It's hard to imagine, but this Saturday is the home finale for the 2011 Boston College Eagles. It feels like just yesterday, I was writing about team predictions, previewing tailgating at BC and counting down the days until kickoff against Northwestern. I don't need to tell you that it has been a rough season for BC, one that will mercifully end on one account on Saturday. How are BC fans going to react to the season's final home matchup against the Wolfpack? It probably all depends on the outcome of the game.
If BC Wins A Close One
Fans for the most part will be happy. Our five or so remaining seniors will get to leave Alumni Stadium on a high note, and fans finally will get a win against an ACC opponent. Plus the feeling of sticking it to Tom O'Brien never gets old. Still there probably will still be some grumbling due to the fact that wins like this just continue to add fuel to GDF's support of Spaz. So while we may be happy that the seniors got their win, many of us may lament that a win against NC State might just be what keeps Spaziani at Boston College.
If BC Wins By A Blow Out
Probably the least likely to happen, but certainly possible given TOB's track record against his former team on the road. The same malaise about supporting Spaz will be felt here, but it could be overshadowed by the schaudenfreude of destroying Tom O'Brien. Being able to take it to the Pack, and seriously damage their bowl chances would be a great victory for BC fans and give us every reason to celebrate afterwards.
If BC Loses In A Close One
Envision this. Boston College has a ten point lead with two minutes left in the half. Spaz gets the ball back and ceremoniously runs three draws to keep the lead at 10 at half. Second half, the Pack make adjustments storm back and tie it. With three seconds left, O'Brien calls a timeout and the NC State kicker nails a 24 yard field goal to win it.
I imagine Alumni Stadium will empty out feeling like a scene in the Walking Dead. Blank stares, slow shuffling walk, and no interactions with family or friends that watched it with you. Sure everyone will probably feel some rage at just another example of Spazzball, but at this point would anyone honestly be surprised. A close loss to NC State would just be another jab in the heart of loyal Eagles fans who have watched a team descend from ACC contender to ACC bottom feeder. Alumni Stadium will feel like a tomb.
If BC Gets Blown Out
If losing a close one is an analogy for Walking Dead zombies, losing by twenty points or more is 28 Days Later zombies. If you have seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. These are like zombies on crystal meth. Wild, unpredictable, and completely out of control. Can zombies boo? This is what Alumni Stadium will turn into if Saturday's game isn't close. Fans are going to turn on anything and everyone in maroon and gold. We saw a taste of this last weekend when fans began to boo Chase Rettig when he was reinserted into the game. Could Kuechly get booed? The marching band or cheerleaders? No one will be safe. If NC State mops the floor with the Eagles on Saturday it could be bedlam on the Heights.