Who are we kidding here? But seriously, there are certain things in sports that you can just count on, and well, that make you feel good.:
A rookie’s first career homer goes ignored and if he has any poise he walks down the dug out steps, stone faced and high fives and pounds the air as his teammates pretend not to watch.
The Tigers of Clemson enter “Death Valley by running down “The Hill,” touching “Howard’s Rock as they pass. (Get this! The rock was presented to head coach Frank Howard in the early 1960’s. A friend brought it to him from Death Valley, CA. Howard, who must have been a real gem, used it as a doorstop in his office. A few years later, as he was cleaning out his office he found the rock and ordered a Clemson executive to get rid of it. That man was Gene Willomon and he decided to place the rock on a pedestal and mount it at the base of the famous hill. After a 40-35 victory over Virginia, Howard decided to use his former doorstop as motivation. “Give me 110% or keep your filthy hands off my rock.”) (Wow, long side note. Back to traditions)
The Temple Owl mascot flaps his wings continuously for the entirety of every basketball game. He doesn’t stop. It’s not allowed.
The Yankees, from Mantle to Jeter, wear pin stripes.
The Crazies jump up and down and cheer on the Dukies at Cameron Indoor.
The Fighting Irish tap the “Play like a champion today!” sign on their way onto the field.
Ah, the Irish! Now we’re talking tradition. One of the most storied college football teams in our great nation. Knute Rockne. “The Four Horsemen. Rudy Ruettiger for god’s sakes!
There’s just something about turning on CBS early on a Saturday afternoon, hearing Brent Musburgur’s voice and seeing the bright South Bend sun shine on classic striped end zones and shiny gold helmets.
Yesterday Notre Dame rolled one time rival, Miami. They are in the top ten for the first time since 2002 and are doing it in classic Notre Dame style. So why on earth did they get caught up in the ridiculousness that is college football uniforms.
The Irish traded in their traditional gold helmets for some outrageous, hologram like garbage, with the large leprechaun on one side. It looked they were wearing the hottest “Upper Deck” graphic that was cool when it was on a Ken Griffey Jr. card in 1997.
Get real Irish! Rudy didn’t tirelessly polish these seizure inducing head shells. In fact, I think that next time the Notre Dame higher ups try to pull something like this each player should walk into Chip Kelly’s office one by one and slam down their helmet on his desk, and refuse to wear it.
Oh, and screw you Oregon.