Archive for the ‘College Sports’ Category

College Football Schedule For 10/9
October 6, 2010

Saturday College Football schedule on WCVB Ch 5:

Noon SYRACUSE at South Florida

3:30 Michigan State at Michigan

8:00 Florida State at Miami

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WCVB College Football Schedule For Saturday, October 2
September 28, 2010

12p: Vanderbilt at UConn

3:30p Texas at Oklahoma

7:00p NewsCenter 5

8:00p Notre Dame at Boston College

11:30p NewsCenter 5

Madness Ensues
March 18, 2010

For live updates from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, and throughout the NCAA Tournament, follow @SportsCenter5 on Twitter!

And yes, Lynchie has brought out the big board!

College Football Schedule For Saturday 11/14
November 9, 2009

College Football on WCVB 11/14:
NOON: Syracuse @ Louisville
3:30PM: Iowa @ Ohio State (HD)
8PM: Notre Dame @ Pitt (HD)

College Football Schedule For 9/26
September 22, 2009

Noon: Fresno at Cincinnati

3:30: Miami at Virginia Tech

8:00: Iowa at Penn State

March Madness
March 27, 2009

Color me unimpressed with Pittsburgh. I know I’m biased (Syracuse alum) but they were on cruise control last night and with a couple of different bounces, Xavier would have shocked the world.

It didn’t help that neither team could shoot a lick, both under 30% in the second half. And DeJuan Blair needs to do 2 things: make layups and stop fouling on every rebound attempt. Sooner or later, the referees are going to blow the whistle for his constant pushing and shoving in the paint. This is basketball, not rugby.

If they play like they did last night, the Panthers will get run off the floor by Villanova. Oh wait, they already did, in January. And I don’t expect the result of this game to be any different if you look at how Villanova dismantled Duke last night.

The Blue Devils were completely overmatched from the get-go, as Scottie Reynolds dominated from the outside, and Dante Cunningham cleaned the glass down low. Duke looked tenative and didn’t attack the hoop (it didn’t help that Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer were a horrendous 4-32 from the field).

And then there’s the mystery of Greg Paulus, probably the second most hated player in the nation (behind ‘Cuse’s Eric Devendorf). Paulus started nearly every game over the last three years, becoming infamous for his hustle, constant hand clapping and cheering, and solid outside shooting. And suddenly, the team captain is benched by Coach K in favor of getting “more athletic.”

Now, Duke had a pretty good year, so it’s hard to second guess. But with two off-guard/small forward types running the show last night, Duke looked completely lost on offense. By the time Paulus got into the game, it was already a blowout and he had no chance to make an impact. I’m not saying he definitely would have changed things, but don’t you have to take a chance that his heart and experience could have kept Duke in the game early in the second half?

So now we have an all-Big East regional final – Pittsburgh (and the strangely-under-represented Oakland Zoo) and Villanova (who has TONS of fans in town, packing all four floors of the Greatest Bar before and after the game). Tip is set for 7:05 Saturday night. I think Reynolds and Cunningham are better – and want it more – than Fields and Blair.

Prediction: Villanova 72 Pittsburgh 64

Now let’s go Orange!

-SI

p.s. Cheap Plug Alert: the slideshow from last night is up.

Schilling, Garnett and NCAA
March 23, 2009

Curt, we hardly knew you. Or was it that we knew too much about you since you couldn’t stop talking. Whatever the case, you and your clutch pitching will be missed and remembered forever by Red Sox fans.

Schilling came here in 2004 and immediately delivered on his promise to help break the 86 year drought by continuing his clutch post season pitching performances…oh yah he won 21 games during the regular season as well. He delivered. Now, he did have plenty of help in ’04 from Manny and Oritz and Pedro and Derrick Lowe and Dave Roberts, but he beat the Yankees in Yankee stadium in a game 6 that will never ever be forgotten, something about a bloody sock.

