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Saturday:) So, The Irish Didn’t Win🍀 That’s OK

30 Dec

“Every endeavour pursued with passion produces a successful outcome, regardless of the result. For it is not about winning or losing – rather, the effort put forth in producing the outcome.”

~ Matthew Syed


Today was the big day, the Cotton Bowl. Notre Dame vs Clemson. It was kind of ironic because here I am in Chicago and the game was in Dallas, just a hop skip and a hop from my house. My son, ND class of ’03 grad, was so excited about watching the game with his family. They had a great season, undefeated 12-0. I’m not a big football fan, but I do watch ND football occasionally, and I was really looking forward to watching this game on TV with the family.

Even my two year old grand-daughter got into festivities of the pre-game fight song and march.


Well, the Irish didn’t win, but you know what? It was a win-win here. We were together, having snacks, marching along to the fight song, and watching the game. I held the baby and danced along, smiling and laughing, cheering and groaning as the game progressed.

If you are blessed to be able to spend time with your family, that’s the big win for the day. GO IRISH!!!! 🍀 KEEP DANCING!!!

Tuesday: Timeless Memories, Tackles and Touch Downs (Notre Dame vs LSU)

31 Dec

“You get hit the hardest when trying to run or hide from a problem. Like the defense on a football field, putting all focus on evading only one defender is asking to be blindsided.”
― Criss Jami
Notre Dame Fighting IRISH beats LSU in the Music City Bowl.
Final score 31-28. Yeah!!!!!

I am not a big football fan, but I do watch Notre Dame football. My son, Matt, was a fan from the time he was a toddler and Joe graduated from Notre Dame in ’03, so I appreciate the game and the university. ND football isn’t just a game. It’s a tradition, a feeling of comaraderie, a spiritual experience. This is a university that literally means “Our Lady” and it’s not all about football.

Like I said, I’m not a big football fan. I’m a fan of family. I remember when we would drive to South Bend for tailgating, and watching games with family and friends. I remember freezing, shivering, and screaming at the tiny specks on the field. We also watched a zillion games at home on TV. Our family is no longer together, we will never have those days again, but I’ll have those memories. That can’t be taken away.

This afternoon, Joe, Lindsay and I drove down to Richardson to watch the Music City Bowl Game at the Dallas Notre Dame Alumni game watch at Fox and Hounds restaurant. There was a nice turn out, and it was a way-to-close-for-comfort game. There was a lot of cheering, and a lot of groaning, but Notre Dame won in the last few seconds. Win or lose, I would feel like a winner being able to spend time with Joe and his fiancée, Lindsay.

Old traditions and old memories make way for new traditions and new memories. Touch Down!