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Football fans hopeful for Washington game

Wheaton, Sarah | Friday, September 23, 2005

While many students will tune into Saturday’s game at Washington from various television sets around campus, others are making the 2,000 mile-long trek as a testament to their support for the team.

Mike Marchand and Mike Santos are just two of a number of loyal Irish fans making the journey to Seattle for this weekend’s game against Washington. Both seniors, they plan to stay the weekend with their former roommate, Notre Dame alumnus Dave Redenbaugh, who now lives in Seattle.

Since planning the trip last summer, they – like many students – look forward to seeing Notre Dame’s first game against former coach Tyrone Willingham.

“I hope Ty has a good season and that his team plays well and makes it a good game, but in the end, we’d better win,” Marchand said.

Most fans are eager to see Weis play Willingham for the first time, and like Marchand, wish the former head coach luck while still hoping for a solid Irish victory.

“As nice as Ty is, I can’t wait to see the Irish crush Washington,” Junior Jenn Sayers said.

For students who are traveling to Washington, the Notre Dame Club of Western Washington is holding a full weekend of football-related events, including a pep rally Friday night and a large tailgate Saturday before the game. The Notre Dame cheerleaders will perform at both events.

Though the majority of Notre Dame students are not able to travel with the team to Seattle, they are eager to watch the game from campus.

“I’m watching it on my satellite in my middle room,” Junior Jim Theiss said.

Sayers plans on having a small party in her room.

For students who wish to join a large number of other fans while cheering on the Irish, Legends will host a game watch complete with free food provided by the Class of 2006.

Many students are optimistic about the upcoming game given Notre Dame’s sound 38-3 victory over Washington last year. Marchand predicts an Irish win by a “21-point spread.”