In the sad exsistence that is my life, I will watch vides like this on a loop when I'm having a rough day.
This is going to be hard for me to type.
It’s something my friends and family know about me but I don’t know if I’ve ever went ahead and declared it publicly. Especially in a newspaper.
But here goes.
I’m a rabid Notre Dame fan.
I mean I’m one of those sad guys who follows recruiting of football and basketball players.
Yes. I’m not only a Notre Dame football fan but I cheer for the Irish in hoops as well.
I think the only time I’ve cried in the last 10 years is while watching Rudy.
I’ve broken no fewer than seven remotes watching games.
I never had a chance. I was born into an Irish Catholic family on the south side of Chicago.
My dad cheered for Notre Dame. So did my brother and all my uncles.
This was preordained.
I’ve had my ups and downs with the Irish. If I’m looking at objectively it I’d say the good times have outweighed the bad.
The undefeated 2012 season was magical. The BCS title game loss to Alabama, however, was like a barrage of kicks to the stomach with a steel-toed boot.
I was inconsolable.
I love so much about Notre Dame. I love the stadium. I love the Grotto. I love so much of what the university stands for.
As a kid I dreamed of attending Notre Dame. That dream died due to a fondness for eating cereal and watching “Beavis and Butthead” rather than studying or doing homework.
But as someone who has such a deep love and fondness for Notre Dame I believe I can say without prejudice that it’s capable of some pretty stupid, headline-grabbing stuff.
I’m not going to go into the heavy items. The Declan Sullivan, Lizzy Seeberg incidents. That’s not fit for such a glib thing as a newspaper guy’s blog.
I’m talking about two stories that came out this week.
The first was that Notre Dame would sell pieces of the grass from Notre Dame Stadium for $150 a pop.
See the stadium is moving to field turf so the old stuff’s got to go.
And God forbid it be given away to fans or it be sold for a reasonable price.
I know money’s tight around there these days. You know with the $9 billion (with a B) endowment and the yearly tuition of $55K or so a year.
Maybe the exorbitant price for a 2 x 5 piece of grass is from the other Dome-related story this week.
According to IRS records, it was reported that current football coach Brian Kelly made $1.5 million in 2012. You know that year he took the team to the National Championship? Meanwhile former coach and perpetual blowhard Charlie Weis made $2.1 million that same year. That year he was lighting the dumpster fire that is Kansas football and leading them to a 1-11 record.
Weis enjoyed some early success with the Irish. The athletic department responded by giving Weis a contract that I believe lasts through the second coming.
You can read more about Weis' contract here:
I love Notre Dame. It may be an unhealthy love but the heart wants what the heart wants.
But I refuse to wear blinders when it comes to some of its shenanigans.
I rarely if ever wear a Notre Dame hat or shirt out of the house. It’s not because I’m ashamed.
It’s because inevitably when I do I run into a Notre Dame hater. And I just don’t like the hassle.
But I can honestly say those sorts of run ins don’t make me mad at my aggressor.
I know some people just hate Notre Dame to hate.
Yet there are so many others who learn to hate Notre Dame because of ridiculous things like charging $150 for some grass.
I don’t like it but when people tell me they hate Notre Dame, I really have no response.
I think if I didn’t love Notre Dame so much I’d hate it too.
Here's more on the sale of the grass. It includes the FAQ of the now closed webpage promoting the sale.
Daniel is night editor at The Goshen News. Follow him on Twitter @DRiordan_TGN