Around here, we despise everything Notre Dame.
It’s probably from growing up in Indiana, but it could be from our brother stealing all our Lucky Charms when we were small.
Granted, there about 10,000 easy reasons to hate the Fighting Irish (#45 — consistently overrated, #3,403 — a national (unbiased) network assigned to their games, #90 — Jimmy Clausen, #7,498 — leprechauns).
But easily at the top of the list is the “culture” the school pretends to have.
Notre Dame: You’re a college. You have dumb athletes on your team. They drink and try to find the hottest girls on campus, just like anywhere else.
Head coach Charlie Weis (he really owns that outfit doesn’t he?) seems to be especially deluded when it comes to Notre Dame’s awesomeness.
Which is why this nugget dug up by the South Bend Tribune didn’t surprise us in the least:
At the conclusion of the 2 1/2-hour session in full pads at Notre Dame Stadium, Weis commanded his 18 frosh to serenade the 2,000 or so curiosity-seekers with the school alma mater. . . “It was marginal,” Weis deadpanned of the vocal performance. “It was terrible yesterday.” Maybe that had something to do with the fact that the mandatory singing practice was held at 7:30 a.m., Friday.
Yes, I know about team-building and school spirit and all that crap, but this reeks of Weis actually being so douchey, he cares about how they sing the song. Plus, Weis sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field earlier this summer. What’s this obsession with the tunes?
One game last year, some of the guys weren’t singing or weren’t paying attention,” Weis said of the postgame tradition of singing the alma mater to the student section. “That’s not what Notre Dame is all about. It may not seem like something big to a lot of you guys, but it’s important to me.
Well, there it is. I knew this had a smell to it.
Charlie, I know you think Notre Dame is different than every other institution in the country, but it’s not. The football program and its perennially unreal expectations are the only reason it stands out.
The only thing you’re going to hear this year, Charlie, are chants of “Over – Rated” from student sections.