If you have been searching for the absolute perfect example — a microcosm, if you will — of just how far the once mighty and storied Notre Dame football program has fallen, just keep reading.
And, no, it won’t be a rehash of the Irish Stomp.
In a letter to the school’s newspaper, Matthew McManus, a student at Notre Dame, offered up a suggestion for a “celebration” should the Irish beat Tulsa this weekend and then get “steamrolled” by No. 8 Utah the following week at home.
The senior class is on the brink of an achievement that has never been accomplished. Assuming (and this is a big assumption) that the football team beats Tulsa this weekend, the game against Utah will be our chance to break the record of most losses in a four-year period, previously owned by the Class of 1964. When we get steamrolled by Utah on Nov. 13, we will officially be the losingest class in Notre Dame History. That day will also be Senior Day, a day that the senior class is allowed on the field at the end of the game. The senior class should not walk onto the field, but storm the field in celebration of its four seasons as spectators in the student section. The senior class should show its thanks and appreciation for a record-breaking four seasons by storming the field at the closing of the loss to Utah on Nov. 13.
That’s right, Mr. McManus is proposing that students turn that years-long frown upside down and storm the field in celebration of the worst four-year stretch of Irish football in almost fifty years.
Notre Dame football, there’s your sign.