- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
Notre Dame comes to the Big Apple to face Army
NEW YORK (AP) - Lincoln Center was picked as the site of Notre Dame’s pep rally, featuring the marching band and the leprechaun. A goal post now stands where Alex Rodriguez usually takes his hacks and another is planted in front of the outfield wall.
Notre Dame is playing in the Big Apple for the first time since 1969 and even though the only thing the Irish will be fighting for against Army on Saturday night in Yankee Stadium is bowl eligibility, it’s an event.
New York has always been a sort of home away from home for the Fighting Irish. There are more than 8,200 Notre Dame alumni in the metropolitan area and that’s not counting the so-called subway alumni, those New Yorkers who grew up rooting for the Irish without ever setting foot on the campus in South Bend, Ind.
So it makes perfect sense Notre Dame would play the first game at the Yankees’ two-year-old, $1.5 billion ballpark. It’s such a special occasion, the Irish will be wearing kelly green jerseys for the first time under coach Brian Kelly.
“I just think being in New York and having Notre Dame there is going to be a great thrill for everybody,” Kelly said. “I’ll be a little preoccupied.”
It’s the 50th game between Notre Dame and Army, and the 23rd time they have met in the Bronx, the last coming in 1969.
“It’s one of those iconic things _ Notre Dame football, Army football, Yankee Stadium _ that’s American sport,” Army coach Rich Ellerson said. “All three of those things on the same day? Wow, what a neat opportunity.”
The old Yankee Stadium was the site of some of the greatest Army-Notre Dame games, including the 1946 0-0 tie, dubbed the Game of the Century between the top-ranked Black Knights and No. 2 Fighting Irish.
The rivalry was a college football staple in the first half of the 20th century, but Army and Notre Dame have played sporadically since _ with the Irish winning 13 straight since Army’s last win in 1958.
The current Black Knights (6-4) are having the program’s best season in years and are looking forward to stealing the spotlight from the Irish.
“It’s perfect timing,” senior slotback Patrick Mealy said. “We’re on the up, and it’s an opportunity to show everyone on a national stage that we can play with anybody.”
Army is already assured of its first non-losing season and bowl appearance since 1996. Ellerson has turned around the Black Knights in two seasons by bringing the triple-option back to West Point.
Triple-option! Uh-oh. The last time the Fighting Irish faced it was last month against Navy across the Hudson River at the new Meadowlands Stadium _ and the Notre Dame defense was helpless to stop it.
The Midshipmen ran for 347 yards, including 210 by fullback Alexander Teich. Navy tweaked its blocking schemes and the Irish weren’t prepared for some of what they got.
They insist the second time around will be different.
By Tammy Bruce
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- Putin has transformed Russian army into a lean, mean fighting machine
- BRUCE: Obama's bizarre immigration rules
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- IRS to turn over Lerner emails in tea party targeting probe
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Unemployment insurance vote could happen next week
- PRUDEN: Likening Putin to Hitler on Ukraine shows Hillary's shaky grasp of history
- DELAY: A revolution for the Constitution
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again