Aug 31, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Upon arriving on campus at Notre Dame, head coach Brian Kelly commented on the challenges that lay ahead:
"My biggest surprise was the [sense of] entitlement and selfishness. I think at the end of the day, there wasn't a true appreciation for what they had. I know those are harsh terms, but they're 18, 19 or 20 years old and they're playing at a school where its existence as a university is because of football. You're a football player at Notre Dame and you need to appreciate what you have."
Aug 29, 2012
|"The Original Fighting Irish" - La Noue|
Upon taking the reins of Notre Dame Football, head coach Brian Kelly displayed a painting by former ND lacrosse player Revere La Noue called "The Original Fighting Irish" in his office. Kelly's description of the painting serves as our latest set of "Fightin' Words" as just 3 days separate us from the 2012 campaign:
“You don't see faces… You see blue-collar. You see a bit of a swagger. You see toughness. Growing up as an Irish Catholic in Boston, that's what I remember Notre Dame being. That's been one of our goals every day -- to get that fight back in the Fighting Irish. It's good because that's who I am anyway.”
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
You men graduating today carry the burden of exceptional responsibilities… if you live as responsible Catholic men… your second responsibility can best be understood by recognizing the purposes for which Notre Dame was founded… Never before in our history has there been a greater need for men of integrity and courage in public service…”
-JFK, Commencement Address, University of Notre Dame, 1/29/1950
Aug 24, 2012
-Joseph P. Kennedy, Commencement Address, University of Notre Dame 6/1/1941
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
|Countdown: 10 Days|
|Ronald Reagan as George Gipp|
Aug 17, 2012
Vol. II of II
Part VIII of VIII
By the end of the Rockne era, Notre Dame had arrived on the national football scene and replaced the old guard as the top power in the country. During the late 1920’s, this caused a group of elite Eastern universities including Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth and Carnegie, who were helplessly falling away from gridiron prominence, to pressure the National Football Rules Committee into make sweeping changes to the game.Several high-ranking universities sought to turn college football into a less formal club venture as it had been during the past when they had controlled the sport without contestation. Coach Rockne responded to such pressures at a national coaching conference in 1927 by accusing these schools, which he referred to as “the effete Easterners,” of attempting to “change the game from a he-man’s sport into a silk stocking contest.” He went on to say that the game of football had become “too rough for them” and that they were only “hoping to regain their superiority, which they held for a long period when the game was in its infancy.” Such attempts to reclaim power and the type of responses they elicited from Rockne stood as telling signs that Notre Dame had undeniably changed the game of football forever, dethroning the powerful teams of the past in the process.
(The Spirit of Notre Dame)
|Relief of Rockne sculpted on Alumni Hall|
The origins and early evolution of the words “Fighting Irish” at Notre Dame undeniably depended on football, but only as a vehicle of change. The real meaning of the term became much more significant within a wider context as it shared direct links with Ireland at first, then became a symbol of identification throughout Irish-America, and then finally came to represent All-American ideals. The editors of The Scholastic for the 1929-1930 academic year described this evolutionary process:
Aug 16, 2012
|Macklemore reppin' ND|
One final note: If Adidas’ “Irish Flag Cleat” is any indication, I’d expect a very “Tricolour” looking ensemble from the Fighting Irish when they take to the field in their adopted homeland against Navy. That’s right… we’ll be living up to our namesake by donning...
Green, White, and… Orange?!
|Mike Golic celebrating a touchdown |
as defensive captain of the Fighting Irish in 1985
Have yourself a listen here.
Many thanks to Mr. Golic for defending Our Lady's honor.
Revere LaNoue https://www.mascotgallery.com/fightingirish/
(Rev. Matthew Walsh, C.S.C. “Reply to Herbert Bayard Swope,” 10/6/28, University of Notre Dame Archives)
Aug 15, 2012
|New York City, 1927|
Babe Ruth appears alongside Rockne in a Notre Dame jersey
during one of the many publicity stunts orchestrated by the coach
Games between Notre Dame and Army in New York attracted the most popular sports writers of the time, including Grantland Rice, a legendary journalist known for his flamboyant writing style in the sports columns of the New York Herald Tribune. His account of Notre Dame’s victory over Army on October 18, 1924 instantly launched a legend due to its opening stanza which read, “Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Stuldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden."
Rice's words set off a firestorm of hyperbole, and “in the coming days and weeks, the notion of Notre Dame having not only a ‘wonder team’ but a backfield of biblical proportions would sweep across the country.” (Lim Lefebvre, Loyal Sons). George Strickler, a student press agent at Notre Dame, organized a publicity photo to be taken of the famous backfield riding horses. The photo added even further to the media feeding frenzy, and before long members of the national sports media could not get enough of Notre Dame. It was now only a matter of time until the “Fighting Irish” nickname used by Rockne to motivate his teams would become fixed to the nationwide image of Notre Dame football.