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Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, February 28, 2006

If you went to the basketball game against Marquette on Saturday, you’ve probably seen my face. I was the guy who came in second in the contest for John Mellencamp tickets. I’m also the guy who stood up with three or so minutes left in the second half and implored the rest of you to get up and start making noise.

Quick story. Some of you may have heard of the great message board website NDNation.com. If not, go check it out sometime. After the South Florida game in the basketball section I engaged in an argument about the student body. Alumni continually lambasted our classes, saying we’ve given up and can’t get loud. No, no, I countered, wait until a good team comes into town. We’ll get loud.

I’m sad to say, I found nothing that dispels this rumor.

Imagine being down a touchdown in Notre Dame stadium with three minutes to go. Would you need a short guy in aviator sunglasses and face paint to tell you to get loud? Of course not. The Marquette fans outshouted us. Hold on, let me repeat for emphasis:

The Marquette fans were louder than we were.

After a several-hour drive from Wisconsin to South Bend these fans found the energy necessary to start a “We are Marquette” chant. Our fans, meanwhile, couldn’t find the energy to get loud and jump around during half of their defensive possessions.

Now looking at my handy packet of tickets I see that there’s one game left against DePaul. This is our chance to shine. Prove that we can make noise. Notre Dame basketball has a proud history, from Austin Carr to Chris Quinn. Let’s show the world that we care and that we can be loud start to finish – no matter what happens. Four guys are playing their last game in a Notre Dame basketball uniform Saturday, so if you don’t do it for me, do it for them. They deserve it.

Jim BochnowskisophomoreFisher HallFeb. 26