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For Ramblers, wins begin at dining hall

Sam Gans | Sunday, October 10, 2010

Siegfried is widely known as the ‘Hall of Champions’ due to the overall success their interhall sports teams have had in competition. This includes the football field, where the Ramblers have won the past two interhall championships and are off to a 2-0 start this season.

While it’s easy for anyone who attends games to see the dominance displayed on the gridiron, the team’s winning ways don’t simply happen through showing up to play.

Rather, they begin earlier in the day, over some grub.

“We go to the dining hall three hours before kickoff every gameday for breakfast,” Siegfried senior captain Michael McDonnell said.

This breakfast of champions isn’t limited to Wheaties, as the players are free to eat whatever they wish in the dining hall. Less about nutrition, the Siegfried breakfast is designed to help foster team bonding and help the players stay loose.

“We sit down together, relax, get mentally prepared and continue to build team chemistry,” McDonnell said.

The meal played an integral role in the Ramblers’ past two championships, and Siegfried is continuing the tradition into this year with the hope it can pay off again, with increased team chemistry meaning more wins.

“I definitely think that a large part of interhall football here at Notre Dame is team chemistry and how players are able to work with each other,” McDonnell said.