Yesterday, we brought you an account directly from a Notre Dame student publication, which complained that the Irish football team didn't bother to salute the fans for supporting them after the Air Force Academy skull drug the Irish around ND Stadium.
Today, a hometown newspaper in a traditional bastion of Irish recruitment (Chicago) attempted to paint a picture contradictory to what is coming out of South Bend itself.
While many fans leave early during blowouts, the Notre Dame student section has remained near capacity until players and students sing the alma mater in what has become a moving postgame tradition.
While we don't dispute that the students stay and support their tattered troops, we find it appalling that the SunTimes would mislead potential recruits in the Chicago area by reporting that the team is still full of pride. Particularly when a student publication clearly stated that the humbled team crawled off the field with heads held low in disgrace. Without bothering to engage in the traditional salute after Air Force out schemed and out athlete-ed them.
''My appreciation and my respect for the student body has grown by leaps and bounds this year,'' senior tight end John Carlson said. ''Not that I ever didn't have respect for them -- it's just that we haven't put a product on the field that we've been proud of, and the fact that they have stayed and supported us through it all really means a lot.''
Yea. Right. That's why the team couldn't be bothered to raise their Golden Helmets to thank the fans.
Two days 'til this season's apocalypse.