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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  • #125732

    TheAliasTroll
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    Still a bad play by Finley there; if he can’t get the ball deep enough there, he has to throw it out of bounds, free play or not. The idea of a free play does not mean you don’t need to take care of the ball.

    No. Sorry man, but that’s just terribly false. A free play means there are NO consequences of a risky throw. Again, a free play means there are NO consequences of a risky throw. NO WAY that an official’s egregious bad call should be put on Finley. If you want to dog on Finley we can discuss how he’s not effective at passing down the field further than 10 yards, which was on full display yesterday.

    #125733

    TheAliasTroll
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    The ND defense had Finley way off of his game. Going against an good defense (which all NFL teams have better D than ND) and not being able to complete passes down field was exposed by ND yesterday and will absolutely hurt his draft stock. Let’s put it this way, I don’t want him on my favorite NFL team.

    Don’t get me wrong I still think he’s a good college QB.

    #125734

    bill.onthebeach
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    Does yesterday’s game mean…

    We’re not putting the band back together?

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!
    #125736

    YogiNC
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    BOTB, we can’t let a tanked, corrupt security detail screw up the opportunity for something really special. I’m still in. Playing the blues right now but I’m still in. I think that officiating crew should be forced to sit down with the team and watch the game films. Time after time the ND dbacks grabbed and pushed and never a yellow flag. I said it before and I’ll say it again, The swofford bowl is crap.

    Smarter than the average bear

    #125737

    choppack1
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    Well, Yogi, if you think it was bad last week prepare to see it again.

    I am of the opinion that the injuries and int for a td were the biggest factors of the game. The pick 6 was a close one.. close enough so that I can chalk it up to a bad break where we could have executed better.

    My disappointment in coaching staff is that we were caught a little flat footed after the bye and were virtually dead from an offensive standpoint when Hines went down. Now, if Notre Dame loses Adams, they may be saying the same thing and we may be looking at gameday and an 8 pm kickoff.

    Again, this doesn’t mean I don’t think the program is heading in the right direction. I just think one of DD’s weaknesses is in game adjustments and making lemonade out of lemons. (This is counter-balanced with his strength in overall preparation which of given the choice of two traits, I would rather have a builder than a magician.)

    #125741

    gso packbacker
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    We know Clemson is licking their chops after watching ND handle us like that on those short and intermediate throws.

    I don’t anticipate the officiating to be different at our place. What we have going for us is a home crowd that is pumped. The other thing we have is knowing that we have find a way to counter that sometime before Saturday.

    Not sure about Nyheim’s condition come Saturday, but I sure as heck hope he can give some quality minutes.

    #125744

    choppack1
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    Gso – I have to admit, as I was watching Notre Dame shut our offense down for most of the game, I was wondering how we’d fare vs the tigers d.

    #125755

    Tau837
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    No. Sorry man, but that’s just terribly false. A free play means there are NO consequences of a risky throw.

    No. Sorry man, but you that’s just terribly false. What is expected to be a free play cannot be known with 100% certainty to be a free play during the actual play. Even if a flag was thrown and seen by the QB, he cannot know with 100% certainty what the call will be. Thus, he must take care of the ball.

    This cannot be argued. We have clear evidence from what happened on the play in question. So your stance here is proven wrong.

    #125851

    TheAliasTroll
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    I’m liking playcalling on this drive! Fun times over here!

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