Band, crowd important parts of football experience
Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, November 28, 2006
On Saturday night the Coliseum was rockin’, and the atmosphere was hostile. When the Trojans charged out of the tunnel there was a clear sense of intimidation as the team exuded an attitude and swagger that carried over into the stands. My experience at the Coliseum was a real eye-opener. Despite my loyal attempt to deny it, I came to the realization that Notre Dame Stadium is lacking that “something” and that those who have been critical of the quiet environment are in fact correct.
I am sick and tired of the reputation that Notre Dame is friendly and welcoming to opposing teams. Friendliness does not win football games. We must create a “nasty” environment that strikes fear into our opponents just as the Trojans did on Saturday night. As much as I hate Southern Cal, I would love to be able to match the noise, the energy and the intimidation that was present at the Coliseum. Maybe the answer is coming to terms with the fact that it is 2006 and not the 1920s of Rockne and Gipp.
On the other hand, maybe it has nothing to do with that, I don’t know. However, I do know that something must change in order for us to regain our home field advantage.