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3 reasons to love Notre Dame ... and 3 to hate them

  • The mural on the Hesburgh Library at Notre Dame is actually called "Word of Life," but most know it as "Touchdown Jesus."
The mural on the Hesburgh Library at Notre Dame is actually called "Word… (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune )
January 02, 2013|RedEye

There's virtually no middle ground when it comes to Notre Dame; most fans adore the Irish or despise them. If you're on the fence, here are some arguments that might sway you. But that's up to you.

Love the Irish …

>> Notre Dame players Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne invented the forward pass. And they perfected it while lifeguarding, no less.

>> Is there any backdrop as unique as the "Touchdown Jesus" mural? (FYI, technically it's called "Word of Life.")

>> They've racked up 11 national titles and seven Heisman Trophy winners.

Love them not …

>> Because of the school's cushy NBC contract, it refuses to join a conference for football. It also means the Irish avoid playing in a conference title game.

>> They run negative campaigns. Case in point, the "Catholics vs. Convicts" T-shirts made in reference to Miami players in 1988.

>> Former Irish coach Lou Holtz is annoying. Even if Notre Dame is playing a squad of NFL Pro Bowlers, the ESPN "analyst" picks the Irish.

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