Good morning and Happy Friday, everyone.
It was an emotional day in New York City yesterday as the 9/11 museum opened at the World Trade Center site. At the dedication, the President took a moment to mention and honor BC's own Welles Crowther, whose story is now well known, but never ceases to be powerful.
As her husband mouthed the words of her speech from his seat in the audience, Alison Crowther echoed the president's message: "We could not be more proud of our son," Crowther said. "It is our greatest hope that when people come here and see Welles' red bandana, they will remember who people helped each other that day. And we hope that they will be inspired to do the same, in ways both big and small. This is the true legacy of Sept. 11."
It was a habit he picked up from his father and maintained until the last day of his life. Welles Crowther always carried a red bandanna in his back pocket. He had it with him during his years at Nyack High School, friends at Boston College noticed it and fellow volunteer firefighters at Empire Hook & Ladder in Upper Nyack teased him about it.
Thatcher Demko's draft stock remains hot with the NHL draft approaching:
As he has for much of the 2013-14 season, leading the goaltender rankings is Boston College freshman Thatcher Demko. Demko was unable to lead the Eagles to a national championship, but still turned in a strong showing in his first season of NCAA hockey. The goaltenders in the second and third slots of the ISS rankings, Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders and Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers, swapped places from April to May.
Being a guest of honor, though, doesn't come naturally to Andre. He spent most of the night acting more like a host: picking up cans and bottles, carefully brushing the chicken wings with his special sauce and preparing the mashed potato recipe borrowed from his girlfriend, Carolyn Jay, a senior at Boston College. He kept a white kitchen towel draped over his shoulder the entire night.
The league also must take a wait-and-see approach on how the College Football Playoff committee ends up evaluating the strength-of-schedule component. Will eight league games plus one nonconference game against a power-five team be viewed as challenging enough when it comes time to selecting the top four teams? "That remains to be seen," Boston College athletic director Brad Bates said. "We're entering in the first year of the playoffs and we'll see what is rewarded ultimately on the back end of it, and I think that's going to shape people's philosophy on how they approach scheduling in the future."
The ACC is considering experimenting with a 30-second shot clock.
The game is slow. That much we can agree on. A yet-shorter clock might solve the problem. It might introduce new ones. The game might get faster, but at what cost? Asking doesn't really matter, because the only way to find out is to change the rule and see what happens. Go to 30 seconds. Go to 24. The NBA tried it out in the mid-'50s, with players most modern college athletes would dust. Let's experiment. What's the worst that could happen?
USA hockey suffered a somewhat surprising 6-5 loss to Latvia yesterday at the World Championships, but Johnny Gaudreau did pick up another assist. The USA faces a must win situation today at 9:45 AM against Kazakhstan.