9/11 Moved To October 26th To Accommodate Red Bandana Game
ST. MARY’S HALL — Despite widespread criticism from students, faculty, and alumni, Boston College went forward on Monday with its decision to change the date of 9/11 to October 26th, the date of the annual “Red Bandana” football game.
The “Red Bandana” game, which celebrates the heroic actions of Welles Crowther (MCAS ‘99) during the terrorist attacks on September 11th, has moved further and further from the intended date over the last decade, much to the disappointment of the Boston College community.
“We’ve had a great deal of success in the past using the pathos of 9/11 to sell game tickets, we’d hate to give that campaign up just because of some silly scheduling problems,” noted Jill Hagarty, Assistant Director of Athletics. “I can’t believe we didn’t see this option sooner!”
Crowther, who was working in the South Tower at the time of the attacks, is believed to have saved at least 18 lives and encouraged countless others during the aftermath of the crash to help those nearby. He tragically lost his own life when the tower collapsed, and is remembered every year on the Heights for his heroism and sacrifice.
Citing the new date as the only reasonable weekend the Eagles could squeeze in a low-stakes home game, Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond expressed excitement over the change.
“We really think this is the best decision for the community,” explained Jarmond. “The people told us they wanted the game to be closer to 9/11, so we did all we could to make that happen.”