Monday, October 15, 2007

 

Getting BC out of the BCS

The first BCS rankings are out and, regrettably, Boston College is third. Admittedly, at 7 -0, they are a decent team, certainly worthy of some attention and national ranking. But they are not one of the three or four best teams in America and hopefully, their fraudulent status will soon be exposed…by November 10th at the latest when they come to Maryland to play the Terps.

Anyway, the point of this posting is to educate – tell you something that you’re just not getting from the sycophants in the MSM.

“The Eagles are 7-0 for the first time since 1942 and debuted at No. 3 in the BCS.” NCAA Football - CBSSports.com

Aaahh, 1942. Whatever happened to that 1942 Boston College team? They eventually went to 8-0, were ranked #1 in the nation and were all but guaranteed a berth in the Sugar Bowl until…

(loyal readers can probably see where this is going)

...November 28, 1942, a 4-4-1 and unranked Holy Cross team came to Fenway Park for the annual rivalry game. BC had 5 shutouts already that year and their defense was allowing an average of less than 30 yards a game. And?

The NY Times Dave Anderson (also a Holy Cross grad) recounts what happened: Sports of The Times; The Upset, the Party, the Fire

“IT'S arguably the biggest upset in college football history. …Holy Cross stunned Boston College, 55-12.”

BC didn't go to the Sugar Bowl (Orange instead) and they didn't finish #1. The Crusaders work was done. 65 years later it may fall to the Terps to perform a similar public service.

..and if you run into any obnoxious BC fans (I know, I know, redundant) and they start spouting this history, feel confident in asking what ever happened to that team.

Side Notes: I don’t mean or want to downplay what that day is most infamous for: that evening a fire broke out at the Boston nightclub Cocoanut Grove that killed nearly 500 people. It is a fascinating and gruesome story that continues to resonate in the Boston area. Boston Globe Online: The Cocoanut Grove inferno

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