Football and Fly-Overs

I’m what you would call a nervous football fan.

When my beloved Notre Dame is playing, I want to watch the game but sometimes I can’t. Apparently I don’t have a very strong constitution when it comes to gridiron competition.

Why do I care so much?

My life, the life of all other fans and even the lives of the players and coaches will go on – win or lose.

Why do I pace and fret, watching every single 3rd down play (or God forbid 4th down and we are going for it) with my hands over my eyes just barely peeking out between my fingers?

Pride? Devotion to my alma mater? Insanity? All of the above?

My most common way to mitigate the stress of dramatic games is to do laundry. From the laundry room I can avoid seeing each play while still being able to hear the play-by-play and Peter’s reactions. Our laundry basket is always empty in the fall.

This past Saturday I discovered a new way to distract myself while watching a tense game of Notre Dame football on TV.

The Blue Angels

From the balcony of our apartment we had a bird’s eye view and almost front row seat to the MCAS Miramar Air Show.

This is WAY better than doing laundry.

On Saturday, Notre Dame played Stanford. It was a big game and we knew that the Cardinals were going to be a very, very tough opponent. Peter was pacing and I was fretting even before kick off.

Side note: I don’t consider myself to be a fair weather fan in the “my team isn’t winning so I no longer love them” kind of way but I am definitely a fair weather fan in the “it is sleeting/lightning/20 below zero so I’m going to leave the stadium and watch this game from inside” kind of way.

As good as the game on Saturday was, I’m glad I was watching it from the comfort of my living room and not from the stands in Notre Dame stadium where it was pouring rain with a wind chill of 31 degrees.

Among the fans that braved the elements were friends of Annie and Jerry’s; lifelong fans attending their first Notre Dame game. In spite of the fact that they couldn’t feel their toes by the fourth quarter, they witnessed a great game and a victory which definitely makes the cold weather not seem quite so cold.

A couple of shots of whiskey helps, too.

But back to the game day scene in San Diego.

Through most of the first three quarters, Notre Dame and Stanford were engaged is a close, defensive battle.

We were down, we were tied, we intercepted a pass, we missed a field goal, we made a field goal to take the lead then, with 3:01 left in the game, Stanford scored a touchdown to go ahead 14 – 10.

Up until this time I had been dashing back and forth between watching the TV and watching the air show. Sky-writers, helicopters, jets that blasted off leaving a fiery tail, more jets screeching across the sky and some doing loop the loops. Quite a show!

loop the loop

But at this point, with three minutes left in the game and Notre Dame needing a touchdown to win, I couldn’t take it any more. I stepped out on the balcony, closed the sliding door and watched the planes as the minutes ticked away.

Then I caught a glimpse of Peter jumping up and down, fist pumping and pointing to the TV.

With one minute to go, on a 4th and 11 yards to go play, Notre Dame SCORED!

Notre Dame 17 – Stanford 14.

A few seconds later the AWESOME Blue Angels did a fly-over directly above our heads.

Notre Dame wins! Amazing!

The perfect icing on the cake of a Notre Dame football victory.

Thank you Blue Angels and thank you MCAS Miramar.

Next week I will be back to doing laundry. If you have any extra, send it my way. The football season is not even half over and I have a feeling I’m going to need it.

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  1. Being ranked brings a whole lot of stress because every game is a must win. I will be the crazy one sitting in Spartan stadium no matter the weather. And you are right – a shot or two of something strong helps a lot 🙂

    • I was thinking about you when I wrote the post, especially the part about sitting in the cold. I applaud your perseverance! And yes, the good news/bad news of being ranked is that every game is THE game!
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  2. I love the way you watch football games!!!
    I’m like you – I support my team (Texas Longhorns) and I love football but I don’t do snow and ice and cold!!
    Air Shows are always amazing!! We haven’t had one here in about 12 years but the last 2 we had Chris was in charge of putting together – fun because we got to meet all the pilots. Sad because 2 of them have died in the last number of years (plane crashes at shows – horrible). And, because I don’t want to end this on a down note – one of our friends (a guy Chris was in pilot training with) was a ThunderBird for a couple years (they just do a year or 2 stint).
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    • So sorry about the ones who lost their lives. I am in awe of all the amazing pilots and their incredible skill and focus. This air show was cancelled last year because of the government sequestration so everyone was glad to have it back this year!
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  3. I’ve always loved air shows. I am one of those football fans that only watch it once a year for the Superbowl commercials. If I went to ND I think I would feel differently! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • One of my favorite things about Notre Dame football is that it brings our group of pals together, sometimes in person when we attend games together and otherwise via a flurry of texts between everyone as we analyze the results. Happy Friday!
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  4. Well this might lead to a parting of our ways – hubby got his MBA at BC.

