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Notre Dame Against the World
The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2013 | NICHOLAS SPARKS

Posted on 01/04/2013 9:12:00 AM PST by MinorityRepublican

Despite the Roland Emmerich film, I wasn't too worried about the Mayan End-of-the-World scenario, predicted for Dec. 21, 2012. I confess it was an occasional topic of conversation around my home. However, my five children all enjoyed the film, and more than one of them asked me what I thought about the possibility. My answer was always the same:

"If the world does end, I'm glad we're going out with Notre Dame ranked No. 1 in college football. Because that's the way it's supposed to be."

At my answer, my children—ranging in age from 10 to 21—simply rolled their eyes. As would, no doubt, fans of Alabama, Michigan, USC, Miami, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Nebraska, Texas, Florida or any other team with a long tradition of football excellence that regularly aspires to be No. 1.

I get that others might feel differently. Growing up, even I wasn't a fan of Notre Dame. I was born in Omaha, and with uncles who'd attended Nebraska, I still retain a fondness for the Cornhuskers. Furthermore, because my father received his doctorate from USC—and though I know these are fighting words to my fellow ND alumni—I root for the Trojans as well. In fact, I wasn't a fan of Notre Dame football even when I first arrived in South Bend in the fall of 1984. I'm pretty sure I was the only freshman on my dormitory floor who opted not to buy football tickets; I used those quiet Saturday afternoons as a chance to catch up on my studies.

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1 posted on 01/04/2013 9:12:04 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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2 posted on 01/04/2013 9:14:42 AM PST by mcmuffin (Freedom's On The March - Wave Goodbye!)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Notre Dame gave an honorary degree to Barack Obama as soon as he was inaugurated the first time around, despite the fact that the issue he worked hardest for when he was a US Senator was a law that would prohibit giving water to dying babies who survive abortions.

I am rooting for the Crimson Tide.

3 posted on 01/04/2013 9:17:25 AM PST by utahagen
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To: MinorityRepublican

Roll, Tide! Drown the Domers!


4 posted on 01/04/2013 9:19:02 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Know how you tell if someone is from Notre Dame?

They tell YOU!!

5 posted on 01/04/2013 9:23:18 AM PST by caddie
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To: Fiji Hill

War Eagle and Roll Tide Roll.


6 posted on 01/04/2013 9:24:25 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: MinorityRepublican

Let’s hope their loss is as great as losing their soul to their lord and savior 0bama.


7 posted on 01/04/2013 9:26:29 AM PST by soycd
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I supported Notre Dame in my youth, when it was still a Catholic institution. Sadly that’s no longer the case. Notre Dame is as Catholic as the Planned Parenthood clinic down the street, less so actually. During 40 Days for Life nobody was arrested for praying the rosary on behalf of the unborn in front of PP. Can’t say the same about Notre Shame.


8 posted on 01/04/2013 9:38:49 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: utahagen

Not only did they give that man a degree, they also removed or covered all Crucifixes and crosses from his sight at his request. They disgust me.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 9:41:10 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: MinorityRepublican
-Roll Tide-
10 posted on 01/04/2013 9:46:51 AM PST by blam
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To: pgkdan

I think it was Georgetown that covered all the crucifixes, but ND probably would have done that, too.


11 posted on 01/04/2013 9:56:51 AM PST by utahagen
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This clown is a fan of ND, NE, and USC. I bet he’s a cat person as well.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 9:58:45 AM PST by Darth Reardon
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I despise Notre Dame, and want them humiliated next week. Damn those abortion lovers to hell.


13 posted on 01/04/2013 10:00:09 AM PST by montag813
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14 posted on 01/04/2013 10:03:14 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: blam
Roll Tide
15 posted on 01/04/2013 10:06:08 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: pgkdan
they also removed or covered all Crucifixes and crosses from his sight at his request

I missed that one, can you provide a link?

16 posted on 01/04/2013 10:07:03 AM PST by Boston Blackie
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17 posted on 01/04/2013 10:10:57 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hoodat

I know too many people who love Notre Dame. And when you ask them why. They say it’s because they hate Boston College.


18 posted on 01/04/2013 10:14:59 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: MinorityRepublican

They “win for each other.” Sniff. How touching.

They are too special to win for each other. Alabama - just pay the refs more than ND and ROLL TIDE.


