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Happy Time: Poehler, BC Football and the Cotton Bowl

Happy Time!

No BC birthdays today, so we wish a Happy belated Birthday wish to Amy Poehler (September 16). Poehler is most famous for her current role on Saturday Night Live, but did you know she is also a 1993 graduate of Boston College? While at school, Poehler was a member of the improve comedy troupe My Mother’s Fleabag.

Poehler is set to leave Saturday Night Live next month after 7 years with the show. Poehler and husband Will Arnett are expecting their first child in October. While she is leaving the popular NBC comedy show, she may not be leaving the network entirely. Poehler is set to star in a spinoff of the popular NBC comedy "The Office."

Happy Anniversary to the Boston College Eagles football team. On this day 9 years ago, you rallied down 10-7 in the fourth quarter to come back and beat the Navy football team in Annapolis. The Eagles started the season 2-0 after quarterback Tim Hasselbeck engineered a six play, 73 yard drive during the fourth quarter. Hasselbeck would finish the game 14 of 21 for 214 yards, despite being sacked by the Midshipmen defense four times. The Eagles would go onto an 8-3 regular season record before getting slapped around in the by Colorado 62-28.

This is only loosely related to Boston College, but Happy Trails to the Cotton Bowl hosting ... the Cotton Bowl. Sports Illustrated story ran a story yesterday about the reopening of the Cotton Bowl after getting a $57 million facelift. Later in the article it is mentioned that, despite the facelift, the Cotton Bowl (the bowl) is bolting from the Cotton Bowl (the stadium) twenty miles across town to the new Dallas Cowboys football mecca after the 2009 season. Confused yet?

It’s really a shame to see the bowl game bail on the stadium that made them famous in hopes of receiving a BCS bowl game in the future. The Cotton Bowl will continue to host the Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma, but that's about it. So for a stadium that will host one big college football game a year in the foreseeable future, was the $57 million renovation really worth it?

Sorry, did you say there was a Boston College tie-in somewhere? The Cotton Bowl was home to two of the biggest games in Boston College Eagles football history: our first bowl game in 1939 – a 6-3 loss to Clemson – and the end of the dream 1984 season which was capped by a Doug Flutie led 45-28 victory over Houston.