Celtics Escape From New York, NU Dumps Football

There were two Boston-New York battles yesterday, and perhaps surprisingly, it was the Celtics that had the tougher afternoon with their Gotham opponent.

The Celtics needed overtime to defeat the Knicks, 107-105 at Madison Square Garden.

Julian Benbow has Paul Pierce carrying the Celtics on the afternoon, but passing off to Kevin Garnett for the game winner. Paul Flannery says that a win is a win, ever over the lowly Knicks. Steve Bulpet has KG finishing a bad game with a big shot. A. Sherrod Blakely says that the game winner by KG didn’t come as a surprise to the Celtics.

Gary Washburn says that the absence of Glen Davis is truly hurting the Celtics right now. Tim Weisberg says that the three-point shot has become a serious problem for the Celtics.

Benbow’s notebook has Rajon Rondo trying yet another routine at the free throw line. Bulpett’s notebook has another awful shooting game from Rasheed Wallace. Chris Sheridan looks at what is wrong with the Celtics.

Northeastern

Northeastern University has announced that they will discontinue their football program, following 74 years of play. Andrew Ryan has NU officials making the decision because they feel the sport is too expensive to justify. John Connolly has many unhappy with the decision.

Dan Shaughnessy weighs in on the demise of the program.

Bruins

Joe Haggerty has Marc Savard returning tonight, and hoping to recharge the Bruins power play unit. Mike Loftus has the Bruins hoping Savard can add to the positive streak the team has been on recently. Mick Colageo has the Bruins with Savard returning, finally on track to get themselves into legitimate top-eight position. Stephen Harris has Savard excited to get back out on the ice. Kevin Paul Dupont has Byron Bitz getting a bump up to the top line.

Misc

John Tomase has J.D. Drew on the mend after shoulder surgery.

Mark Blaudschun has the BCS resulting in terrific dramatic games week in and week out.

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Wes is More For Patriots Against Jets

Now we know. The biggest difference between the Patriots of week two, and the Patriots now is the little guy who wears number 83. By doing everything in their power to ensure that Randy Moss didn’t beat them, Darrelle Revis and the Jets won that battle, but lost the war in a 31-14 victory by the Patriots. Welker finished with 15 catches for 192 yards on the afternoon.

Chris Warner has the Gut Check after this one.

Adam Kilgore has the Patriots successfully moving from last weeks loss in Indy. Tom E. Curran has the Patriots avoiding the “Indy Hangover” by handily beating the Jets. Ian R. Rapoport has the opportunistic Patriots taking advantage of the Jets mistakes yesterday. Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots bringing an end to a long week with the big win yesterday. Tim Whelan Jr. has the Patriots hazing the Jets rookie QB on their way to victory. Jennifer Toland has the Patriots bouncing back and getting some revenge. Tim Weisberg says that this could be the statement game that the Patriots defense has been waiting for. Mark Farinella says there were plenty of superlatives all around for the Patriots yesterday. Mike Reiss has the Patriots getting off the mat to deliver a knockout yesterday.

Michael Felger says that the Patriots might’ve played terribly in this game, but thanks to Mark Sanchez, the Patriots made it look easy. Steve Buckley says that you can always count on the Jets to make a lot of noise, and to face away as the season goes on. Rich Garven has the Patriots just getting back to ‘Business as Usual’ yesterday at Gillette. Jonathan Comey looks at this game and others in Monday Morning Fullback. Christopher Price shows us 10 Things We Learned Yesterday.

Bob Ryan looks at the huge afternoon by Welker, and wonders again why Miami ever let him come here. Jeff Jacobs says that thanks to Welker, this rematch was no match at all. Ron Borges says that while Revis may have shut down Randy Moss, Welker shut up the entire Jets team. Reiss says that Welker could be the Pats’ MVP this season. Brian MacPherson says that next time perhaps the Jets should send Revis over to cover Welker. Jim Donaldson says that it was Welker that made the difference between the week two loss and yesterday’s win. Andy Vogt has Welker as the key to beating the Jets defense. Farinella has more on the unstoppable Mr. Welker yesterday. Glen Farley says that Welker was no side story yesterday.

