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Five old Notre Dame Football photos for a Friday — All the flags

They flap in the wind

University of Notre Dame vs Michigan State University
View of The Irish Guard of Notre Dame marching band, wearing Notre Dame Plaid tartan, unfurling American flag before game vs Michigan State at Notre Dame Stadium. South Bend, IN 9/21/2013 CREDIT: Jeff Haynes
Photo by Jeff Haynes /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

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 offseason.

I was going to do a captain themed post today in honor of the new seven Notre Dame Football captains — but the pickings were slim with that search word. I’m lazy and didn’t want to get too intricate with my search, so let’s do flags. Who can argue with that?

A lot

I believe this was from the 2001 game against the Michigan State Spartans. That’s a lot of flags which just proves that you can be very patriotic without playing Navy.

Mich St v Notre Dame X Fans

Young Fave ain’t a rapper

While technically not really “old” I’m including this flag pic because I love it. One of my low-key favorite parts about Notre Dame Stadium are the opponent pennants that fly up there. It has that old school feel, so this young fave totally counts.

Clemson v Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 07: Pennants for Notre Dame and Clemson fly over the north end of Notre Dame Stadium with the Basilica of the Sacred Heart steeple and the Golden Dome in the background before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Clemson Tigers on November 7, 2020 in South Bend, Indiana.
Photo by Matt Cashore-Pool/Getty Images


Notre Dame, at times, appears to to look a little snobbish when it comes to opponents and the stadiums they travel to during the season. Neutral site games are often suggested against teams with smaller stadiums — but I like a game or two inside a cozy confine.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Wake Forest
Sep 22, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot runs the flag across the end zone in the fourth quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field.
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The lot

One of my favorite things about going to Notre Dame football games is the parking lot and all of the tailgaters. I normally park in Innovation Park, and there’s a spot when you are walking up to the stadium where the lot gets in full view — and all of these tailgates with all of these flags blast the goosebumps up and down the spine.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 30 Miami OH at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 30: A detailed view of several flags are seen being flown by a Notre Dame Fighting Irish tailgate tent prior to the start of the college football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Miami Redhawks on September 30, 2017, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN.
Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images


My favorite Notre Dame flag ever. That’s all I have to say about it.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish v USC Trojans
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 21: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun mascot carries a flag onto the field during the game against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 21, 1989 in Los Angeles, California. The Irish defeated the Trojans 28-24.
Photo by Bernstein Associates/Getty Images