Category Archives: Notre Dame

Another Year, Another Irish National Championship

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The Last Ride Of The Four Horsemen

In the early 1920s, when long distance intersectional matchups were largely restricted by the lack of rapid transportation, West Coast teams operated in what was essentially a parallel universe. Some of them, like California’s “Wonder Team” of the early 20s, … Continue reading

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It All Came Up Oranges For The Irish In Ara’s Last Game

For the second straight year, unbeaten Alabama faced Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, with their national championship hopes on the line. In the 1974 Sugar Bowl, the two teams came into the game with identical perfect records, and the … Continue reading

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1975 Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

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When Unbeaten Buckeyes Met Unbeaten Irish . . . In 1935

(In commemoration of what many people think should be the “real” BCS Championship game, matching 12-0 Notre Dame against 12-0 Ohio State, we repeat a recent blog entry about the time that these two teams first met 77 years ago.) … Continue reading

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From The Gipper to Knute and Back to the Gipper

It took a combination of a possibly fictitious deathbed wish by a charismatic Notre Dame player who’d starred in his final game barely three weeks earlier, the timely recollection of that wish 8 years later in his coach’s halftime speech, … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare Was More Than A Writer

There have been more than a few “Game of the Century” contests by this time, but when in 1969 the sportswriters were polled on this question, the overwhelming choice was the 1935 thriller between unbeaten Notre Dame and unbeaten Ohio … Continue reading

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When Notre Dame came to Fenway Park

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Army-Notre Dame duel to a draw in 1935

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Fashion Plates and Ethnic Stew

A 21st century time traveling couple who happened to have been transplanted to the Notre Dame – Northwestern game of 1932 would have immediately noticed in their 25 cent game day program two distinctly anachronistic phenomena. The first thing that … Continue reading

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