Notre Dame Football Book Review – The Forgotten Four

The Forgotten Four

I like sports, including football. I like history, always have. I like Notre Dame with a passion; ask any one who knows me or any of my students. :) So, I thought I would change things up just a bit. Last month we reviewed the book Notre Dame and the Game That Changed Football, by Frank Magio, which focused on Jesse Harper and the famous 1913 game between the Fightin' Irish and Army Black Knights at West Point where the underdog Notre Dame football team defeated the Cadets using the … [Read more...]

University of Notre Dame – Eck Visitors and Alumni Center

Fighting Irish Leprechaun and Friend

Over the past couple of weeks we have written about some of our experiences visiting the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and attending a home football game. You can find all of the articles we have written over the past two years over on our Notre Dame web page. Now, today's article is about the Eck Visitors Center. It is directly across the Hammes Bookstore. As stated on the Notre Dame interactive map: "The Visitors’ Center stands close to the Notre Dame … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pre-Game Warm Ups

Irish Pre-Game Warm Ups

The past several days we have written about the Notre Dame Marching Band concert at the steps of Bond Hall, about their entrance and music played inside Notre Dame Stadium prior to the Fighting Irish home football game, and about the Notre Dame Bagpipe Band playing at the foot of the Main Administration building (the one with the Golden Dome of Our Lady) all during home game day activities. In these articles there were a few pictures as well as numerous video clips. Today I thought I would … [Read more...]

University of Notre Dame Marching Band Performing Inside Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame Marching and Alumni Bands in Notre Dame Stadium

Following my recent visit to the campus of the University of Notre Dame to experience a football weekend of the Fighting Irish, I wrote two articles with lots of pictures and video clips on both the Notre Dame Bagpipe Band playing in front of the Main Administration (Golden Dome) building and the Notre Dame Marching Band playing on the steps of Bond Hall, both on the University campus. This article focuses on the University of Notre Dame Marching Band performing inside Notre Dame Stadium in … [Read more...]

Happy Independence Day!

American Flag In Notre Dame Statium With Scoreboard

Happy Independence Day! Last year three situations resonated with me regarding U.S. Patriotism during my first ever visit to the University of Notre Dame. The first was the trip during the week to see the (now) Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks play the Vancouver Canucks at the Madhouse on Madison. When they played the Star Spangled Banner, it seemed like the entire 19,000 or so inside the arena were singing. And, not just singing, but singing with a passion which was quite … [Read more...]

University of Notre Dame and South Bend Highlights

Golden Dome

Yesterday I wrote about, with pictures and videos, our Fighting Irish Game Day experiences. Today I thought I would wrap up this series of articles by selecting the highlights of our trip. Asking what were my highlights of my week long trip to the campus of the University of Notre Dame and South Bend / Mishawaka is like asking a parent which is their favorite child. However, here we go in no particular order. The people. It is true what they say, that everyone who you meet and talk … [Read more...]

University of Notre Dame Football Fridays

Ara Parseghian Statue

We have been writing (and sharing some of the pictures and videos we have taken) all week about our experiences in and around the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Today we quickly (because it has been a very long day already and tomorrow is game day ... another long day) write about our activities on the Friday on campus before the football game vs Boston College. It rained very heard during the night and rain was forecasted for most of the day. However, we were … [Read more...]

University of Notre Dame, Luck Of The Irish and Fiddler’s Hearth

Gug and Four Horsemen Sculpture

We have been very, very fortunate ... some might say lucky ... on our trip to South Bend, Indiana and the University of Notre Dame. The first occurred when we received the Chicago Blackhawk tickets from Matt, which we wrote about yesterday. The second good fortune occurred when we crossed the border into the U.S.A. At customs, we ended up being assigned to a line in which the customs official seems to be taking and average of 7 to 10 minutes per vehicle. When it was finally our turn, we … [Read more...]

First Impressions of University of Notre Dame Campus

Golden Dome

Well we have just finished our road trip to our hotel in Mishawaka, Indiana. It took just under 8 hours but with the catching up that Harvey and I did the drive did not seem to take that long at all. Here is a slide show with selected pictures of our travel. We went from Toronto to Sarnia and then across through Michigan, down to Indiana and then across to Mishawaka. Once we checked in around 5 pm or so, we headed to the University of Notre Dame campus for a very, very quick walkabout … [Read more...]

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