Good morning everyone, and welcome to a new week. Chances are, if you read BC Interruption - especially if you read BC Interruption in the summer time - odds are pretty good you've experienced the feeling of staying up really late to watch your team lose a game in heartbreaking fashion, then churning through the next day with an emotional hangover. Despite the fact that the game ended at 8 America Time, 5 Favat Time, I think that's going to be the case today for anyone who dedicated their day yesterday to watching USA-Portugal.
I guess the major positive to me - aside from the fact that the US played very well and probably deserved to win - is that in this very fragmented media age, where the only real communal experience of something that just about everyone watches live is the NFL, we did have a bit of a national moment yesterday. And not only did we have a moment where massive amounts of people were tuning in to watch a game, but everyone in America was rooting for the same team, too. (Well, almost everyone. There are Americans out there who take obnoxious pride in rooting against the US team/for other teams, to whom I offer this helpful link.)
On to Germany on Thursday- will Alejandro Bedoya start again? We shall see. To the links:
Let's start off with something that should put a smile on everyone's face. NESN's counting down some top moments in local sports during their 30 year history. Of course, in classic NESN fashion, they had to screw something up -- it was the first of four national titles under Jerry York, not three - but let's at least enjoy this video from the 2001 national title:
On April 7, 2001, Boston College jumped out to a commanding 2-0 lead in the national championship game against North Dakota after tallying two second-period goals. The Eagles' lead disappeared quickly, though, when the Fighting Sioux rallied for two late third-period goals, forcing overtime in the NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament. But it was BC who prevailed, as sophomore Krys Kolanos scored the game-winner just 4:43 into the extra session to give the Eagles their first of three national titles under head coach Jerry York. Check out the video above to relive the exciting game.
A look at BC opponent Colorado State:
Under Jim McElwain, Colorado State football has improved significantly. Will the Rams continue to build on their recent success in 2014?
New Guy Alert!
Kmiec (Winthrop) allowed two runs and struck out six while scattering four hits. Brett Morales (Florida) pitched a hitless seventh and eighth innings for the Braves while John Gorman (Boston College) notched his third save with a perfect ninth.
The NHL schedule dropped yesterday, for those of you hoping to see the Gaudreau show in Boston next year:
March 5 @ Bruins, TD Garden
This contest won't have as much appeal if the Flames decide that offensive whiz-kid Johnny Gaudreau needs some seasoning at AHL Adirondack, but the 20-year-old left-winger sure looked good in a one-game audition in April -- he did, after all, score his first NHL goal on his first shot -- and didn't disappoint for Team USA at the world championship. If Gaudreau sticks with the big club, this will mark his first trip back to Beantown, where he starred for the Boston College Eagles for three seasons. The Bruins are reportedly hoping to re-sign Jarome Iginla, so the Flames could also be catching up with an old pal during the sixth stop on this marathon trip.
And it's NHL Draft week - something we'll spend a lot of time discussing this week. Get your mock draft fix in.
The scouting meetings have been finished and the draft lists have been finalized. All that's left is for 30 teams to arrive in Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL Draft and begin picking players. That starts June 27 when the first round is held at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN). Rounds 2-7 will be conducted June 28 (10 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).