Georgia fans helped turn Notre Dame Stadium into a sea of red on Saturday night, as the Bulldogs faithful filled the home of the Fighting Irish and saw their team come out with a hard-fought 20-19 win.
Some Notre Dame fans are a bit perturbed by their fellow fans lack of loyalty as seen in the South Bend Tribune’s opinion pages.
“I walk into our stadium and see more red than I care to even think about again,” Wayne Troiola of South Bend, Ind. wrote. “Shame on the professors, university employees, season ticket holders and alumni who sold their tickets and allowed the Georgia nation to enjoy a home game away from home.”
Bulldogs fans were seemingly everywhere in the area surrounding South Bend leading up to game day, with many enjoying the sights and attractions of nearby Chicago before traveling to Notre Dame’s campus for the game.
Phil MacGregor, also of South Bend, was just as upset as Troiola.
“This letter is addressed to the lame Notre Dame ticket holders who sold out to the Georgia football fans. What a disgrace to see nearly one-third of the stadium in red rather than Irish blue and gold. These were the same fans who were lame when Nebraska came to our stadium. Was their monetary gain worth the obvious slap in the face of the Notre Dame football team and their true fans? There isn’t any control over “sellouts,” but they should be ashamed.”
Not all the letters to the newspaper were out of anger, though, as Georgia fan Christian Roemer of Chattanooga, Tenn. took a moment to thank the Irish fans for their hospitality.
“I’ve been to many Georgia games as a student and alumnus, and I can safely say that our Southern hospitality comes nowhere close to the kindness you all displayed this weekend. Where you all could have been angry, resentful, and frustrated for the throngs of us barkers on your campus, you instead were patient, smiling, and abundantly affable.
This weekend was hands-down one of my greatest college football experiences, and I owe it all to the amazing people at Notre Dame. If it’s any consolation to your defeat this weekend, you’ve gained a lifelong fan of your school, program, and culture in this thankful dawg.”
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