So, instead of sexual aggression, the new hot BU topic is gambling?
Did you ask the desk? Or just look for the sheets?
MGM, bellagio, and nyny are the same- all MGM properties and the sportsbooks are run under the same mgmt. they may not have numbers. I've had better luck with caesar's properties. But even then the sheet is behind the counter and you need to ask. (caesers includes Paris, harrah's bally's, IP)
So, instead of sexual aggression, the new hot BU topic is gambling?
I'm at a nudie bar couple weeks ago and out of the corner of my eye I see my bud pull out his phone and starts to take a picture of this strippers butt with a big tat. Before I can kick him he takes the pix and a slew of bouncers fall upon us. His excuse??? "really? You can't take pictures here? Didn't you guys see the hangover?"
This situation is terrible and extreme but it presents an opportunity for the remaining players and staff to demonstrate what the program represents, what they personally represent and what the school represents.
Obviously we can't minimize every player that leaves as unimportant, that conflicts with the fact they were starting and playing, but the task of motivating the remaining players is the new mission. It is possible to further galvanize their resolve...teams with less total talent have gone on a tear and gone deep into the tournament. The coaches hopefully are looking to this as a new challenge of their skill and experience and I hope they come up with an approach that captures the players and focuses them on what lays ahead, not what happened last week.
Unlike losing Nicastro to an ACL tear, this issue will be brought up in the media, by fan bases etc. I'm sure more than one parent called their son and asked if he should stay on the team etc. So, overcoming this issue and distraction isn't going to be one pre-game speech.
I hope the staff is full of energy and confidence that this doesn't have to be the death knell for this season and they instill that into the team, fans and BU alums.
I believe in life, and I believe in love, but the world in which I live in keeps trying to prove me wrong.
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Gas House Gorillas - 95
I think of hockey like soccer. Right now, there's not the attention you'd like to see. But if the conditions are right and more kids play, it could grow more
Just received this in my email inbox. Submitted without further comment:
Dear Colleagues and Students:
For decades the Boston University menís ice hockey team has been a source of tremendous pride for the Boston University community, on and off the ice. Our student athletes have competed at the highest level of collegiate ice hockey and united generations of students, alumni, and friends who cheer for their success and admire their accomplishments.
Today we find ourselves at a crossroads for the menís ice hockey program and the University. As has been extensively reported, two members of our team have been charged with assault this academic year. These charges, if ultimately substantiated, involve reprehensible acts. The Boston University community expects that our student athletes, as representatives of the University, adhere to the same high standards to which we hold all members of our community and which reflect the mission and aspirations of our university.
The charges in these cases understandably lead to questions about whether the hockey team's culture and climate have contributed in some way to the actions of the two individuals. The University must address these questions and, if deficiencies are identified, make appropriate and necessary changes.
I am writing to let you know that I am forming a task force of University trustees, overseers, faculty, and staff which will be charged with studying the culture and climate of the menís ice hockey team and its influence on the behavior of student athletes in our campus community. I stress that the constitution of the task force does not reflect a judgment about the specific facts in the two cases of alleged assault. The determination of both cases must be left to the judicial system.
The constitution of the task force does, however, reflect a University-level judgment that the two incidents indicate something systemic or habitual may foster a team climate that does not comport with the highest standards of conduct we seek to maintain for all members of our community.
I launch this task force with the full support of Head Coach Jack Parker, Athletic Director Mike Lynch, and Bob Knox, Chairman of our Board of Trustees. Coach Parker told The Boston Globe, "I hope itís a horrible coincidence. I donít want this to be the culture of our team, and if it is, weíll change it." Coach Parker's comment is exactly right.
The membership of the task force, its charge, and its work plan will be announced in the next several weeks. The goal is for the task force to offer the University a thoughtful and impartial assessment of the culture and climate of our team, with a view to answering the question whether that culture and climate could have contributed to actions that, in turn, led to criminal charges. I will ask to have a report from the task force early in the summer so that we can begin to address any issues in the coming academic year.
Working together, we will do whatever is necessary to restore the Boston University communityís confidence in the menís ice hockey program. I look forward to reporting to you on our progress.
Robert A. Brown
Some context for the above: I received the email at my BU email address. I am a part-time graduate student, so if I received it I assume so did all current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff.
Appropriate response, and a good way to handle any potential outside public scrutiny that may be targeted at the men's hockey team. I doubt the task force will come back with anything terrible earth shattering, but some changes to how the team is handled by donors, administration, and all around may not be a bad idea. Promoting a culture where they can be as much the same as all other students (not 100% realistic, I know) would be a good thing overall for the program I think.
I like this as a start, but I'd be happier if there was an impartial, unaffiliated element involved.
I predict the task force will find that Jackie was exactly correct: It was a horrible coincidence and it's all over now. No changes at all have to be made.
Anyway, I think this is the perfect response from BU. Some will argue that this should have been instituted in December and who knows what conversations were held back then, but better late than never.
BU '05, '08, '12
Re: impartial, unaffiliated element - The letter says the people on the task force have not been named. I would be quite surprised if the majority of the task force were not mostly people outside of BU, combined with one or two non-hockey related BU administrators/staff. There are firms that do these outside task force things for a living, so it shouldn't be hard to find impartial people to do a full review of the program.
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