Dear ‘Jags’, The Feeling is Mutual


The Boston College Eagles are gearing up to play Michigan State today in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando..and evidently, the Eagles aren’t very happy to be there. We provide the following from BC’s top blogger, Eagle in Atlanta:

Let me echo what Jags is saying — this is not where we wanted to be, but winning 11 games is still very important. This is also the last BC football game for nine months, so enjoy every moment.

Laugh out loud!! OMG that hurts!!

Dear, Jags/BC…Guess what…the feeling is mutual. Orlando didn’t want you, either. Hell, NOBODY wants you. And for some reason you are never grateful that the conference has put ridiculous rules in place SOLELY to protect you and allow you to annually ruin the financial statements of our valuable bowl partners.

I happen to be extremely close to members of three different bowls in the ACC’s bowl order – and I cannot stress to you how fearful each of the bowls were that they would end up with Boston College coming to their game. It was a doomsday scenario for everyone. The Eagles couldn’t be more toxic in the bowl community.

A more polite way of expressing the concern could be found in a previous 850Theuzz blog entry:

Our committee is leery of the Eagles and we’re not convinced their fans will support this team on a bowl trip to Atlanta. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has a long tradition of sold-out stadiums and an atmosphere that is as loud as any stadium in the country and we’re not sure a pro sports town like Boston can support their team at that level.

Consider the following: as late as the morning of November 17th a very plausible scenario still existed whereby Boston College would have not earned one of the ACC’s bowl bids even after achieving a #2 national ranking in October and finishing the season with a 5-3 conference record.

Had Boston College ultimately lost to Clemson while a two of three teams comprised of NC State, Maryland and Miami become bowl eligible – then BC would have been fighting for the LAST bowl spot in Boise. The Eagles administration and fans were SO rude and so ungrateful during their last appearance in Boise that nothing short of an explosion of epic proportion from John Swofford and the ACC office could have gotten the Eagles an ACC bowl.

Its funny, because the same Eagle fans who don’t support their team while complaining about how they are treated love to boast about the program’s bowl winning streak of seven that ranks as the nations longest. What I don’t hear a lot about is WHY/HOW the Eagles have won seven in a row.

You see, the Eagles fall so far in bowl selection order each year because their weak fan support that they ultimately play a team of significantly lesser stature. For example, this year the Eagles were the ACC’s second place team (won the tougher Atlantic Division) but fell as far as the ACC’s bowl rules would allow into the 4th bowl slot where they will they will play 7-5 Michigan State, the Big ten’s 5th selection.

Gee…wonder how they perform so well in bowls?

Unfortunately for Boston College, this year’s game in wonderful Orlando isn’t going to do much for their future case. After embarassing the league in the ACC Championship game and issuing a video plea for support, the school literally gave away FREE TICKETS to the game to students. In this article from today’s Boston Herald, the BC administration gives us an optimistic projection for their attendance in Orlando:

BC, however, has failed to improve its reputation as a non-traveling school. Each program was allotted 12,000 tickets. Michigan State has sold between 10,000 and 11,000; BC expects to have between 5,000 and 6,000.

What more can BC want? They are playing in friggin ORLANDO against a recognizable Big Ten opponent on a convenient Friday in between Christmas and New Year’s. By the way…it is currently 77 degrees in Orlando, FL and “feels like” 39 degrees in Boston, MA.

What more could you need to support your team?

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60 Responses to Dear ‘Jags’, The Feeling is Mutual

  1. Cardiac95 12/29/2007 at 10:28 AM #

    …makes unprovoked idiotic statements to the press.
    …rides media hype of 1st round draft pick QB.
    …produces school’s first 11-win season.

    DeJag Vu anyone?

  2. Astral Rain2 12/29/2007 at 10:53 AM #

    That’s kinda sad, cause while the Big 10 is probably the best of the major conferences for academics, the ACC is a very close 2nd. Pac 10 is up there as well.

    As for BC, I’ll think they’ll find a way to be alright- but I think the lack of ability to travel to bowls can really hurt a program.

