Today is day one of "Football Week" ... my annual week of all that is football in preparation of the upcoming football season. This year, football week is kicked off by my fellow Fighting Irish blogger, The Subway Domer! Enjoy!
Greetings readers of Bridget McGuire’s Filling Station! I, of course, am your Warlord and Soverign Emperor of the Subway Alumni; The Subway Domer.
OK, that’s enough pomp and circumstance. Bridget asked me to stop by and chat with y’all, and I promised to behave.
What I want to talk with you today may be a bit out of the normal from what you would think about just weeks away from the season, and you may beat your head into a wall even more violently if you have read Subway Domer or have followed me on Twitter. What I want to discuss, is how to be a better fan. Correction: How to be a better fan of The Fighting Irish.
I have to warn you now, this is not a post filled with fanboy rhetoric and a breakdown of Notre Dame traditions. If you want that, there are plenty of other resources available to you. Sorry folks, but I roll a different way.
Where do you live? Chances are, you probably live outside of the state of Indiana and are surrounded by Notre Dame haters at every turn. Yes, they are haters. Notre Dame is the most polarizing school in the country for college football fans. You either love them, or hate them. So, if you wish to talk college football with your neighbor, classmate, friends, coworkers, or whoever you discuss this great sport with, the chances that you, as a fan of Notre Dame, are heard with much respect is most likely nonexistent.
Why is that? The obvious answer is that other fans are jealous of the rich history of Notre Dame. Yet, that is only part of it. Notre Dame fans tend to bring up the storied past a little too often when talking about the Irish. Honestly, you’re not going to find too many people that care about 12 National Titles and 7 Heisman Trophy winners. But I guess, mostly, what they hate is that they think Irish fans are self absorbed and know nothing else of the college football world, and although that statement has a lot of truth to it for Irish fans, the same can be said for a lot of college football fans.
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- Do not talk about academics. Seriously, no one cares, and it really makes you seem like a jackass if you are a Subway Alum.
- Do not try to insult, or talk trash about other team in every conversation. Be complimentary when appropriate.
- When you make outrageous statements and then are proved wrong, own up to those statements.
- Stop making outrageous statements with your friends.
So, how do you become a better fan of the Fighting Irish? By becoming a better fan of College Football. If you read Subway Domer and/or follow me on Twitter, you may be still scratching your head. I talk a LOT of trash and make the most outrageous statements, so how can I sit here and tell you otherwise? Well, it’s because of years of doing this blogging thing in jest from a platform that allows it. I like to have fun, and people know it. However, when it comes down to talking about the nuts and bolts of the sport, I always try to maintain a level of respect between myself and others. Respect.
In closing, I hope these thoughts help you enjoy the college football season a little more, regardless of what happens with Notre Dame. I encourage you to read other team blogs, follow other teams media/blogs on Twitter. Be informed. It never hurts to be as knowledgeable about a topic that you are discussing as humanly possible. It doesn’t make you less of a fan, it makes you a better fan.
The Subway Domer
If you like what you read above, read more from The Subway Domer here! Tomorrow I welcome Oscar McBride to the blog for day two of football week! I hope you'll come back and check it out!