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Happy Time: Gionta, Eagles in the NFL and Hoops

The men's hoops Eagles are 3-0 in the ACC, which is definitely a reason to be happy.

An early Happy Birthday to BC's Brian Gionta (January 18). Brian had a prolific 4 year career at BC, finishing his career as captain of the 2001 squad that won the National Championship over North Dakota. Gionta was drafted #82 overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1998. He has played over 300 games for the Devils, including being a member of the 2002-2003 Stanley Cup champion team. Gionta also competed in the XX Winter Olympics on the US Hockey team which placed 8th. Gionta has become one of the best offensive players on the Devils team. He holds the single season Devils record for goals in a season - 48.

Happy Trails BC NFLers in the postseason. The following Eagles were bounced last weekend in the NFC divisional playoffs - Marc Colombo (Dallas), James Marten (Dallas), and Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle). Add to this list the Eagles that made their exit a week earlier during Wild Card weekend - Pete Kendall (Washington), Chris Hovan (Tampa Bay), Jeremy Trueblood (Tampa Bay), and Brian St. Pierre (Pittsburgh).

The remaining BC NFLers heading into this weekend's conference championships? Dan Koppen (New England), Mathias Kiwanuka (New York Giants), Chris Snee (New York Giants) and Will Blackmon (Green Bay). Kiwi is out for the season with a fractured leg, and Blackmon is questionable for this weekend's NFC championship with a foot injury. Only the San Diego Chargers do not have a BC alum on their active roster.

Happy Anniversary Boston College Eagles men's basketball. On this day four years ago, you used a second half run to get past the Seton Hall Pirates 72-63 at Conte Forum. BC was lead by sophomore Craig Smith (26 pts, 9 reb) and freshman Jared Dudley (18 pts), a sign of better things to come for BC basketball.