Respect thy enemy

Liam Farrell '04 | Jan. 5, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine

Liam Farrell, alumni editorIn the last few weeks, I tried to learn a little more about Alabama’s football history — call it, “Know Thy Enemy” — and consulted Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John and Talk of the Tide by John Forney and Steve Townsend.

When reading about college sports history, I always have the Notre Dame précis in my mind: learning the game by playing a University of Michigan team, a source of much antipathy in years to come; being isolated by many collegiate teams and forcing its way into relevance by barnstorming; achieving prominence with upsets and innovation and the rallying cries of Catholics and immigrants from coast to coast.

And not much searching is needed to find the similarities in Alabama’s own underdog creation myth.

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