Good morning. I'm cranky today. The Bruins lost to the Canadiens, and a google news search for "Boston College" the last few days yields way too much "real news" instead of sports stories. Totally lame. Anyway:
Johnny Gaudreau took to the ice in a game yesterday for the first time since scoring in his NHL debut for Calgary, playing for the US team in an exhibition game against Germany warming up for the IIHF World Championships, which begin on Friday. What did he do? Oh, he scored. Of course he did:
Team USA struck for a pair of early goals in the first period to build a 2-0 lead. Johnson opened the scoring with an unassisted marker at 4:48 before Johnny Gaudreau (Carneys Points, N.J./Calgary Flames) found the back of the net with help from Jeff Petry (Ann Arbor, Mich./Edmonton Oilers) and Tim Stapleton (La Grange, Ill.) just 14 seconds later.
More on IIHF worlds:
Jimmy and Kevin Hayes are national champions, NHL draftees and members of the U.S. men's national team heading to Belarus for the 2014 World Championship.
Boston College forward Zeiko Lewis has committed to the Rams for the 2014 season! A native of Bermuda, Lewis was named ACC Freshman of the Year and was also named to the Soccer America All-Freshman team. Lewis has also gone on to represent Bermuda in a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago.
The Real Boston Rams play in the USL PDL - roughly the fourth tier of "pro"/semi-pro soccer in the US, and have an affiliation agreement with the New England Revolution.
We are days away from the NFL Draft and Mike Mamula is nowhere to be found. Usually this time of year articles and blogposts are filled with references to the former Combine wunderkind. In many of these posts, he is wrongly labeled as a bust and as someone who only got drafted because of his NFL Combine performance. As any BC fan knows, neither is the case. Mamula's final college season was dominant. He was going to be a first day draft pick before the Combine. The great workout only elevated him that much more.
I don't know why there are fewer stories this year. My Bing alert only mentions him six times in the last seven days. Maybe writers are moving on. Or perhaps there are just new targets. Either way, I hope he starts getting the credit he finally deserves for both his college and NFL career.
Boston College BC fits the culture academically. Massachusetts would be a mid-tier Big Ten market on its own. That's not to mention Boston is the hub for a New England region with a population of nearly 15 million. The Eagles have produced decent football and basketball teams under the right coaches. Not the sexiest choice, but Rutgers was not exactly Sophia Loren.
So does that make us, like, Anna Kendrick or something? You know, "attainable"? Or is that aiming too high? Do we just have a really great personality?
Where do you think Addazio belongs on this list? ESPN has him at #9. I'm no expert, but I'd probably go #7/8 right now.