“Like the immigrants it served, the University of Notre Dame began as an outsider — poor, but filled with faith.” “We have Irish roots, but include Africans, Brazilians, and Japanese in a common pursuit of truth.” The “nickname, the ‘Fighting Irish, was first used by opposing fans in the 1920s to insult Knute Rockne’s football players, who were mostly Irish immigrants like the rest of the Notre Dame student body.”
These quotes are taken from the narrated tour of campus you can find at faith.nd.edu
“I don’t want to become you. I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”
This quote is taken from Lou Holtz’s comments at the Republican National Coalition for Life event today. Maybe his swag bag last night gave him the liquid courage needed.
Lou Holtz seriously brought a bottle of Crown Royal into the Republican National Convention. Pro old man move. pic.twitter.com/bjL5vTPcOX
— Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) July 19, 2016
While I’m holding out hope that all of 2016 has been the work of a Lou Holtz impersonator and not the sincerely held beliefs of our collective grandfather, I’m officially over the guy.
I feel incredibly sad about this. The grandson of Ukrainian, German and Irish immigrants, Lou’s very name honors his son-of-immigrants-uncle, Lou Tychonievich. No word on whether he was forced to watch soccer. Which if you’ve ever watched Rangers, or England take penalties in a major tournament, can be very painful to watch, indeed.
(correction: the original text of this post has been corrected, changing “Russian” to “Ukrainian.”)
When you’ve made the money you have off of not just coaching THE IRISH but off of your reputation as the head coach of THE IRISH, you just can’t speak in such broad-brush strokes.
I guess WE ARE ND means something different to Lou.
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