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Be the best

Michael Hannigan | Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dear Student Section,

I was personally very disappointed in the mass exodus of students that occurred throughout the fourth quarter. I know that this was a disappointing loss; I understand, I was there too. I also know that the start to the season has been a rough one and understand the frustration. But this is when the team needs us the most. How can we expect the team to perform for us when we are so quick to dismiss and give up on them? I know that if I was a player and saw the alumni sections filing out it would sting a bit, but then to look over and see the students, my classmates and friends, doing the same — it would hurt a lot more.

Perhaps that is not enough to keep you in your seats when things get tough, so maybe this will. At almost every home game, we have recruits in the student section. Some that have visited earlier have given verbal commits because they love how awesome and rowdy the student section is. They love how crazy we get when things are going good and how loud we get on defense when things aren’t. Even if you have lost hope (which you shouldn’t yet) then think to the future and keep going wild for those four- and five-star prospects sitting amongst you and help them make the right choice — the choice to be a member of a future BCS Champion Fighting Irish football team.

So the next time you’re at a tough game and considering bolting out early, just know that you are more than just one person, more than just one fan, more than just one student — you are a member of the best student section in the country, and it’s just the time to stay strong and keep on cheering.

Go Irish! Beat Eagles!

Michael Hannigan


Alumni Hall

Sept. 26