Thursday, February 22, 2007

"... The Slur of the Fighting Irish"

Diogenes notes that the Archbishop of Armagh has given the NCAA (headquartered in Nativeamericanapolis, Nativamericana) the green light it needed to go after Notre Dame's mascot:
Has the time not come for us to ditch, once and for all, the caricature of the drunken Irish and to consign it to the realm of history along with the slur of the Fighting Irish?
(emphasis added)

For what it's worth, I love the name "Fighting Irish", which Notre Dame's athletic teams have answered to since the early days of the 20th century. But the Leprechaun as the embodiment of the Fighting Irish spirit is a more recent innovation at Our Lady's University, and one that I detest for reasons I explain here.

In short, it is the Leprechaun, which is the Irish equivalent of the lawn jockey, that should be ditched.

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At 2/22/2007 5:15 PM, Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

So the Archbishop of Armagh sez, huh?

Well.... after seeing the veritable cornucopia of kiddie rapists in both the Republic of Ireland, and the 2d Republic (commonly known to as 'Boston'), possibly Notre Dame should change their nickname to the "Indictment Dodging Irish".

Well..... that would only pertain to the priests and their bishops, though.

At 2/22/2007 9:18 PM, Blogger Catholic Mom said...

Since the Catholic identity of Notre Dame is questionable, I am not sure an Archbishop has jurisdiction to make such a suggestion. Perhaps one of the secular Irish government officials would be a better authority for such a decision.

At 3/14/2007 12:02 PM, Blogger Christine said...

You know, I have never been offended by "The Fighting Irish" because I took it as a sports thing. Fight for your team to win and all.

However, that new show "The Black Donneleys" offends me so badly that I turn the channel every time it comes on. UGH! Why not beat up on NBC instead of Notre Dame?


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