Tuesday, February 15, 2005

For the Shortsighted, the Beanpot is King

As I sat in my luxury box at the FleetCenter last night watching America's Team beat Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game, I couldn't help noticing the number of retched Boston University fans slowly filing into the building.

BU would be playing Northeastern later that evening for the championship after a blown-call by referee Scott Hansen allowed the academically challenged Terriers to upset Boston College a week earlier. While I sat in my private box surrounded by a group representing the highest levels of society, I noted the anxiety on the faces of BU fans as they prepared for their "national championship" contest vs. the sub .500 and subhuman Huskies of Northeastern.

For the uninformed, since 1997, Boston University has dropped out of the top-level of division 1 hockey and is no longer a contender for the national championship. While America's Team continues to thrive and challenge for NCAA hockey's ultimate prize, Boston U fans have resigned themselves to the fact that the Beanpot Tournament is the only thing left to shine a positive light on their worthless and miserable lives.

Since 1952, Boston's Beanpot Tournament has pitted three college hockey teams (BC, BU, and Harvard), and one high school team (Northeastern) to challenge for the hockey bragging rights of Boston. The Terriers lead the pack with 26 Beanpot crowns, while Boston College is second with 13. Though there have been videos and books written about this "storied" tournament, most have been published somewhere on the campus of Boston University.

Is the Beanpot a great tournament? No. Is it a fun tournament that is now more a social gathering than two nights of hockey? Yes. As previously stated, for Boston University, the Beanpot is now their national title and their shot for glory. For Boston College, it is a final tune-up in front of a big crowd for the NCAA tournament. For Harvard, it's an opportunity to mingle with their collar-up friends at BC, and for Northeastern, it's an excuse for their students to take the subway and a chance to pick pockets.

After last night's 3-2 overtime victory, Boston University freshman Chris "oveRAYted" Bourque told the assembled media that the Beanpot is "the reason why he came to BU". Bourque, who would be playing at Canisus or U.Mass-Lowell today if he wasn't the son of a famous Boston hockey icon, summed up perfectly the "party line" from a Boston University player when it comes to the Beanpot.

The Beanpot is everything to the Boston University student/alum/inmate. During the offseason when BU alums are emptying septic tanks or working the fryolater, they are thinking about the Beanpot. When they are looking at their wives' grotesque facial hair and lines on their ragged faces, they are wondering about the lines BU will use in next year's Beanpot. While your superiors at the 'Nation are giving our children sailing lessons and enjoying a life of privilege, BU alums are thinking about the Beanpot. For us, it's a February hockey tournament that really means nothing in the grand scheme of things. For them, it's an obsession.

With such a focus on winning this tournament, is it such a surprise that Boston University is usually its victor? For BU, it's life or death. For your superiors and the rest of the alumni network of Boston College, it's an excuse to drink Johnnie Walker Blue on a Monday night while laughing at those who cherish a silver pot that has the magical ability to make a Boston University fan's life not seem so dark and worthless.

Collar Up.

- DW

9 Comments:

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm...methinks the "collar-ups" are reeling from a bad case of sour grapes. For everyone knows that if BC won the 'Pot, (which, by the way,the collar-ups feel entitled to each season but will never admit it), DW would be here singing the praises of "America's Team" to no end. Sad? Yes. Pathetic? Yes.

Looks like the USHCO message board monitors were right after all.

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only assholes post anonymously.

Murray

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

screw you Pinhead. I go to BU, home of exactly HALF of all beanpots. If I ever see a chump with his collar up walking on comm ave past warren towers, I'll be sure to deck him, as it's probably you. Enjoy your crappy consolation trophy you arrogant bitch, it's the only thing you got besides your ugly girls at BC.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger Pinhead Nation said...

Dear Anonymous

Congrats on winning HALF of the Beanpots. Equally important, Wendy's now has a terrific late night menu.

For the record, your superiors do not walk down Commonwealth Avenue. Unlike BU students, we are not hobos.

Sorry you could not get into Boston College and are left cherishing a silver pot that no one outside of BU cares about.

Anyhow, thanks for reading our blog and check back often!

- The Management

 
At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous said...
Only assholes post anonymously.

Murray
Nice!! I see that your BC education has really payed off. Living your life as a bitter, angry old man is no way to go through life.

~GUS~

 
At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MurrayNice!! I see that your BC education has really payed off. Living your life as a bitter, angry old man is no way to go through life.

~GUS~

10:38 PM

Not bitter, merely superior.

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous said...

MurrayNice!! I see that your BC education has really payed off. Living your life as a bitter, angry old man is no way to go through life.

~GUS~

Not bitter, merely better. Collars up Eurotrash.

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HA! on a bored whim i followed your blog link from USCHO and read this entry and could do nothing but laugh. while it's true that based on this entry you appear to be a pretentious and bitter dick, you're incredible mastery of the art of sarcasm and "controlled burns" is rather amusing and has inspired me to maybe even waste another hour reading through the rest of your blog. good job, and im being serious, because i think its hilarious. not that it seems you would value my opinion anyway!

to detractors, you really are just fueling him on when you call him names or shoot back with unreputed spite. dick? yes. hilarious? yes. excellent writer? yes. just keep your opinions to yourself and know that what he is writing here, in the grand scheme of things, doesnt matter at all! laugh, hit the close button in the top right of your screen and just move on.

-tom, the relatively unknown (except in the DIII forums) whiplash529, on uscho

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger stevef said...

26 isn't exactly half of 53, nimrod. but I guess thats why you go to BU.

if BC girls are "ugly", then I guess BU must only have nerdy guys, gay guys, and guys that look like girls?

thats a shame

 

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