The Beanpot, a.k.a the Boston University Invitational is an annual tradition around these parts. Also traditional is Boston University skating off with the title, which they did for the 29th time last night, thanks to a 5-2 win over Northeastern.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Terriers winning the dog-beat-bog final over the Huskies. John Connolly notes that a pair of shorthanded goals 30 second apart with less than seven minutes in the game was the difference for BU.

John Powers says that winning the Beanpot is nice for coach Jack Parker, but it isn’t the ultimate goal for his team. Steve Buckley says that the third period dramatics will be remembered for a long time. Rich Thompson has Jason Lawrence coming through with another Beanpot goal for BU. Barbara Matson has David Warsofsky breaking open the game with his shorthanded goal.

Barbara Matson has Boston College taking the consolation game, 4-3 over Harvard. Jeff Howe has more on the BC win.

The Globe Beanpot notebook has BC’s top trio able to get going in the consolation win. Connolly’s notebook has BU’s Nick Bonino winning MVP honors.

A-Rod/Baseball

Bob Hohler has Alex Rodriguez admitting to ESPN’s Peter Gammons that he took steroids for several seasons while playing for the Texas Rangers. Michael Silverman has more on the admission from A-Rod. Chris Baldwin says that A-Rod isn’t naive as he claims, he’s just sleazy. Dan Lamothe says that the interview was a mixture of the “contrite, evasive and bizarre.” Dom Amore has more on A-Rod’s confession.

Gerry Callahan has Rodriquez free-falling from grace after being the (false) face of steroid-free baseball for so long. Sean McAdam looks at baseball’s latest problem, as the A-Rod revealing is likely to only be the beginning. Bill Reynolds says that this is all our fault. We wanted long home runs and big muscles and this is the result. Jeff Jacobs says that A-Rod simply had to come clean.

Sean McAdam has Rocco Baldelli uncertain of what to expect from his body this season, and looking forward to testing himself in spring training. Tony Massarotti has nine questions facing the Red Sox entering spring training, and yes, it is in that dreaded “gallery” style format which forces you to click through 19 pages in order to view it all. Kevin Gray has various NH players getting ready for the trip south for spring training.

Bruins

Jumbo Joe is back in town, as the San Jose Sharks and former Bruins star Joe Thornton take on the B’s tonight at the Garden.

Stephen Harris says that Thornton arrives in town a little older, but a lot wiser than in his Boston days. Mick Colageo says that Joe still has something to prove. Mike Loftus has Thornton asserting that his return to Boston isnt as big a deal as the actual game between the two top teams in the league is. Michael Felger asserts that the trade of Thornton is what really started the Bruins resurgence.

Loftus also has Jeremy Roenick disappointed he won’t be able to play in his home town tonight. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins not revealing any details of Michael Ryder’s facial surgery as of yet. Joe Haggerty has Blake Wheeler hoping to jump over any rookie wall.

Celtics

In his latest edition of The Five Pack, Jeremy Gottlieb on the BSMW Full Court Press examines whether the Celtics are struggling their way to the All Star Break.

Frank Dell’Apa notes the Celtics recent difficulties in closing out home games. Paul Flannery says that the little things mean a lot to this team.  Mark Murphy has Danny Ainge feeling that he doesn’t need to make any sudden moves to improve his team. Lenny Megliola says that the Celtics aren’t panicking because of their recent struggles. Jim Fenton has the Celtics in a three way race for home court advantage in the postseason. Howe has the Celtics searching for that killer mentality at home.

Bill Burt explores 10 interesting stories from the world of sports.

Michael Vega looks at 18-year-old Joey Logano, who will be driving for Joe Gibbs in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

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10 thoughts on “The BU Invitational Goes To…BU

  1. It’s early yet, but this needs to happen: the first Yankees/ Red Sox game at Fenway this year, ARod walks to the plate while the PA blasts Huey Lewis “I want a new drug”. Please someone make this happen.

    1. It was Mint that a Boston guy (Gammons) took down a New York guy (Rodriguez). Say what you will about the Couric piece (where he denied-denied-denied), it was Gammons who came away with the scalp.

      1. It was actually Sports Illustrated that forced Rodriguez’ admission.

        Gammons, a hack’s hack if ever there was one, merely tried to provide a soft landing…just as he has shamelessly and unsuccessfully attempted in past sessions with Albert Belle, Darryl Strawberry, Barry Bonds and other, ultimately-disgraced ballplayers.

        1. If you believe being diplomatic is synonymous with being a hack then you’re right. Gammons is one of the most respected journalists around – for good reason.

          1. Gammons allowed A-Rod to rip the SI reporter and let people think she was a stalker. Listen to her interview with ESPN Radio – totally different view of things. Gammons is a hack because he won’t rip the players in this matter. He knew what was going on, and refused to do anything about it. Instead, a dirtbag like Canseco go the ball rolling. All Gammons needed was a pair of suspenders, and it would have been Larry King. He should be ashamed of himself.

  2. Only in the Beanpot could NU give up 2 identical odd man rushes. Leading to 2 Short handed goals. If I was a Harvard or an NU fan, I don’t think I could bring my self to attend this every year…

  3. Of course, Boston.com loves those silly galleries because you get more clicks. I refuse to click on them at all anymore–even if they are by Chad Finn. In fact, I don’t click on Shank, or Mazz either. Why do I even visit boston.com…oh yeah, Reiss and the baseball reporters.

  4. Thank God our boys are squeeky clean!….The only, “Performance Enhancers” they’ve ever ingested is milk and vegetables……rah-rah-rah! GO RED SOX!

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