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Graduated from another university. My brother graduated from UCONN and no one but a few relatives have gone to ND. My dad grew up with a single mother whos husband passed when my dad was 14 in East Hartford. She became a catholic nurse, back then they were called "nun nurses".
My fathers family fought in the Civil War coming over from Ireland in the Cumberland (Tenn.)
So my family is Irish but few people have actually gone to ND.
ND is a team that representes a group, ethic group here in the US. The Irish Catholic was, until JFK got elected (& elevated to Saint.. just look at a 85 year old Irish Catholic woman's living room wall) a group that was looked down upon and had to look at signs EVEN in Boston."NO IRISH NEED APPLY"
So, can this team really mean something to somebody who never recieved a degree from it
I've been thinking about this for awhile.
If you are given the power (like some of us would like to have). Would you exlude anyone from being a bleeding Gold and Blue fan based on what experiences they have with ND.
or is everyone welcome.
I have absolutely zero connection to the University of Notre Dame. No relatives went there. No friends went there (except a few friends I have made on this board). On top of that, Gardner-Webb University (my alma mater) is a Baptist university. When I first came to this country in '84 from Ireland, I picked Notre Dame as my team based soley on the fact that they were called the Fighting Irish.
Since then, what started out as a fling based upon the name Fighting Irish has turned into an all out love affair. I know exactly what recruits mean when they say that they can't explain how they felt when they arrived on campus for the first time. The Grotto. The Stadium. The Basillica. The Tradition. The History.
I could graduate from any university of the FBS schools. Wouldn't matter. They'd be #2 to ND's #1. No university could ever take the place of Notre Dame.
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Not even in college yet and I'm a nd fan and alway will be. My dad went there and my dream is to. And if I don't I will still be a huge fan and they will always be my favorite college
Growing up in Chicago, there is really only Northwestern or U of I for in-state big time college programs. My family grew up ND fans based off the location and the brand. As a kid, Saturdays were reserved for sitting outside in our gazeboo watching ND games on NBC. I think the NBC connection is obviously what helped spread the brand and their fanbase reflects that. I think them being a prominent Catholic school did as well. I'm Italian, not Irish so I didn't really cling to the Irish part of the Fighting Irish as someone else mentioned but I definitely think that plays a roll as well.
To me, they're similar to the Cubs professionally. Cubs are on WGN all the time and I always seem to find a ton of their fans around the world. For me, it does tend to baffle a bit because the Sox do share the WGN network but fans seem to be few and far between. I think more of the day games played into it, along with that whole "loveable loser" thing.
I ended up at Mizzou for a visit, loved the school and was set on going there. I don't think I would've gotten into ND personally, but had I, I don't believe I would've gone anyway. It didn't change that I spent most Saturdays watching the ND game.
I'd tailgate in the a.m. if there was a home game and then bolt for the bar to see ND and Wisconsin (I had a buddy playing RB there my frosh year) and would watch the MU game along with those. But priority wise, as a fan, I was still set on seeing the Irish.
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College football's popularity is actually driven more by the general population than the alumni from schools combined. It's what makes college football so awesome...kids from the age of 7 years old falling in love with a team for whatever reason and either went to another school for their degree (my bio) or never got a college education.
I've bled Irish since I was 7 and after graduating from Syracuse...I still bleed B&G. I suspect that if I allowed the bleeding to persist to a point of mortal danger...you might see some Orange oozing out at the end.
I live in Nebraska. Am a Huge Notre Dame Fan first, a Nebraska fan second, and have zero connection to Notre Dame. I only know a couple of people who went there actually.
Well, Ive never even been on or even watched in person a college womens softball team but I sure do love to watch them mmm...... Is that the same?
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Just from an empirical standpoint, assuming ND graduates roughly 8,000 people every year it would still take the teams entire 125 year existance to make 1 million fans let alone the millions upon millions who tune in every week to watch the games. I realize that some of our posters may have graduated somewhere near that 125yr mark but even they couldn't fill our fan coffers.
This is a question I ask myself often.
Im Italian , born and raised in Italy .
Saw a superbowl or two on tv when I was a kid.
