October 21, 2006. The Day I Fell in Love

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October 21, 2006: The day I fell in love with Notre Dame football.

So a little back story, I’ve been a Notre Dame fan since the day I was born, and that’s not even in the discussion. I’ve watched over 80% of the games since I was 7 or 8 probably. When I was a young kid, yeah maybe I only watched some of the game or didn’t watch at all, but since I was 11-12, I’ve rarely missed a game. Do I remember the players when I was 7? Very few. ( Brady Quinn, Anthony Fasano) But I did watch the games because Notre Dame football was born into my blood without any connection in the world. The generic looking jerseys, the gold helmets, the hype, all of it. I couldn’t get enough of this team and still can’t to this day. I’m pretty much convinced my cause of death will be a heart attack during a Notre Dame game, and there isn’t a way I’d rather go out. (Obviously, give me 50 more years or so) All of my love for Notre Dame football comes straight from my dad. When I saw my dad react to the moment Matt Leinart fumbled the ball out of bounds and how pissed he instantly became after the Bush push, I knew then there wasn’t another route for me but to just fully accept Notre Dame football.

Back to October 21, 2006: My dad was given free tickets to go see Notre Dame vs. UCLA. I’ve been watching this team on TV for years now, so this is just a dream come true for the 10-year-old stud of myself. I didn’t know when going to this game that Notre Dame had the most beautiful campus that I’ve still ever seen to this day. I knew about touchdown Jesus and the Golden Dome and all that, I didn’t realize how spectacular these buildings were going to look. 10-year-old me is blown away by how a place can just be so much nicer than anywhere else I’ve ever been. Notre Dame is beautiful, you get it. Getting into my seats in Notre Dame stadium is something I will never forget. Seeing Brady Quinn, Jeff Samardzija, and Tom Zbikowski warming up was me basically seeing my heroes on the field for the first time. Eyeing down the smokeshow UCLA cheerleaders in front of me was clearly a plus, sup ladies. I remember very little from the game because it wasn’t like a high scoring game or anything crazy, just a pretty basic game. But the one thing I do remember, it was the 4th quarter it feels like Notre Dame is going to lose 17-13. Quinn hikes the ball with 40 seconds left, UCLA zero pressure Quinn steps up and throws a strike to Samardzija. And the rest is history, I remember that play like it happened yesterday. The moment Samardzija scored is the exact moment that I fell in love with Notre Dame football.

With Notre Dame 12-0 and going to their first playoff, it felt like a good time to let everyone know when my love for this team started. Notre Dame football needed this playoff berth for the sake of tradition. No matter how low or how high Notre Dame goes my fandom of Notre Dame football will never change.



Nah, I’m kidding; I don’t want Bama yet. Alabama is on their own tier this year compared to every other team. That doesn’t mean they’re going to be healthy when the year ends. It’ll take a miracle for them not to be healthy knowing that they only play the starters for a max 2 quarters every game, but you can only hope for the best. (Just kidding, they’re just kids. I wouldn’t wish something like that on my worst enemy.) Enough Bama talk, on to what matters. NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL. WAKE UP THE FUCKING ECHOS. IAN BOOK IS THE REAL DEAL. Ian Book after 3 games has 874 passing yards and has 11 total touchdowns. Knocking off 2 ranked opponents. Is Dexter Williams the best running back in college football? Some people are saying it. I’ve never seen Notre Dame play as good as they have these past 3 games and that’s considering the 2012 season. Yes, the 2012 defense was better statistically, but they didn’t have the 11 deep that this team has. The 2012 Irish didn’t have a cornerback on the team worth mentioning, some MAY even have me blocked on Twitter because of some choice words. This team has multiple good talents at every single position on both sides of the ball. Alex Bars, Notre Dame’s best offensive player the first 5 weeks of the season, suffers an injury causing him to go out for the season and Dexter still runs for 178 runs and 3 TDS. I’m not saying Trevor Ruhland is as good as Alex Bars or anything like that, what I’m saying is this team has a motive that I’ve never seen in my 22 years of life. Brian Kelly is even relaxed for the first time ever. This blog is completely all over the place because this isn’t an Irish team like I’ve ever seen before. Being projected by at least 66.6% of the remaining half of games is something I’ve never seen. They could possibly even be double-digit favorites in every remaining game. Even with how much I love Brandon Wimbush, this never happens without Book. I’m not even saying we wouldn’t be undefeated with Wimbush, we wouldn’t dominate like they have been. Ian completely opens up the offense. Way before the season started I wanted Ian Book to start. After the spring game, I wanted Ian Book. I let the dumbass media people convince me that Wimbush should start and I thought to myself that they have seen more than I can so I believed them. They were wrong. Sometimes you have to trust your gut when you understand Notre Dame football more than anyone alive. In the medias defense, I thought he would average 200 yards a game, not 300 yards a game. I didn’t think he would complete 70% plus of his passes, I felt more around 60%. Ian Book has been incredible for 3 weeks now, and it’s here to stay, and I’m here for it.