October 14, 2007

Best editorial of the weekend

From a Notre Dame student newspaper:

Is everyone excited about beating UCLA Saturday night and celebrating a victory for the first time this season? You should be. For the seniors, juniors and sophomores, it was a welcome reminder of what victories in South Bend are like on Saturdays. And it's the first time you freshmen have tasted an Irish win since coming to campus in August.

But, please, as an alumnus and diehard fan of Notre Dame - the team, school and program - don't let the excitement spill over to embarrassment this weekend if the Irish knock off Boston College. Don't storm the field.

Sure, beating BC would be a huge moment. It's the No. 4 team in the country. It's undefeated and energized. The Eagles have a Heisman Trophy candidate and likely NFL first-round pick in Matt Ryan. They will come into our stadium with a swagger, a sense of confidence that will piss off diehard Irish fans.

And a win Saturday would be a huge moment in our season. Upsetting a top-5 team would be another step in building the confidence of our younger guys, and it would give our upperclassmen another great memory about playing for the Irish.

But there's a reason we refer to Boston College as Fredo, and bull-rushing the field against our weaker, inferior little brother would be embarrassing. We would be showing them a sense of respect that they don't deserve. Storming the court against BC in basketball was bad enough when we ended their 20-game winning streak in the 2005-06 season. Let's not surrender to the same temptation and make the same mistake in football.

In 1993, Boston College came into Notre Dame Stadium and abruptly ended our National Championship aspirations. Let's do the same thing to them this season. Let's make a statement during the game and scream louder than we have since the 2005 game against Southern Cal, giving our team the second-half energy they will need to earn a win.

But after we win, let's keep our excitement in the stands. Storming the field is about being an underdog, and Notre Dame is never an underdog against Boston College - regardless of our record. We should never expect to lose to Boston College. And when we beat them this weekend, let's act like we've done it before.

Because we have.

No worries, mate.

Posted by Steve-O at October 14, 2007 09:40 PM | TrackBack

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Fredo was Michael's OLDER brother, right?

My advice to the college journalist (AKA "future fry cook"): If you're gonna make a Godfather reference, make the right one, paisano.

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at October 14, 2007 11:51 PM

There is a reason why Notre Dame elicits such hatred. The post above for example.

SUCK ON IT, Domers!!!

Posted by: stillers at October 15, 2007 02:28 AM

Never bet against the Irish when they play under the Golden Dome.

Posted by: Marvin at October 15, 2007 08:02 AM

They covered the spread.

Posted by: The Colossus at October 15, 2007 09:19 AM

Good thing Charlie Weis is locked in until 2035...

Posted by: LB Buddy at October 15, 2007 10:24 AM

In all seriousness, that is why I only follow Academy games. Have any of you ever been to one? There is no foul language, no disgusting cheers, no one storms the field. In short, everyone behaves themselves and enjoys the sporting event for what it is, a sporting event among brothers. I have a habit of screaming my brains out. I also have a particular disease my husband has dubbed football turets. "Crush em, you bastards!!!" In the end, everyone leaves in a spirit of shared comradity. Of course, I was especially happy when Navy won...

Posted by: Babs at October 15, 2007 11:33 AM

Fredo never won a Heisman.

For here men are men,
And their hearts are true,
And the towers on the Heights
Reach to Heav'ns own blue.

Posted by: Mark S at October 15, 2007 12:12 PM

The "Iron Major" Frank Cavanaugh would be proud of BC. He was Football Coach of BC, Holy Cross and Fordham. He was on my Grandmothers side. A reason I chose HC. Must watch that Pat Obrien movie based on Cavanaugh, "The Iron Major"

Posted by: IHSV at October 15, 2007 04:01 PM