Are you excited about Notre Dame Fighting Irish football? No, seriously...are you? Because ND Broadcast Relations director John Heisler recently felt the need to ask Notre Dame fans to cheer on the Irish at home games. Notre Dame fans aren't known for fanatical outbursts, but it has reached the point where people are being formally asked to "[c]heer on the Irish and help improve the home field atmosphere."
The Irish have gone 17-16 in home games since 2007 -- including losses at home to Navy, Air Force, Tulsa and UConn -- and just in case that hasn't happened due to an eroding base of talent and poor head coaching choices, ND wants to make sure fans have their heads in the game:
If you're paying attention this weekend and in the weeks to come, you are likely to come across the phrase "Take A StaND." It's a subtle, yet pointed, way of encouraging fans at all Irish events to become more participatory.
The Fighting Irish take on the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT, so the first test for the home fans will come soon.