So many moments helped make 2014 one of Boston College's more memorable years. While the competition on the field fell short of expectations—no national championships, no conference championships, one coach firing, another couple coaches keeping their jobs despite diminished returns—there was definitely no shortage of moments that made us laugh, cry, cheer, and jeer.
For that reason, simply doing a top 10 isn't enough. We can't just list out the moments and say, "Yeah that was great." We need to measure them against one another. Therefore, it's my privilege and honor to bring you the 32-team, 2014 edition of "Who Wins Boston College?"
The rules are simple. The bracket is broken down into four regions: Football, Hockey, Basketball, and Everything Else (affectionately known as the Baldwin Division). Eight moments qualify and are seeded, with me (New Guy) serving as the selection committee. We then analyze the different matchups until we determine one winner. Over the course of the next several days, I'll break it all down and let you guys analyze and criticize.
Remember that "memorable" doesn't always mean good. Some of the moments in this bracket will drudge up some pretty awful memories, but then again, that's part of what makes this bracket so great.
We may also break the division down within games themselves. For example, the reverse option to Sherm Alston from the USC game stands independent from the Tyler Murphy touchdown run to seal the win. But in basketball, there's no one play standing out from the Syracuse win, so the #1 seed is the game itself.
So without further ado, here are the seeds for the 2014 Who Wins Boston College Bracket:
1) Tyler Murphy 66-yard touchdown run caps win over USC.
2) Sherm Alston's reverse option touchdown sprint.
3) Eagles become bowl eligible with big win over Virginia Tech.
4) Myles Willis opens up Syracuse game with touchdown kick return.
5) Eagles outdraw UMass at Gillette, Do Unholy Things to UMass Defense.
6) Colorado State rallies in fourth quarter to beat BC.
7) BC heads to Pinstripe Bowl, loses to Penn State on shanked PAT.
8) BC coughs up fourth quarter lead to FSU, loses to #1-ranked Noles.
1) Eagles defeat previously undefeated, #1-ranked Syracuse in honor of DK.
2) BC fires Steve Donahue after 8-24 season.
3) BC hires Jim Christian to rebuild basketball program.
4) Harvard Destroys BC, 73-58, on New Year's Day.
5) Reggie Jackson scores 32 points for OKC in NBA Playoffs.
6) Ryan Anderson transfers to Arizona.
7) Eagles defeat Providence in 109th meeting.
8) Olivier Hanlon named Wooden Award Preseason Top 50.
1) Johnny Gaudreau wins Hobey Baker Award.
2) Union eliminates Eagles from Frozen Four.
3) BC defeats UMass-Lowell to win Northeast Regional.
4) Top-seeded BC loses best of three series to Notre Dame.
5) Sonny Milano decides against BC, chooses OHL.
6) Slow start to '14-'15 has Eagles on outside looking in.
7) Gaudreau scores first NHL goal against Vancouver.
8) Demko, McCoshen, Santini part of weak WJC showing for USA.
1) Women's lacrosse advances to NCAA Quarterfinals.
2) Women's hockey loses in Hockey East Championship, NCAA First Round.
6) Alex Carpenter scores second most goals in Olympics, USA wins silver.
7) Erika Reinke becomes three-time national champion in Singlehanded Nationals (sailing).
8) Jessica Wacnik qualifies for indoor national championships in tennis.