19 posted on 01/04/2013 10:19:01 AM PST by mom.mom
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To: Hoodat

I’d say that’s a very dedicated Bama fan. But I could be wrong. But there might be some people around my parts with Lombardi’s mug tattooed somewhere on their person. (snicker)


20 posted on 01/04/2013 10:25:32 AM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2; Hoodat
The first was tasteful in comparison:


21 posted on 01/04/2013 10:29:05 AM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: utahagen

Condi Rice graduated Notre Dame... GO IRISH... the football team had nothing to do with Fr. Jenkins politics


22 posted on 01/04/2013 10:39:47 AM PST by NYCop (In Memory of Maj Francis E Visconti USMC, MIA since 22 NOV 65, but not forgotten)
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When Fr. Jenkins is the President of Notre Dame, acting in his capacity as such, his personal politics are not the issue. Jenkins gave the honorary degree to Obama on behalf of the school, not on behalf of himself. It is ludicrous to assert that honoring was Jenkins's act as opposed to Notre Dame's act.

Go, Crimson Tide! No, Irish!

23 posted on 01/04/2013 10:54:17 AM PST by utahagen
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To: 353FMG

As a Navy alum and a Southerner, I say: “Crush the Mick Mackerel Snappers!”

< /wink>


24 posted on 01/04/2013 10:56:01 AM PST by twister881
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OK, I'll bite....just because Fr. Jenkins did what he did doesn't mean all the CSCs agreed. ND has a history of inviting presidents to its commencement ceremonies. It also doesn't mean all the alums agreed with Fr. Jenkins. We alums on the other side withheld money and made a stink. Still didn't change anything from that graduation.

That said, the place is still very Catholic. Don't tell me you know one way or the other unless you have gone there or have a son, daughter, relative or friend that attends. At the same time, there are factions that push to get their way in making the place more and more secular. It is a battle that rages, but the kids who attend are generally pretty decent, religious kids. Flame away.

Oh and Go Irish

25 posted on 01/04/2013 11:57:53 AM PST by irish guard
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This clown is a fan of ND, NE, and USC. I bet he’s a cat person as well.

I'm a fan of Occidental College and USC, from which I hold degrees, and of Cincinnati, from which I hold one unit. By the way, I'm also a cat person.

26 posted on 01/04/2013 12:58:07 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Scoutmaster

Wow!!!

Nothing like man-boobs to get your evening off to a good start(I know I have some tequila here somewhere).


27 posted on 01/04/2013 1:03:35 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Scoutmaster

Wow!!!

Nothing like man-boobs to get your evening off to a good start(I know I have some tequila here somewhere).


28 posted on 01/04/2013 1:03:58 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Delta Dawn

A double post, how special.


29 posted on 01/04/2013 1:05:23 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The ESPN-Notre Dame network is in overtime to pull off a ND win. Everything on ESPN is pro-Notre Dame. The writers and all are rooting for ND to win to stop the SEC. Notre Dame against the world. I don’t think so. It is the nation versus the SEC and Alabama in particular. Roll Tide.


30 posted on 01/04/2013 1:06:07 PM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: irish guard
I am very familiar with Notre Dame. A sister of mine graduated from there recently and I spent several weeks (over her four years there) visiting her. A nephew of mine is a freshman at ND now. Most of the kids there are tops and the cultural is still very Catholic — which is exactly why Notre Dame's giving an honorary degree to an ardent supporter of abortion was so scandalous. (”Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.”)

I know that many Notre Dame folks were heartsick when Obama was honored. Unfortunately, those folks lost that battle, which alone is an indication of how insidiously evil works. I watched a lovely young couple — seniors at ND, who were engaged to be married after graduation — appear on the Today Show and speak earnestly and thoughtfully about their pro-life work and how wrong it was of their school to honor Obama. When students such as these, who are fighting for what Notre Dame purports to believe, are overruled in favor of Obama, something has gone very wrong at the school so many people love.

Notre Dame the institution — not some people at ND and not Jenkins himself — gave an honorary degree to Obama, and the university as an institution has not repented of that. Until it does so, I say, “Go, Crimson Tide”!

31 posted on 01/04/2013 1:26:10 PM PST by utahagen
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To: MinorityRepublican
When Father Jenkins pulled his stunt I sent him my ND hat and thirty silver dimes. Made somebody sign for them too.
32 posted on 01/04/2013 1:35:46 PM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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