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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Boston College Athletics: January 4, 2006

Doug Flutie's Drop Kick

On Sunday, January 1st, Doug Flutie proved that he still has some magic left by booting a "drop kick" during the Patriots-Dolphins game, the NFL's first successful drop kick since 1941. View the play here (beware Real Media file).

Interestingly, CNNSI's Dr. Z wrote about Flutie's long desire to score via drop kick back in 1998. Read more at the Montreal Gazette and the Boston Globe.

After the game, Boston Herald writer Michael Felger, who earned a degree from a university that advertises their prestigous mail-order programs on directdegree.com, disparaged Doug Flutie and the play, claiming that Flutie and the Patriots made a mockery of the sport of football. The BU grad then proceeded to make a jackass out of himself on CBS4. View the clips here.

Paul Sullivan of the Lowell Sun published a touching letter thanking Flutie for being what "a role model should be" and for bringing so much pride to New England through his athletic heroics and, more importantly, his work with autism.

The Commonwealth Classic

The #11 men's basketball team beat UMass 91-62 in the Commonwealth Classic on Tuesday night. The win marked Eagles' sixth straight victory over their cross-state rival; at this point, the Governor's Cup has been "reduced to a symbolic piece of window dressing for Boston College." BC dominated, so a scoreboard malfunction towards the end of the game that had BC leading by a score of 88-1 did not seem too far fetched.

Sophomore Sean Williams registered two monstrous blocked shots during the game, of which Lenny Megliola quipped "any higher and Williams would qualify for frequent flier miles."

Despite the recent dominance and Boston College’s move to the ACC, Boston College AD Gene DeFilippo said that BC will continue its home-and-home series with UMass.

Before the game, senior forward Craig Smith was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week after averaging 20.5 points and 8 rebounds in a pair of road wins.

Men's Hockey

The men's hockey team have brought the Wells Fargo Denver Cup to the Heights this past weekend as they defeated the Princeton Tigers 5-1 in the championship game of the holiday tournament. Boston College goaltender (and blogger) Joe Pearce embodied a true gongshow as he turned away 53 of 57 shots on his way to earning tournament MVP and Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Meanwhile, senior winger Chris Collins was named Hockey East Player Of The Month after registering 12 points in six games in December. Collins tallied the first hat trick of his career in a 7-0 home win over Massachusetts on Dec. 9.

Hockey alum Tony Voce was in on a bit of AHL history last week; Voce scored a third-period goal that was set up by John Slaney, the assist making Slaney the league's all-time leading scorer among defensemen, with 454 career points.
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