You know american football is not that popular on this side of the ocean .
Then when I was 14 or something a while ago talking with a good friend of mine
told me he was going to play american football in Milan (thas is like 100 miles from here).
He explained me rules and everything and I started liking it .
A couple years later I started playing myself on the same team.
In the late summer of that year by chance we could see some college football on tv.
At this point you can guess which team was playing.
Now is over 20 years from that day .
Luckily since 3/4 years I can watch college football on tv (Eurosport show most of the home games) even if is mostly late at night.
And since then I never missed a game.
ND actually graduates just 2000 per year.
I first became aware of Notre Dame in the late 50's, from my father, who had not gone to college, but loved ND. I am Irish-Catholic, which helped, but has nothing to do with it today.
My first ND game was at the Coliseum in 1964 (yes, THAT game). I was an ND fan, and until then I also liked SC. I have loathed SC since, and loved the Irish.
I wanted to attend ND, and in fact was accepted, but couldn't say no to the scholarship from elsewhere. I enjoyed the school I attended, but continue to love ND.
I have not consciously tried to influence my children, but both also developed a love for the school, although neither attended. ((ND did not offer studies in the area they wanted.) I've attended quite a few games at ND, and have had the pleasure of taking both of my children to games, to introduce them to everything that is magic about the place.
When people ask why I love Notre Dame, I don't have a definite answer. I just do.
I tell people my two favorite teams are Notre Dame and whoever is playing SC. In 2 weeks those will be one and the same. I'll be there.
This post was edited by nd3b 17 months ago
This football teams popularity and the love for it and the university was built on the "subway Alumni". Im sure we all can't love it as much as someone who went to school there but the following would decrease an awful lot if the love of the team was limited to people who went to school there and graduated from there.
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If people could only cheer for the school they graduated from, the entire SEC would consist of three fans.
I dont know why my first inclination was that ND was graduating the entire student body every year lol
I love ND more than any alumni who graduated from there. I would have killed to go there. If I would have gone there I would have been a orthopedic doctor instead of a athletic trainer/future physical therapist considering ND doesn't carry those degrees. My future children will study their hearts out and I expect them to get high enough test scores to get accepted into Notre Dame. Bleed blue and gold. I could see myself being the leperchaun had I gotten accepted into ND. :-) GO IRISH!
This post was edited by FGCU_IRISH_FAN 17 months ago
I graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and have zero connection. I'm now growing some new ND fans. My son watches almost every game with me and my 2 1/2 year old grandson runs around on Saturday wearing an ND shirt, throwing his arms in the air and yelling "Go No Day!" When ND does something great and my son and I jump up and yell, he jumps up and yells with us (he has no idea why, he just likes to jump up and yell with us). Makes my day. 30 years from now he'll be explaining how he became a die-hard ND fan because he used to watch the games with his grandpa.
I suspect that the fan base has a very low percentage of actual grads, and has an even lower percentage that are Irish. (or maybe the other way around?)
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I graduated in 96 but my family had been ND fans going back to the 20's - so the answer to your question is a resounding YES!
ND fans all of us regardless of how we can to love our Lady, it's what makes the ND Nation so fearsome - we are everywhere and can pop up in any town, any school, any country.
I grew up in a small town in Kansas, graduated from the University of Kansas; I have nothing in common with the University of Notre Dame, except I am Irish Catholic. Our Ladies Dome has plenty of room for all of us!
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Right there with you
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I graduated from San Diego State University, and got my wish when SDSU made the trip to South Bend to play the Irish a few years back. By the time that close game was over I was hating my alma mater as much as USC until the Irish pulled it out in the end. Only then could I be proud of my school. So, in short, I love Notre Dame, i just hold a degree and lots of GREAT memories from my time in San Diego.
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I graduated from Arizona State University.
I grew up Roman Catholic in Pennsylvania (can't avoid it if you are Italian). My Dad started the Notre Dame train for me.
I may be a Sun Devil but I was born to love Notre Dame.
BTW, I have rooted against my own alma mater when they played Notre Dame in Tempe in 1998.
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