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...the first one you've ever watched, as an invested fan of Notre Dame, where a win results in playing for the national title?

 

It is for me. I was alive in '93 and '88, but was pretty young and a casual fan. I'd guess it was somewhere around '98 or '99 that I really became invested as a fan of ND.

 

So this will be the first time I've ever watched Notre Dame play a game where the end result directly determines if they play for a National Title or not. I'm pretty stoked.

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I was pretty young in '93, but that game still to this day breaks my heart. That game started the torture of being a ND fan for me, but I have never waivered. So I guess this will be my second, another result like '93 may have a permanent mental impact on me LOL. We have all suffered for far too long....

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So this will be the first time I've ever watched Notre Dame play a game where the end result directly determines if they play for a National Title or not. I'm pretty stoked.

 

Same here. I was 10 in '93, so I don't remember anything there. I guess growing up a Cubs and ND fan, I've been brought up to expect disappointment. I'm hoping this year will be different (on the ND side at least) but I'm already so happy with the way this season has gone.

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yeah, i was 10 in 93 as well. while i grew up going to games, i definitely didn't start really loving ND football until high school. and i didn't become an obsessive message board reading fan until i graduated college and had much more time on my hands...

 

very excited for this game.

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Those of you who got turned on to the Irish after 93 are indeed the truest fans. How you can suffer disappointment upon disappointment like that -- without the warm feelings of yesteryear -- is beyond me. I still remember walking into the stadium that November day thinking, "I get to watch the #1 team play today," only to leave with no stomach. Everything changed for ND from that day on...until perhaps NOW!

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Same here. I was 10 in '93, so I don't remember anything there. I guess growing up a Cubs and ND fan, I've been brought up to expect disappointment. I'm hoping this year will be different (on the ND side at least) but I'm already so happy with the way this season has gone.

 

As a Cleveland native, a browns fan (who left when I was in high school), a Cavs Fan (LeBron), and Indians Fan (one out away), I completely agree with this feeling.

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I was 9 in 77, so I wasn't a raging fan then (I guess because I can't throw out major stats and defensive schemes and offensive plays like many of you, I'm still not considered a raging fan). I started working for the State of Ohio in November '93 and boy did I hear it. And thus, began my hate for the Suckeyes (yes, high schoolish again).

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The 88' USC game was one of the first games I remember watching although I was so young it didn't mean much to me at the time.

 

I was in 5th grade for the 93 FSU/BC games, and had become completely obsessed with ND football. I'll never forget the day they lost to B.C.; I had a hockey game so I didn't get to watch the second half. When I came off the ice my dad's face was as white as a ghost when he broke the news to me they lost. I cried the whole ride home. Man it has been a long road back...

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I was only 4 in '93 so I don't remember that...but the first ND football memory I can distinctly remember was when ND kicked a game winning FG against Texas, I remember not understanding why but my Dad was going absolutely nuts so I was just running around screaming...I had to have been only 6 or 7

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