For those that don’t know, I live just outside of South Bend, Indiana. Which is right next to Notre Dame, Indiana. That’s right, they have their own zip code and post office. Because they are special. If you live in this area, 90% of the people love Notre Dame. I think it’s because they can’t think for themselves and they are the local team. Also, for those that don’t know, I am a Michigan fan. Most of my clothes are Michigan, I bet I’ve driven 2 1/2 hours (one way) to more Michigan games than 85% of these Notre Dame “fans”. I go to 2-3 games in Ann Arbor a year, plus we make a family trip up before the season for Fan Appreciation Day or Youth Day where the kids can meet the players and get autographs, plus go down on the field. I follow their basketball team all season and try to watch as many games as I can on TV. And I try to follow their baseball team but that is a challenge as it doesn’t get much recognition here in the South Bends area.
I hate Notre Dame fans. Not all, but most. As I said above, most of my clothes are Michigan and I wear them proudly. But it never fails, ever since they went undefeated this year, when I go out in the world, no matter where I go, someone walks by and says “Go Irish!”. My typical response to them anymore is “Wow! Shocker, a Notre Dame fan.” but as Cheri says, I say it rather rudely. I’ve just gotten so fed up with their bullshit. Everywhere you look around here is not only Notre Dame, but most likely Notre Dame football. Front page of the paper is always ND. Lead story on the news broadcasts is usually ND. Did I tell you the call letters of our local NBC affiliate. WNDU – That’s W Notre Dame University. That’s right, the university owns the local TV/Radio station. The university signed a huge multi-million dollar deal with NBC to broadcast their games.
I used to only hate the fans, but more and more, I’m starting to hate the university. The last few years alone they have pissed me off because they put their football program above anything else. Their star WR a few years back got a DUI, they suspended him from football, for a few months in the middle of summer. Don’t worry ND fans, he played every game. Michigan had a WR also get a DUI around the same time, you know what they did, they benched him for the year and when he got caught driving on a suspended license, thus breaking his probation, they kicked him off the team. Did you hear about the ND players that raped a girl, she reported to campus security and they swept it under the rug. Last I heard, the players name was ever released. I’m sure you heard about the kid that got killed because the coaches sent him up in a scissors lift in 60 mph winds, it made national news. Why did they send him up? To record a football practice.
The university is all about their image and money. Guess that makes sense since they are a catholic university. They won’t join a conference because it cuts into their money and that way, they can keep making making their own schedule. Oh wait, I’m sorry, they did join a conference this past year. They joined the ACC (not known for their football), oh wait, that’s right, all sports programs joined EXCEPT the football program. You know, because that’s where their money is at.
Why is all this coming up now? Because last nights BCS game was a reminder of why I don’t like ND fans. They truly believed that they belonged there. I won’t even get into the reason that they were there, the BCS system. But what I did enjoy last night during the game, was Twitter. The ND haters were out in full force, don’t worry, I saved some for you.
If you like Notre Dame, more power to you. But I don’t and I think you know why now. I don’t hate ND because I’m a Michigan fan. I hate Notre Dame because of Notre Dame and Notre Dame fans. I’m proud of the way Michigan handles its students, can you Notre Dame fans say the same?