Students' hearts loyal to football team
This is in response to Monday's letter from Lt. Dan Cook, but more specifically, it is in response to four years worth of letters from various alumni from around the country who basically say the same thing.
On behalf of everyone in the student body who, like me, bristles under the contention that we are classless and in some way are not living up to some mythical standard of healthy sportsmanship that all of you graduated alums have previously established, I would like to respectfully ask that you please leave us alone.
Not a single football loss goes by where I don't read the whiney holier-than-though words of some faceless alumni sticking it to the current student body, admonishing us for some perceived lack of decorum.
I've got news for you, Lt. Cook — the Notre Dame students were the only people left in the stadium when the team left. We were also the ones to cheer supportively when our classmates saluted us with gold helmets raised. We support our players. We comport ourselves with class above and beyond any other college student body that I can think of, and those boos that scared your children were leveled either after the team had left the field or when the coaching staff was on it. No one I could see was confused as to who this frustration was intended for. They were in loud and frustrated response to what we and all right-thinking Irish fans realize as sub par performances in the national spotlight.
We love our team, Lt. Cook. We want very badly to see them win. No one should blame us for being dissatisfied with current trends. And no one, certainly not you or the rest of the Notre Dame nation who were already in the parking lot when any of this controversial booing occurred, has the right to say that we, the most loyal fans of all, have no class, are an embarrassment to anyone or are in any way undeserving of being Notre Dame students.
Sept. 25, 2001
All Viewpoint Stories for Thursday, September 27, 2001