Paul Browne | Dec. 27, 2013 | New York Post
For a Bronx native-recently-turned-Hoosier, the University of Notre Dame could not have wrapped a better Christmas gift than when it agreed to play Rutgers at the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium Saturday.
Notre Dame is a Bronx team; a Queens team, too. It is a team for all boroughs, in fact. A century ago, Notre Dame came to New York to beat Army with the introduction of the forward pass. That’s a historic marker, but it doesn’t explain why legions of subway alumni still cheer for the Irish.
It’s because Notre Dame is as much an inspiration for New Yorkers as it is a team.