we are ND
people love to hate ND … jealous that we have the NBC contract, we’re independent, we have a storied, amazing football tradition, killer recruiting … and on top of all that we’re SMART!
Notre Dame ranks #1 in Division I (and #3 overall) for excellence in academics and athletics. Yes, yes we do. Best all around in football, hands down. Stanford is pretty good too. And in hoops there’s Duke, of course.
I think the Catholic/God thing also contributes to some peoples’ dislike … a feeling that ND is “holier than thou” due to its association with Catholic Church. A belief that the whole call to higher standards on and off the field — aka integrity — is insincere.
I understand the jealousy and the resentment. If I didn’t attend ND, I might see things differently. But I DID attend … and all I see now is a team covered in glory. They defied everybody’s expectations over and over … went from being unranked and consistently being called “irrelevant” to being undefeated and #1 in the nation.
“underdog” by sly & the family stone