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Common sense and hockey

Observer Viewpoint | Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dear Jamie Engel (“Of insults and t-shirts,” Feb.3): I was there in 2004 when ND Hockey beat Windsor; I was there in 2006 when they lost to Minnesota-Duluth. Now, as a student, I have seen how much Notre Dame hockey has improved over these past four years and it only makes me more loyal.

I have only been a Notre Dame student for a few months but have religiously watched many home hockey games (including four over fall break). Regardless, I cannot begin to count the number of times that Notre Dame hockey, soccer, basketball and volleyball have held promotions which resulted in fans coming to the games to get free stuff but it happens.

Back to hockey though. Notre Dame is the best hockey team in the country, and for the entire season I have made sure to get to the JACC an hour before game time, but the game versus Michigan was a completely different story.

After watching the quality product that Notre Dame hockey offers on the ice and the camping-out loyalty towards Notre Dame basketball and College GameDay, it was a no brainer to me that I must arrive a little earlier to the JACC for the Michigan game. It only makes sense to arrive a little earlier than normal, right?

Although you are a senior and I am only a freshman please take my advice: If you want to get in to the game against Michigan State, arrive earlier than you did for the Michigan game. I got to the JACC at 4 p.m. for the Michigan game, was first in line, and had no problem getting a ticket. If you arrive as close to 4 as your class schedule permits for the Michigan State game, with a textbook or two, you won’t have to wait in the cold or be turned away by the famous Notre Dame ushers.

Rick Morasse


Alumni Hall

Feb. 3