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Northwestern goes uniform crazy for wounded veterans

For those of you who know anything about me you know my connection to veterans especially wounded veterans. So it should be no surprise that, when I saw the uniforms that Northwestern is going to be wearing against Michigan on November 16th, I was pretty excited. If you have not seen the pictures released today have no fear. I’ve got you covered.

Northwestern normally has the players names on the back of their jerseys, but against Michigan, the jerseys will have military values such as, “Courage” and “Service”. And if the uniforms themselves are not cool enough, Northwestern will be auctioning off the uniforms worn during the game, and all proceeds will go towards the Wounded Warrior project. The Wounded Warrior project helps and provides assistance to veterans who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, 10 percent of all proceeds from sales of merchandise from this uniforms will also go to the Wounded Warrior project.

Now I have already seen the critics come out of the wood works. A key issue some have with these is that there is no purple in the uniform. This is not only an issue for some critics because Northwestern’s colors are purple, but also because most veterans who benefit from the Wounded Warrior project are Purple Heart Recipients. This should be a non issue and I applaud Northwestern for going away from their traditional colors to help spread awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. Another issue I have seen people have, is that it appears the on the back on the helmet there is red splotches that look like blood. To this I say I’m glad it does. Wounded veterans have literally spilled their blood for their flag and their country and their love of country is not matched by anyone.

I have never really followed Northwestern Football. But after this gesture and their support for the Wounded Warrior Project and America’s veterans, I will be pulling for them. And when the Wildcats run out on to the field on November 16th against Michigan, ill be watching and I hope you will too.

We here at Down the Tunnel are firm supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project. If your interested in donating to the Wounded Warrior Project or just want more information please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org or click on the tab on the top of our page.

-Sgt Shamrock

BCS is ALWAYS the goal for the Irish

So this week has been a pretty slow week of work so far and thanks to technology I’ve been able to peruse the usual ND message boards to kill time. After what I saw, I really wish I hadn’t. There are actually people, and more than just a few, that actually prefer going 10-2 and NOT going to a BCS game to avoid getting blown out. That’s not a typo. Fans would actually rather the Irish go and play in some low tier Maxipad Bowl to try and get an easy win instead of playing on the national stage against a quality opponent. This is wrong. Very wrong.

Part of what makes Notre Dame what it is, is that the Irish always play one of the toughest schedules year in and year out all over the country. To put it simply, Notre Dame is never afraid to play anyone, anywhere. It’s always been that way and it damn well better stay that way. It’s part of the Notre Dame way.

Now don’t get me wrong, watching the Irish get destroyed on national TV is never fun. It sucks and I know over the last two decades fans have seen their fair share of it. I’ll never forget having to watch LSU and Jamarcus Russell, NFL bust of the century, destroy Notre Dame in the 2007 Sugar Bowl as I watched on a small TV in a government paid for hotel room the night before leaving for basic training. And watching the Irish get clocked in the mouth by Alabama in last years national championship game while watching in Afghanistan this past January was pretty damn awful too. But in no way shape or form do I ever regret playing in those games because you never know what can happen. It’s why you play the game.

Last season Louisville played Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Obviously Florida is in the SEC and obviously everyone thought they would roll over Louisville, who played in the lowly and now disbanded Big East Conference. In 2007 Boise State played Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl which projected to be a blowout win for the Sooners. Both of the underdogs, which nobody gave any chance to win, won their respective games shocking the college football world. Underdogs always have a chance, especially during bowl season.

Make no mistake, getting destroyed by Alabama was horrible. I couldn’t stand to watch and it made me sick. But in the darkness there is also light. Brian Kelly, his staff, learned that they had to have a different approach than what they had against Alabama. That loss, as bad as it was, showed the staff that changes needed to be made and a new plan for big post season games was needed. I’m not saying that Notre Dame will not ever lose a bowl game ever again, because that is not realistic. But I will say that I don’t think we will see a defeat of that margin again while Brian Kelly is the football coach at Notre Dame.

So to all Irish fans out there, who would rather play in a measly no nothing bowl instead of one last shot at a BCS bowl win, grow a pair. We are not the Big Ten, we are not the MAC, or any of these other lower tier teams and conferences. We are Notre Dame and to be the best you have to beat the best. Not by playing teams beneath you and declaring it a moral victory. The path to greatness is never easy but the taste of victory at the end is that much sweeter. Have some faith ND fans. You may just be pleasantly surprised.