Saturday, January 3, 2015

Little White Mushrooms and the Fighting Irish

The Fighting Irish

What does a University have to do with these mushrooms?  Surprisingly, these mushrooms were growing in the mulch across the street from the campus when we were on our way to Kansas City in September.

The University's name comes from Notre Dame du Lac - Our Lady of the Lake and refers to the patron saint, the Virgin Mary. What was the journey from its beginnings as an all-male Catholic institution founded in 1842 to being known 
for its sports?  All its teams are known as the Fighting Irish.  The connection in the Wikipedia article was that analysts say the University promotes Muscular Christianity through its athletic programs. This is a Christian commitment to piety and physical health, a movement that came into vogue during the Victorian era. 

The largest building on campus today is the stadium - over 80,000 seats. Doesn't this indicate the significance of sports to the university. The football team has the renown of being the source of the expression "win for the Gipper".  George Gipp was the school's legendary football player during 1916-20.  His bad bad habits got the better of him.  When he was dying in 1928, the coach inspired the Notre Dame team to beat the Army team and "win for the Gipper".   The 1940 film, Knute Rockne, All American, starred Ronald Reagan as Gipp.

So back to the mushrooms across the street at the 'Mews' - what could this little white conical mushrooms be? So many pictures on google and none seem to be the same.

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