In ’07 his post season ERA was even better than ’04, going 3-0 and helping the Red Sox to their 2nd World title in 4 years. But Schilling was so much bigger than just a baseball player. He had the courage to speak his mind no matter how much or little was on his mind. He even called out a local sportswriter calling him lazy amongst a number of things. Didn’t matter-Schilling delivered on the field, especially on the field in the Post season where he was 11-2 with 3 World Titles (yah he even helped bring the Diamondbacks a title which may be a bigger achievement than the the Red Sox…the Diamondbacks!, he did beat the Yankees in that WS)

Curt, we’ll miss you. Personally I will never forget that conditioning run he attempted at the beginning of  ’07. Schilling never pretended that he was a finely tuned athlete. He knew how to pitch and outsmart his opponents. He is a lost breed.

Bring on Garnett. How great is it to watch Kevin Garnett and the intensity he brings to a basketball game? He played just under 32 minutes total in the 2 Celtics games over the weekend yet there was no more important player. He stands alone, like Schilling did for the uniqueness they bring to their team and sport. Really- Garnett is one of a kind. He actually gave Rondo a light slap on the bench during saturday night’s win and that was after lifting up assitant coach Armand Hill near the end of Friday night’s big win at San Antonio. For anyone who loves compeition (or just winning) It is GREAT to see him back.

NCAA Tournament- Does Wake Forest have the worst coach in the NCAA tournament? All that talent and they get beat by Cleveland State?? C’mon. …Yes, I had Wake to get to the finals so they killed me, but that certainly does not cloud my judgement. OK, maybe a little.  And if you don’t believe my talent evaluation, just watch this years NBA draft and watch how many of Wake’s players go in the 1st round. 

-MD

Celtics, Bruins and Jags
January 8, 2009

No one was rooting harder for the Celtics last night than the Bruins whose success seems to be tied to their Garden brethren. Throw out those ridiculous ties and the 2 teams records are identical and have been for the last week. When one team loses, the other team follows, and visa versa-scary.

So what is with the Celtics? The simplest explanation-too many games for an older team. Only Houston, Milwaukee, and Denver have played as many games as the Celtics while teams like the Knicks and the Hornets have played 4 games less. For a team whose 3 best players are in their 11th, 12th and 14th years- that is not good.

The big 3’s numbers have not taken a dow jones like dip, in fact they are very close to last seasons.  KG’s scoring average is down 2.7 points, and Paul Pierce’s shooting percentage is down from .464 to .443, but Ray Allen’s shooting percentage and scoring is up a little (tho the last 5 games it has taken a dow jones like dip).

They are a little tired and they are getting the other teams best efforts. And quite frankly, it is virtually impossible to keep up the level of intensity and excitement that they had during last years 1st year together.

So, do the Bruins follow suit and lose tonight- I say that tonight the string is broken.

BC Coach Jeff Jagodzinski is gone because he did not like the constant grind of PR appearances, recruiting, and baby sitting teen age players. He forgot just how much he enjoyed his previous 8 years of coaching in the pros-just coaching, while the added non-coach responsibilities became tiresome.That is why he went looking elsewhere. Money- 1.4 Mill a year did not buy him happiness. He is relieved. Meanwhile BC AD Gene DeFilipo has begun his search. I like Jack Bicknell Jr as the favorite. The 45 year old former Bc center has all of the qualities that DeFilipo is looking for.

-MD

Source: Jags Firing To Be Announced Tomorrow
January 7, 2009

He crossed the boss and lost.

On the heels of his interview with the New York Jets, sources tell SportsCenter 5 that Boston College is waiting only for a face-to-face meeting to fire head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski.

That is expected to happen in the morning.

Jagodzinski led the Eagles to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game in his two seasons, losing both times to Virginia Tech. BC finished this season with a 9-5 record after losing to Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl. They were 11-3 in his first season.

Athletic director Gene DiFilippo told Jagodzinski he would be fired if he went through with the interview, which reportedly took place Tuesday in New Jersey.

Picture Pages
May 27, 2008

Here’s a sampling of the 400 or so pictures I took at the NCAA Lacrosse Championship Game between Syracuse and Johns Hopkins at Gillette Stadium.