Notre Dame Football: Yet another reason to hate the Fighting Irish

Yet another reason to hate Notre Dame

4/19/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

If you’re not one of those die-hard Notre Dame football fans, chances are that you hate the program – because it’s usually one or the other.Blog Photo - Notre Dame Football: Yet another reason to hate the Fighting Irish

As a journalist, I’ve numbed myself against the animosity of any specific team and worked on finding an unbiased happy medium between the two.

But not anymore.

My job here with FanIQ is quite simple. For the most part, I just sit at my desk, report news and jot down my thoughts – that’s it.

However, sometimes I get the honor of speaking with coaches and players over the phone, and on rare occasions I’m sent to cover a practice or something of the sort.

For this to happen, I must contact a college Sports Information Director – someone who deals with media and public relations – in order to set something like this up. These are employees that work heavy hours and deal with a lot of annoying people.

So it’s understandable at times to receive a flat out “no” as an answer, if you’re lucky to get an answer at all.

In late February, I contacted the Notre Dame SID (whose name I will keep private) to see if it had any open media dates so that I could sit in on a practice and grab a coach or player afterwards for interview. He quickly responded with the start date and that they hadn’t made “specific plans” yet for media availability.

A few weeks later, I tagged him again to check up. He then sent me a list of spring practices that were open to the media, including the Blue and Gold Spring Game. I figured that the spring game would be an interesting event to attend and assumed – which is never a good thing to do – that it would be open, since he had included it in the e-mail.

Here’s when things take a wrong turn, and my nerves begin to rattle.

Last Wednesday night I sent the SID one last e-mail, just to double-check and make sure everything was a go for this Saturday. After a confused reaction, he then reached to the conclusion that he was unaware of my interest and did not have room for me.

This didn’t sit with me well, but I understood that it was partly my fault due to a lack of communication (although I clearly expressed my interest in Notre Dame athletics). What really got to me was the next part.Blog Photo - Notre Dame Football: Yet another reason to hate the Fighting Irish

Since the game was less than 48 hours from that time, I urgently made a phone call to his office in desperate attempt to work things out. At this point, I wouldn’t have minded sitting in the corner of the stadium – just as long as we cleared things up.

Here was his answer:

“I've never heard of your site and you've not had anyone here covering our program. The people we credential are those who cover us every day.”

Those words are what reverted me back to having a natural enmity (hate is a strong word) for the Dallas Cowboys of the collegiate world. I clearly stated who I was and who I worked for in the initial e-mail, which he accepted in the early stages of our conversation.

What’s even worse? He made no effort to accommodate our needs. He wasn’t even friendly.

Notre Dame receives a lot of national attention, whether it be for its impeccable journey from being unranked in the preseason to the national championship, or being the butt of the infamous Manti Te’o scandal.

It deserves attention. Whether you love them or hate them, you want to know about the Fighting Irish. It’s in your blood as a sports fan, and it’s in mine.

Through time and an amassment of diligence, hopefully I’ll revert to my equitable views on Notre Dame. I’d still like to visit the campus and to someday work alongside those who cover the football program.

But for now, I’ll stay disappointed, and keep a special spot for the program in the dark side of my heart.


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5/2/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

jbolinger wrote:
.... "He made no effort to accommodate our needs"    What makes you so entitled? No one in this world owes you ANYTHING.  Clearly with the title of this article Notre Dame seen you coming from a mile away and attempted to divert a smear campaign, but tenacious you are!!! Take your medicine and realize you're just not "journalist" with the capacity or ability that Notre Dame would entertain the thought of investing time in. But look on the bright side: local Jr. High newspaper reporters were invited and got full access.

Tennessee and Louisville -- both powerhouse programs -- granted access to my "non-journalistic" self. I'm quite sure that you're unaware of what happens behind the media walls, and that is one reason I created this article.

I didn't bash Notre Dame. I bashed the SID. I clearly stated at the end of my piece (which you probably didn't read all the way through) that I hope to work with the school some day down the road so that I can renew my unbiased views.

5/2/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

kevhurls wrote:
1) Dallas Cowboys suck
2) "YANKEES SUCK!" (earnest declaration, being a Bostonian)
3) NotaDame DOES NOT SUCK.

I'll admit you were treated rudely and unprofessionally. And yes, that sucks. But that WAS NOT NotaDame. I think it was an imposter from (sc)UM. Or if it really did happen, you have to redefine "reason to hate Notre Dame."
Why?
Because NotaDame DOES NOT SUCK.

Go home, you're drunk.

4/30/13   |   number1jerseyboy   |   1 respect

LOL!  Both comments spoken like true nd elitists...nd sucks

4/30/13   |   jbolinger

.... "He made no effort to accommodate our needs"    What makes you so entitled? No one in this world owes you ANYTHING.  Clearly with the title of this article Notre Dame seen you coming from a mile away and attempted to divert a smear campaign, but tenacious you are!!! Take your medicine and realize you're just not "journalist" with the capacity or ability that Notre Dame would entertain the thought of investing time in. But look on the bright side: local Jr. High newspaper reporters were invited and got full access.

4/29/13   |   kevhurls   |   17 respect

1) Dallas Cowboys suck
2) "YANKEES SUCK!" (earnest declaration, being a Bostonian)
3) NotaDame DOES NOT SUCK.

I'll admit you were treated rudely and unprofessionally. And yes, that sucks. But that WAS NOT NotaDame. I think it was an imposter from (sc)UM. Or if it really did happen, you have to redefine "reason to hate Notre Dame."
Why?
Because NotaDame DOES NOT SUCK.