I was asking some of our staff what made them so fanatical for The Fighting Irish, and why they’d continue rooting after a piss-poor season, and here’s another short story by SemperFi, a Domer Domain moderator. If you notice one thing we all share in common, is an intense belief in our team, one that won’t waiver despite a poor showing. A passionate follower who understands what Notre Dame stands for. Here’s a look back by Semper detailing some of his memories.
“My old man was born and raised in South Bend, and I would regularly head out to the Bend to spend my summers visiting my grandparent and cousins for winter and summer breaks–so my allegiance to ND was second nature. My Grandfather taught me what Notre Dame stood for and would always take me to the stadium, the bookstore, the lake, and all the other wonderful places ND had to offer. But as a casual, youthful, Notre Dame fan that loved to sport ND gear at school (in Colorado), I would rarely catch a game unless the weather was too crappy to be on an adventure outside. I would still make it widely and commonly known that the Irish were my team, God’s team, and the best team on the face of the earth. So I might have been a little cocky and arrogant, but I wasn’t hurting anyone.
The 1990 Orange Bowl win over the Colorado Buffs, left my house littered with teepee, eggs, a spray painted garage door and other miscellaneous forms of vandalism. A year later in the 1991 Orange Bowl, a Colorado team lead by Eric Bieniemy upset the best ND team I have seen with the likes of Zorich, Ismail, Mirer, Bettis, and Watters on the roster. Unfortunately my house still suffered the harsh consequence of being a fan of the widely, hated Fighting Irish even after the loss. I was fascinated with Notre Dame and why they were such a loved/hated team. My father taught me to always be faithful and loyal and because of some vandal, I became a Notre Dame super junky and the rest is history.”
After reading this I realize that Charlie Weis is the right man for the job. His tireless recruiting will lead to wins, as we’ve already seen the flux already with guys like Floyd and Tate, Clausen and Robinson. One day we’ll be reminiscing about these guys, and none of this would have been possible without Charlie sitting in these player’s living rooms. The future looks bright with Weis at the helm! Thanks for sharing Semper!