So, Ya Got a Visit To South Bend

” It’s a boy, Mrs. Dog! It’s  boy!”
Mrs. Dog smiled and drifted off. Drifted off into dreams of the boy wearing colors of blue and gold. It was pre-ordained.

The boy grew, gathered with his leprechaun family, around the radio every autumn Saturday, and listened to the exploits of Lamonica, Hanratty and Theismann.

Mr. Dog Sr. was a coach, and the boy was a naturally born athlete under his guidance. Oh, yes, he was a pretty darned good one. By his sophomore year, it was quite clear that he’d be playing at least one sport, maybe two, for his beloved college, the Fightin’ Irish of Notre Dame.

Indeed, the time did come when he received a letter from Notre Dame. They were very interested in the kid’s baseball skills. Now, Coach Dog and his son knew the Irish baseball program was pretty awful, back in those times, but it was Notre Dame just the same…A visit was arranged.

A few weeks prior to making the trip, Coach Dog received another communique from South Bend. This one from the the football office.

“Coach, seeing that your son is already coming for a visit, we would like to set away some time to visit with him, as well. Would that work for him?”

What a nightmare. West Virginia and Syracuse had no problem with it…Cornell got right…It’s a real easy one…In it’s shortened version there’s only 8 freakin’, total letters. The trip ended with the realization blue and gold, no matter how coveted, would most likely, not be worn by the young man.

A month later, a Coach by the name of Lou Holtz, and staff, managed to do something Ara Parsegian and his, could not. At NC State they called the kid by his right name, the whole time! As a bonus, the baseball program did not suck. Red and White would be an easy adjustment.

Ironically, now some 46 years later, the Red and White makes a visit to South Bend. They go there with very similar intentions as that teenager did back then. They travel to play on the big stage. Like the kid, the Pack looks to put it all on the line under the eyes of “Touchdown Jesus.”

The older version of the boy in this little story knows this from experience:

Should the Wolfpack, somehow, meet with disappointment on their own trip this Saturday,
there are, indeed, opportunities ahead.

Go Pack!

About TheCOWDOG

Multiple ACC Championship ring bearer...If they had given us rings back then, that is. Famous for being Lou Holtz's favorite target...of flying clipboards, and responsible for the creation of wholey new obscenities off the tongue of Sam Esposito, between and outside the white lines. Son of a HoF basketball coach.

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    bill.onthebeach
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    ^We’ll need a good bassman…

    and we don’t need two guitars… so if it’s okay, I’ll bring my tenor sax…

    Carlos is okay, but let’s do some funky, jazzy, bluesy stuff…

    and our own version of “Red & White”!

    GO PACK!!!

    Let’s send those Domers back to church on their knees….

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!
    #125555

    tractor57
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    “Play that funky music white boy” 🙂

    #125556

    YogiNC
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    BOTB, Black Magic Woman was alluding to the possible necessity for “extra help”. The Jobu comment was from the movie “Major League”, as in “so I say to you, FU Jobu I do it myself.” LOL. Being the keyboard player Gregg Rolle from Santana was one of my favorites. Rockin out Red & White sound like fun too. At any rate, here’s hoping to a paaaaaaarrrrtay (Sinbad…”Unnecessary Roughness”) around 7 PM. And as everybody knows a great party demands great music (and some adult beverages).

    Smarter than the average bear

    #125557

    TheAliasTroll
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    So the Vegas line moved from +7.5 down to +6.5. This is significant because the general public is betting ND and the line crossed all the way through a significant betting number of 7. Smart $$$ coming in on NCSU.

    No worries guys. The win is on me today. I dropped some coin on the ND moneyline a day or two ago.

    #125558

    freshmanin83
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    Y’all got room for a trumpet/flugelhorn player in that band.

    #125559

    YogiNC
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    The more the merrier! We’ll call it R&W Bandwagon! (shameless rip off of REO Speedwagon)

    Smarter than the average bear

    #125560

    bill.onthebeach
    Participant

    Y’all got room for a trumpet/flugelhorn player in that band.

    Hell yeah…

    When you’re the only horn player in the band, the thing you want more than anything is another horn player…

    1 + 1 == 3

    And that’s exactly what we need to see from the Football Team for 60 minutes this afternoon…

    1 + 1 == 3 !!!

    GO PACK!!!!

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!
    #125563

    rthomas44
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    Don’t talk about”3″… remember the kicking game. 7,14,21 qed

    #125564

    Wolfanatic
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    On another note, I’m pretty sure State will get some fair and unbiased treatment from the announcers on Notre Dame Broadcasting Co. today.

    #125565

    Fastback68
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    Thank

    #125566

    Fastback68
    Participant

    Thanks for the insurance policy, Troll.

    #125567

    TheCOWDOG
    Moderator

    I gotta hit somebody.

    #125568

    Texpack
    Participant

    Between this game and three straight days of Astros WS baseball, I’ll be a wreck by Monday.

    #125569

    rthomas44
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    Chris Simms is easy to despise. Former Longhorn QB.. former NFL has been.

    #125570

    bill.onthebeach
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    Time for the KICKOFF !!!

    ALL Hands on deck, mates…

    Holes open the afternoon favorably with a decent effort against a uninspired Miami team and successfully avoid breaking their losing streak…

    Steamed oysters for everybody at halftime…

    GO WOLFPACK!

    POP!!!

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!
    #125571

    TheAliasTroll
    Participant

    here we go

    #125572

    bill.onthebeach
    Participant

    Defense on the field first…

    Can we open with a three and out?

    We can hope….

    POP!!!

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!
    #125573

    bill.onthebeach
    Participant

    OK… I’ll take 4 and out with no argument….

    POP!!!

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!
    #125574

    TheAliasTroll
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    i’m puckered up tight over here yall

    #125575

    rthomas44
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    If they call us “North Carolina” again, I am going to start a class action lawsuit.

    #125576

    bill.onthebeach
    Participant

    I gotta hit somebody.

    i’m puckered up tight over here yall

    I’ve already moved the women to the other end of the house until 7pm….
    for their personal safety and so they don’t hear things good women shouldn’t hear….

    POP!!!

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!
    #125577

    MrPlywood
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    Oh hell yeah!

    #125578

    bill.onthebeach
    Participant

    SPECIAL TEAMS GET A WOLFPACK TOUCHDOWN !!!
    Blocked punt into the ND endzone for the recovery…

    That’s got to be an OMEN …’

    POP!!!

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!
    #125579

    Texpack
    Participant

    BOOOOM!

    #125580

    rthomas44
    Participant

    Sweet!!!

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