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Trump: Play Like a Champion Today
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Posted on 01/09/2016 12:58:07 PM PST by poconopundit



There's a cold, gray sky outside my window here in the Pocono Mountains, so it's a great day to put together a couple of photos.  If they make one or two FReepers smile, then it's achieved its purpose :- )

I went to Notre Dame, a school with a rather interesting culture.

No one described the culture better than the late, great Howard Cosell. During a historic national championship match up in 1974 between the Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide, Cosell remarked:

    At Notre Dame, football is a religion. At Alabama, it's a way of life.

Now there's some folklore around the motto that's the title of this post and I'd like to explain that.  It seems back in 1986, Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz came across a photo in a Notre Dame book with a sign that read Play Like A Champion Today.

Holz checked around and found no one who remembered the sign and what had happened to it, so he had a new sign painted and placed it in a stairwell between the home team locker room and the tunnel to the field of Notre Dame Stadium.

And it's become a tradition — even today — that players touch the sign on their way out of the locker room.

Well, piling on Irish folklore some more was the 1993 movie, Rudy, a great motivating film with a terrific musical score.  The story is based on an actual person, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, a student walk-in who dreamed of playing football for the team.

So I found a 4 minute clip on YouTube called the Tryouts that shows how Rudy and several other "dreamers" were briefed by the training coach.  Check it out.

And here are the coach's words that begin 30 seconds into the clip:

    Let me tell it to you as clean as I can.

    We have 95 players here, so accomplished in high school, that we gave them full scholarships to the best football program in the country.

    NCAA regulations allow us to dress just 60 for home games.

    Which means that 35 scholarship players are going to be watching the game from the sidelines.

    So if any of you has any fantasies about running out of that stadium tunnel with your gold helmet shining in the sun, you best leave them right here.

    Of you 15 dreamers out there, maybe we'll keep one or two.

    My job is basically to beat the sh^t out of you for the next five days.  And whoever is still standing at the end, maybe we'll use for our scout team.

    You'll be running the opposition plays week end and week out.  Your greatest value to us is we don't care whether you get hurt.  Our first teams are going to pound on you like you're their worst enemy.

    Like what you hear so far?   Any of you want to run home to Mama?  Now's your chance.

Well, it occurs to me that if America happens to elect Mr. Trump, our nation is going to have a tough, no-nonsense leader like this coach.

In fact, Trump may have had the slogan "Play Like a Champion" in mind when he wrote his book Think Like a Champion. , which contains a few dozen short essays on life and business.

What's rather unique about the book is that it is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  And you tell the printing of the hard cover would meet the approval of a builder of skyscrapers: the binding is both flexible and practically indestructible.  LOL!  Great little book for bedside reading.

Finally, my hat goes off to the people of Dallas, Texas who — along with Trump himself — put on one helluva show at their big rally in the Mavericks arena.

TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: rudy; trump

1 posted on 01/09/2016 12:58:07 PM PST by poconopundit
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Unfortunately Rudy is a big lib. He was, and maybe still is, the principal at a high school in Naperville IL. and I had family that went there. From what I gather, he’s not just a lib, but a raging progressive. It sucks because Rudy really inspired me.

2 posted on 01/09/2016 1:08:07 PM PST by JoSixChip
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3 posted on 01/09/2016 1:10:10 PM PST by hoosiermama
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The real Rudy might be, but Sean Astin plays in faith based movies, has been married to the same woman for years and has 3 adorable kids...and he seems pretty conservative.

4 posted on 01/09/2016 1:43:23 PM PST by Guenevere (If.the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do....)
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5 posted on 01/09/2016 1:54:23 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (.."THE FORCE AWAKENS"!!! TRUMP; TRUMP;TRUMP;TRUMP 100%....)
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To: Guenevere

This is pretty dissapointing. Sean Astin is absolutely not for Trump, but is for Hillary.

6 posted on 01/09/2016 1:54:28 PM PST by conservative98
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To: poconopundit
Stanford beat Notre Dame 38-36 on November 28, with a quick final drive, & a 45-yard field goal by Ukropina. Thrilling.

Go Trump, anyway!

7 posted on 01/09/2016 2:03:57 PM PST by goldbux (CDO / I may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but at least I put the letters in correct sequence.)
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Ha!  Sounds like it was a good game. I have not been seeing many of the games in recent years since I cut the cord.

My daughter is going to UC Berkeley so I guess she would be a Stanford fan.

8 posted on 01/09/2016 3:06:39 PM PST by poconopundit (When the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government. Franklin, Const. Conv.)
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Hope she will not be too conflicted over the very deep Stanford — Cal rivalry.

9 posted on 01/09/2016 7:00:16 PM PST by goldbux (CDO / I may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but at least I put the letters in correct sequence.)
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