Monday, October 24, 2011

HCGLC Suggestion Box

Holy Cross Gridiron Leadership Council Mission: committed to excellence in helping the Holy Cross Crusaders win on and off the field. 

Fellow Crusaders, 

I hope this communication finds you and yours all doing well. As I write, our Crusaders are riding the crest of a two game winning streak and poised for a huge league matchup this Saturday at Fitton Field against the resurgent Georgetown Hoyas. With every game from here on in effectively a 'playoff' game let's give the men a huge home field advantage on Saturday at Fitton for Family Day. 

Please bring your pride, your passion, and your immediate and extended families to Fitton this Saturday. Give another Hoiah and a Chu Chu rah rah.....LET'S WIN!!   

Other notes of importance include: 

1. This Thursday Bill Maloney will once again lead the charge as assorted members of the HCGLC, including Craig Cerretani, Tavares Brewington, Brian Hopkins, Dan Adams, and yours truly share their wisdom on the topic of career planning with our Crusaders. Bill has been a leader on this front for close to thirty years. I know many Crusaders who would not be where they are today if it were not for Bill's efforts and energy. There is no doubt that the efforts here are fully consistent with the mission of the HCGLC.    

2. Those on this distribution certainly know and appreciate that we have the finest college football coach in the country manning our sidelines and leading our Crusaders. Let's elevate Coach Gilmore's national standing by supporting him as the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. I know there are likely many Crusaders fully versed in the art of Chicago and Boston style politics....on that note, you can legitimately vote early and often (as in daily) for Coach Gilmore. Play to win....Vote to win. 

3. In the spirit of supporting our fellow Crusaders, major high five to Coach Paul Pearl and the men's hockey team for knocking off the then 7th-ranked Boston University Terriers this past Saturday evening by a score of 5-4. Talk about playing to win. Great job!! For more details on this HUUUGE victory, go here.   

4. In lieu of our annual HCGLC meeting at Homecoming in mid-September, I opened up the HCGLC Suggestion Box and informed you I would report back in late October. Well, the responses have been numerous and fabulous. In short, let me tell everybody on this distribution, "I love the way you think!!"    

I received a number of responses from individuals encouraging the HCGLC to "keep up the good work." Others chimed in with words of encouragement including, "chu chu rah rah...", and "Beat BC".One loyal Crusader offered the suggestion that "HC should sign Tom Gilmore to a lifetime contract."

In terms of actionable items, three suggestions stood out and I am happy to share them here: 
>> Run a joint reception between the HCGLC and its like partner the Crusader Hoops Club chaired by Whitey Moynihan '83 and Roger Breslin '93. Great idea. I will talk to Whitey and Roger about that. 

>> Host an Inside Holy Cross Football online radio program along the lines of the Inside Ivy League Football program on BlogTalk radio.  

I love this idea and think it would be a great way to connect with many of our Holy Cross faithful at a distance along with having a great time talking about Crusader Football. Perhaps we can find a recent Crusader grad aspiring to a career in broadcasting to host this in season show. Will keep you informed. 

>> This next suggestion takes the cake in terms of creativity and thinking outside the box. If, or perhaps when, the Patriot League does reinstitute football scholarships, let's bring Holy Cross Football back to Fenway Park. For details of past football glory at Fenwaygo here.  

While obviously there would be a lot of moving parts to Holy Cross hosting a football game at Fenway Park, be mindful that management at Fenway is very much in the market to utilize the venue as much as possible. How so? 

Fenway regularly hosts concerts in season when the Red Sox are on the road. Fenway hosted the NHL's Mid-Winter classic between the Bruins and Flyers a year or so ago. A college hockey doubleheader is on the docket this year. 

The Fenway management is certainly well aware that Yankee Stadium is making a big push to host college football games including Rutgers vs Army on November 12, 2011.  

While a Boston College-Holy Cross game at Fenway would bring back a lot of memories, do you think the 'generals' and the 'troops' from West Point, Annapolis, or the Air Force Academy might love to come to Boston for a game and some recruiting while they are at it. You think? 

Think this might be pretty cool? Just a little bit.  

Thank you to the Crusader who dropped this in the HCGLG Suggestion Box which always remains open. 

Dare to Dream and Dare to Be Great!!

See you at Fitton on Saturday. 


LD '83    

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