Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Five "Talking Points" for Notre Dame Fans

With the 2010 college football "campaign" just days a way -- I thought it would be wise to provide my fellow Notre Dame fans with some "talking points" should the topic of college football come up in the coming weeks. It's all about "being prepared" to take on all comers -- and I believe this should do just that:

1. Notre Dame has been named National Champions in football TWENTY-ONE TIMES. Notre Dame (are you listening Alabama!) only takes credit for National Championships awarded by the AP -- which has happened 11 times. The ten other National Championships were awarded by services other than the Associated Press. And, that happened in; 1919, 1920, 1927. 1938, 1953, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1989 and 1993.

2. Notre Dame is the only NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team (out of 120 teams) to open up its season with its first six games against BCS teams. We're one of only three NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams who've never played what's now called a NCAA Football Championship Subdivision team (formerly a Division I-AA school) So, when you here how "tough" a schedule someone else has -- throw this one out there -- and remind the Michigan fans of Appalachian State!

3. Notre Dame has lost the fewest games in the history of college football amongst teams who've played more than 700 games. Tell this to your buddies at Michigan, Texas, Ohio State, Florida, USC, etc.

4. Notre Dame has produced more All-Americans (99), consensus All-Americans (80) and unanimous All-Americans (31) in football than any other college program. Enough said..

5. And, Notre Dame remains the #1 producer of players to play in the National Football League. As of 2010; 468 Notre Dame players have been drafted into the NFL.

WNDU's Coverage of "Desert to Dome"

Here's WNDU-TV's coverage of the Crawford's returning to Notre Dame. Thought you'd enjoy seeing this story and hearing Coach Parseghian speak to the crowd:


ND's Leprechaun One of the "Coolest Mascots"

Now, I have to admit I'm not a follower of the Huffington Post. Yet, when I see a headline in my daily clips; "12 Coolest Mascots In College Football" -- I had to look and see where our Leprechaun ranked. Well, we weren't the coolest of the bunch -- but, we were in the conversation! Here's a link to the rankings of the Coolest College Mascots: