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Five old Notre Dame Football photos for a Friday — Military Might

Bless your life from the ground to the stratosphere

Beau Morgan
Beau Morgan... Always.

Happy Friday everyone! I have access to thousands and thousands of Notre Dame Fighting Irish photos, and will never use a small fraction of those on this site. The thing is though — I want to, and I’m going to give it a solid shot as a way to bless the beginning of the weekend throughout the season.

Notre Dame is unique in the power five world. The Irish have a strong history of playing football against the military academies over the last century — so let’s take a look.

Saddle Stuff

Notre Dame is widely famous thanks to its games against West Point, and an argument can be made that without those games against the Army Black Knights way back when — the Notre Dame football program wouldn’t be where they are today. Makes you wonder why Notre Dame doesn’t feel the obligation to play the troops every year. While the Irish made the Four Horsemen popular worldwide, Army’s mule did twice the grunt work.

The West Point mascot mule is paraded at the Notre Dame-Army
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 29: The West Point mascot mule is paraded at the Notre Dame-Army game at Yankee Stadium.
Photo by John Tresilian/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Air Power

Air Force is the only academy that flexes hard enough to force Notre Dame to play on THEIR home turf. You can’t put a F22 Raptor in neutral, and you can’t make this game be played in Chicago, or San Antonio, or San Diego, or wherever. That’s power.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish v Air Force Falcons
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, CO - NOVEMBER 11: Wide receiver Rhema McKnight #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish eludes the grasp of Drew Fowler #33, Aaron Kirchoff #23, and Chris Sutton #6 the Air Force Falcons for a touchdown in the first quarter on November 11, 2006 at Falcon Stadium on the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Notre Dame defeated Air Force 39-17.
Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Pimp

The Notre Dame / Army game was so popular that they were doing Goodyear blimp photos before there was even a Goodyear blimp.

Army v Notre Dame
BRONX, NY - OCTOBER 29: Aerial view of Yankee Stadium during the Army Black Knights game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Yankee Stadium on October 29, 1938 in the Bronx, New York.
Photo by Seelig/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Outlined against a green out

It’s not really an old picture — but it’s just so pretty that I’d thought I’d share.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 01 Michigan at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 01: The U.S. Air Force color guard marches before the start of a game between the Michigan Wolverines (14) and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12) on September 1, 2018 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Aim high — fly higher with irony

Check out Corey Robinson outjumping Airman McHenry here. I bet Corey’s father is proud — whoever he may be.

Air Force vs. Notre Dame
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - OCTOBER 26: Corey Robinson, left, Notre Dame, makes a catch against Gavin McHenry, Air Force, and runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter of play at Falcons Stadium Saturday afternoon, October 26, 2013.
Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images