College football fans are generally pretty clear about their feelings on Notre Dame.You either love ´em or hate ´em. For so long, they've been the NCAA's trophy wife minus the trophy. But this year, they've finally got style and substance and for that, it's hard not to love them. Two brands were salvaged Saturday after Notre Dame's epic defensive goal-line stance against USC in Southern California clinched its spot in the BCS National Championship game in January; Notre Dame football and, more important, college football itself. Do you remember the sad storylines in discussion this time last year
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They may be committed to the scholar athlete, but are they committed to the teachings of the Church? How many times have they welcomed the most pro-abortion president in history as an honored guest to their campus?
The Notre Dame fans are also some of the most arrogant, obnoxious, demanding fans it has ever been my "privilege" to host in the sport´s bar I once owned. On any given Saturday, they would DEMAND that their game would receive prominence on the big screens, even though their team was not preforming well and it wasn´t the "big/featured/playoff meaningful" game of the day. And God forbide you should actually feature the college teams from your state. I dreaded seeing the Notre Dame fans walk in the door. My servers didn´t much like them either. Talk about ATTITUDE. BTW, I used to be a Notre Dame fan prior to owning the sport´s bar...and I´m Catholic, so I´m not a fan of their politcal antics either.
A few Ohio State players exchange some junk for tattooes and the school is hit by the NCAA compliance committee with a major infraction and banned from a national championship shot this year. The coaching staff at Notre Dame makes an irresponsible call which kills a student and they go to the BCS national championship game this year. Tell me how that is fair NCAA.
growing up I never liked ND. Then they stunk for a while and I sort of felt sorry forthem. Now they´re back....and I´m beginning to not like them again. but it´s great for college sports to have a school like ND back in prominence. I´ve never heard of them cutting corners or stupid player mistakes. Good for them.
#4, I forgot about the tower blowing over. Not sure if that´s an NCAA violation. Tats and Tee Shirts are a dumb violation, but that´s the NCAA for you.
And I know this is going to tick everybody off, but part of Paterno´s problem was that he refused to be PC. That´s why the media went after him. ND is trying to be PC so the media leaves them alone. Just my opinion. Sandusky was a chance to get JoePa.
It´s not just Sandusky. Paterno´s career-ending mistake is that he and those above him in the university´s administration knew that a pedophile had attacked children repeatedly on campus under the auspices of the university, and did *nothing* to stop it.
Thanks for posting, and love your user name! To this day I can´t hear the song Brick House without remembering a very funny Keenan Revue skit playing on that name. I have not been pleased/proud of many decisions made at ND in recent years, but I am exceptionally proud to be ranked #1 in the BCS and #1 in the NCAA Graduation Success Rates standings for all student athletes at FBS schools. That´s a true rarity. And two other stats of my own that warm my heart: % of ND FB players who know the words and actually sing Notre Dame, Our Mother after each game = 100%. Corny, I know, but I love the unity and identification with the school. And another one I love: % of FB players or other scholarship athletes at ND who live in a special athletic dorm, wing or suite = 0%. We are ND...ALL of us. That´s part of what makes it so special.
Tune in to a home game and you get the Zombie, talking up ND football like a local announcer. Switch over to ESPN to hear Lou do the same. Go to mass the next day and hear the priests give thanks for a UND victory. I don´t get the fascination - don´t they care about how Boston College did? Or don´t Jesuits matter? And if the NCAA won´t let the other UND (North Dakota) be the Fighting Sioux any more, then why are the Fighting Irish still allowed to take the field every weekend? And what´s Irish about a cathedral in France, anyway? Say what you want about Charlie Weis, but he was the first to make his team stand silently with the Navy players during the post-game playing of the latters´ alma matre (and that was in 2006 - BEFORE Navy started kicking their butts every year).
I´m glad for ND football after so many disappointing years. I feel Ohio State´s pain. The sanctions impact the wrong people--Urban Meyer and the current team are paying for the "sins" of others. The same goes for Penn State and Bill O´Brien´s team.I was not a fan of Paterno´s coaching strategy, although he was a great recruiter and supportive of his players´ academics. For an interesting take on the Sandusky story, this video is worth the time:
For decades, the definition of a winning season at USC has started with whether we beat UCLA and Notre Dame. We could win every game and lose either of these two and the season was a disappointment. Having said that, I was proud of the image of Notre Dame last Saturday. Clean-cut looking kids, hair high and tight, and very few celebrations as I recall. You know you´ve crossed over into the old geezer category when you can´t understand why a football player has a weave and long braids and also believe 60´s/70´s Coach John McKay and his offense/defense coaches Craig Fertig & Marv Goux were among the last real coaches at USC...builders of men!
It´s clear that ND revamped their image and their football skills this year. In looking at their schedule, I see they´ve had several close games. I did watch them this past weekend just to see if they´re as good as the press they get. I hope they get to play Alabama in the national championship game.
I feel for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes having to endure the sanctions because of the NCAA and their stupid ruling.
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