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. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Current Roster for Golf Outing and More..!!

I. Details on the Golf Outing
II. Message from Greg Draddy '93
III. List of Players and Sponsors
IV. A Message from Coach Gilmore

Loyal Brethren of the Purple Brotherhood, 

Having solidified our base (scroll down to see list of attendees) for the HC Football Golf Outing on May 31st, now we need to turn our focus to "finishing the job" and making this THE BEST outing to date. How can you help make that happen? Join us. 

We especially want to reconnect with any alums who have NEVER attended the outing. Speaking of which we believe none other than Chuck "Moon" Mullen '78 will be on hand. His presence alone will guarantee this outing will be the best yet . . . 

Please do not think, "Oh, let somebody else support this outing. YOU are that "somebody else"!!  

Details for the day include: 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

HCGLC April Newsletter: "Lots Going On"

LOTS GOING ON: Items Covered in this Newsletter
I. Holy Cross Football Annual Golf Outing 
II. 2013 Ring of Honor Nominees 
III. Mission Excellence: "Bring Back BC" 
IV. Thank You 

I. Holy Cross Football Golf Outing
Blackstone National Golf Club 227 Putnam Hill Rd., Sutton MA Phone 508-865-2111
Club Website:

CURRENT ATTENDEES INCLUDE: Peter Shimkus, Craig Cerretani, Bob Hurley, Peter Colombo, Jack Laurendeau, Dom Randolph, Taylor Glor, Tommy Fleming, Brett McDermott, Rich Prestegaard, Greg Draddy, Ben Koller, John Carr, John "Whitey" Moynihan, Larry Doyle, Bill Bellerose, Paul Matasavage, Gordie Lockbaum, Michael Hession, Chris Degenhardt, John Hackney, Chuck Doyle, Brendan Sullivan, Steve "Gerald" Hiorns, Glenn Verrette, Bill "Elmo" Wright, Danny Lucey, Steve Hunt, Jack Maher, Mike Ripp, CJ Millett, Peter Quinlan, Terry Cardew, Chris Schott, Dave Sheehan, Jim Hall, Tom Claro, Ron Maheu, Peter Barrett, Mike Hennessey, Bill Hoye, Kevin Connolly, Jack Landers,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bring Back BC

This recent communication was delivered to members of the Holy Cross athletic administration and board of trustees: 

An increasingly growing number of Holy Cross alumni have reached out to me to engage you in the pursuit of scheduling a football game with Boston College. 

Obviously there are a lot of moving parts to this equation but the conversation among the alums includes the following aspects: 

1. Schedules are certainly made years in advance so to think that a game of this sort could be scheduled in 2016 or 2017 for a 2018 or 2020 delivery obviously would not work. 

2. Knowing the forward thinking involved with this effort, the alumni involved in this discussion believe that a 2017 delivery would be the appropriate year to get the Eagles back on the schedule. Why is that? The reasons and motivations include but are not exclusively the following: 

Friday, March 29, 2013

HCGLC: March Monthly Newsletter

Hopefully Old Man Winter is at long last in the rear view mirror and we can now all get back to living and shedding those few extra lbs that somehow seem to turn former 'skill players' into linemen.

On that note, I look forward to connecting with many on this distribution over the course of the next few weeks and months at the following events:

I. Holy Cross Spring Football Game/Alumni Battle of the Ages/Barbecue on Saturday April 13th. 

Save your excuses and call (or email) LuAnn Hennessey in the Football Office "SOON" to RSVP for what will once again be a great day to get together with the Loyal Brethren of the Purple Brotherhood.

LuAnn's number is 508-793-2584  ...e-mail is

Get involved and join us.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

HCGLC February 2013 Newsletter

Fellow Crusaders,

Hopefully those residing in winter climes will be graced with an early spring and an opportunity to chase the little white ball around the links and then join in to witness the pigskin flying through the air during spring ball atop Mount Saint James.  

Between now and then, I welcome sharing with you the following news: 

1. THANK YOU to those alums who have been actively involved in mentoring our current Crusaders, and also helping them in finding internships and full-time employment. I have forwarded great leads to the team through the HC Football office. If you have internship and/or employment opportunities within your place of business or knowledge of the same, please share it with me so I can pass it along. The essence of our family is that we "take care of our own.

Major props to Mark Cannon '77, Pete Mondani '79, Matt Kay '01, Brian Cullinan '03, Doug Pietrick '83, and Greg Draddy '93 for their help on these fronts. Well done, gentlemen. To all the members of our extended family, please make this part of our effort a priority. This is "how we win off the field." 

2. Break out your calendars right now and make a point to join us atop Mt. Saint James for the following CAN"T MISS events: