In one of the closest and most spread out votes of any category, our panel selected BC football's senior day win over NC State as the "Moment of the Year" for 2013-2014.
There were several things about the game and the day that made it memorable. Firstly, it capped a 5-1 home slate for BC after consecutive years of serving up losing football to the loyal fans of home. Secondly, it was the scene of one of Andre Williams' most memorable performances in a BC uniform. Importantly, it marked BC's sixth win of the year, pinning down bowl eligibility. And perhaps most memorably, the fans were invited to join the team on the field to celebrate the season and dance to the celebratory sounds of the BC marching band.
It was truly a magical fall day on the Heights, and one that certainly felt like the dawning of a new and much more fun era of BC football. It was the culmination of a season of good vibes between the team and the fanbase, and that's what made it so special for everyone who was there.
I, personally, voted for BC's upset win over Syracuse. While not a basketball guy myself, the emotions of that game for the team and the fanbase were incredible, given Dick Kelley's passing just one week before the win. The game was topsy turvy, full of drama, and resulted on the first positive headlines for BC basketball in a long time.
That said, it's tough to argue with the winning choice.
Baldwin, your thoughts?
The Final Vote
3 - Senior Day, football vs. NC State
2 - BC basketball upsets #1 Syracuse
2 - Nate Freese's last second field goal to beat Maryland
1 - Steve Addazio's Pregame Speech vs. Villanova
Comments from the Panel
Dan Rubin: "The moment when Steve Addazio gave his first pregame speech before Villanova. We all craved the feeling that BC football would be different from the Spaz era, and when Daz stood there and led the team in a chant of "the team. The team. The family. The family. BC. BC. BC" it really crystallized everything we would come to love about him and the 2013 team."
AJ Black: "Storming the field with the football team after beating NC State at home. I know the team wasn't great, but this was the moment I felt that BC football reconnected again with the fans. After years of being beaten down by the malaise and awful football brought about by Spaz, this released us. When Steve Addazio grabbed the mic and told all the fans to get on the field with the team, it was one of the coolest moments I can remember."
Worst Moment of the Year - 3 PM
Schedule and Awardees:
Monday, July 21
-Best Female Athlete - McKenzie Meehan, Women's Soccer
Tuesday, July 22
-Best Male Athlete - Andre Williams, Football
-Best Individual Performance in a Game - Andre Williams vs. NC State
Wednesday, July 23
-Coach of the Year - Steve Addazio, Football
-Team of the Year - Men's Hockey
Thursday, July 24
-Best Moment of the Year - BC Football Senior Day vs. NC State
-Worst Moment of the Year
Friday, July 25
-Play of the Year
-BCI Post of the Year
Monday, July 28
-Biggest Story of the Year
-Most Disliked Opponent of the Year
Tuesday, July 29
-Game of the Year (football)
-Game of the Year (men's hockey)
Wednesday, July 30
-Game of the Year (men's basketball)
-Game of the Year (all other sports)