Irish infighting: Getting to the bottom of the rivalry Notre Dame fans dismiss
I think there are three views of the BC-Notre Dame game:
BC fans: Our main rival. Huge circle your calendar, pack up the RV and get ready to beat ND…again
Notre Dame fans: BC fans are trash. BC players are trash. They are not and will never be our rival.
Casual college football fans: The two Catholic schools hate each other. How cute. Not Michigan-Ohio State, but certainly a rivalry game.
I had a big windy post about the rivalry and what it means and what it doesn’t. I decided to scrap it after reading Charlie Weis’ press conference transcript. He's the smartest guy in football so if he thinks it is a rivalry it must be. Right? [Ed. note: I added the bold]
BC has beaten us four times in a row, and the obvious rivalry comes from being the two Catholic universities in America that play Division I football.
And then he added this
Q. What are some of your thoughts on this rivalry and this game?
COACH WEIS: Well, I think that growing up on the East Coast, a Catholic kid on the East Coast, and you were looking at universities, the two universities that were involved in Division I football that you knew very much about were Notre Dame and Boston College. I think the stereotype or the chemistry of the kids are very similar type of kids.
Q. Can you talk also about the football aspect of it? It seems like there's a history of one team ruining another season.
COACH WEIS: Well, they're not going to ruin our season. (laughter)
This game is a rivalry. The two-year break was great for BC. It gives some freshness to this year’s game and the break changed BC fans’ perspective. More fans realize that ACC wins are more important than beating the Irish.
I would like to see the series continue but not on ND’s terms. We want a home and home series. They want lopsided ones. I know we considered a 4-3 arrangement. They wanted four in South Bend, two in Chestnut Hill and one neutral site game (although not Ireland or Foxboro). Sorry, but that is bullshit. If Notre Dame feels that series against Rutgers or Washington State generate the same amount of program momentum, TV ratings and revenue that a series with the only other DIA catholic school, than that is their right. We’ll see if they come back to BC if the Big Ten continues to force the Irish to front load their schedule. We’ll fill their slot with USC and other BCS teams. It’s too bad.
Finally for a moment of levity. There are some great ND fans but that doesn't make it less fun to poke at the condescending and boorish ones.