Editor’s note: Michael Rodio ‘12, former magazine intern, frequent contributor and editor of the Daily Domer, will be covering home Notre Dame football games for us from the press box this season and writing them up in old-school, Grantland Rice-style prose. Here’s his first entry:
As Tommy Rees strapped on his burnished gold helmet, he heard two roars crashing through the South Bend bluster.
First was the growling chuff of a locomotive. The black-and-gold Purdue defense echoed across the battle lines, snarling in anticipation.
But deeper and more distressing was the dark grumble from the many thousands in the Notre Dame Stadium benches. With the band’s sonorous metal blowing martial sounds, Rees trod through boos that tore the Stadium’s concave.