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From the Desk of the AD: Boston as a Pro Sports Town

Speaking with a fellow Michigan graduate.

Speaking with a fellow Michigan graduate.

Oct. 29, 2013

October 13, 2013: Tom Brady throws a touchdown pass with 1:08 remaining in the game to beat the New Orleans Saints and several hours later the Red Sox come back from a 5-0 deficit in game two of the ALCS to beat the Detroit Tigers. The day before the Bruins - who took us through an amazing spring reaching the Stanley Cup finals - beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, the Celtics beat the Knicks, 111-81, and the Revolution beat Montreal, 1-0. How can you not be excited to be a sports fan in Boston?

And yet, since my arrival in Beantown the question has frequently been asked, `How can BC overcome being in a pro-sports town?'

Overcome?

Why would we want to overcome something that distinguishes us? I have never met a high school prospect who wasn't excited about being near the greatest athletes in the world or having access to some of the best games in the nation or sitting in some of the most prominent venues in sports.

Where would you rather go to school: • In a rural community miles away from the nearest professional sports teams ... or Boston? • In a concrete jungle without extraordinary ballparks ... or near Fenway? • In a region without a professional team to follow ... or six?

I have never met a top high school prospect, college coach or administrator who wasn't a pro sports fan. While we fight for media attention and compete with these wonderful organizations to entertain citizens of our community, we share a common vision of athletic excellence. And for Boston College, the story doesn't stop with sports as entertainment; our vision of excellence extends into scholarship, leadership, service and athletics and our students are tremendous ambassadors for the University and the Boston community.

Clearly, there is a sufficient population of sports fans in New England to support our professional teams AND the only FBS institution in Boston.

If you are one of the greatest amateur athletes in the nation you have a chance to earn one of the most prestigious degrees in the world at the only FBS Jesuit Catholic University while competing against some of the greatest collegiate athletes in the world in one of America's great cities - AND striving to be drafted by one of the Boston professional sports teams!

You can only imagine the Sox caps being worn around our office this week!

Go Sox, Pats, Celtics, Bruins, Revolution, Breakers and EAGLES!