Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ON SPORTS ~ The Beanpot...


Edition #16

Thirteen Things about THE BUMBLES -
and one of our favorite college traditions...


What - you've never heard of The Beanpot? You must not have spent any time in Boston. Here's a brief overview for you:

1. The Beanpot is a college hockey tournament held in two rounds over the first two Mondays each February between Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University.

2. The Beanpot just crowned it's 57th champion and is played in the Boston Garden - home of the NHL Bruins and NBA Celtics.

3. The tournament was originally created as a "filler" to sell tickets on slow nights just after Christmas. Six years later it was moved to February after gaining popularity.

4. The February timing falls right after the Super Bowl and before Spring Training, near the middle of the NHL and NBA seasons. This means that there is not a lot of professional competition with The Beanpot. It is also a tune-up to the NCAA hockey regional tournament and Frozen Four championship.

5. The quality of play is very high as well. These aren't crummy hockey players. Three of the 4 teams have won the national championship within the last 20 years. This year's Beanpot final round had the #1 and #3 teams in the nation matched up against each other.

6. It is always the same 4 teams. And they are geographically located within mere miles of each other. B.C. and B.U. share the same line of the T (public trolley subway) with Northeastern branching off the same T line and Harvard a different line across the river. There is no seeding in the tournament - the schedule of matchups is rotated from year to year to keep things fair.

7. The Beanpot is a major recruiting tool for all 4 colleges involved. It is broadcast on NESN, which is owned by the Red Sox and Boston Bruins, throughout all of New England.

8. The Blizzard of '78 hit during the first round of The Beanpot and left many stranded in the Garden for several days. That year the final round wasn't played until March due to the time it took to clear out all that snow. B.U. beat Harvard for the championship.

9. People have joked that The Beanpot should be called the B.U. Invitational because B.U. has won half of them - 29 out of 57 overall - and appeared in 46 of the 57 final rounds. In the last 25 years B.U. has missed the finals only twice and they won 17 of those 23 finals appearances. B.C. won 4 of them, Harvard and Northeastern 2 a piece.

10. Current NHL alumni of The Beanpot include Brian Gionta (NJ Devils), Tom Poti (WA Nationals), Chris Drury (NY Rangers), and Rick DiPietro (NY Islanders). Perhaps the most well known Beanpot alumn is Mike Eruzioni, who scored the winning goal against the Soviets as Captain of the U.S. Hockey Team in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.

12. Ted Donato is a Harvard and Beanpot alumn, a former NHL player, and has been Harvard's coach for the last 3 years. Greg Cronin has been coaching Northeastern for 3 years and comes from a family line of Beanpot almumni, though being a graduate of Colby he is not one himself. Jerry York, a B.C. and Beanpot alumn, has been coaching B.C. for 14 years and has the 2nd most wins in NCAA Hockey history between B.C. and Bowling Green. Jack Parker is a B.U. and Beanpot alumn, is in the Beanpot H.O.F., has coached B.U. for 35 years and ranks 3rd behind York for coaching victories.

13. Molly is a B.U. alumn. She was wicked psyched to see B.U. beat Northeastern this week for the Beanpot trophy. Look for a Beanpot presence in the NCAA Hockey Regionals in late March and the Frozen Four April 9th - 11th.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. What do you do? Write Thirteen things about yourself, summarize your week in one entry, make it easy for other bloggers to get to know you on a weekly basis. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is not only encouraged, it is part of being a Thursday Thirteener! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun!

19 comments:

Adelle said...

Sorry, not a sports gal at all.
Pretty unusual name though, Beanpot LOL Have a Happy Valentine Weekend!

Lori said...

Great info...thanks for sharing:) Happy TT.

Alice Audrey said...

The only beans I've associated with Boston are of the baked variety.

Toni Lee said...

Good job, and interesting.

Mine is up, if you need a laugh, remember I was verrrry young when I got married

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Sandy Nawrot said...

Well, now I can say that I do learn something every day. I will have to ask my best friend, a gal from Boston, about this Beanpot! She will be impressed with my sports knowledge.

janetfaye said...

Thanks for sharing!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Carmen Shirkey said...

oooh, love me some hockey!

Brenda ND said...

This Beanpot thing is new to me. Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

You know, I've heard about this all my life growing up near Boston, but never really knew what it was about, cause I'm not much of a hockey fan. I can imagine, tho, that this is HUGE for college alumni!!!

Paige Tyler said...

Very cool TT!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

kandyblossom said...

Interesting list. I love, love, love hockey. I am a Dallas Stars fan, but hubby loves his Bruins.

Happy TT!

becky68 said...

I'm originally from Mass & live in VA now, I was just trying to explain the pull of hockey to a co-worker yesterday, this brings it all back to me!

Mary said...

I honestly don't think I've ever watched a single minute of hockey. But it's only 2 more days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, so I have that going for me.

thornesworld said...

Not a big sports fan, but generally prefer college sports to pro, if I must watch. :-) Sounds like you're up for a bit of fun!
Happy TT! I'm up with my TT#26- A Lil Too Straight?

Julie said...

The Beanpot would definitely be of interest to me :)

P.S. I love how you use the word wicked as an adjective.

boliyou said...

It's our first winter in Providence, and I've been hearing about the Beanpot, but this really explained it. Thanks!

Carrie said...

There should be more hockey fans in the world! :)

Rikki said...

Interesting facts about the beanpot.Thanks for visiting my TT.

storyteller said...

Informational T-13 ... I love learning things I don't know.
Hugs and blessings,