Friday, October 30, 2009

R.I.P. Baldwin

I have some sad news to report...according to the picture above from, Baldwin is dead and more troubling, he appears to now be a ghost. I leave it to BC Theologian Peter Kreeft, who has written about ghosts and Catholicism in the past, to explain why Baldwin did not ascend into Heaven. As for why he is choosing to haunt Purdue, Vanderbilt and Iowa...I have no idea. Maybe hard feelings about Dorien Bryant and the Music City Bowl?


BCMike said...

I saw that as well...WTF? Baldwin? Is he scary somehow?

mod34b said...

I guess I am dating my self, but when i read RIP Baldin, I wondered is the eagle called is, but that name only started in 2000 -- well after my BC days

In 2000, with the unveiling of the current athletics logos, the Boston College Eagle mascot received a visual makeover as well and has appeared that way since.[2] Also, the mascot officially got the name "Baldwin" -- a combination of the words "Bald" (as in bald eagle) and "win."

I like original rational for the eagle better (boy, an answer to every question is found in wikipedia!):

The nickname "Eagles" goes back to 1920 when Rev. Edward McLaughlin, unhappy at seeing a newspaper cartoon which represented Boston College as a cat after a track victory, wrote to the college newspaper The Heights:[1]

“ It is important that we adopt a mascot to preside at our pow-wows and triumphant feats.... And why not the Eagle, symbolic of majesty, power, and freedom? Its natural habitat is the high places. Surely the Heights is made to order for such a selection. Proud would the B.C. man feel to see the B.C. Eagle snatching the trophy of victory from old opponents, their tattered banner clutched in his talons as he flies aloft.

Eagle in Brighton said...

It's in referende to HD's column: she designated BC her "cursed" team for all the rediculousness that's gone down in the past 10 months.

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blist said...

Perhaps Baldwin awaits a BCS bowl victory - as Kreeft wrote:

“We can distinguish three kinds of ghosts, I believe. First, the most familiar kind: the sad ones, the wispy ones. They seem to be working out some unfinished earthly business, or suffering some purgatorial purification until released from their earthly business."

Or, and I like to think of Baldwin as this:
"there are bright, happy spirits of dead friends and family, especially spouses, who appear unbidden, at God's will, not ours, with messages of hope and love." i.e. ACCCG Victory!!!

Erik said...