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From “Catholics Vs Convicts” To “Catholics Vs Cousins”

For those of you reading this site from points outside the SEC footprint, let me give you a simple word of advice:  It’s OK for Southerners to poke fun at inbreeding stereotypes.  It’s not OK for non-Southerners to do it.  When an outsider does it and if there’s nothing good-natured about the jab, well, it tends to get a Southern boy’s dander up.

Enter Notre Dame’s fanbase.

Back in October of 1988 — to make many of you feel old, that was four years before Johnny Manziel was born — #4 Notre Dame won a classic 31-30 contest over #1 Miami 31-30.  Thanks to some t-shirts sold in South Bend before the game, that encounter became known as the “Catholics vs. Convicts” game.  As any good sports fan knows, the Hurricanes of the 1980s had a pretty rough reputation, thus the “convicts” line.

Fast forward a quarter-century and the Irish are relevant again, preparing for a BCS title clash with Alabama next month.  With their swagger back, there’s also a new t-shirt making the rounds for Golden Domers to buy.  Former Notre Dame signal-caller Jimmy Clausen even tweeted out a photo of the design:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uh, yeah.

Now, anyone who’s ever been to touristy places like Pigeon Forge, Tennessee or Branson, Missouri knows that we Southerners often play up the hillbilly stereotype (Lord knows why).  From the weathered hats to the jugs of XXX moonshine, we bring a lot of this nonsense on ourselves.

But we don’t typically sell t-shirts suggesting we’re all inbred.  And Clausen has apparently found out the hard way that Southerners aren’t big on outsiders making jokes like that, either:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of Notre Dame supporters have rushed to Clausen’s defense on Twitter saying that Bama fans — a particularly thin-skinned bunch to begin with — need to lighten up because it’s just a t-shirt.

Well, in that spirit, we wonder if Figthing Irish fans would take offense if someone in Tuscaloosa started selling shirts featuring Alabama’s red elephants and a lecherous priest beneath the banner: “Pachyderms vs. Pedophiles.”  (Here’s guessing someone’s already got that in the works, by the way.)

Think any Notre Dame fans might see those shirts as being horribly offensive?  Yeah, we do, too.

So remember, Irish fans, when a shirt like that finds its way to the internet — if it hasn’t already — it’s just a t-shirt.  Lighten up!

 


13 comments
TrishCampbellKirkpatrick
TrishCampbellKirkpatrick

Really? I'm thinking they would like the "Pachyderms vs. Pedophiles" concept myself! In my book, they are losers regardless of Monday's score! ROLL TIDE!

sojourner
sojourner

both of clausen's older brothers played q.b. for the vols.  maybe he visited gatlinburg while he was in to watch them play and picked up the idea for the t-shirt.

fjc1109
fjc1109

Jimmy - please let me know when they start rolling out of the factory. I want mine! BTW, 'Bama, the pedophile moniker would only work if ND was a school for Catholic seminarians. Wow, now I know why my dad wouldn't let me apply to any colleges south of Delaware. You are a sharp bunch!

Dnayew
Dnayew

Holy Smokes. That might be the single most entertaining article in the history of Mr.SEC.  And just for the record - when my wife is trying to figure out why I HAVE to by a shirt that says, “Pachyderms vs. Pedophiles,” I'm blaming you, Pennington. :)

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

I am awaiting the graphics on the Tee Shirt you suggest.

bamafan4
bamafan4

A couple of things

Missouri is in the SEC, but it is not southern.

Being a Alabama native and Catholic, I can tell you that almost all of the Catholics n Alabama (and I know almost all of them in Alabama. There are not many of us.) are Alabama fans (the rest are misguided AU fans).

 

GatorBuc2
GatorBuc2

We are talking Indiana here.  Folks there go to family reunions to meet girls.

godawg
godawg

"Now, anyone who’s ever been to touristy places like Pigeon Forge, Tennessee or Branson, Missouri knows that we Southerners often play up the hillbilly stereotype (Lord knows why)."

 

It's because we learned a long time ago that it was easier to pick Yankees than pick cotton. ;-)

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

heck notre dame fans went nuts over bama's "it's better to be good than lucky" t-shirt, so it's not like they have room to tell anyone to lighten up.  besides, considering the lack of birth control, wouldn't one think that it's the catholics that are producing all the cousins?

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

@fjc1109 Makes as much sense as implying that Alabama is a school for inbreeding Brainiac.

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

 @bamafan4 Come visit us in the Ozarks and see whether or not we are Southern here is Missourah.

bamafan4
bamafan4

 @MoKelly1 I have lived in Missouri for 35 years. No "a" in Missouri. I have been to the Ozarks literally hundreds of times. A great place and greater people, but not southern.

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