Saturday, October 8, 2011
It's game day at Notre Dame Stadium
By Matt Fortuna
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Greetings from Notre Dame Stadium, where the Fighting Irish will look to win their fourth straight game against an Air Force team that runs an offense that is anything but conventional.
Amidst all the blue and green today are plenty of pink accents, as Notre Dame is wearing the adidas Breast Cancer Collection to support October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink gloves, armbands, wristbands and headbands are part of the collection, and many of the players are currently warming up in long-sleeve navy and pink t-shirts. The coaching and support staff will be wearing hats, shirts and even socks that feature pink on them as well. And I've even seen a few pink towels and such on the Air Force side as the Falcons warm up, though they wear Nike apparel.
The cause is particularly big to the family of Brian Kelly, whose wife Paqui is a two-time breast cancer survivor. Kelly wore a pink tie to his weekly news conference Tuesday and helped put everything in perspective Thursday when talking about Paqui.
"My best friend," he said. "When you have those tough days you go and see her and it makes it a lot easier."
One other thing that stands out today is the 80-degree weather. Kelly joked Thursday he would try to pitch it as a 365-day-a-year occurrence to any recruits up for this contest.
We're about an hour away from kickoff, so don't go anywhere, as I will provide live analysis throughout the afternoon.