USC-Notre Dame Rivalry Ends With Epic "We are ND" Youtube Video Monstrosity

Reid BrooksAnalyst IApril 30, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 18:  The mascot of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish performs during the game against the Old Dominion Monarchs during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 18, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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As a fair warning, certain aspects of this article may seem graphic to many readers.

It is my unfortunate, journalistic responsibility to report on this event, but as far as I can tell, Notre Dame has officially embarrassed themselves far more than any of their football defeats (at the hands of Troy) ever could have embarrassed them.

Following the making and viral distribution of this Youtube video, it is my great displeasure to inform all Trojans everywhere that continuing to have a rivalry with Notre Dame only brings us down.

The video's poster, "NDdotEDU," disabled comments for the video, but not before various blogs had enabled readers to leave their feedback.

The initial reaction has been a mixture of confused laughter, pity, and denial.

Dr. Tom, obviously a real medical professional and a reader at, posted the following in response to the video:

"You know what? I do sort of pity them. I probably wouldn’t mind it all that much if they turned out to be pretty decent next year."

Another reader at the same blog aptly pointed out that Notre Dame is indeed a place where the cheerleaders are as mediocre as the athletics. Go Song Girls!

The response from inside the Notre Dame fan-house was pretty well summarized by reader Blex Bluger:

"I have not seen this video. I don’t want to. I don’t want to know what is going on in there. I’m just going to pretend this isn’t happening. Like Lou cheating, like the Bob Davies campaign, like me getting my diploma and knowing I had to leave college and grow up, I am just going to pretend it never happened."

Unfortunately for Notre Dame, America has now seen this video, and America does know "what is going on in there."

It was initially thought that there was a high likelihood of parody videos springing up in short order, however, most Americans are now in agreement that the video itself is either too funny or too tragic to be parodied.

As of now, no comment has been released by the USC administration or athletic department, but one would be safe in assuming shock and bewilderment is hindering due process.

Market sources are reporting that over seventy percent of living Notre Dame graduates were fired today after the video's release because of the rarely invoked "unemployable freak" clause that exists in most contracts.

More firings are expected as the video spreads, though it is likely the other thirty percent were already unemployed.

Some economists are suggesting that the job openings created from the event are a step in the right direction toward rectifying the economic crisis.

Brian Kelly's resignation is imminent and applications are expected to plummet.

Since the commenting feature is disabled for the video on Youtube, feel free to comment on it here.