We live in Annapolis and we are big Navy fans, so the ND-Navy rivalry has been forefront in our minds and our lives for the past several years. We are also familiar with the famed Army-Navy game and have attended it with the family of our Midshipmen. How neat then, for us, to travel to New York City and learn the history of the Notre Dame vs. Army series.

Win one for the Gipper and The Four Horsemen  I have of course heard of both of these famous-to-Irish-fans (and beyond) statements, but I never realized that they both related to the Notre Dame РArmy rivalry. Nor did I realize that Notre Dame and Army dominated the national championships (and Heisman trophy winners) of the 1940s. Furthermore, I never knew that Notre Dame and Army used to play against each other in the old Yankees Stadium! What kind of Irish fan am I??!!

Notre Dame does a wonderful job of honoring their history while celebrating the present and planning for the future. This all comes together this weekend as ND plays Army in the new Yankees’ Stadium here in NYC. I think we can take a lesson from this: there is no one part of our lives that should dominate our well-being and thought process, nor define the way we live our lives. We too should honor our history while celebrating the present and planning for the future.