"It's been overwhelming in such a positive way," said Nancy Frates, Pete's mother. "Pete set this as his mission the day he was diagnosed. He said, 'I'm going to change the face of this disease.' My son has been taken from just a little bit every day for the past two and a half years. But to see his mission almost be complete -- now it's the research, treatment and cure. The awareness is raising the funding. The funding will now raise research, and hopefully a treatment and cure."

Frates takes ice bucket challenge at Fenway (

The secondary has the most to prove in 2014 ...


14. Boston College Eagles: All of last season's starters return, but that's not always for the best. Boston College finished last in the conference in pass defense in 2013, which might make this yet another long season in the secondary. On the other hand, this is the most experienced position group on the Eagles by a mile (only nine returning starters team-wide, but four are safeties/corners). It's unlikely they'll perform as poorly this year as last, but with the conference talent level rising at DB, that may not be apparent by looking at stat lines alone.

ACC Football 2014 Position Rankings: Defensive Backs (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Eagles Wake-Up Call: On Momah's Chances | Birds 24/7


Momah getting a lot of press down in Philly. Hope he gets his shot.

UMass Nearing Decision On Starting QB For Opener


Whipple projects to have a starting quarterback named by the end of the weekend, with the frontrunners being Blake Frohnapfel, a 6-foot-7 graduate transfer from Marshall, and junior A.J. Doyle of Lakeville and Catholic Memorial. "Both those players can run, both those guys can make a play when the protection breaks down or something happens that way," Whipple said. "They throw the ball well on the run. So, game plan-wise, that’s a little easier. Obviously, ‘Fro’ is a little taller. Both have experience at the 1-A level (FBS). They played in big games. So those things, it’s a plus. I know A.J. a little bit better from the spring. I’ve been with him for 15 practices. We had ‘Fro’ in meetings and those things, so I’ve got to get to know him a little bit better. Both are playing really good, right now." . . .

Umass Notebook: Better all around (Boston Herald)

Maryland Grabs 3* VA Linebacker With BC Offer


Isaiah Davis had BC in his finalists but chose to follow his brother to Maryland

New, improved Momah back to win a spot with Eagles -


A year ago, Momah was the longest of longshots to make the Eagles' roster as an undrafted free agent. He was an intriguing 6-7, 239-pounder with 4.39 straight-line speed. But he hadn't played football in almost 2 years because of a knee injury early in his final season at Boston College, and he was so, so raw. He couldn't get off the line of scrimmage against press coverage, and he was painfully slow getting in and out of his breaks.

Eye on Boston College -


Boston College coach Steve Addazio is hoping a fifth-year transfer quarterback and a lot of extra scrimmages will help make up for some big losses offensively.

Baseball Accepts the #IceBucketChallenge (


Birdball gets in on the #IceBucketChallenge. #StrikeOutALS