Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Why People Hate Notre Dame Fans and a Joe Buck Update

I'm a Notre Dame fan, so a couple of days ago I went over to wallow in the misery of Saturday's ass whuppin at one of the Notre Dame fansites. While I was there, it didn't take me more than 30 seconds to find a classic example of why people hate Notre Dame fans. This message board post has it all: sanctimony, self-righteousness, self-pity, and self-delusion-- not to mention a healthy dose of the front running mentality for which Irish fans have become famous over the years.

Of course, maybe this high-handedness is warranted. I mean, after all, ND doesn't bend the rules, hires only stand-up guys like Lou Holtz to run its football program, makes it a priority to recruit only high character athletes to represent Our Lady's University on the gridiron, and is unfailingly decent and evenhanded in its treatment of people.

Do Notre Dame's shortcomings make the folks running the school hypocrites? Yeah, but not any more or less than anybody else in big-time college football, and I guess that's my point. The people at Notre Dame aren't saints, and it would be nice if more Irish fans kept that in mind. Me? I like Notre Dame for complex reasons involving religious and ethnic identity, family history and gold helmets, but I've got no illusions that God's on their side. After all, everybody who watches South Park knows that "the Mormons are the correct answer."

While we're on the topic of hate, you know how much we love Joe Buck, right? Well, it looks like the first rate job he's doing at Fox NFL Sunday is winning him even more fans. I've started to dream about Terry Bradshaw ripping the hair helmet off of Jimmy Johnson's head and beating Buck senseless with it.


Chris McVetta said...

Worst (Best) case scenario: The Cleveland Browns get Brady Quinn as their quarterback next year.

Go Irish!

Hornless Rhino said...

I'll second that "Go Irish!"

Chris McVetta said...

It' official: God LOVES Notre Dame football!!!

My Lucky Charms cereal is going to taste SO much sweeter in the morning...

"With the first pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, The Cleveland Browns select... Brady Quinn."

(Okay, maybe the 2nd pick ...because you know Al Davis and The Raiders will pick some safety from Creighton or something with the #1 pick!)

Hornless Rhino said...

That was beautiful, wasn't it? Given the totality of the Spartans' collapse, I think all Michigan State fans should be made honorary Clevelanders.

What I liked most was the fact that as the game ended, a handful of Spartan players ran out onto the field to protect their beloved "S" from a payback flag plant. No, that's not true. I don't like that they did that--I LOVE IT!!