Arrogance is the hallmark of Notre Dame. One
can find Notre Dame's arrogant attitude by listening to their fans
claim title after title, even though one can reasonably claim they were
the best team in 3 years. Or their administrators, who claim that Notre
Dame doesn't redshirt players, and coincidentally only ever offer
students who happen to accept their offers. After all, nobody would
ever reject a scholarship at Notre Dame. To wit: What
happened to the Notre Dame-Michigan State football game?
The above story indicates just how arrogant
Dame is. Granted, Michigan State planting the flag at midfield in plain
view of 4th 'n' short Jesus is pretty classless, but the reason for
that action was because Notre Dame didn't bring the rivalry trophy, the
Megaphone, with them to the game. To not bring a trophy because you are
under the deluded impression that you will beat MSU is plain arrogance,
especially when you only beat Michigan State twice in the previous
And for Weis to claim that Michigan State will never beat Notre Dame on
his watch is pure arrogance, especially since he is winless against the
Spartans and Notre Dame has only won two of the past nine games against
And for Weis to claim he doesn't talk to anyone over the summer?
Please. That's arrogance, and anyone who doesn't believe that would
believe Weis' claims. Abstain from storming the court
Today, the Notre Dame men's basketball team has a very important game
against Boston College (or "Backup College" as Justin Tuck prefers).
When, and I do mean when, our embattled band of Irishmen defeat number
five, undefeated and overrated Boston College, I strongly urge my
fellow students and fans to not storm to the court in celebration.
Normally, a victory at home over a top 10 team warrants a court
storming. However, in the case of Boston College, normal conventions
must be set aside. As Notre Dame Students we must be defiant and not
storm the court as a display of our common despise for that
Let us not forget that this is the same school that greedily and
hypocritically stabbed Notre Dame and the rest of the Big East in the
back when it fled to the ACC not long ago. They left the conference
scrambling just days after denouncing similar moves made by Miami and
This is also the same school that claims to be our rival in football
based solely on four consecutive last second wins over two of our
program's worst head coaches. Let us also not forget the disrespect
their football players have shown to Notre Dame by ripping large clumps
of grass out of our hallowed stadium in celebration.
This is the same school that also claims to be our academic counterpart
in the world of higher education for reasons that I cannot comprehend.
The point is that Boston College wants desperately to be Notre Dame, to
be our rival and be our peer both academically and athletically. The
truth is that they aren't even close. I therefore urge all students to
defiantly abstain from storming the court following the Irish victory.
Such an action only legitimizes their claim to be our rival. Backup
College deserves an "overrated" chant coupled with a few "We are NDs."
I'd rather save the storming for Oct. 15.
Explaining why the University of Notre Dame is in
South Bend, Ind., Lou Holtz loves to tell this story When a small band
of Catholic priests was moving across the country with the intention of
establishing Notre Dame in California, they were stopped by a
horrendous blizzard in South Bend and the leader of the group declared,
"We'll move on just as soon as the weather gets better."
One-hundred fifty-four years later, they're still
Indeed, seeing the weather in northern Indiana for
what it is--which is to say arguably the worst in the United States--is
something Notre Damers always have been good at. It's lousy and they
know it and they admit it. But seeing Notre Dame football for what it
has become--which is to say sanctimonious and deceitful and full of
itself without peer--is something Notre Damers always have been ppoor
at. It's arrogant and self-serving and heavy-handed, and they won't
admit it. Even normally astute former coach Ara Parseghian muses that
he doesn't see the school as sanctimonious, but rather as a place that
sometimes generates criticism because of "the normal feelings of
jealousy that accompany success."
Phooey. Notre Dame and its football are
sanctimonious and, worse, everyone knows it, and that's the end of that.
This would be the low point, Rockne bottom, a time for all those
arrogant men who run Notre Dame football to hang their heads and
realize they aren't special anymore. They fired Tyrone Willingham for
the expressed purpose of hiring Urban Meyer, who viewed the Golden Dome
as his "dream job" and went so far to place a Notre Dame out clause in
his Utah contract.
Then, of course, he snubbed them and signed with Florida.
That Tom Zbikowski fight at Madison Square Garden was quite a show.
Well, not the fight. But the buildup! He entered the ring through a
gauntlet of his teammates in their Notre Dame jerseys. His warmup read,
"Fight Like a Champion Today," playing off the famed Irish football
sign "Play Like a Champion Today." And gospel singer BeBe Winans sang
the Notre Dame fight song.
This is certainly something new, Notre Dame football cross- promoting
with the world of professional boxing. That's Irish football, the
tasteful example of U.S. amateur football, in the same world with Don
King. Or, in this case, Bob Arum.
Chances are, a 17-year-old football star thinks the Four Horsemen are a
nerd band from the 1950s. He assumes the Gipper is a pro wrestler,
never has heard the voice of Lindsey Nelson and may have noticed Rudy"
in a back bin at Blockbuster. In his world, Notre Dame is the team with
gold helmets that plays Saturdays on NBC but never seems to make anyone
All of which is revealing when assessing the Fighting Irish and their
teetering place in 21st-century life. The ND mystique -- a heavenly
idea that a plot of grass beneath Touchdown Jesus' gaze is the most
special place on our sporting earth -- has faded into an ambiguous haze
the last decade. In the ever-evolving landscape of college football,
this program is on no higher footing right now than Northern Illinois.