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Old 12-11-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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There are a lot of teams that are followed in Boston, many alumni from all over the place live in Boston. Which college team has the largest follwoing in Boston?
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Boston College followed by Notre Dame I would have to say.

In terms of football, that is.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Not sure if you mean which out-of-town college team is followed by locals and/or alums, or which local college program is popular with locals.

Well, local sports talk hosts would say we're a PRO town to the exclusioon of college sports.

College sports get some coverage in the Globe and Herald, but hardly ever one of the top stories, never mind THE top story. How could it be, with all the riches of our pro teams. Plus, we don't have a big state school in or near Boston (U-Mass in Amherst's programs get little attention in Boston, being around 70-80 miles west).

It could be argued that nobody cares about the BC Eagles sports program here save for their alums and student body...one former local sportstalk host who promotes college sports at any opportunity for affordable family fun has in the past attacked the BC students for not supporting the basketball team enough due to non-sellouts, but I think they're drawing more sellouts in recent years due to their switch to a more high-profile conference. (?)

The BC football team sometimes fails to sellout their 44,0000-seat stadium; at times, I've noticed the boxscore showing 40,000.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:55 PM
 
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College sports don't have nearly the kind of following in Boston that pro sports do. There may be a little excitement over any local college team that happens to be having a really good season, but few college teams seem to generate widespread interest year in and year out. One team that consistently gets some decent following is Boston College's football team, because they have had a solid D-1 program for years, and because there's a history of some interest in the team, since Doug Flutie's senior season was one time when a local college team did really stir some serious interest. Also, among hardcore hockey fans, the hockey teams at B.C. and B.U., which both are contenders for the national title with some frequency, seem to get an enthusiastic following, but this seems to be mainly among serious fans of the sport, not so much a subject of general interest.

Aside from decent interest in B.C. football and solid enthusiasm for college hockey, though mostly limited to serious fans of that sport, college sports don't stir a lot of excitement around here. That's kind of surprising because there are many alumni of local colleges living in the area, and you'd think they would be interested in the fortunes of their schools' teams. It's true that, other than the B.U. and B.C. hockey teams, you don't see college teams around here really in the big time, seriously contending for national championships, but with all the alumni around here you'd think there would be more readily apparent interest in some of the traditional big games, like the Harvard-Yale football game for example, than there seems to be. I'm guessing that there is some real interest among alumni, but somehow they seem to keep this to themselves, except possibly in the company of other alums. Usually you don't find the whole city and metro area buzzing when a college team is having a good season, with excited conversations about them all over the place, that kind of thing, the way you'll find this happening if one of the pro teams is contending for a championship.

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Old 12-13-2010, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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Pretty much what everyone else said. There are a lot of strong alumni groups in Boston and those from big name sport schools typically have a Boston area bar that serves as their official alumni headquarters. All the alums go there to to watch the games and have parties. The bar usually reserves a section for the group and may offer food specials and private parties. For example, Carolina alum go to Tommy Doyle's in Harvard Sq., Florida Gators go to McFadden's, Syracuse alums go to the Pourhouse, etc.
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Old 12-13-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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The "problem" with college sports in Boston is that there are just too many colleges around town with sports teams. BU, BC, Northeastern, Tufts, MIT, Harvard, and others simply offer too much to choose from. Granted, they are in different conferences and divisions, but when you look at other cities that have a big college ball following you will see that these colleges are, for the most part, the only game in town. Notice I wrote for the most part. It is not a clear cut across-the-board assessment.

Outside of BC, there really isn't one particular college that can be likened as "Boston's college team". I would bet the farm that if BU and BC were the only major colleges in town, the attitude towards college sports would more influential amongst the general sports fans.
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: JP, MA
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You can't hold Boston schools to the same standard that state schools are. Name one big time program that competes against 4 great pro teams for media attention in the same city. There's plenty of enthusiasm for the programs in Boston, you wouldn't know it by the idiotic hyperbole you hear on talk radio (turn that trash off). Local college sports stories are regularly on the front page of the Globe sports section.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Name one big time program that competes against 4 great pro teams for media attention in the same city.
The Gophers. University of Minnesota @ Twin Cities. Competes for media attention against: Twins, Vikings, T-Wolves, and Wild. Granted, it can be debated just how "great" these teams are, but they still do not hold a candle to the Gophers popularity.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:09 AM
 
Location: JP, MA
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The Gophers. University of Minnesota @ Twin Cities. Competes for media attention against: Twins, Vikings, T-Wolves, and Wild. Granted, it can be debated just how "great" these teams are, but they still do not hold a candle to the Gophers popularity.
No debate, the last time any of those teams won a title was what the Twins in 91? Child please. What titles have the Gophers won? BC Eagles hockey has pwned the frozen four.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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No debate, the last time any of those teams won a title was what the Twins in 91? Child please. What titles have the Gophers won? BC Eagles hockey has pwned the frozen four.
What!? Minnesota ranks one above BC for the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament champions, which places BC at number 7. How is that owning anyone? Yeah, BC won this year and in 2008, 2001, 1949. That is a pretty big gap. Since 1948, they have placed 2nd, what, four times? So, once again, how is that dominating? There are still six teams that have the better record.

Child please? Pwned? What, are you 13?

College hockey is one sport, and does not define an entire university's athletic program.

That wasn't my initial point, anyways. You asked what other city had four great pro teams competing for media attention with a college program. I lived in Minneapolis for ten years, so I gave you an example. I put great in quotation marks because it can be debated. Some people, and it seems like you are one of them, consider a teams greatness by their recent winning streak. Others consider other criteria.
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