Albert R. Breer has Vince Wilfork once again anchoring the defense up front. Karen Guregian says that the defense never lost its swagger or confidence this week, and they showed that on the field. Glen Farley has the defense putting an exclamation point on their statement game. Reiss has the Patriots defense bringing heat yesterday, and Mark Sanchez wilting as a result. Robert Lee looks at the huge afternoon from cornerback Leigh Bodden. Rich Thompson has Bodden picking off Mark Sanchez three times yesterday. Farinella has No. 23 feeling comfortable here in New England.

Dan Duggan has Tom Brady and the Patriots getting much better results against the Jets this time around. Chris Forsberg has Brady able to handle the pressure of the Jets yesterday. Monique Walker has Laurence Maroney with another fumble, but also two touchdowns on the afternoon.

Brendan Hall looks at the job Darrelle Revis did in backing up his talk about keeping Randy Moss covered. Bill Burt makes this matchup his biggest focus of the game.

Borges gives us the best and the worst from yesterday. Duggan examines the marquee matchup of Revis vs. Moss. Lee has postgame analysis from both sides of the ball. Hector Longo continues to hate Jerod Mayo in his Two-minute Drill. Take that, you Kool-Aid drinkers.

Walker’s notebook has Leigh Bodden coming up with three interceptions off Mark Sanchez on the afternoon. Rapoport’s notebook has Maroney continuing his solid play as of late. Heading up Young’s Talking points is Revis being able to get the better of Randy Moss once again. The Daily News’ notebook has the Patriots getting the better of  “The San-chise.” Toland’s notebook has Bodden and the defense playing like they had something to prove yesterday. Weisberg’s notebook has Welker leaving us to wonder how the Patriots might’ve fared had #83 played in week two. Farinella’s notebook has Tom Brady adding to his resume yesterday. Farley’s notebook has an Easton grandmother picking up $300,00 at halftime.

Gordon Edes Officially In at ESPNBoston.com

Gordon Edes has his first post up at ESPNBoston.com today:

Back where I belong

New England is my home, baseball remains my game, and after being away, I am even more persuaded that there is no better place to talk, write, blog, tweet, text, chat and care about baseball than right here, for this audience. Many of you already know me, from my 12 years of covering the Red Sox for the Boston Globe and from posing as Heidi Watney’s favorite uncle on NESN. I hope to renew acquaintances with you, while introducing myself to many more of you through what we intend to be the go-to site for all things Red Sox. For openers, we have Peter Gammons on our side, which is like spotting us Pedro Martinez.

Good to have you back, Gordo…

Time For the Friday Megalinks

Let’s do the Friday megalinks as we steam into Thanksgiving holiday week. Lots of links to get to so let’s not waste any more time.

The Weekend Viewing Picks have what’s in store for college football, college basketball, NFL, NASCAR and plenty of other sporting and primetime viewing picks.

To the links.

National

We’re hearing rumblings of executive firings at ESPN. This has to do with an affair that was originally outed by Deadspin and confirmed by the New York Post. And there are more details including affairs involving the talent as well. As Chris Rock said, “people have gone lost their minds.”

Michael Hiestand of USA Today says both Fox and ABC will have familiar announcing crews calling the BCS.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings is taking the NBA by storm.

Darren says a plan to sell “stock” in the Boise State athletic program is off to a rip-roaring start.

Len Berman went on the Today Show this morning to pimp his new book “The Greatest Moments in Sports“.

Tom Van Riper of Forbes credits Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary pass against Miami 25 years ago for increasing the audience for college football.

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports speaks with ESPN’s Jon Gruden.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson will host a new program that will tour various sports stadia and arenas across the country.

The Sports Media says last Sunday’s NASCAR event on ABC fell in the ratings, mirroring the downward trend for the entire year.

SMW has notes on two sports media figures who passed away this week.

SMW mentions that ESPN’s ratings for the NBA are down thus far this season.

Chris Byrne in the Eye on Sports Media suggests how best to use links in social media.

Chris tells us that the University of Michigan sports information department is credentialing bloggers for Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan game at the Big House.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe lists some of the best personalities in the local sports media.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette writes that Comcast SportsNet New England is ready to take on NESN on TV and on the web.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times profiles Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Bob Raissman from the New York Daily News is fed up of the talk leading up to the Jets-Patriots game this Sunday.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels the NFL should go back to the 1950’s.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union talks with ESPN/ABC’s Sean McDonough.

Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com writes in Press Box that Baltimore-Washington is becoming a huge media market.

Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post profiles John Riggins who has carved a niche for himself in the DC market.

South

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the highs and lows of the NFL Network’s production of the Dolphins-Panthers game.

David Barron from the Houston Chronicle talks with noted college football writer and CBS College Sports host Tony Barnhart.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman notes that for the second year in a row, the State High School Football Championships won’t be televised.

In his media notebook, Mel writes that the first Oklahoma University basketball televised game was hard to watch.

Midwest

Jim Woods of the Columbus Dispatch says Erin Andrews’ alleged stalker apparently shot video of her in a local hotel room.

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press writes about an 18 year kid who is calling college hockey games professionally.

Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN is hopeful that Jon Gruden will be with them for the long haul.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business has his weekly winners and losers in sports business and media.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times has the transcript of an interview NBC’s Bob Costas did with WMAQ-TV in regards to the Bears refusing interview requests by the network for Sunday Night Football.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News would like to see a local sports personality back on the Utah Jazz game broadcasts.

The Arizona Daily News prepares readers for College Gameday’s visit to Tucson on Saturday.

Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune is feeling melancholy over not being able to see the NFL Network.

To John Maffei of the North County Times talks with CBS’ Dick Enberg who is enjoying calling a number of “home” games this season and is being considered to join the Padres broadcast team.

Jim Carlisle from the Ventura County Star says the economy is very much different for the NFL and the Olympics based on their ad sales.

Jim writes that Fox Sports Net West is celebrating 50 years of the Lakers in L.A.

Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times breaks news of a scuffle between TNT’s Marv Albert and 50 Cent’s entourage backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live this week.

The Los Angeles Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth talks with ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas about his days as L.A. Galaxy GM.

Tom has more with Alexi in his blog as well as some news and notes.

Daniel Lyght of the Fresno Bee talks with ESPN football analyst Trent Dilfer who got to call his first game this week.

Bob Condotta from the Seattle Times has the TV info for next week’s annual Apple Cup game between Washington and Washington State.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Glove and Mail gets on his high horse and scolds a Denver Post reporter for reporting a shouting match that was overheard behind closed doors.

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star talks with former Rogers Sportsnet personality Mike Toth.

William Houston of the Truth & Rumours gets on the Globe & Mail for having its reporters and editors taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal writes about the effect of CBC’s wildly successful Battle of the Blades will have on figure skating in Canada.

The Canadian Press reports that Rush’ Neil Peart is recording a new version of TSN’s Hockey Song (formerly the theme to Hockey Night in Canada).

And that’s going to end the megalinks. I’ll be posting links at the Fang’s Bites @ BSMW page throughout the weekend.

The Friday Top Ten

So another Friday is finally here (was it me, or was this a LONG week?) and I’ve got another edition of the top ten from this morning’s sports stories.

Consider this one a periodic credit report – Chad Finn is going positive this morning, giving out props in his Friday media column.

Comcast builds a team to take on NESN – Bill Doyle checks out what they’re doing down there at Comcast SportsNet with their new on-line and on-air talent.

Pats-Jets rematch all about adjustments – Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss chat about Sunday’s Patriots-Jets rematch at Gillette.

Dismissive response – Mark Farinella looks at comments from Jerod Mayo, who says that as Bruschi isn’t on the team anymore, the former Patriot can’t comment accurately on how the defense was feeling after the Colts loss.

Wes Welker’s presence shapes what goes on – Ian Rapoport looks at the difference that Wes Welker could make on Sunday.

