Steeped as they are in all those Rockne and Four Horsemen and Ara and Golden Boy legends, among others, they’re so very proud here on the Indiana plain. A wee bit arrogant, even. But there are mirrors out this way, and the Fighting Irish, like Angelina Jolie, are aware of beauty when it stares back at them.
Anyway, if it’s the truth it ain’t bragging . . . and there is a fair amount of truth in the numbers:
461 players drafted by the NFL . . . 204 successive home sellouts . . . 195 consecutive televised games . . . 181 first-team All-Americans . . .