ESPN College Game Day to Broadcast @BC

ESPN College Game Day to Broadcast @BC

Huge game this weekend (Boston Globe) for my alma mater and ESPN's crew will be doing their broadcast from the dustbowl in the center of campus:

ESPN's popular "College GameDay Built By The Home Depot" football show will originate from the "campus green" on the Boston College campus Saturday, the day of BC's inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference football game vs. the Florida State Seminoles. This will mark College GameDay's first appearance on the BC campus.

The campus green, affectionately termed "the dustbowl" by BC students, is a large, grassy area located behind McElroy Commons, the college bookstore, and alongside College Road. The stage will be set up to broadcast the popular show, which features host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, from 10:30 a.m. until noon each Saturday during the college football season. Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit also will be seen throughout the day on ESPN from Alumni Stadium in various pregame, halftime and postgame segments.

• BC coach Jim O'Brien was the offensive coordinator at Virginia when the Cavaliers scored 33 points and handed FSU its first ACC loss in 1995, so he has an inkling about what's needed to move the ball against the Seminoles.

Boston College's coach is not Jim O'Brien, it's Tom O'Brien.  No respect for B.C.  See if this link works to get a live view of the dustbowl.

The rest of the Insider's take on B.C. after the jump.

ESPN Insider's take is wrong, literally:

From ESPN Insider:

Boston College
QB Quinton Porter is completing 76 percent of his passes, but that number will drop against an extremely fast Florida State defense. The key to winning for the Eagles in their ACC debut Saturday night is hoping their gargantuan offensive line fares better against a relatively inexperienced FSU defensive line than Miami did. If BC can run the ball effectively and keep FSU's linebackers involved near the line of scrimmage, then Porter may find some vulnerabilities in the Seminoles' pass defense. Miami had receivers wide open, at times, in the season opener, but no time for Wright to find them.

• BC coach Jim O'Brien was the offensive coordinator at Virginia when the Cavaliers scored 33 points and handed FSU its first ACC loss in 1995, so he has an inkling about what's needed to move the ball against the Seminoles.

• FSU TB Lorenzo Booker, a Southern California native, thought it sort of amusing that BC receiver/utility infielder Will Blackmon is from Rhode Island ("What kind of high school football do they play in Rhode Island?'' Booker wondered). Blackmon gets a chance to make an impression on Booker and the rest of the nation in one of the most high-profile ACC games this season. Here's a proposition, Will: Catch a touchdown pass, and return a punt for another score on Saturday, and you'll make it on the short list for this Heisman ballot.

xContinued from the Insider:

Florida State

The mood, karma -- something -- is different around the FSU locker room this season, so maybe it's futile comparing this group to a team that last year went 3-2 on the road. But if the Seminoles aren't more effective on offense than they were away from home last year, then Saturday night's game at Boston College is going to be an eye-opener.

Most FSU players don't seem convinced that BC can play at the Seminoles' level, despite an offensive performance against Miami two weeks ago in which FSU gained 170 yards. Asked how he feels about facing BC in the Eagles' first ACC game, Booker said, "We're Florida State. We feel like we should be welcoming everybody, whether they've been in 10 years -- then we need to let you know nothing's changed -- or you're just in, then we need to let you know about the years to come.''

Last year, FSU welcomed Miami into the ACC by losing to the Hurricanes in overtime at the Orange Bowl.

• The Seminoles have, however, designated this a "sod game," as a result of being an underdog on the road.

• FSU's defensive line is relatively inexperienced, with the exception of senior DT Brodrick Bunkley, but the group dominated against Miami, recording nine sacks. Saturday's game will be a tougher test against a BC line that returned five starters from a year ago.

• Bobby Bowden is tiptoeing around the fact that redshirt freshman Xavier Lee, whose mental blunders have caused him to be yanked after his first series in each of two games (though Lee returned later against The Citadel) is the backup QB. "I'm sure it's very deflating to have the reputation he's got, then to be put in the game late, taken out late,'' said Bowden, who already has met privately with Lee to stress patience (translation: "Don't go transferring on me'').

The end is near: Pete Mackanin to cut back Ryan Howard's playing time

The end is near: Pete Mackanin to cut back Ryan Howard's playing time

Pete Mackanin has picked his spots with the pitchers he has let Ryan Howard face in recent months and that helped Howard carry post-All Star break numbers like a .306 batting average and .653 slugging percentage into Tuesday’s night game against the Washington Nationals and their right-handed ace, Max Scherzer.

Scherzer is the type of power arm that Mackanin often protects Howard from.

But despite awful career numbers — 1 for 18 with 11 strikeouts — against Scherzer, Howard was in the starting lineup at first base over Tommy Joseph on Tuesday night.

Listening to Mackanin explain his reasoning, one came away with the impression that Howard’s playing time is about to nosedive as he and the Phillies begin their last month together.

“Just to get him in there,” Mackanin said when asked why he was starting Howard against a pitcher who’d dominated him in the past. “I’m going to start using Joseph more. I’ll play [Howard] today and [Joseph] tomorrow and then I’ll lean on Joseph a little bit more the rest of the way.”

Why?

“To see him more,” Mackanin said. “I’m not saying I’m going to strictly play Joseph, but I have to get him as many at-bats as possible through the end of the season.”

Makes sense. The Phillies will part ways with the 36-year-old Howard after the season. Joseph, 25, has not won the first base job long term, but he has a chance to, especially if he can improve his on-base skills. His power numbers — 17 homers and a .500 slugging percentage in 250 at-bats — are excellent.

Mackanin was asked whether the decision to pull back on Howard’s playing time was his or whether it came down from above.

“It’s my own,” he said. “I think it makes sense to see Joseph as much as possible. Howie was swinging the bat extremely well. I’m just going to see if he can put something together against Scherzer. A lot of people don’t have good numbers against Scherzer anyway. Lefties at least hit him better.”

Mackanin said he wants to make sure Joseph gets plenty of at-bats against right-handed pitching down the stretch.

“I don’t want to happen to him what happened to [Darin] Ruf, where we didn’t have opportunities to get him at-bats,” Mackanin said.

While Mackanin wants to look at Joseph more, he has no intention to look at 23-year-old Rule 5 outfielder Tyler Goeddel more as the season winds down. Reserve Jimmy Paredes continued to get outfield reps with the start in left field on Tuesday night.

“I’ve seen enough of Goeddel to know — we’ve kept him this long and we’re going to keep him and we’ll see where we go next year with him,” Mackanin said. “I don’t see a need to play him, especially after he hasn’t played so much. What’s the point?

“Paredes, he’s an extra player. That’s why we got him. I’m trying to put some offense into the lineup and he’s been swinging the bat pretty well. Peter Bourjos is coming off his wrist injury; I’m just trying to get Paredes as many at-bats as possible to see if he can help us win games. But he’s not an everyday player right now here for us.”

Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

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The Associated Press

Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tebow's representative would like to see him in instructional league play starting in September.

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

The Eagles' roster now stands at the max of 75, as the team claimed defensive tackle Bruce Gaston off waivers on Tuesday from Chargers. 

The roster, which had to be cut to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, must be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Gaston has played for the Dolphins, Cardinals, Packers and Bears since entering the NFL in 2014. He's also spent time with the Patriots, Vikings and most recently the Chargers.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder had eight total tackles and a sack in seven games for the Bears last season, his last NFL game action.

Gaston, 24, played collegiately at Purdue.

The Eagles take on the Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday (7 p.m./NBC10) in their preseason finale before opening the regular season on Sept. 11 at home against the Browns.