Tag Archives: Notre Dame Stadium

Parseghian Was Far More Than A Great Coach

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The Era of Ara

By John Ventola

Ara Parseghian, the beloved former coach who restored Notre Dame football to prominence by winning two national championships during his 11-year coaching career (’64-’74) in South Bend, died earlier this month.

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LSU And Notre Dame Capture Impressive Victories

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Great Football Weekend For This Blogger

By John Ventola

The third weekend of the 2015 collegiate football season is in the books and already top teams are vying for the four College Football Playoff spots, and players are pushing for individual performance recognition such as the Heisman Trophy. Continue reading

Notre Dame Experience Can Be Habit Forming For Some

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South Bend Becomes Annual Bucket List Checkoff

By John Ventola

Eighteen years ago I satisfied a long-time sports bucket list item when I attended a Notre Dame football game in South Bend. Two weeks from today, I will enter Notre Dame Stadium for my fourteenth Irish home game. Except for a five-year absence following the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe in my Louisiana hometown, an annual flight northward has been a highlight of my fall schedule. Continue reading

Stadium Music An Assault On Hearing And Occasionally Decency

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Sports Venues Musical Selections Questionable At Times

By John Ventola

Not long ago sports fans could go to a basketball game and hear the sound of the basketball as it hit the court, the squeak of sneakers as players cut and moved through the lane, and the actual swish of the basketball as it fell through the net. They also could go to a football contest and hear the home team’s band playing popular school songs, cheerleaders helping with popular chants, and the sounds of the game itself, the thud sound when a punter’s foot starts a 45-yard booming spiral, the grunts and groans in the line skirmishes. During baseball season, a fan could actually hear the pop of the mitt, the crack of the bat (and the ping of the aluminum), a player actually calling off another before settling under a pop fly. Sports provided the sounds, the rhythm may have differed according to sport, but the games gave the sights and sounds. Now, all three of the major sports, at both the professional and college levels, are inundating sports fans with loud, pounding, rhythmic music that is basically an assault on our sense of hearing. Continue reading