Bruins dig in, win in shootout – Fluto Shinzawa reports on the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Atlanta Thrashers last night.

B’s Start To Show Positive Signs – Graig Woodburn has the Bruins looking to play a 62-game schedule now.

C’s look to pay back Magic – Scott Souza previews tonight’s Celtics/Magic game, the first meeting of the clubs since last spring’s playoff series.

Free agency may not be a hit for Bay – Sean McAdam explains why Jason Bay may not get the huge payday he and his agent are looking for.

Ortiz says Sox need to power up – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox slugger saying that the team need to add some punch to the lineup…just as he did last year.

If you’re tempted to click on Dan Shaughnessy’s column this morning because it involves Larry Bird…don’t. Just read Jackie MacMullan’s book When the Game Was Ours as Dan’s column is just a retelling of a couple of stories from the book. That and Larry thinks Peyton Manning is pretty good. I’ve just about finished the book, and I have to say that the stuff about Cedric Maxwell within (which Dan rehashes again today) is actually pretty tame. You’ve heard it all, if you heard the stuff talked about on the radio or seen a review. Maxwell doesn’t deny saying that stuff that he is quoted as saying, though he claims it was all in jest, which it very well could be, but it’s still stuff you don’t say.

Check the Patriots Daily coverage with the following features:

Worry Wart – Game Ten vs. Jets – by Chris Warner

First (Second?) Impressions – the New York Jets – by Greg Doyle

Trading Places – Rematch With TheJetsBlog

Be sure to also check out Ken Fang’s take on the Top 25 Football Announcers.

Week Log: Belichick, On His Terms

Yes, I hurled all manner of verbal abuse at my TV on Sunday night and, yes, my wife walked out on me for the last 13 seconds. In fact, she got so flustered that she forgot to take our youngest with her, leaving him to ask to no one in particular, “Why is daddy so mad?” But four days of separation have now brought me to an appreciation of Bill Belichick’s fourth-and-two call.

Maybe I’m just one of those contrarians Bruce spoke of yesterday, and maybe I like it when radio pundits tell me I’m an idiot. I actually find it kind of validating. Look, that game was going to have its Armageddon. Whether the ball was in the Pats’ hands or the Colts’, the forces of good and evil were going to engage in a winner-take-all play before the final gun. Belichick merely forced its hand early and on his terms, sort of like Macaulay Culkin did to the Wet Bandits in Home Alone. Hey, I said I have young kids.

Anyway, we’ve heard from the columnists all week; now it’s time for the bloggers. Patriots Daily declares Bill Belichick an asset to the cause of winning. Pats Chowder loved going for the jugular rather than playing not to lose. Blaug is happy he has a coach with big marbles and hopes Belichick rolls them out again. Patriots Gab is looking for some law of unintended consequences payback down the road.

Green Street catches up with Doc Rivers, who says good coaching means never saying you’re sorry. Thanks For Playing loves the way Belichick is handling the fallout. And, in one of the most interesting takes yet, Fire Brand of the American League cuts over their baseball boundaries and triumphs Bob Kraft for building a culture that fosters creative thought without fear of reprisal.

Pats Pulpit is among an arguable majority who think the call was wrong but they’re outraged that anyone would flip the arrogance card at Belichick. Surviving Grady says there’s a greater power that moves even the great Belichick around like a pawn on the chessboard. The Patriot Act suggests that the statistical support in favor of Belichick’s decision would render the punt obsolete. Fenway Pastoral opines that punting is an antiquated concept with no place in today’s game.

Forward march. The NYJ are in town this week, and ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss has Jets CB Darrelle Revis feeling dissed and insisting he single-handedly shut down Randy Moss in Week 2. So, you should be able to do it again then, right Darrelle? Key injuries to the Jets and now the Dolphins lead Extra Points to wonder if the AFC East already belongs to the Patriots. The Rap Sheet checks in with Shawn Springs and Junior Seau, who have been hard to find of late.

It Is What It Is has Kevin Faulk mastering the art of blitz pickup, while Jeff Howe reveals how center Dan Koppen keeps the Pats’ offense greased.

