Fans gear up for ‘GameDay’

first_imgStudents will showcase their dedication to Notre Dame football on national television Saturday during filming of ESPN’s “College GameDay.” A pit for 200 students will be located near the commentators, and many fans will camp out the night before to ensure a spot in the crowd.   Senior Kristen Stoutenburgh, executive vice president of Leprechaun Legion, said the group wants as many students as possible to come to the filming. “We want the nation to know that the Legion is the best student section in the country and we’re supporting our team 100 percent,” Stoutenburgh said. “We want a Legion green invasion for ‘GameDay,’ so we want students to come early and wear their green Legion gear.” Leprechaun Legion will sponsor sign making in the JACC Fieldhouse after the pep rally Friday so students can hold up creative posters during the telecast, Stoutenburgh said. The group will also give out free McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches Saturday morning to the first 200 students to show up, she said. “Notre Dame football weekends are special to begin with, but having ‘College GameDay’ on campus adds another level of excitement and energy on campus,” Stoutenburgh said. “We have an awesome opportunity to show the nation that Notre Dame football is back, and the fans couldn’t be more excited about it.” Junior Matt Cunningham, president of Leprechaun Legion, said being featured in “College GameDay” signifies that Notre Dame is a top contender in college football.   “With the national spotlight on Notre Dame, beating Stanford gives us a chance to announce our presence as a legitimate top-10 team,” Cunningham said.   Junior Mark Ambrose said he plans to camp out with friends to be “front and center” for “College GameDay.” “Something like this only comes around once in a while,” Ambrose said. “I remember watching the show as a kid and in high school and always wanting to be a part of the festivities and craziness that goes along with it. It’s really great that they decided to come to ND for once and give us this opportunity.” Ambrose said he doesn’t want to reveal the contents of his sign before the taping, but it pokes fun at “notorious ND haters Mark May and Rick Reilly of ESPN.” Sophomore Conor McCarter said he will hold up a sign that reads, “Even the Lorax won’t save these trees,” referring to the Stanford Tree, a feature of the school’s marching band.   “It bothers me how no one’s heard about Notre Dame,” McCarter said. “I hope [being featured on ‘College GameDay’] can help to make us relevant again.” Junior Ben Finan said bringing College GameDay to Notre Dame calls into question ESPN correspondent Rick Reilly’s pre-season assertion that Notre Dame football is irrelevant. “ESPN just ran the Rick Reilly article about Notre Dame, and for them to then turn around and have his company choose to come here contradicts their highest-paid journalist,” Finan said. “[‘College GameDay’ has] only got 13, 14 appearances a year. Notre Dame’s clearly relevant. It is a benefit because it does say, ‘Notre Dame’s back on the map.’” But Finan said he does not plan to attend the taping because he went the last time “College GameDay” came to Notre Dame for the 2005 game against USC. “I was kind of underwhelmed by the production,” he said. “It was just so many people and very hard to hear and understand what was going on while you were in the crowd, and basically all it is anytime they come back to a commercial or go to a commercial, they show the crowd and you hold up your sign.” Finan said he fears the presence of “College GameDay” on campus will disturb the traditional pre-game atmosphere. “People generally are wandering all around campus,” Finan said. “I feel like this will create a gravitation point of something that will take away from people going to the Grotto and the Basilica, and it will take away from people cooking out on the quad because people are going to be so drawn to this national name of ‘College GameDay’ and going to Library Quad, which is where people already are.” Finan said he is more excited for “Mike and Mike in the Morning” to film on campus Friday. Ambrose said the publicity will make the football weekend better for fans. “I think it’ll add to the overall game atmosphere,” he said. “Obviously with Michigan being a night game, that in itself made it a crazy atmosphere, but with GameDay on campus it’s only going to make the game atmosphere even crazier for this huge game. It also doesn’t hurt to have the nation pay attention to us in light of our undefeated start, [which is] hopefully a good sign that Notre Dame football is indeed back.” While the hype before the game may draw positive attention to Notre Dame, Finan said he fears it may contribute to an unfortunate result. “There’s always a let-down game,” Finan said. “I feel like [because of] the amp up for the Miami game, despite being awesome and playing a great game, we could experience a hangover this weekend, and GameDay is contributing to that.”last_img read more

LI Cops Holiday DWI Crackdown Starts Wednesday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police across Long Island will be cracking down on drunken drivers and adding patrols around shopping centers through New Years starting Thanksgiving Eve, one of the biggest bar nights of the year.Nassau, Suffolk and New York State police are launching Wednesday the month-long holiday enforcement efforts that include sobriety checkpoints and unmarked units looking for distracted drivers in addition to regular patrols.“Police patrols will demonstrate zero tolerance for individuals who are driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said. “Think before you drink this holiday and arrive alive….don’t drink and drive!”He urged drivers to buckle up, stay off their phones while behind the wheel and if they drink, find a designated driver, take a cab or mass transit or spend the night where the party is being held.A Suffolk police spokeswoman said officers will be adding patrols on foot, bicycle and vehicles in downtowns and malls for crowd control as well as ramping up enforcement of driving while intoxicated laws.State Troopers will also be conducting DWI checkpoints in concert with their “Operation Hang Up” initiative in which undercover police vehicles will be looking for drivers texting or talking on their cell phones.last_img read more

Packers interim coach Joe Philbin: ‘We have to get these guys to play better’

first_imgPackers interim coach Joe Philbin said he’s only focused on Week 14’s game against the Falcons, not the drama surrounding the team.The Packers fired Mike McCarthy as the team’s coach Sunday and named Philbin as the interim coach for the rest of the season. “My door’s open, (general manager) Brian (Gutekunst’s) door is open. We have great relationships with Aaron, but he is not going to be making the decision on our next head coach. We’d welcome his input.”McCarthy took over the Packers in 2006 and guided them to a 125-77-2 record with nine playoff appearances in his 12-plus seasons with the franchise.He also led Green Bay to a victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl 45. “I care about this organization. I love this organization,” Philbin said at his introductory press conference. “This is the role I’m in right now and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.”Philbin, who was the team’s offensive coordinator, said he knows how McCarthy feels, since he’s been fired from the Dolphins and that he felt he let McCarthy down. Related News “It’s been tough. I haven’t slept very much,” he said. “You come back here and you want to be part of the solution and help a guy that’s been a great man, a great coach, friend, and you feel that you let him down.”When asked if he was going to use the rest of the season to make a play to become the permanent coach, Philbin said he was only focusing on the Falcons and improving the team overall.”We got to do things better. All of us,” he said. “…We all have a job to do. We all have to do it better. Players and coaches… We are not going to make sweeping, structural changes and those type of things. It’s not like we are going to fly some magic players or some magic coaches in here in the next four weeks…”We have to get these guys to play better. We have to make some plays. We have to help each other out and play more complementary football.”The Packers announced they fired McCarthy after a 20-17 loss to the 2-9 Cardinals. With the loss, Green Bay now has a 4-7-1 record and has lost five of its last six games.“I felt that change was needed,” Team president and CEO Mark Murphy said Monday. “Mike’s tenure had run its course. I think we needed a new voice. And it happens in our league.”Murphy also said while the team will be actively looking for a new coach, quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t be in the room as potential candidates are discussed. Mike McCarthy fired: Three highs and lows from his 12-year Packers runlast_img read more