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Two months and 1 day.
Exactly two months and one day before, if my math is correct, I get to see a Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football game for the first time in South Bend, Indiana.
At least I now have the tickets!
They arrived late last week from Dave, a grad-student alumnus. Dave won two pairs in the alumni lottery, but is not using the pair for the Irish game vs Boston College.
The week that we happened to have secured accommodations is that same week.
Aren’t they stunning?
Touchdown Jesus is even on the tickets.
I’m still pinching myself. For someone who for 5 decades the Fightin’ Irish has been his team to actually be able to see them play in person. This is the meaning of ‘priceless’ (with all due respect to the commercials from Master Card).
I mean, seriously, in the same stadium where George Gipp, George Connor, The Four Horsemen, Leon Hart, Johnny Lujack, John Lattner, Joe Montana, Jack Snow, Tony Rice, Reggie and Tony Brooks, Brady Quinn, Ken McAfee, Ross Browner, Alan Page, Chris Zorich, Harry Oliver, and on, and on, and on … played.
In the same stadium where Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz coach national championships.
If you don’t recognize the names above, just Google them. In fact, just do a Google search for ‘Knute’ to start.
OK, so the tickets are I believe the second row from the top in the end zone. Technically I guess that counts as being ‘in’ the stadium, even though it is in the expanded part that didn’t even exist until recent times.
According to Vagabond, a member of NDNation.com, a Notre Dame sports fan Internet forum, with the new ticket scanning at the stadium should not be ripped in half to enter. That is great news as I plan on framing both of them and hang on the wall of my home office upon my return to remind me that I was actually there.
I wonder if the students attending the University of Notre Dame today really appreciate how fortunate they are to be attending such a historic place. And that is just the football team. Lots of other varsity teams as well.
And what an education they are receiving from one of the finest universities in America.
Time puts perspective on a lot of things. I hope they at least have some perspective that Notre Dame is not just another university.
Send me in coach. This 50+ year old body is ready!
Two months and one day to wait until the Lads run out of that tunnel, golden helmets shining in the autumn Indiana sun.
Two months and 1 day.
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