Boston.com– Tommy Heinsohn is not happy about the burgeoning movement to change his alma mater’s mascot.
The College of the Holy Cross, where Heinsohn played basketball for four years in the 1950s, is in the process of reconsidering its “Crusader” nickname, amid concerns that the evocation of the actual Crusades, a series of medieval wars between Christians and Muslims, does not align with the Worcester university’s 21st century values.
Were the Crusades bad? I mean they weren’t good, but they happened in a period of history called the Dark Ages, pretty much everything during that time was terrible. You had about 100 million people dropping dead in the street from the bubonic plague and if that didn’t kill you, people would just tie you up to a couple of horses and rip your limbs off just for fun. Not the most pleasant time in our civilizations history.
Holy Cross has had a Crusader as a mascot since the 1920’s, so why now in the year 2017 are the administrators at Holy Cross so concerned with the negative connotations associated with the nickname? Is there a sudden backlash against a religious war that happened 1,000 years ago that I’m not aware of? Are their riots breaking out in the streets of Worcester right now over this?!
Thank God for 83 year old Tommy Heinsohn, going grumpy old man on Holy Cross and putting them in their place. Here’s what the Celtic legend and Holy Cross alum had to say of the situation-
“It’s political correctness run amok,” Heinsohn told the Boston Herald in an article Monday.
“There’ll be a hue and cry if they go through with this,” said the 83-year-old former Celtics legend-turned-color commentator. “The necessity of this thing is beyond the pale. Get a life.”
Preach Tommy, and hey administrators at Holy Cross, you see this logo?
It awesome. Why are you trying to ruin a good thing?
I also have no idea what Tommy means when he says “beyond the pale” but it’s now my new favorite saying. I can just imagine Tommy saying it to a bunch of skateboarding teenagers as he shakes his fist in anger while telling them to cut their hair and get a whiffle. After all, this is what will go done in history as what the ideal male specimen should look like-