There are countless reasons to attend a game at Notre Dame Stadium. The player walk, the greatest marching band in the world, the Irish Guard, the Officer Tim McCarthy safety-themed puns – the festivities in and around the “house that Rockne built” are fraught with tradition and mystique and goosebump-inducing sights and sounds. However, one unique, must-experience tradition during the actual game is not what most people would probably expect from a day of watching college football. I, of course, am talking about pushups.
Now, don’t let the prospect of possible physical activity on your nice beer and bratwurst-fueled Saturday keep you from participating in this great activity, as going up for pushups is much more work for your seat mates than it is for you. As the chosen pushup king, you simply let everyone else do the work as you enjoy a brief thrill ride. Furthermore, the incredible elation one feels just because the Fighting Irish scored a touchdown is fantastic in its own right. But when you are lifted by friends and strangers alike, tossed up and down in jubilation as the amount of points the Irish have is counted out in unison? It’s phenomenal and makes it completely worth it.
So, in your ultimate ND football weekend, make sure to participate in pushups after an Irish touchdown. If you’re being lifted up, be sure to select a team of strong, reliable people to hold you up for the duration. If you’re on the ground, make sure someone has the pushup person’s legs and someone else has their arms and hopefully others can help stabilize in the middle (I know from experience that certain fans do not take too kindly to having your buddy Mike dropped on them from above). It’s just another fun, exciting tradition that makes Notre Dame football fandom unique, and a must-do experience for any true Irish fan.
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