As a fourth-year student at Notre Dame, and even extending back to my early childhood, I have witnessed some great moments in Irish Athletics, including the ‘Bush Push’ game, the ‘Under the Lights’ game at Michigan, and the triple-over time thriller against Pittsburgh (finally, a win). However, none of those memories come close to the amazing day I had yesterday both in preparation for and during Notre Dame Basketball’s ‘Blackout’ game vs No. 8 Kentucky.
This day full of laughs, cheers, and triumph may be the most memorable for me in my time as a member of the Notre Dame family. Check it out:
Setting up camp to wait for a first-row seat!
The loyal Irish fans hanging around camp in the early afternoon. T-minus six-ish hours.
The Irish faithful get a photo with Dickie V, baby!
Coach Brey stops by to thank us fans for our support.
The Irish fans anxiously waiting in line. T-minus one hour!
Trash talking at its finest.
Just when you thought you were off the hook, Rick…
The BCS Championship-bound Fighting Irish football team shows up for support, including RB Cierre Wood.
Painting up, ready to show our true colors!
HERE COME THE IRISH!
Check out this video of Cameron Biedscheid going in for a tough basket, followed by the fans going crazy.
The football team stealing the show during a timeout.
My boy and me, painted up, spreading the word.
Sign at Notre Dame game: “Rick Reilly picked Kentucky.” … Well played.
— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) November 30, 2012
And that, my friends, capped off a truly unforgettable day. Love thee Notre Dame.