Conundrum . . . for some

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UPDATE: Matt Ryan was named the NFL’s most valuable player for 2016-17. His Falcons lost the Super Bowl Sunday to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime.

Matt Ryan ’07 will lead the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI in Houston, February 5. For those who are BC/Pats fans, that presents a bit of a conundrum. For non-Pats fans, the question of whom to root for is likely much simpler.

This is only the second Super Bowl appearance for the Falcons, and the first with Ryan as quarterback.

This season, Ryan is playing the best of his career. He is considered the front-runner for Most Valuable Player in the NFL as well as Offensive Player of the Year, awards to be presented the night before the Super Bowl.

Eagles freeze Friars @ Fenway


In a game postponed one day because of a snow storm, BC men’s hockey team defeated Providence, 3-1, today in the second game of a “Frozen Fenway” doubleheader. A sparse crowd braved what felt like single-digit temperatures to watch the Eagles come back from a goal down to win. BU defeated UMass in the opener.

The day delay helped BC in that goalie Joe Woll and forward Colin White had another day of acclimation after they helped the US win the World Junior Hockey Championship in Toronto Thursday (item below).

Ryan named all-pro
mattryanMatt Ryan ’08 was named quarterback on this year’s Associated Press all-NFL team. He edged out Tom Brady of the New England Patriots to be all-NFL quarterback for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.

Many suggest Ryan may also overtake Brady in the contest for the NFL’s most valuable player this season, to be announced February 4, the day before the Super Bowl.

Eagles help USA win World Juniors
BC hockey forward Colin White scored the tying goal in the World Junior Hockey Championship game against Canada Thursday. White’s goal made the score 4-4, which was the score at the end of regulation. USA won the game and championship in the shoot-out.

BC goalie Joe Woll did not play in the championship, but was the USA goalie in its 3-1 victory over Canada in the preliminary round, December 31. He stopped 25 Canada shots.

White led USA with 7 goals in the tournament, tying for second in total points.

Eagles fall in ACC games
The men’s basketball team lost at Duke, 93-82, falling to 1-2 in conference play. After beating Syracuse at home, 96-81, on January 1, BC left friendly Conte Forum and lost at Wake Forest, 79-66, Tuesday.

BC’s women’s basketball team also won its ACC opener, 60-48, over Clemson on Tuesday, but have since fallen to Pittsburgh, 56-43, and today to Syracuse, 79-52.

BC basketball wins ACC openers

BC's Ky Bowman almost seems to be wearing a little Syracuse orange.

BC’s Ky Bowman almost seems to be wearing a little Syracuse orange.

Both the BC men’s and women’s basketball teams started the new year off great, winning their opening games in ACC play. And both in convincing fashion.

The men’s team took extra pleasure in the 96-81 victory over Syracuse on New Year’s Day, as the win ended a 19-game conference losing streak. Freshman guard Ky Bowman scored 30 points to lead the Eagles in the dominating win. BC was never behind in the game.

The Eagles play at Wake Forest today. UPDATE: Eagles lose to Wake Forest, 79-66.

BC’s women’s team beat Clemson, 60-48, on January 2. Sophomore Mariella Fasoula had a double-double, 19 points, 11 rebounds, in the win.

The BC hockey teams resume play this week following a holiday break. Meanwhile, some Eagles are in Toronto as members of the US Team participating in the World Junior Championships. In the US’s 3-1 victory over Canada December 31, goalie Joe Woll made 25 saves and Colin White scored the opening goal.