BYU fan reflects: 6 lessons I learned at Notre Dame

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  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Whether fair or not, wanted or not, visiting fans are always going to associate the fans and football program at ND with Catholicism , and the same goes for fans visiting BYUs LES and watching their will be associated with Mormonism. I loved this article, because I think there are times when we, as fans, forget these associations and allow our emotions about the game to get the best of us. I too have visited ND for a game last season and was impressed and will never forget the kindness and hospitality my brother and I were treated to. I also came back feeling that we, as BYU fans, have a lot of work to do in showing the same care, concern, and compassion to other fans. These are life characteristics that have eternal meaning...who wins and loses doesn't. I believe that BYU fans can make the traditions at LES as classy and rich as ND if we will all try harder to remember the real reasons we are all here.

  • StephMarie14 South Bend, IN
    Dec. 14, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    Living minutes away from Notre Dame campus, when I came across this article I had to read it. To know that everyone from visiting teams all feel the same way about the Fighting Irish fans, warms my heart. It's an amazing feeling to know that all of you are speaking about my home town. While tailgating and attending games I am always trying to make visitors feel at home. That's how I would want to be treated if I were to follow the beloved Irish to another stadium. Thank you all for your kind words, and I hope you all return to campus in the future.

  • 1Reader Sunnyvale, CA
    Dec. 14, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    When BYU first played at Notre Dame some years ago, the BYU Administration came back and all said 'We've got work to do'. They were extremely impressed with ND, and wanted BYU to become more like ND in several ways.

  • dan76 san antonio, TX
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:33 p.m.

    Ditto on ND sports fans. They're a class act.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    This is why it is better to be independent than in a conference. One would not feel the same in Larame or ABQ.

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:43 p.m.

    I also attended my 2nd BYU away game this year at Notre Dame. We also attended at the University of Virginia. First, I need to stop going to away games. I think I'm the bad luck charm! Seriously, both fan bases were VERY polite to us, but Notre Dame was unique. It's a faith based school and I've never been welcomed so many times to anywhere, even Walmart, in my whole life. "Go BYU, Welcome to Notre Dame! Is there anything I can help you find?" This was repeated time and time again. It caused me to wonder how opposing fans are treated at BYU? My hope is that the fan base can learn from their Christian Sister School in South Bend and promote a completely different atmosphere than what I have seen in Provo and in Salt Lake City. Notre Dame is definitely on my list as a place to return to...hopefully next time when it's WARM! "Go Notre Dame! Welcome to BYU. Is there anything I can help you find?"

  • JWerntz South Bend, IN
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    Very nice article. I am from South Bend & attend a few games every year. I'm certainly glad you enjoyed your time at ND. I think it's a very special place. I've always tried to make visiting fans feel comfortable & I think, in general, most other fans do too. I've heard from many other visiting fans that they were treated very nicely, and I have to ask the question, "why wouldn't they be"? This is not life or death's a sporting event. Show your team spirit, but also show some respect. You can have a great time rooting for your team, and you just might make a friend or two.
    I certainly hope you return for another game in the future & hope you're treated even better. I'm 50 years old & still love to walk around the campus & still get a chill every time I walk into that stadium. I hope us ND fans will always root for the Irish, and always welcome the visitors!
    That was a heck of a gift, by the way....

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    When the Utes played Notre Dame in 2010, I did not attend the event, but I heard from several Utah fans that the fans at Notre Dame indeed were very respectful and classy.

  • janelasdedeus Northville, MI
    Dec. 12, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    Having grown up in Utah and having graduated from Notre Dame I felt heartwarmed to read this commentary on an opposing fan's experience at my alma mater. However, based upon what I know about human psychology, I suspect that her opinion is also a projection of her personality, which is thoroughly healthy and delightful.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    Went to the BYU v Florida State game in Jacksonville in 2000. I was amazed at what poor sportsmanship by fans can do as many FSU fans were drinking heavily and even fighting with each other. I really think that poor sportsmanship/fansmanship will be a major problem for societal issues in general; if we're mistreating each other everything else will break down.

  • Dave Fear Citrus Heights, CA
    Dec. 12, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    I live in Northern California and attend BYU games both at home and away. I've attended many away games to watch the Cougars including Notre Dame twice in the past few years. I agree with the author that Notre Dame fans are a class act. Many criticize ND and their football team until they come to South Bend and attend a game, then come away with a changed attitude about Notre Dame, it's football team and their fans. There are a handful of other places who have great fans and make you feel welcome to be at their school including Boise State, USC and Stanford. But in my opinion, Notre Dame is probably at the top of the list...

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    My son has been to ND vs BYU twice and he also has said that ND fans are a class act.

  • Radar Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 11, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    Had the exact same experience last year at the BYU v ND game. Fantastic all around experience. Wisconsin was also a nice place to visit with most fans being welcoming and hospitable. But it was not the same.

  • khansen188 Elk Ridge, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Having been able to attend the Notre Dame game with my brother and my dad, I was thrilled to see this article. After reading it, I couldn't have said it any better myself. While we were traveling to the game, during one of our layovers, I was asked by another BYU fan if I was worried or nervous about going to the game. After visiting with him, he had only ever attended one other BYU game. His other game with this year at LES. That game had made him very uncomfortable, due to the actions of the other teams fans.

    I applaud the Notre Dame fans for the hospitality and kindness. It was a great adventure and a memory I will have for the rest of my life.

    I would also like to thank the author for bringing up the other points that were brought up. I believe, just like the author, that if we applied these lessons in our lives great things would happen.

    Thanks again for a great article.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    I would love to visit Notre Dame and some at other places except RES and Laramie!

  • BYU9293 Clinton, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Great article and wonderful perspective. I want to try and live up to these lessons too.