Friday, June 20, 2014

HCGLC: Paying Respects and Let's Never Forget

Fellow Crusaders, 

I hope this message finds you doing well. With the official start to summer upon us tomorrow, I hope you have the opportunity to slow down, enjoy increased time with family and friends, and reflect on that which is good in your life. For me personally the fabulous relationships I have with so many on this distribution and throughout the extended Holy Cross Football family brings me untold pleasure. For that, I thank you all. 

1. On that note, many of us had a chance to reconnect recently at the annual Holy Cross Football Golf Outing held this year at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston. The winning team consisted of Bob Hurley, Craig Cerretani, Mark Roman, and Jack Laurendeau. The camaraderie was as good as ever although we do need to increase the numbers for this outing and that was a topic of conversation among many of us that day. To that end, we will implement a formal Golf Committee next year to turn out the troops. I thank Glenn Verrette and Curt Bletzer for already stepping up to be on the committee. More on this after the season but with an evenly distributed range of graduating years on the committee, I am confident we can make sure the outing is an SRO event every year. 

Friday, March 28, 2014



I hope this message finds all our loyal and faithful members of the Crusader Football Family doing well. 

With a long winter now hopefully fully in the rear view mirror, I hope those reading this have not neglected your calisthenics during these last few months so as to make the most of what the next few months have to hold for us. 

So let's break out those calendars and circle the following dates so we can bring together Crusader Nation once again and share the camaraderie that makes this family so special and reignite the passion that fuels our fire and commitment to excellence in all we do. 

Can I get a Chu Chu . . . rah rah ??      

Friday, October 25, 2013

HCGLC October Newsletter: 2013 Ring of Honor Video Recap

Fellow Crusaders, 

In a world awash with far too many situations and individuals lacking genuine honor and real character, leave it to selected members of the Holy Cross Football Family for once again displaying a wealth of those virtuous traits in the remarks presented by the 2013 Holy Cross Ring of Honor inductees. 

Allow me to provide a little bit of a preview of the remarks delivered by John Turco '70 on behalf of his Dad '52, by Tom Greene '59, and by Dave Quehl '76. 

In the video link below you will hear references to and remarks touching upon: Eddie O' Melia and the O' Melia Award, Wally Bavaro, Jim Healy, Joe Moore, Syracuse's Jim Brown, Dave Stecchi, Charlie Pachunas, the fact that "no opponent was feared", the pride of Holy Cross, Hop Riopel, Mel Massucco, Bart Sullivan and his arrival on Mt. St. James in 1912,  Mother Teresa, Charlie Randolph and his Dominic, Joe Wilson, Bob Massa, games against West Point and the gray wave, the fact that as Vince Promuto said during his induction remarks in 2010 that Holy Cross is an Ivy League school with soul. 

How refreshing, inspirational, and truly indicative of the pride and passion that defines the Holy Cross Football family.  

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday Night's All Right

Fellow Crusaders,

Upon exiting the stadium last evening after Holy Cross' outstanding all around victory (52-21 over CCSU), I learned that Holy Cross had racked up over 500 yards of total offense with 419 of them via the rushing game. 

Shortly after learning that, I overheard a die hard member of the Loyal Order of Purple Brotherhood -- and likely a History major at the Cross -- state "the only apt comparison to the Crusader ground game this evening is "Sherman's March to the Sea." 

Got to love that Holy Cross crowd. A victory on the field and a quick historical perspective provided by a Purple brother off it.   

Monday, September 9, 2013

2013 Ring of Honor: Saturday 9 /21 "Under the Lights"

Fellow Crusaders,

I am going to guess that most people on this distribution can point to a few days every year -- aside from the standard holidays and anniversaries/birthdays -- and say "this is one of my favorite days of the year."

Perhaps it's that day of an annual member-guest golf outing, the opening of fishing or hunting season, an annual excursion with a son or daughter to a ballgame or a show, or a day out with "the boys" or "the girls" for a special outing to a special spot.

These days and the memories created are truly special and make life worth living.

In short order over the course of the last few years, one of my favorite days every year is now the day in which past Holy Cross Football greats are inducted into the Ring of Honor. Why is this day so special? 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

HCGLC: August Monthly Newsletter

Fellow Crusaders,

While the mix of heavy rains and oppressive heat and humidity in the northeast during the month of July might have reminded some of life in the sub-Saharan tropics, our current weather gracing New England is truly indicative of only one thing: college football.

Assuming that a nice little rush of adrenaline just coursed through your veins, a quick check of the calendar indicates that our 2013 Holy Cross Crusaders are currently atop Mt. St. James preparing for the kickoff to a major rebound season and accompanying Patriot League championship. No reason not to set the "excellence bar" at the appropriate level.

Moving right along. . .

News of Note

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

HCGLC June Monthly Newsletter

1. Golf Recap
2. Ring of Honor
3. Coach's Reception in New York City  
4. Captains
5. Harvard  
6. Gridiron Club 

Fellow Crusaders, 

June means summer and summer means cold beers, cookouts, and time spent near cool lakes and beaches, right? Well, yes it does and those are good things -- but June also means that we are that much closer to July and then August and that means the kickoff of another season of Crusader football. On that note, yes indeed, life is good and hope springs eternal.