Making the rounds on the blog circut is this months old story about John "Cougar" Mellencamp tossing Bird and McHale under the tourbus.
Iâ€™ve known Larry Bird since we were kids. When he was on the Celtics and I was playing in Boston, he and Kevin McHale would come to my dressing room after the show and smoke me under the table.
Now there's a lot of directions I could go with this quote.Â Henry of TrueHoop (who unearthed this story)Â questioned how it makes Bird and McHale look in their new positions (positions where they must deal with moral issues).Â Fanhouse is taking the angle of tearing down the perfect facade of the Celtics of the 80's.Â It is only a matter of time before Deadspin picks it up and runs with it.
Here's what I'll say.Â If you can believe what Mellencamp says, then it does tarnish the image a little bit.Â But most of us have dealt with the realities of our heroes being more human than we originally thought.Â If my memory and the Internet can be believed, Robert Parish was arrested back in 1991 for mailing himself pot.Â I still love the Chief, I just respect him a little less for it.Â I'm not trying to be the moral police, it is just how I feel.Â And it isn't just "harmless fun," to Celtics fans considering the way we lost Len Bias to drugs in 1986.
However, all we can do is shake our heads and hope that the younger generation can learn from the mistakes of the past generation, even if they are employed by the same men that made those mistakes.