Notre Dame-Miami: The Story Behind "Catholics vs. Convicts"
“Catholics vs. Convicts.” It’s a nickname more fitting for a wrestling match than a college football game.
Typically the history of college football is filled with magnanimously nicknamed classics like “The Game of the Century” or “The Tie.” The 1988 clash between No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 1 Miami (FL) was also a classic, but a “classic” nickname would never do in describing it.
This game wasn’t just a meeting of two Top 5 teams. It was a clash of cultures. Notre Dame, with its golden helmets and rich heritage, was in essence “America’s Team,” an idealized version of the sport. Miami was the brash upstart, the trash talkers, America’s Most Hated Team.
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