Catholics vs. Convicts, Jockular and PigTostal
You've heard of the Four Horsemen. The Gipper. Rockne. Any glossary of Notre Dame football would include those terms. But there's another Notre Dame, a campus of Domers and dogbooks. Of Michiana and Mishawaka. Of Bookstore Basketball and the Bengal Bouts. Here then, we present our Underground Notre Dame Glossary. If there's a term we've forgotten, let us know.31: North-south highway that separates all-female St. Mary's from (until 1972) all-male Notre Dame; along its corridor can be found a bonanza of fast-food joints and hotels.Third-and-44: Play from the 27-10 loss at Miami in 1989 that lives in infamy; the Hurricanes, leading 17-10 but facing third-and-44 from their own 7, complete a 44-yard bomb; the subsequent Irish loss ended their 23-game win streak and chance at a national championship.Alumni, Subway: Fighting Irish fans that did not attend Notre Dame (ND)"Alumni Sucks!" (see: "Dillon Sucks!"): Rallying cry of one of the two largest male dorms on campus that are located adjacent to one another. That's a lot of pent-up testosterone in one space.An Tostal: Annual spring festival (in Gaelic, "an tostal") that includes mud pits, chariot races and the Bookstore Basketball championship game. Last chance for fun before finals.
heavily (disputed) first down, keep school's now 42-game win streak versus Midshipmen alive.Brown, Tim: Former wide receiver/kick returner who did win Heisman Trophy (1987); third all-time in the NFL in receptions (1,094) in an 18-year career spent mostly with the L.A./Oakland Raiders; made an inauspicious freshman debut, fumbling and losing the opening kickoff of the 1984 season versus Purdue.Bun Run: Annual exercise in streaking undertaken by residents of Zahm Hall, the outcast dorm on campus. Brady Quinn lived in Zahm for two years before transferring to Dillon Hall.The ClipConcert on the Steps: Pre-game (and preview of halftime) concert on the steps of Bond Hall given by the marching band a few hours before kickoff; as any attempt to use the restroom at halftime will result in missing halftime show, this is likely the best opportunity to hear them.Dance Floor, Portable: Infamous tailgating accessory used by a group of ND MBA students before a home game in 2004. It brought shame upon Domers after everydayshouldbesaturday.com, a blog run by Gator fans, posted a video clip of the tailgate early in 2006. On the video, one Irish fan even read a piece of dramatic poetry he wrote. The worst part of it all for many, though, was that Tom Mendoza, namesake of ND's Mendoza College of Business, was one of the dancers.Dancing Irish: All-female terpsichorean troupe that performs during sporting events; will remind no one of the Los Angeles Laker Girls, but then again, they're a lot better than this.Davieham: Recognizing former Notre Dame coaches Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham, the term used by Domers and Irish fans for the eight years of (unbearable) mediocrity from 1997 through 2004.Dead Guy, The: Nickname for Matt Doherty after leaving Notre Dame to become North Carolina's head men's basketball coach. Despite claiming that Doherty "is dead to me," many Irish basketball fans could be heard chuckling after his 2001-02 Tar Heel team finished 8-20.Dillon Pep Rally: Kicks off each football season with its Thursday night humor in front of Dillon Hall before the first home game. "Crackhead" makes an appearance each year by breaking plates over his forehead."Dillon Sucks!" (see: "Alumni Sucks!"): Rallying cry of the other of the two largest male dorms on campus that are located adjacent to one another; can't we all just get along?Dogbook, Freshman: Before there was Facebook, there was (and still is) the dogbook: a photo album of freshmen from both Notre Dame and St. Mary's that is an invaluable resource in foraging for potential SYR dates.Domer: Any Notre Dame student.Dorms, Co-ed: Do not exist at Notre Dame; student editorials appealing to the administration for the creation of such residences are published in The Observer almost weekly.Drambuie: Scotch whiskey; it is rumored to be a tradition among members of the Irish Guard to down shots of this elixir before performances at football games.Du Lac: Student code of conduct handbook; like the Ten Commandments, only stricter.Field, Green: Erstwhile vacant lot that, due to its proximity to dorms, was for decades the most popular staging area for tailgaters; now home to modern classroom buildings and a performing arts center; they paved paradise and took out a parking lot.Fight Song, Dillon Hall: Expletive-laden fight song of much reviled men's dorm; contains 13 or 14 different profanities, depending upon your description of "whorehouse."Fourth and Inches: Former student comic strip that ran in The Observer and won fans among Domers for its vitriolic attacks on the price-gouging Hammes Bookstore.Gipper, The: Not the former player immortalized in "Knute Rockne: All-American"; rather, the sobriquet of a gossip column penned anonymously that appears in each issue of the bi-monthly student magazine, Scholastic; fueled by student tips, it is the juiciest read on campus.Gordon, David !*#@!: Boston College kicker whose game-ending 41-yard field goal in 1993 gave the Eagles a 41-39 victory and toppled 10-0 Irish from No. 1 spot in polls. Earlier in the fourth quarter the Irish had rallied from a 21-point deficit to take the lead.Grabavoy, Mary Ann: Former NBC sideline reporter was member of ND's first graduating class to include females; in the movie "Rudy," the coed on whom the title character had a crush, Mary, was actually based on Grabavoy.Grotto, The: Re-creation of the grotto at Lourdes, France, where the university's namesake is said to have appeared to a teen girl in 1858; popular spot for prayers and picture-taking.Gug, The: State-of-the-art varsity football complex (weight room, coaches offices, plasma TVs, yada yada). Short for Guglielmino Athletic Complex.