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Cotton Underground

Scene Staff Report | Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Every year, Irish sports fans shill out $15 for The Shirt. A sizable chunk of the proceeds goes to charity funds for Notre Dame students who have suffered catastrophic illness or need financial assistance for campus activities.

But that doesn’t mean The Shirt has to be the only option for spirit wear. Here are a few of the other message tees found on campus — some a little less politically correct than “We Are the Fighting Irish.”

Irish hate SCUM

Where you can get it:

In the 2009 football season

Full of rivalry hatred but still rated PG.

Modeled by Marti McGraw


Muck Fichigan

Where you can get it:

Sportscrack.com or (some say) the second floor of Sorin College

The classic letter switch is crass, slightly clever and “so college.”

Modeled by Mike Wiederecht


Brian Kelly is my homeboy

Where you can get it:


Green, gold and gangsta.

Modeled by David Huff, one of the shirt’s marketers


BK has replaced the Whopper

Where you can get it:

In your dreams.

This instant fan favorite wasn’t on sale for very long, but it did show up in time for Coach Kelly’s first “1812 Overture” at a Notre Dame men’s basketball game in December 2009.

Modeled by Rachel Cotton (front) and Marti McGraw (back)


Do you have a subversive shirt for sale, or do you have one you wear with pride and want to show off for Scene?

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