Notre Dame this ‘n that

Earlier this week, the Fightin’ Irish lady’s soccer team captured the NCAA championship title, beating previously undefeated Stanford 1-0.

You probably didn’t hear much hoopla about it, though, unless you lived in the South Bend area or were actively following the sport.


Well, I think a lot has to do with the fact that sportscasters tend to focus on more “popular” games like football, basketball, or baseball. In addition, I think there’s still a bit of the “old boy’s network” in the sports field, leading announcers to pay more attention to men’s sports then women’s.

A third reason, I suspect, has a hint of the “green-eyed monster” in it — the mentality that anything having to do with something positive coming out of Notre Dame just isn’t news.

It’s aggravating as a Domer Mom to realize everybody isn’t for your kid’s school; in fact, many hate Notre Dame. Their reasons, I imagine, are many and varied, but it’s hard for me to come up with even one!


This year’s Fightin’ Irish football team will play Miami in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve in El Paso, Texas.

Along with the Sugar and the Orange bowls, the Sun Bowl is the second-oldest college bowl game in the country, following the Rose Bowl. Game time is noon MST.

By the way, if you’d hoped to score tickets, you might be able to find some, but I’m told the good seats were snatched up like TV sets at a Black Friday sale.

It’ll probably be easier to watch in the comfort of your own home from one of those TV sets, anyway.

You did manage to grab one on sale, didn’t you?

2 thoughts on “Notre Dame this ‘n that

  1. Hey Debbie! I live in Texas and have never been to El Paso or Sun Bowl. I do hope ND wins. Just gave my dad a book called, “The Gipper” as well as the Lombardi book that the Broadway play is based on. Ooops, that’s Green Bay; but the Gipper was ND, right? Dad is former Alabama guard (football). The ticket comment is priceless! Cheers, Izzie

    • So glad to hear from you, Izzie. We must be “soul sisters.” I graduated from Ole Miss, and ‘Bama was one of our big rivals. You’re right about the Gipper being from ND; in fact, I just saw that black-and-white movie. A bit corny, but totally captivating. I lived along the Texas Coast, deep in the Permian Basin, and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but I’ve never been to El Paso either. We must stay in touch!

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