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Notre Dame University – part 2

Posted by Strickland on August 28, 2015

Recently, I wrote about my experience to the Notre Dame vs. University of Southern California game at Notre Dame.  There’s so much history at each college and sports, but Notre Dame is in the Top 10.  In my previous post, I attempted to share about the game and overall experience.  In this post, I would like to share about the awards, trophies, and memorabilia that is stored and shared for the public to see in the Joyce Center.  Each university has a “trophy room.”  This “trophy room” is one to see.  Located on the second floor of the Joyce Center, where men and women basketball is played along with other activities, there are many awards and trophies from the many sports.  Here, I’ll show some pictures I took of the football awards and trophies.

Rotary Lombardi Award–named for Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers who first made a name as the smallest but toughest member of Fordham’s “Seven Blocks of Granite.”  This picture is of Notre Dame’s player Chris Zorich, 1990.

Rotary Lombardi Award

Rotary Lombardi Award

Outland Trophy–named for Dr. John H. Outland, an All-America tackle at the University of Pennsylvania in 1897 and the benefactor of the trophy.  This picture is of Notre Dame’s player Bill Fischer, 1948.

Outland Trophy

Outland Trophy

Walter Camp Award–named for Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football” who played at Yale from 1877-82 and is credited with creating many strategy features which led to the development of the organized game.  This picture is of Notre Dame’s player Tim Brown, 1987.

Walter Camp Award

Walter Camp Award

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award–established in 1987, the prestigious award bears the name of the man who many refer to as the finest quarterback to ever play the game of football. This picture is of Notre Dame’s player Brady Quinn, 2006.

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Eddie Robinson Coach Of The Year Award–named for Eddie Robinson, who coached for 56 years at Grambling State University and won 408 games.  This picture is of Notre Dame’s coach Charlie Weis, 2005.

Eddie Robinson Award

Eddie Robinson Award

Heisman Trophy–named for John Heisman, who played football at Brown and Penn before embarking on a 36-year college coaching career. Heisman is widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest coaches and innovators.  This picture is of Notre Dame’s player Tim Brown, 1987.

Heisman Trophy

Heisman Trophy

Heisman Trophy

Heisman Trophy

Rival trophy–Jeweled Shillelagh.  The night before the game, we were walking around the stadium area where the pep rally would take place.  While just walking and looking around, I notice this little vehicle driving into the stadium and I took a couple of pictures of the “Jeweled Shillelagh.”  The winner of the Notre Dame vs. Southern California game gets the Jeweled Shillelagh for the year, and gets their logo ornament attached to it.  For Notre Dame, the logo is a shamrock.  For Southern Cal, the logo is a Trojan head.

Jewelled Sheleigh

Jeweled Shillelagh

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Sheleigh Trophy

Coach Knute Rockne–the famous coach of Notre Dame from 1918-1930.  He won four National Championships with Notre Dame.  He died in Kansas in a plane crash, March 31, 1931.  Pictured is a 1930 little playbook, and a section of memorabilia which includes parts of the plane crash.

Knute Rockne notepad

Knute Rockne notepad

Knute Rockne notepad

Knute Rockne notepad

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Bowling Green State University

Posted by Strickland on August 22, 2015

This summer, 2015, my daughter started playing a traveling lacrosse middle school tournament team.  One of the tournaments we had was in Lansing, Michigan, home of the Michigan State Spartans.  Growing up, my parents told me I have been to Michigan.  I don’t remember it.  So, I was excited about going to a new state and to Michigan.  I’ve always loved the Detroit Tigers and Michigan Wolverines.  Don’t know why.  I’m from Nashville, TN, and have lived there all my life until college.  I think it’s their history that drew this kid from Nashville to like them.

On the way up to Lansing, on I-75N from Cincinnati, I noticed that we were coming into the city of Bowling Green, Ohio.  I knew that Bowling Green State University Falcons was here, but I never thought that their stadium was off the interstate basically in an open field.

So, while driving to Michigan, I see the BGSU stadium — Doyt L. Perry Stadium – Bowling Green State University.  I wasn’t prepared to take a picture, and we weren’t going to stop to visit.  I was going to be prepared on the way back home.  On our way home, I was driving, and my wife made the pictures for me.  The pictures aren’t great, because of the weather, and from a car.  But, this is one little college that I can take a trip with my two sons for a little game.  Perhaps we could go to a game that they play this year on a weeknight, or later in the near future.

Below are the pictures from the car.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

Picture taken from in the car on I-75 in Ohio.

 

 

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