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Happy Time: Bags, Mutch and Pucksters

Amid the excitement of Matt Ryan being named to the NCAA Football 09 cover, we did not properly give a Happy Birthday to John "Bags" Bagley. Happy birthday Bags! Arguably one of the best basketball players to come out of BC, the Eagle point guard led the men's basketball team to a Sweet 16 and Elite 8 appearance in consecutive years (1981-1982). The 1982 season still marks the furthest the Eagles have ever advanced in the NCAAs. Bagley jumped after his junior year to enter the NBA Draft, and was drafted 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He made pro stops with the Cavaliers, Nets, Celtics and Hawks. He is quoted as saying playing for the hometown C's on the floor of the Garden was one of the highlights of his professional career.

A not so Happy Anniversary to ex-BC women's ice hockey coach Tom Mutch. On this day one year ago, Mutch resigned as the head coach of the Lady Eagles amid allegations of inappropriate relations with one of his players. Mutch had revitalized a sleeping Eagles hockey program, winning the Beanpot for the first time in school history in 2006, and repeating in 2007. The Lady Eagles also made it to the program's first Frozen Four in 2006-2007 under Mutch's leadership.

Happy Trails Eagles in the NHL ... playoffs. Bruins Andrew Alberts, Bobby Allen and Chuck Kobasew and New Jersey Devils Brian Gionta and Mike Mottau. Both the B's and the Devils were bounced from the NHL playoff quarterfinals. The Bruins at least made it interesting, forcing Game 7 against the #1 seed in the East, the Montreal Canadiens. The hope that an ex-Eagle raises the Cup this year rests with Pittsburgh Penguins defenders Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi, which unfortunately is in direct opposition to the team I'm cheering for ...