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Fans fly to Boston for Eagles game

Honora Kenney | Friday, November 7, 2008

This week, as both the football and hockey teams journey to Boston College for what promises to be two exciting encounters with the Eagles, many loyal Irish fans accompany them out east.

Senior Erin Kelly, who is from Lexington, Mass., said she’ll be flying out for the games.

“It’ll be worth it,” she said. “I’m unbelievably excited.”

Kelly plans to attend both the hockey and football games.

“I’m really excited about [the Notre Dame vs. Boston College hockey game] because it’s a rematch from last year and the way I grew up, hockey was way bigger than football so it’s a different culture,” she said.

She’s nervous about the football match up.

“I don’t know how well we’ll do in light of our recent play, but it should still be a decent matchup because BC isn’t that great this year. Almost everyone I know from the Boston area here are going home for the game, and also their friends who have never been to Boston.”

If Boston College defeats the Irish in football, it will be their sixth straight win in this match-up. Both teams have a record of five wins to three losses, and both are currently unranked.

In spite of the football team’s overtime loss to Pittsburgh last weekend, freshman Tyler Thiret said he was positive the results would favor Notre Dame this weekend.

“Last week’s loss doesn’t really effect how I’m looking at the next game,” Thiret said. “If anything, I think that loss is really going to refocus the team, and we will come back even stronger this week.”

But the Irish fans are not going to abandon their school spirit just yet, which is made evident by the amount of people who have been seen around campus this week wearing the “Back-up College” shirts, which are scarlet and gold and have an image of the Boston College eagle. The shirts embody the deep rivalry that the two schools have always shared because of their similarities.

“I think the shirts are really funny and very true for a lot of Notre Dame students,” freshman Julia Sutton said. “Both schools are attractive to the demographic of students at Notre Dame because both are Catholic and academically challenging. But overall, Notre Dame is better.”