Blue and Gold Illustrated

January 2020

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 4 of 55 JANUARY 2020 5 FAN FORUM NO SELLING POINT FOR SELLOUTS I have been a subscriber to Blue & Gold Illustrated since 1986, when I traveled from Ohio State Dental School to watch Notre Dame play on a road trip. A free issue of Blue & Gold Illustrated was in the Holiday Inn room I stayed in that fall of 1986, and I was hooked. I fell in love with the Irish in 1972 when my oldest sister decided to go to St. Mary's College. I want to give my two cents about the recent end to the sellouts of games at Notre Dame. I strongly be- lieve this has very little to do with the schedule, if at all. It has EVERY- THING to do with these factors: 1. The cost of going to a game is too expensive now for many people. The tickets, parking, food etc. have priced some people out of the market. Not to mention the absolutely ridiculous prices for hotels and the fact you are forced to buy two nights, etc. It is a shame Notre Dame will charge this for tickets, parking, food. 2. Every game is on television now, as it has been, but why fight the traf- fic AND the weather AND the extra cost AND, etc. when you can sit home and watch it? Once you've been there and done that, you may think twice about going to a game and spending all that time and money. 3. I really think the College Foot- ball Playoff has hurt as well. Once we lose, it's pretty much over for us and the excitement of the season wanes. My friends tease me because they say Notre Dame will never win a championship under their rules and this current system, and I am starting to think they may be right. I miss the old way of the bowl games and the AP and UPI, etc. I know that I go to a game maybe only once a year now, if that. I do love the Corbett Family seats, and I am spoiled now because I want to see the games from there. I am lucky and fortunate that I can do that once a year. But many of my friends and patients cannot go to games for the reasons I outlined above. Greg Iaderosa Youngstown, Ohio Dr. Iaderosa: Thank you for your patronage through all these decades. GOLDEN AGE MEMORIES Really enjoyed the subject article "The Eternal Gold Standard" on the 1940s dynasty in the Nov. 30 edition. My class was that of January '50, but I started the summer of '45. An interesting article would be comparing the weights, then and as of now. Guard Bob Lally never topped 180, end/tackle Jungle Jim Martin a shade over 200, with Leon Hart not even 230 despite what the programs may have listed them at. As memory serves, Bill "Moose" Fischer, another All-American, was probably the heaviest on the team along with Gus Cifelli — neither of whom went much over 230. You should have seen the heavyweight match with Martin versus Cifelli in the Bengal Bouts heavyweight divi- Various factors helped lead to Notre Dame not "officially" selling out the final two home games of the 2019 season, among them cost, the comfort of watching from home and perhaps even not being in College Football Playoff contention entering the month of November. PHOTO BY ANDRIS VISOCKIS BE HEARD! Send your letters to: Letters Blue & Gold Illustrated P. O. Box 1007, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or e-mail to:

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