NCAAF

The BC Eagles were involved in a controversial fourth down of their own last weekend, but they were on the winning end of both the play and the game, holding on to a 14-10 win over Virginia. After watching this one, BC Interruption wants those two hours of their lives back. BC Blog has this Saturday’s game against North Carolina a catharsis for the seniors who will be playing the last home game of their collegiate careers. Eagle in Atlanta says QB David Shinskie can’t afford any more rookie mistakes against the Tarheel’s stingy defense. And CBNB says the Eagles should be thankful for the return of some stability this Thanksgiving.

The View From Section X attempts to navigate the complexities of BC’s bowl chances. Sox & Dawgs have UConn on the brink of bowl eligibility and needing a win against the Fighting Irish this Saturday. The Harvard Crimson have Harvard taking no chances in their loss against Penn last Saturday that has left them with slim chance for another Ivy League title.

And no, there’s no playoff picture in Amhurst, only a prescient fourth down late in Saturday’s game where Minutemen coach Kevin Morris chose to punt – and lost. UMass Football Blog defends the call because, well, if they failed the game was over. So how did that work out? Show some big marbles and go for it next time, will ya?

Bruins

We’ve hit the 20-game milestone as The Hockey Blog Adventure takes another ten-game temperature reading of the B’s. Not to spoil it, but the mercury is low. The Old Bruins Fan is getting what he wanted all along – a good dose of adversity. Now he’s worried that it may kill them before it makes them stronger.

Despite a three-game losing streak, View From 311 is looking for the B’s to gel on the upcoming four-game road trip. Something’s Bruin says the B’s have looked pretty ugly without their two best forwards on the ice. Kathryn Tappen also thinks it hasn’t been pretty without Marc Savard who was, without ever playing, the best thing to happen to the B’s in the last three games.

The Bear Cave says Monday’s loss to the Islanders exemplifies both the B’s weak power play and strong penalty-kill.

Would you trade Brad Boyes for Dennis Wideman if you could do it all over again? That’s what Stanley Cup of Chowder wants to know in the first of their newest feature, so tell ’em.

Celtics

The C’s were out-rebounded throughout most of last night but still got past the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden to snap their own losing streak of two. Red’s Army refuses to feel good about this win. Celtics Stuff Live thinks of the C’s as a bushel of corn: they look worthless now but should ferment into a fine bottle of JD by spring.

Celtics Hub has Doc Rivers trying to control Rasheed’s treys, which aren’t putting enough points on the board. Evans Clinchy has Marquis Daniels making the transition from stat-builder to team contributor. Celtics Blog says the length and size of Andres Nocione’s contract would make him an ill fit in Boston. Celtics 17 plays killjoy with our fantasy of seeing Nocione in green.

MLB Hot Stove

El Guapo’s Ghost says Roy Halladay may be just what NESN needs. Of course, the Sox will have to compete with their evil cousins down by the river, who, as usual, are always in the market for another eight-figure ace. Toeing The Rubber doesn’t care how the Jason Bay saga ends so long as it ends soon, while Peter’s Red Sox Forever hopes Bay will be back. The Bottom Line thinks Billy Wagner may be better off somewhere else, but he could add bullpen depth if his price is right. Boston Dirt Dogs sees a cold Hot Stove ahead, while Fenway West tells you why the Sox may be sitting out this offseason.

Tom Caron thinks that trade bait – errrr . . . prospect – Casey Kelly is best utilized as a full-time pitcher.

And finally, our Subway Squawking New York friends visit the finer side of Manhattan where they learn you can buy World Series rings but trivia contests are not for sale.

Like the rest of the 21st Century, I’m gradually assuming technology’s tools. Hey, I don’t have a Blackberry yet but I now have a Twitter. Follow me @BobEks for Week Log publishing alerts and the occasional cancellation notice when I can’t shake The Man and do my thing. See you on Twitter, or right back here next Thursday afternoon.

