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This is a thread for anyone searching for answers about Irish football lore from our resident Notre Dame football encyclopedia, senior editor Lou Somogyi.
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This is a thread for anyone searching for answers about Irish football lore from our resident Notre Dame football encyclopedia, senior edito
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What is the real story on George Gipp? Started reading a book called " The Rites of Autumn " and there seems to be controversy on his actual image. One writer has him pegged for the clean cut all american type, and another has him as a drinking, gambling, troublemaking womanizer who struggled in the classroom. Any insight into to this? I had heard he used to like female companionship, but have a hard time believing he showed as many character flaws as is depicted in this book. Most notably when Rockne was giving a halftime pep talk Gipp supposedly said " These pep talks are fine and all but I got $200 on this game and I'm not about to lay down " Same writer also disputes the conversation never really happened between Rockne and Gipp while he was on his deathbed. Is there any reliable accounts of any of this or is it just one of those things that can't be proven or disproven?
This post was edited by 19BlueAndGold85 21 months ago
5 Time POTW--Gringo Mafia Director of Guerrilla Warfare
Lou, what really happened with Lou getting let go after the 96 season? Obviously he was forced out, and I recall that many fans myself included were clamoring for a change. Lou presided over the 4th and last golden era of ND football and was dismissed 3 years removed from finishing second in the polls.
Was it Monk moving in a more academic direction? Was it related to the Kim Dunbar non-issue or just fatigue? Always wanted to know the real story, if there is one.
This one's more of an off the wall type: Did USC's pasting of ND cost us Reggie Bush? Or did Ty not do enough to get him. I've always thought of him as the man who brought down 2 coaches: Ty Willingham by not coming and Pete Carroll by improper benefits.
Thanks in advance, Lou
This post was edited by J_Law 21 months ago
I have always said this about a loss to any team. If a prospective recruit bases his decision on the outcome of a game ("If Team A beats Team B, I will go to A, and if Team B beats Team A I will go to B"), then this is the wrong school for him. I'm not saying that in a haughty or smug manner, or disrespectfully,
To come to Notre Dame — especially someone from San Diego — there has to be a genuine affinity that goes beyond football. No, you cannot have
Word was that Ty Willingham made him his pet project on the recruiting trail, but I felt that pulling a player out of San Diego's Helix High when USC was becoming a superpower — and Justin Fargas graduating — ... I didn't see getting Bush as a pipe dream but it was going to be really tough.
2 time POTW winner on some dates I can't remember from 2yrs ago at BNG,
POTW: 1/3/11- 1/9/11, 6/20/11-6/26/11
What happened to all the topics? They are not showing up on my iPad anymore.
Can't say for sure that this is the answer, but I have occasionally (done on my too-smart-for-me-phone) clicked on one of the top line sort options like "my boards" or "users I follow." When that happens, I only see what is in those categories, and since I have nothing in those categories, pretty much everything disappears. Then I click on those buttons until things are restored to normal. But, of course, if that is the issue, you won't see this response.
When it comes to recruiting news and PSU transfers, I defer to Jason Sapp and Steve Wiltfong on these matters. Here's a link from our board with Jason's take:
Following the Penn State sanctions, there are a couple of Penn State targets that Steve Wiltfong and I are hearing Notre Dame could make a m
A few years ago, Notre Dame released a set of six DVDs that can be purchased at their bookstore or other venues. I don't remember all the games on there, but they include the 1988 national title win over Texas, the 1979 Cotton Bowl (the Chicken Soup game), 1988 Miami game, 1993 Florida State and a couple of others.
There was a gentleman in Massachusetts, I believed that had almost every meaningful game since 1973 (plus the second half of the 1966 Michigan State game). Several years ago, someone sent me my all-time favorite, the greatest game I've ever seen, the 1973 Sugar Bowl win for the national title. You can PM me with your address and I might be able to help you with a few of them, or at least direct you to certain games.
What's the deal with our PLATC sign? I know Holtz supposedly saw the saying in a book and that's where it came from, but why does Oklahoma claim to have had it first?
Because Oklahoma apparently did have it first during head coach Bud Wilkinson's ultra-successful 17-year career from 1947-63 in which he was 145-29-4 with three consensus national titles, and highlighted by the 47-game winning streak from 1953-57 (ended by ND on Nov. 16).
Wilkinson had the phrase made into a sign that hung above the Oklahoma locker room door. On away games, the team took a smaller version of the sign to accompany them. They too began the practice of every player and coach touching it on the way to the field on game day.
Also, for home games OU runs under a crimson banner flanked by flags representing each of Oklahoma's seven national championships (1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985 and 2000). The banner displays 'Play Like a Champion' on the side facing the players and 'Oklahoma Sooners' on the side facing the field.
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