Thursday, October 15, 2009

Let's Make Like Odysseus and Destroy Troy

Raise your hand if you’re watching the USC game this weekend. How excited are you?

Campus is in a fervor, in spite of midterms this week. The sidewalks are covered in chalk slogans that say things like “Beat Southern Cal” and “Destroy Troy.” Someone taped dozens of pictures of Pete Carroll on the ground outside South Dining Hall so students can literally “Stomp USC.” Inside O’Shaughnessy Hall, the Classics Department made a giant banner with a picture of a wooden horse and words urging Notre Dame to victory in both English and Greek.

I love it when the Classics Department does stuff like that.

The big theme for this weekend is the Green-Out: all Irish fans are supposed to wear bright Kelly green to the game, creating a “Sea of Green” to intimidate the Trojans and show true Irish pride. As a clever Observer article points out, the Sea of Green will be a welcome change after the ugly sight of The Shirt, which is an odd flesh-like color. Even if you don’t have a Kelly green jacket, wear a green shirt over your coat. predicts 47 degrees and partly cloudy for Saturday. That doesn’t sound too bad for this time of year. Hopefully the chill will be too much for the Southern Cal team and we’ll have an advantage.

I’m not going to say who I think will win, but I will definitely be praying for an Irish Victory.

Are you coming in to town for the game? What is your prediction for the final score?


  1. cfahrenbach@cruzio.comOctober 15, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    I recall the ND/USC game some time during my tenure at ND (73-77) Dan Divine was coach. The team had always worn navy blue jerseys. But this time the team surprised the fans by wearing green jerseys. The band came out for the pregame show with a large , I mean really large, Trojan horse in tow. After their routine, which somehow included the horse, the team captains popped out of the horse in green jerseys. This incited a monumental cacophony. ND won the game handily. At the time itt was truly awesome. It is nice to know such "awesome" things still happen at ND. Hoping for a victory.

  2. Tess,
    I envy you this week. SC week has always been special, and this year I sense a confidence that has been lacking of late. My fellow Domers and I will be watching the game together Saturday at our favorite sports bar (O'Brady's in Anchorage), and expect (Not hope) to toast an Irish victory.

  3. Being a Senior Alumni I remember a game as a student in the late 50's when USC had to play at ND on Thanksgiving weekend. It was cold, lot of snow in the stands and USC froze 40 to 0.

    I hope those days have returned.