    • My sister worked at BC for over 25 years so I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for your hubby’s alma mater. Except when we play each other and then I don’t! I would love to attend the ND vs BC game in Fenway Park next fall but tickets will be impossible to get!
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  5. My brother is going with his buddies to DC to watch the Notre Dame game this weekend! It’s his birthday weekend too, so jel! Love the Blue Angels! Laundry is the best way to distract you from a potential game loss haha!
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  6. When I’m watching sports I have my laptop open so I can distract myself if things get tense. But I’ve been known to leave the room, too 🙂
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  7. I’m not a fair weather fan either, but I must say I enjoy curling up on the couch and watching just as much as I enjoy going to the stadium. Which is good for me, because between my kids and my husband, I only get to go to two games a season!

    My husband has seen the Blue Angels’ air show; he says it’s amazing.
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    • It’s a trade off, right? The warmth and comfort of seeing a game from your home with the bonus of instant replay vs braving the elements but getting to experience the energy and oneness of the crowd.
      The Blue Angels – heck, all the pilots – are truly amazing!
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  8. You and I are some kind of twisted-up six degrees of separation. I grew up in Pensacola with the Blue Angels practicing over my backyard, so I feel like they are “my” planes! I’m a regular at their shows, and taught school where their children attended, and they would buzz our playground!
    As far as football . . . I feel the exact same way, but I usually slink down behind a book or magazine and peer over the edge. I also get up and make snacks in the kitchen when I can’t stand it anymore. My family loves it when that happens.
    The only slight twist that I hate to mention, because in another week, we’ll be head-to-head on the field, is that I’m a Florida State Seminole! We are debating now as to whether or not to try to go over to the Notre Dame game in Tallahassee or not. Tickets are hard to find and hotels are booked. But if I’m cowering in the kitchen, I’ll think of you in the laundry room!
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    • A playground fly-over by the Blue Angels?! That would be amazing!
      I was born in St. Petersburg and considered going to FSU. Several of my oldest and dearest friends are Seminoles so I’m used to this kind of friendly competition! We will be at a wedding during the game so, thanks to my cousins, I will be dancing rather than doing laundry during the ND vs FSU game. I’m not sure that my husband has made that connection yet…
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  9. I love the way you told this story, Mo. I could feel the suspense right along with you! And loved the peek at the Blue Angels. And the added bonus of an offer to do laundry?? I love it. Where should I ship it – I’m glad to “help” you out!! And go Notre Dame!
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    • Hahaha! I was reliving the stress as I wrote the post – now that is truly crazy! It just occurred to me that for the last several weeks of the season, I will be at my daughter’s – up to my eyeballs in new baby laundry! I may have to rescind my offer to you and my other readers!
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  10. I think we’re very similar in the way we root for our teams! I don’t quite understand why I get all tied up in knots – does it really make any difference in my life, win or lose? Oh well – the planes were an awesome distraction!

  11. Oh, Mo, I know exactly what you mean about watching football! I am a NY Giants fan through thick and thin, and definitely pace, fret, etc. But, I can’t leave the room. I’ll be happy to send you my family’s laundry!
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    • For some reason I have a little easier time when watching my Chicago Bears. Like you, I still pace but I don’t usually hide in the laundry room. Maybe it’s because the players are grownups and getting paid big bucks to do their job?
      PS I’m watching your Giants right now and I can only imagine you are fretting!
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  12. we just saw the blue angels today. amazing as always.
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  13. I love the way you love and watch games!
    I have absolutely no interest in football.. at all.. but I like that people do. If that makes sense. I like spirit. And I like parties with football food. That’s the truth.
    The blue angels sound amazing.

    • My son-in-law did not grow up as a football fan and is highly amused by the family he married in to. When we attend ND games in person we attend the tailgate party of our friends who bring football food to an art form. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
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  14. That is AMAZING! I feel like Notre Dame and the Blue Angels totally hooked up to give you the best Saturday ever! :)-Ashley
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    • They sure did, Ashley! One of the Blue Angel pilots is an ND grad. It’s almost like he was watching the game in his cockpit and did the fly-over in celebration! But I’m guessing not. It probably takes a tiny bit of focus to keep your jet just inches from the others while traveling a million miles an hour.
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