Boston College Daily Links: Boston College Super Bowl XLVI Storylines

Super Bowl 46

Mathias Kiwanuka’s Heart Belongs to Uganda (NYTimes.com)
"How much does Uganda mean to me?" he said, his eyes wide. "It means everything."

NY Giants' Mathias Kiwanuka's family, stunned by motorcycle accident, now gets to share Super Bowl joy (NY Daily News)

Quick hits: Herzlich strikes a chord (ESPN Boston)
On the irony of playing the Patriots in his first Super Bowl: "Yeah, it’s neat. I remember when I was at BC, I sat in the basement of Chris Fox’s house, a (former Boston College) teammate of mine -- Tim Fox was his father--– and watch the Super Bowl in ’07. Everybody was rooting for the Patriots, and I played the devil’s advocate and rooted for the Giants, purely to play devil’s advocate. It was a great feeling when they won, and it’s going to be a similar feeling this weekend."

Brothers brought together by football (The Brown Daily Herald)
"It's really fun in that he's very helpful," Brad said of his older brother. "He's been very successful and has a lot of experience — and because of that, he can give me a lot of great feedback and help me improve my game."

Herzlich’s Amazing Story Takes Super Turn (GiantsFootballBlog.com)

Eli Manning a prankster at the Super Bowl (The Boston Globe)
Fellow BC alum Chris Snee said he met Herzlich when the Giants played the Falcons in 2009. "We spoke for a few minutes, we didn’t have a long meeting, but I just told him that I was amazed at how he was persevering through everything he was doing,’’ said the Giants’ starting right guard. "He was so positive at the time I had met him, and he said that he’d be out here one day and he is. It’s just a credit to him that he never got down. He just constantly believed that he would survive and play at this level.’’

Football

Bartolomei has another good visit (Rivals.com)
"It definitely felt more familiar to me being around the same areas. My dad and I flew in and we went to see a hockey game when they played UNH so that was really cool. We got to be around the environment. I would definitely say it's in my top couple favorites. If I got the opportunity to go there I definitely think I'd go there."

2013 OL enjoys junior day (Rivals.com)
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle has emerged as one of the state's top offensive linemen in years with early verbal offers from BC, UConn, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia.

Basketball

ACC Freshman Watch, Jan. 31 (ACC Sports Journal)
2. Ryan Anderson, Boston College (9.71 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.6 bpg) I’ve liked Anderson when I’ve seen him. He plays tough, and he’s gotten better as the year’s gone on. Anderson turned in a decent performance in BC’s loss to Miami, going for nine points, six rebounds and three assists. But prior to that game, Anderson recorded two consecutive double-doubles, one of which was against Virginia. Maybe one day, he’ll be playing like this Ryan Anderson.

Quoting ACC Basketball: January 30 (TheACC.com)
Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on the status of Patrick Heckmann... "Yeah, it's not good. Unfortunately Patrick has mono, and it's an acute mono, so it's probably in the start of it. We're unfortunately probably going to miss him for the whole month of February."

Hockey

Hockey East Power Rankings January edition (The Boston (Terriers) Hockey Blog)
3. Boston College (16-10-1, 12-7-1) The Eagles look better in the standings by virtue of a weekend sweep over UNH. Parker Milner earned the start in net in both wins, but it remains to be seen if he will be BC’s starting goaltender down the stretch. Both of its wins against UNH were also by the tightest of margins. On Friday night, they came from behind and scored the game-winner with 51 seconds remaining in regulation. On Saturday, the Eagles allowed the Wildcats to tie it up late before BC won it in overtime.

TMQ: First-place favorites, Beanpot upset possibilities and a sudden change (USCHO.com)
Not that there haven’t been some close calls. Northeastern lost in overtime in the title game last season and in 2005; Harvard dropped OT championship games in 2008, 1998 and 1994. Wouldn’t you think that a bounce is coming one of their ways at some point?

Kreider Shares League Weekly Honors (BCEagles.com)
Kreider, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior, registered a team-high five points - two goals and three assists - in a two-game series sweep of New Hampshire over the weekend. He recorded three points - one (shorthanded) goal and two assists - in the 4-3 win over the Wildcats on Friday night (Jan. 27) at Conte Forum and followed that up with two points - one goal and one assist - in the 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday at the Whittemore Center.

Coach York and Tommy Cross speak at the annual Beanpot Luncheon at TD Garden, a week before the tournament begins.

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