Monday, November 02, 2009
I know what the haters will say. "Bowl Eligibility isn't a big deal, not for a big program, and BC thinks they have a big program." Well i'm a BC fan, and we most certainly DO NOT have a big program. We have a solid, middle class kind of program. And BC wasn't supposed to reach bowl eligibility this year, not according to many ACC predictors. But they're 6-3, with 3 not-so-tough conference games left to play (@ Virginia, vs. UNC, @ Maryland). If they win those 3, and Clemson loses an ACC game, then the Eagles go to the ACC Championship for the 3rd straight year.
Against CMU, Montel Harris returned with a vengeance. He was stifled in the Notre Dame game, but against the Chippewas he put up 136 yards and scored 2 TDs. He's already surpassed his numbers from last year. He's got 930 yards with 3 games left to play. And he's got 13 TDs, compared to just 5 last season.
The Eagles travel to Charlottesville to take on the 3-5 Virginia Cavaliers.
You get a decent effort with an unfortunate loss to the Devils. Then a great, high-flying game against Edmonton, then get shutout by Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.
I guess treading water until guys like Savard and Lucic return isn't so bad. I suppose losing by 1 goal to good teams isn't so bad.
But a 13.6% power play is bad. It's worse than bad. It's flat-out inexcusable. That's 28th in the League. Only the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators are worse. A team with plenty of forward depth should not be below 15% this deep into the season. They should be 20% or better.
And having the 21st best PK unit isn't too good either, but at least that's shown some signs of improvement lately.
It's a long season, but it gets shorter every day. And if the season ended right now, the Bruins would be 9th in the Eastern Conference.
Big stretch of games coming up for the B's. They play Western Conference Champion Detroit on the road Tuesday night. That game's on Versus. Then they host Montreal and Buffalo on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
AP Photo/Stephen Chernin
In a bit of a surprise, the Celtics and point guard Rajon Rondo agreed to terms on a 5 year, $55 million extension. The NBA had extended the deadline to come to contract extensions until 6:30 tonight.
Rondo's improved every year he's been in green and white. And while I still don't think he's in the "top 5" of point guards, I think such questions like that are irrelevant. Whether he's in the "top 5" is sports radio fodder, and has nothing to do with winning basketball games.
Rondo is a key element to the Celtics' success, both now and in the future. Pierce, Ray Allen, and KG can't play forever, but Rondo is not only a key cog to the Celtics' current championship hopes. He's the potential center-piece in the c's long-term plans.