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Guest Irish4life

Im bored and felt like i had to come up with some kind of topic.

So tell why and how you became a notre dame fan.

Also tell a memorable moment as why you say "that is a big reason why im a irish fan" something like that.

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Guest SirJohn

Paul Hornung graduated from my High School a few years ahead of my freshman year and was from my neighborhood area so.......................................

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i began a ND fan by watching Tony Rice run the option, an offense that I ran in high school. As a freshman, I wanted to be Tony Rice, I wore #9, and practiced the option to perfection, lol. It kept me locked to Channel 4 every saturday after my games, and wanting to be Tony Rice, and I've been Irish ever since !!!

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Guest snizel88

I lived near South Bend from the age of 1 till 6. Plus my dad's side of the family is generally Irish. My great-grandparent knew the coaches (I think they went to lunch with Rockne) so its in my blood.

I knew I was a die-hard fan when my first curse word ever came on that field goal verse BC (i was 4 and i was crying, saying $hit, and running my fingernails down a window i was so mad)

 

Irish how did u become ND

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I've been a fan of what over here gets called 'American football' since the UK's Channel 4 started showing NFL highlights (delayed a week) every Sunday evening. That was back in 1983 which I guess explains in part why I'm a Washington Redskins fan (the other part is their colours - my favourite soccer team plays in red and white too...)

 

(Some limited) College football has only become available on tv on a pay satelite channel in the last couple of years so it's virtually impossible to follow ND that way.

 

Being Irish I had always been vaguely aware of Notre Dame and knew of their reputation as a famous college football side but it was only with the arrival of the internet that I was able to find out more about them and the more I learned the more I liked and identified with. For me it's so much more than just being an Irish Catholic who likes (American) football. It's the traditions, fan passion (the main reasons I am more interested in College football than the NFL now is the lack of franchise movement in the NCAA and the greater fan passion and tradition - things that I can identify with as a big soccer fan over here) and the way in which the university, while committed to excellence, tries to stand for more than just winning by any means possible.

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The Irish were passed down to me from my father while I was a child. My first memories of the Irish were when I was six and ND upset Miami 31-30. I think it is safe to say that I am a fan for life given the fact that I stuck by them through the eight years of Davie then Ty. The Holtz years are nothing but great childhood memories ( with an occasional heartbreak ) unfortunatly things started going south for the program when I started high school. Now I am 24 and happy that I stayed devoted to my first love ND. Man I took alot of heat in high school for that. Can't wait for a reunion! :D

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Guest Irish4life

when i was 7 yrs old i was introduced to sports

and being from miami i was a canes fan

but around the age of 10 almost 11 i saw the movie...

the movie that had the story of the person i wanted to be

I saw the movie Rudy

I instantly fell in love with the irish

I then became like mixed between canes/irish

But around like 11-12 I was like you know what, im old enough to really understand this game, and this university and the glory of notre dame, i became fully commited all thanks to my brother whos now a mix of like cane/gator/irish but without him i wouldnt be as devoted as I am for notre dame football. I love it and always will and now the canes, are just the canes, no big deal.

 

I bleed blue and gold all alone, since 98% of my family is not into sports

but not's the point...

 

Point is I love Notre Dame and always will, the love i have for that football team is like no other and ive been in a couple of fights because of trash talking...kids these days

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I'm new to the fold.. Can't call myself diehard yet. Generally enjoy college ball.

 

Had a couple of office colleagues, good friends.. domers.. and then another domer colleague (great person). Very infectious with their love of ND & Football. All conversations always led back to ND... or football... or ND & Football..

 

So, i became infected, and started to watch.

 

My friends have moved on to other cities, but they left me ND. My wife is apalled. I had shed my sports-watching OCD before I met her. Now, I just limit myself to ND (but I hear it is the 'starter drug' for sports junkies). She is concerned. javascript:emoticon(':wink:')

Wink

 

I also like old-school values, and ND & Charlie represent the best of those values in my books.

 

:D

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The fight song is like religion to me now

ive never been to south bend but i wont die till i see it

not till my eyes lay on that beautiful field and see those players come out onto that field with there blue jerseys and gold helmets

 

I dont really remember davie that well but i sure had enough of ty

thank god for charlie

 

:bows down to charlie weis: he truly is the one that will take us back to the promise land...the championship we've waited for almost 20 years.

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Guest bfabes05

Me and my brother were just raised that way, my dad has been a huge fan his whole life and we were just brought up like that, sure there were other teams that we may have liked because he liked them when we were younger but those eventually faded we got our own teams, but Notre Dame was always the biggest thing in the house, the team we really care about, nothing like watching those gold helmets come out of the tunnel, or listening to the greatest fight song of them all, or watching Rudy for 50th time and saying thats why I am a Notre Dame fan...Theres no better feeling in the world then watching the Blue and Gold play on Saturdays...sure I have my teams in baseball, basketball and what not, they have a bad season, I get over it....not with ND, they lose im depressed for a week or everytime I see the film of Matt Leinart throwing that 4th and 9 to Jarret and then getting pushed into the endzone...ND is something I will hold on to till the day I die, period.

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I was eight when I really became a Notre Dame Fan. Watching Rocket return touchdowns. He was the most electric player. I have hated Colorado ever since they screwed us on that clip call. I have watched that game many times. It still makes me mad. Anyway now I have subscriptions to every ND site and I check them every day. It drives my family and friends nuts but it fuels me even more.

 

Go Irish

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My cousin played for them in 1989(granted he was a walk on, he still got in the game ). I was able to go to my first ND game and then got to go out on the field after the game to get autographs from the seniors (last home game). After that experience from that weekend I have been a huge Irish fan.

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my grand father drove from pennsylvania to south bend in the 20's regularly to see nd when rockne was coach. this was even before they had a turnpike!! all interstates and back country roads. he had to be back for mass on sunday. he had no sons but made an incredible fan out of my mother, who at the age of eighty four continues to make the trip yearly to see her beloved irish. she of course drags her husband and six children along for the ride. we are all rabid nd fans because of our family history and this is being spread to my children and grandchildren of which i have two. we will be at the penn state game and the navy game this year. go irish!!!!!

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Grew up about 45 minutes from ND and that was the only football on our TV that I watched as a kid. On Saturdays in high school a group of us would go to friend’s house to watch ND football on a big screen tv. (Big screen back then) It was great times since they won the NC back then.

 

My first ND game was at Purdue to watch Rick Meir since we are from the same home town and I saw him play multiple times in high school. My first ND home game was against BYU and I got to sit in the student section, they lost the game which sucked, but the student section is the best area to be in. First pep rally was for the big FSU game.

 

The good news is my wife knew before we got married that I am a die hard ND fan, accepts it and she will go to the games with me. She knows that if I can not watch it live, I will watch it that night when we get home.

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