Celtics Wake Up In Second Half vs. Warriors

Frank Dell’Apa says that despite the margin of victory for the Celtics last night (109-95) the Celtics never appeared completely certain of themselves. Robert Lee has the road-weary Warriors, who only dressed eight players, worn out in the end. Mark Murphy has Rajon Rondo picking up the Celtics after a sluggish first half. Bill Doyle has the Celtics only playing half a game last night, but saying that it was good enough. A. Sherrod Blakely says that the basketball Gods set this one up as the perfect elixir for the Celtics recent woes.

Steve Bulpett looks at Rajon Rondo making up for his poor shooting by pushing the pace. Mike Fine has Rondo finding his rhythm last night.  Lenny Megliola has the Celtics riding Rondo to this win. Jessica Camerato has Rondo and the Celtics offering plenty to digest last night. Chris Forsberg has fueling a decisive third quarter spurt with his speed.

Bob Ryan goes back in time and remembers why Don Nelson has his number retired by the Celtics. Bulpett has Nelson dealing with adversity as the Warriors rebuild yet again. Gary Washburn chats with Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck about the potential of this season’s teams. (And Celtics franchise record for wins is 68, not 69.)

Dell’Apa’s notebook has Doc Rivers finally cracking down on the number of three pointers attempted by Rasheed Wallace. Lee’s Celtics journal has Danny Ainge shooting down the trade rumors of the last few days. Murphy’s notebnook has Kevin Garnett initially forgetting his ¾ court heave that was disallowed. Doyle’s notebook has Rondo getting some free throw tips from Ray Allen. Forsberg’s notebook has more on KG’s long-distance shot. Jim Fenton’s notebook has the Celtics putting their losing streak in the past.

Patriots

Jeremy Gottlieb goes Around The League on Patriots Daily.

Karen Guregian says that the Patriots have shown that they know how to bounce back from a tough loss. Brian MacPherson says that dealing with the Jets blitz will be New England’s top priority. Bill Burt reminds us that despite recent events, this is still a huge game for both teams. Rich Garven has the Patriots now firmly focused on the Jets. Glen Farley has both head coaches in the spotlight this week.

Ian R. Rapoport has Dan Koppen healthy and ready to face the Jets. Christopher Price has Tom Brady looking like he’s completely bounced back from his knee injury and early season struggles. Mike Reiss has Brady and Junior Seau helping their teammates to move on from the tough loss.  Andy Vogt has the team putting the Colts loss in the past and looking to the Jets. Reiss says that Belichick won’t be second-guessing himself over the Colts game.

Adam Kilgore and Monique Walker have Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis talking about shutting out Randy Moss by himself and how he’ll do it again this week. Rapoport has Revis still adamant that he did it all by himself in week two, without any safety help. Guregian has Rex Ryan still confident that his team can “whip” the Patriots again. Mark Farinella has Ryan offering no apologies for who he is. Shalise Manza Young says that Ryan doesn’t seem quite as cocksure as he did early in the season.

Rapoport’s notebook has Jonathan Wilhite moving on from his tough night with Reggie Wayne. Walker’s notebook says that the teams will both have a different look than they did in week two.  Farinella’s notebook looks at a long injury report for the Patriots. Farley’s notebook has the Patriots returning to work and prepping for the Jets.  Vogt’s notebook has Kevin Faulk talking about learning the craft of blitz pickup, and actually enjoying it. Young’s Patriots journal has Belichick giving his team a tongue-lashing as they returned to work yesterday. 

Misc

Kevin Paul Dupont has Peter Chiarelli disappointed in his team thus far, but still confident they can turn things around. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins enter the second quarter of the season as the self-inflicted victims of an identity crisis. Rich Thompson has Claude Julien bringing his team back to basics.

Michael Silverman has Terry Francona saying that Jason Varitek has accepted the backup role, and the Red Sox manager feels he’ll be “unbelievable” in that role.

Sean McAdam did a chat on CSNNE.com yesterday.

Mark Blaudschun says that Boston College should be proud of high ranking in the Graduation Success Rate.

Steve Conroy looks at the last home game for several Boston College seniors.