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31 Reasons It's Perfectly Acceptable To Hate Notre Dame

Not that you need a reason.


1. The whole Irish thing.

2. Always overrated.

3. No one has more early season hype.

4. They complain that they can't recruit even though the school recruits itself.

5. Annointing every new coach their savior... until they lose.

6. Touchdown Jesus.

7. They're Catholic and they'll remind you of that fact constantly.

Plenty of Notre Dame alumni and fans are undoubtedly moral, upstanding citizens with a strong faith in God and thorough knowledge of the scriptures. They know that Catholics don't judge people — they forgive and love their neighbors. So who is going to explain these T-shirts?

8. You can't spell "independent" without N.D.

Notre Dame refuses to join a major conference because they make so much money from their exclusive deal with NBC and their matchups with their many "traditional" rivals. It just wouldn't make sense for them to join a conference.

9. Everyone is their rival...

10. They put real gold in the paint for their helmets.

11. But they put no one above the team...

12. Unless he's a Heisman Trophy candidate.

13. They're responsible for Charlie Weis.

14. And the pronunciation of Joe Theismann.

15. Then there's Jimmy Clausen.

16. And Brady Quinn, who "just needs to find the right system..."

17. And let's not forget about that damn leprechaun.

18. Or how frustrating it is to listen to Lou Holtz every weekend.

19. They are basically like Duke basketball, except they don't win.

*Copy and paste every reason reason people hate Duke*

20. They think they're intellectually superior to every school they play.

21. They're easily identifiable.

22. They have an excuse for just about everything.

23. You can identify them on social media by tweets like this:

24. They also take a lot of pride in the black-and-white era of college football.

25. They've probably told you about how they played in the "Game of the Century" in 1935.

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They beat Ohio State 18-13!

Or the "Game of the Century" in 1946...

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They tied Army 0-0.

OR the "Game of the Century" in 1966...

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They tied Michigan State 10-10.

ORRR the "Game of the Century" in 1993?!

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They beat Florida State 31-24. So Notre Dame is 2-0-2 in "Game of the Century" games that took place in the 20th century.

26. The BCS "Notre Dame Rule."

27. Here's how they've performed in their last 13 bowl games...

28. The fictional "Rudy."

Rudy is a great, heartwarming movie. I'll always have a soft spot for the fictional story of Daniel Rudy Ruettiger. Yes, fictional. Rudy's name was never chanted at Notre Dame stadium, and that famous jersey scene never happened. Just ask his teammate Joe Montana: "Well, the crowd wasn't chanting. No one threw in their jerseys. He did get in the game. He got carried off [at the end of] the game. ... Back then they tried to play someone at the end of [the season] that all the seniors could get in the last home game. The schedule was kind of set that way. So he got in. He did get a sack. And then the guys carried him off, just playing around. I won't say it was a joke, but it was playing around."

29. The real Rudy.

30. They haven't "played like a champion" since 1988.

31. Yet despite all of this, every single home game is on national TV so the world can bask in the greatness of Notre Dame.