Oct 8, 2013, 1:06 PM EST
For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame took the spirit and energy of a home football weekend on the road, and once again, the Fighting Irish came through with a win, making it 5-for-5 in Shamrock Series games with a 37-34 victory over Arizona State.
Like San Antonio, New York, Washington, and Chicago before it, the Dallas/Ft. Worth area was an excellent location for the event. I’ve had the opportunity to attend four of the five games, and the Shamrock Series weekend is quickly becoming one of my favorite Notre Dame traditions.
Here’s a look back at the Monogram Club’s awesome trip in a special Shamrock Series Edition of the Musings!
Upon arriving in Ft. Worth on Thursday, the Monogram Club staff headed to The Flying Saucer, the site of Friday’s pre-pep rally reception. After scoping out the restaurant, the group met up with former board member Van Pearcy (’85, football/track & field) and his family for dinner. While Joe T. Garcia’s might lack menu options—you only have two choices (fajitas or enchiladas)—it more than makes up for it in ambience…and deliciousness. Celebrating Van’s birthday, the table was even treated to special musical performance. Watch below…
Notre Dame hosted its usual Friday football luncheon, only instead of the Joyce Center Fieldhouse, it was the Worthington Renaissance in downtown Ft. Worth. Texas natives Robin Weber (’76) and Tim Brown (’88) joined emcee and 2013 honorary Monogram recipient Jack Nolan as the program’s guest speakers.
On Friday afternoon, over 160 Monogram winners and their guests joined the Club staff and president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming), first vice president Kevin O’Connor (’89, lacrosse) and second vice president Terri Vitale (’94, ’95, tennis) for a reception at The Flying Saucer.
The restaurant’s patio was a perfect spot on the breezy day, as guests enjoyed a great selection of Tex-Mex appetizers, including assorted quesadillas, Southwest Salad, Cowtown Baked Beans, Flautas De Carnitas (thanks, Karen!) before many headed off to the pep rally. There was a nice mix of Irish and western attire, with a few Monogram Club staff and board members even getting into the Texas spirit!
On Saturday, our own Reggie Brooks (’93) joined Jack Nolan on the Shamrock Series Pre-Game Show, an excellent FIDM production shown on the enormous AT&T Stadium video board and also streaming live on WatchND.tv. The famous phrase “Everything’s bigger in Texas” has perhaps never been more applicable than to the giant screen that stretches nearly 80 yards.
During one segment of the show, Reggie even had a chance to sample some of the stadium cuisine. You can watch the entire show below, or skip ahead to the 1:05:00 mark for the food (not recommended if you haven’t had lunch yet).
At the end of the third quarter, Notre Dame fan favorite and 2010 honorary Monogram recipient Sgt. Tim McCarthy returned with another one of his signature traffic safety puns: “Remember, you’ll never find that bluebird of happiness with too many swallows.”
Though Sgt. McCarthy is often heard, but rarely seen by many Notre Dame fans, he appeared on the video board sporting his Monogram Club blazer! Watch the pre-recorded segment below.
It’s hard to believe, but the 2013 season has reached the halfway point, and the Irish have a well-earned bye this weekend, before facing USC in a primetime showdown on Oct. 19 at Notre Dame Stadium (7:30 pm ET on NBC). Be sure to follow @NDMonogram as it will be another busy time on campus, with members of the 1988 squad returning to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their national championship. In the meantime, we’ll leave you with one last recap from the Lone Star State, courtesy of the University of Notre Dame video team.