldn't help but feel empty as a BC alum watching the Falcons' get dismantled at home. Perhaps it's due to the same tired "Falcons' record is deceiving / team was overrated" argument that we experienced during Ryan's senior season on the Heights when the Eagles climbed to #2 in the country. We feel your pain, Falcons fans.
Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks didn't fare much better on Sunday, falling to Chicago 35-24 in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates. Hasselbeck completed 26-of-46 for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns, but two of those TDs and a good number of yards were accumulated in the game's final four minutes with Seattle already down 35-10.
With both NFL teams led by former BC QBs named Matt bounced from the playoffs, most turned their attention to the Jets-Patriots game to cheer on the Pats. Yep, they lost too, 28-21 to their AFC East rivals.
In Sunday's nightcap, the usually reliable men's hockey team's seven game winning streak was snapped up in Orono, as BC fell to Maine 4-1. John Muse uncharacteristically gave up 4 goals in the game's first 24 and change before York gave him the hook in favor of Parker Milner. Not too worried about the ramifications of this loss long term. BC was bound to have an off night at some point, Maine is a solid team, and the Eagles took advantage of this year's home ice by winning the regular season series with the Black Bears 2-1.
About the only thing that went right this weekend was the women's hockey team's 4-1 win over Northeastern on Sunday. That win, of course, was preceded by a 4-0 home loss to Boston University on Saturday. The women are ranked 6th in the country and improve to 14-4-4 on the year.
Anyway, if you feel like hitting the snooze button on this holiday Monday, you certainly have our permission.