(houserockbuilt.blogspot.com).Irish Guard: Most exclusive fraternity at a school where fraternities do not exist. Each year ten students are chosen to wear the tartan kilts and perform precision marches as the band performs during football games. Applicants must stand at least 6'2". In 2000 the Guard welcomed its first distaff member, 6'3" Molly Kinder.Interhall: While a good number of Notre Dame varsity football players will someday play on Sundays, many of their non-varsity classmates already do. Interhall football, which is played in full pads, takes place on autumn Sundays between dorm teams. Occasionally an interhall star, such as fullback Josh Schmidt, is plucked from interhall onto the varsity squad. Schmidt started one game in 2004.Jeffers, Jeff: A Michiana media fixture who has been broadcasting local sports at WNDU, the NBC affiliate which abuts the ND campus, for more than 30 years. And how can you forget a name such as that?Jockular: Controversial student comic strip in The Observer that has won popularity by ignoring political correctness. Among Jockular's "crimes" are calling SMC Chicks "parasites," mocking Stephen Hawking's ALS and depicting Charlie Weis demonstrating to the South Bend press corps how to turn water into wine.LaFortune: Student center in center of campus offering fast-food options, Starbucks and oversized couches upon which to sleep study.Kegs and Eggs: Students flock to this football Saturday tradition at Turtle Creek, an apartment complex across the street from Notre Dame's soccer stadium. At the feast, you'll be quick to find students wearing "Drinking Irish" shirts with a plea on the back to carry them to Notre Dame Stadium if found passed out on the side of the street.Leep, Gurley: Would you buy a car from a guy named Gurley? Apparently, a lot of folks would, as Leep, with six dealerships and 14 franchises of cars and trucks, is the unquestioned king of auto sales in Michiana.Legends: Only on-campus bar/club at ND. Legends hosts concerts and contests during the week and nostalgic alumni on the weekend.Lounge, The Linebacker: The definitive Domer dive bar, located just a few hundred yards southeast of Notre Dame Stadium, on a wedge-shaped corner. Cramped and easy to stumble home from, the Backer specializes in cheesy tunes ("Oh What a Night") and sleazy attractions (anyone remember "Lingerie Night?"). Added bonus: founded by former gridder Myron Pontios.Marshmallow Fight: A senior tradition, the melee occurs annually at halftime of the final home game and results in dozens of ejections. In 2004, stadium security did not remove any fans from the stands during the fight because of a quote the head of security made in The Observer that was purportedly misinterpreted as giving tacit approval to the fight.McCarthy, Officer Tim: Pun-tificating Indiana State Police Sergeant who since 1961 has used wordplay to warn fans during a fourth-quarter timeout of the evils of drunk driving. Sample: "Those who have one more for the road may have a policeman as a chaser."Michiana: Farm-rich region extending along either side of the Michigan-Indiana border that perennially, for some reason, fails to crack any of those "Top 25 Places to Live in the U.S." lists.Mishawaka: Town directly east of South Bend; home to University Park mall, where Domers can pick up meet high schoolers.NDNation.com: Home of the most popular -- and most influential -- Notre Dame football message board on the internet. The Web site's URL uses the term given to Irish fans across the country.Observer, The: Daily student newspaper on campus.Overture, 1812: Tchaikovsky's classic piece has been played at the beginning of the fourth quarter of every home game since Lou Holtz was head coach. Students wave arms extended back and forth and, when Holtz was coach, made "L" signals with both hands. Succeeding coaches received their own signals (e.g., "W"s for Willingham and Weis).PigTostal: The closest thing to a Greek-life tradition at ND; an off-campus party the morning of the spring football game that attracts hundreds of ham-hungry Domers. Students, knowing it wouldn't be a good idea to drive, often take South Bend's No. 7 bus to and from the event.Play Like a Champion Today: Blue and gold sign posted at the bottom of the stairwell leading from the locker room to the tunnel inside Notre Dame Stadium. Each player touches the sign as he walks past it (Undergrads at Michigan can be seen wearing "Drink Like a Champion Today" T-shirts).Quarter Dogs: Very cheap Frankfurters sold at LaFortune beginning every day at midnight; leads to long lines at the register and at the restroom.Rally in the Alley: Notre Dame's biggest party of the fall semester, held at the aforementioned Turtle Creek on the first Friday of the schoolyear. Along with PigTostal, it is home to the most debauchery at ND.Reckers: Food joint behind South Dining Hall that stays open 24 hours a day for those who like to wake up early -- and those who need to walk off a few drinks before going to sleep.Regatta, Fisher Hall: Popular springtime boat race across St. Mary's Lake on campus. Boats must be homemade and propelled by manpower, and sailors must remain inside the craft throughout the crossing.Regis: Popular morning talk-show host whose affinity for his alma mater (class of '53) is OUTTA CONTROL! Responsible for introducing millions of 40-year-old-plus females to Notre Dame football.Revue, Keenan: Annual skit-based show staged by the residents of Keenan Hall that is performed on three consecutive nights in late January; tickets are free but the 1,300-seat theater is always full; arguably the toughest ticket, football games included, at ND. The guy who wrote the Snickers "Chefs" ad and the FedEx boardroom ("No, I did this") ad got his start writing sketches for this show.