When I was named captain of my high school swim team, I made a remark that it was probably the first and only time Dan Rubin would ever lead an athletics program.
Enter Boston College men's basketball.
Senior Danny Rubin was named the team's third captain on Wednesday, joining junior Ryan Anderson and sophomore Joe Rahon as leader's of Boston College shootyhoops flag. Rubin is the only senior on the team, and he's appeared in more games (75) than any other Eagle on the hardwood, 10 more than the next highest (Anderson). A gold medalist with the United States this past summer at the Maccabiah Games, Rubin will now have the privilege of helping lead BC to ACC glory.
What does this mean? Well, for starters, it restored a glory to the name that was lost when I graduated high school in the early 2000s. With a young and talented Eagle team primed to build on last year's success, I can only think to myself that there will be a Danny Rubin standing tall at center court as captain of a team set to battle Duke, UNC, Syracuse, and others for ACC prestige.
For the nitty gritty, Rubin's been a role player off the bench for the past two seasons. After starting in 20-plus games during his freshman season, he's averaged just around one point per game while playing in about 30 games last year and 20 the year before. This past summer, he scored 25 points to lead the United States over Argentina at the Maccabiah Games, averaging 15.3 points per game in the tournament.
Despite his captaincy, though, there are still concerns as to if he's the most talented Dan Rubin associated with Boston College men's hoops. I might not have been an undergraduate student. I might never have played college sports even though I went to a D3 school. And I might still dribble the ball off my foot. But I once watched BC basketball on television. And with that in mind, I do feel the stinging pangs of jealousy that I'm no longer the most prominent Dan Rubin around. Therefore, I will probably need to challenge him to a game of HORSE, only to call it R-U-B-I-N. On that day, two Rubins enter. One Rubin exits.
Still, for being named captain, a hearty congratulations is in order. You are making me proud to wear this name for the offhand chance that someone at the Eagle Deli might give me a funny look and think that a short, overweight, out-of-shape guy pushing 30 is the same as a captain on a Division I basketball program (especially as I order a sandwich with about 80 pounds of bacon on it). I am proud of you, young Rubin. And God speed when you captain your first game at home against the Toledo Rockets on Thursday at 7 PM