    Maybe things would improve if the Patriots started to tank.

  3. choppack1 12/29/2007 at 2:21 PM #

    Academically and athletically, BC is a good fit for the ACC. It’s funny – their students, from the games that I’ve been to – do a pretty good job. They show up, they wear their yellow shirts. They have a good time at the game.

    I really do think the problem is a NE culture. It’s a culture which embraces pro sports more than it does college sports. When these college teams are doing well, there’s decent support…when things aren’t going well, they just focus on the pro sports.

    I’ve been to Boston both times for the NC-State- BC games. I love going to Boston and having the excuse to go. We even had a good time at a BC bar before the game – basically because NC State fans had taken it over. As much as I wanted to really hate their football team this year – I thought their players were easy to pull for. Jags is another story – I really thought he showed his ass after the VaTech game. However, it’s a good fit w/ their current AD.

    As far as expansion goes, don’t look for Swoff to make any decisions that show vision, risk or courage. Miami and BC all met the academic criteria, but these schools are darkhorses in pro sports towns. VaTech was a good addition – but Swoff and others didn’t want it – so you can’t give him any credit there.

    The bowl situation is absurd. Swoff is trying play the merit card in a system that isn’t exactly merit-based. Of course, he was very selective when he tried to play that merit card. (The year before the BC/State controversey for the Tire Bowl, the Heels took the Tire bowl while a ranked UVa team went to Boise.)

  4. choppack1 12/29/2007 at 2:31 PM #

    One more thing – if you are looking for bowl games – and you want good ones – at least let the bowls select the teams when you are the leader of a conference where roughly half the teams don’t travel well at all.

    Someone should put some graphics over the ACC championship game picture…The city of Jax presents the ACC championship – brought to you by John Swofford!

  5. Dr. BadgerPack 12/30/2007 at 6:38 AM #

    Boston College is a joke across the board. Every, and I mean EVERY BC alum I have come across is a pompous jackass. When I taught at a Big Ten school, I had a student complain to the dean about my teaching because he/she (yes, I need to be vague here) was receiving a ‘C’– of course this was because he/she was a moron, but that is beside the point. I dug this comment up from the report- the student said, and I quote, “I got A’s in chemistry at Boston College so if I’m not getting an A here it is the professor’s fault”.

    I see the same attitude in their sports: “We’re Boston College, love us dammit! The Hell with reality!”

    Alrighty, hopping off the ‘box’ now… I would seriously bet dollars to pesos that “Jags” is in the unemployment line in the next 4 years. I think we’ve all seen first hand how bad things turn once a coach, with a proclivity for the controversial comment, begins to fail to crack the 6-7 win plateau.

  6. burnbarn 12/30/2007 at 3:09 PM #

    Wax…. many students are not grads…

  7. waxhaw 12/30/2007 at 6:43 PM #

    Rabid…If you hate stupid people, just remember what Larry the Cable Guy said….Half the people are stupider than that. (emphasis on stupider is his 🙂 )

  8. waxhaw 12/30/2007 at 6:44 PM #

    oops left out part of his quote … If you think the average person is stupid, remember that half are stupider.

  9. FLPack 12/31/2007 at 4:06 PM #

    Some comments from the Orlando Sentinel….

    “Expect the crowd attending Friday night’s Champs Sports Bowl to be weighted heavily in Michigan State’s favor.

    Michigan State has sold or distributed approximately 10,000 out of its allotted 12,000 tickets, according to John Lewandowski, the school’s associate athletic director.

    Boston College fans, on the other hand, have done little to change their reputation as poor travelers to bowl games. Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo informed his associate athletic director for media relations, Chris Cameron, that the school has sold or distributed between 5,000 and 6,000 tickets out of its allotment of 12,000.

    The sluggish ticket sales likely won’t endear BC to officials from Florida Citrus Sports, which runs Orlando’s two bowl games.”

  10. Six Pack 01/04/2008 at 10:05 AM #

    Why BC over West Virginia or Pitt? Huh, ACC?

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