Another day, another nostalgic pre-game intro to get everyone good and pumped up for the start of Spring practice. Today’s video comes from another Game of the Century – #4 Notre Dame vs. #1 Miam in 1988. Before I bore you with my thoughts on this game, I present to you CBS’s intro to the game with the classic CBS College Football music.
The Catholics vs. Convicts game will forever go down as one of, if not the, greatest game ever played in Notre Dame Stadium and to build off yesterday’s parallel to the 2009 season, the ’88 Miami matchup is a much better comparison to USC in 2009. Miami hadn’t just beat Notre Dame four times in a row – they beaten the Irish down. In 1987, Notre Dame was shutout 24-0 on the road against Miami. Simply put, the Hurricanes owned Notre Dame leading up to this game. Sounds a little familiar doesn’t it? USC looked to be on another level than Notre Dame back in November, but with all the talent and experience coming back to South Bend this year, there is no reason that should be the case this fall.
Notre Dame’s victory over Miami was made possible because for the first time in a while the Irish weren’t intimidated by the Hurricanes. The pre-game brawl in the tunnel has become infamous over the years and the recounts of the story never get old. The fight itself isn’t what made the win possible though – it was Notre Dame’s attitude and confidence that created the brawl that made it possible. Notre Dame didn’t let Miami intimidate them even though Miami had their way with them leading up to this game. As a little bonus, here’s Rocket Ismail talking about that pre-game brawl.
For Notre Dame to beat USC this fall, the 2009 Irish will need to bring a similiar attitude with them into the game. USC stole what would have been a classic win from the Irish in the final minutes in 2005. It’s about damn time to return favor isn’t it?