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Monogram Club Musings: Navy Edition

Nov 4, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

While USC is Notre Dame’s biggest rival, Navy is its most admired. The annual matchup always makes for a memorable weekend, as the two programs have a tremendous amount of respect for one another. After last year’s game in Dublin, the Fighting Irish and Midshipmen resumed their historic series back on familiar soil this Saturday in a shootout at Notre Dame Stadium. Led by freshman running back Tarean Folston and a key fourth down stop by freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith, the Irish held on for a 38-34 victory.

It’s hard to believe, but there are only three more games left in the 2013 season, and just one home contest remains (Nov. 23 vs. BYU).

Enjoy the second-to-last Monogram Club Musings of the year!

Navy Game Notes

  • It was a special pre-game ceremony for the Monogram Club, as president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming) presented the national colors. DeMaria, who made an inspiring recovery following the tragic 1992 bus accident involving the Notre Dame women’s swimming team, currently lives in Annapolis, Md., where she and her family sponsor Naval Academy midshipmen. She was joined in the flag presentation by her “sponsor son” midshipman first class Andrew Sawyer, and Notre Dame senior Tyler Thomas, the midshipman battalion commander for Notre Dame’s Naval ROTC.


  • Following the national anthem, the sellout crowd was treated to a flyover unlike any other. The Blue Angels, Navy’s flight demonstration team, soared over Notre Dame Stadium, not once, but twice. The team included Lieutenant Commander John Hiltz, a 2002 Notre Dame graduate and former men’s basketball walk-on. Here are three angles of the incredible pre-game moment, because one video just isn’t enough.

  • The 2013 Notre Dame fencing teams were recognized during pre-game festivities for combining to take second place at the NCAA Championships in San Antonio. The men finished the season 19-7 and ranked second nationally, while the women were 26-1 and ranked first. Both squads claimed MIdwest Fencing Championships, while combining to produce nine first-, second- or third-team All-Americans.
  • As always, Notre Dame Stadium fan favorite and 2010 honorary Monogram recipient Sgt. Tim McCarthy provided an important traffic safety quip at the end of the third quarter: “Remember, when the weather is wet, never let your driving get rusty.”

Sightings Around Campus

  • 2006 honorary Monogram recipient Jeff Jeffers (’77) sat down with former captain and Irish football great Jim Lynch (’67) and his brother, Admiral Tom Lynch, who captained the Navy squad, on WNDU’s Countdown to Kickoff. Check out the interview for more on the Lynch family’s sibling rivalry.
  • Speaking of admirals, it was a special weekend for David “The Admiral” Robinson, as the game featured his alma mater against his son’s team. Earlier in the week, Robinson noted that he would be cheering for the Irish and his son, freshman wide receiver Corey Robinson, so you can bet it was a great weekend for the Hall of Fame center.

Monogram Club Events

The Navy weekend did not feature any special reunions or national championship celebrations, but Friday’s football luncheon had a unique Monogram Club flair. After guests watched a clip from Fighting Irish Digital Media’s Strong and True webisode “Earning A Monogram,” Haley joined Jack Nolan on stage in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. Watch below as she talks not only about the Club, but also the progress of her movie, and what Notre Dame and the Naval Academy mean to her family.

On Friday evening, more than 450 Monogram winners and their guests came to the Schivarelli Football Players’ Lounge to enjoy some appetizers, including chicken wings and pulled pork, and check out the locker room and tunnel. Normally reserved for football Monogram winners, the Monogram Club invited dues-paying members from all sports to enjoy the Friday reception during Navy weekend. ND Sports Blogger Aaron Horvath (@NDSportsBlogger) stopped by with the Irish football and hockey helmets, where a few guests also participated in #HelmetFriday, a unique opportunity to try on the gold helmet.

On Saturday afternoon, over 600 Monogram winners and guests attended the pre-game reception in the Monogram Room. Thanks to Monogram Club staff member Karen Demeter for selecting the delicious Italian menu, which included three types of pasta, salad, and garlic bread! Among those guests were close to 200 Monogram winners who had signed up to form the pre-game tunnel that the Irish ran through before kickoff. Check out the video below.

Once again, game day wrapped up with post-game Mass in the Monogram Room. Honorary Monogram recipient Rev. Paul Doyle, C.S.C. (’65) presided, as over 325 gathered to celebrate.

The Irish look to keep BCS hopes alive when they travel to the Steel City this weekend for a meeting with Pittsburgh (8:00 pm ET on ABC). Remember to stay tuned to the blog and follow on Twitter (@NDMonogram) — only one home game left in the 2013 season!

  1. mallen1958 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Josh’s blog captured the exciting events of the Navy Game weekend.

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