It’s Notre Dame vs Navy week!

25 years ago, it was Parents’ Weekend at Notre Dame (back when ND had parents’ weekend). I was a freshman and my mom came to visit. For those of you who were on campus that weekend, I’m sure you remember the weekend.

First of all, my mom’s flight was late. But in 1991, you don’t know this by tracking her flight online or on your phone; you know her flight is late because your mom shows up hours later to your dorm, and you just wait for her.

Second, a storm blew in (hense, the delayed flight; and big surprise: it was November in South Bend!) The storm caused the power to go out on campus, including the lights on the Dome. (Rumor had it a squirrel chewed through the power lines.) And lastly, what we all remember most: it was -4 degrees at kick-off. That was without wind chill. (I remember being at the Notre Dame vs. Northwestern football game in 2014 and hearing the announcers say something to the effect of, “It hasn’t been this cold at Notre Dame Stadium┬ásince 1991.” I wanted to raise my hand and say, “I was at that game!”) But at least in 2014 I was prepared for the weather; in 1991, this Arizona girl wore cotton socks and the “warmest” jacket I owned to the game.

Notre Dame vs Navy 1991. Who knew that game, frozen in my memory (pun intended), would begin a lifetime of meaning for me and the Blue & Gold. Notre Dame won that contest (out of respect for the Midshipmen, I won’t mention the score, but Rick Mirer set (at the time) a school record for touchdown passes thrown). 25 years later, as I sit and type from my home in Annapolis, I look forward to watching the game on Saturday with “my” Midshipmen, the Mids we sponsor.