Alex Flanagan Discusses Notre-Dame Army at Yankee Stadium

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish sideline reporter and NFL Network personality Alex Flanagan discussed the upcoming college football game at new Yankee Stadium between ND and Army:

“This is historic for the players. They are extremely excited to be playing in this venue and to be a part of this storied rivalry. It’s going to be an interesting challenge to convey what they’re seeing and feeling.”

It will be the 50th time the Fighting Irish and the Black Knights have met on the football field in a rivalry that started in 1913. The old Yankee Stadium hosted 22 games between the two teams.Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline) anchor NBC Sports’ coverage.

For the Alex Flanagan photo gallery go here.

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Notre Dame-Army at Yankee Stadium: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Are you noticing a theme this week? All three of Chicago’s home college football teams are playing neutral site games in the homes of big city, big market Major League Baseball teams. For the preview of the Wrigleyville Classic between Northwestern and Illinois go here.

The ND-Army contest, the first football game of any kind in new Yankee Stadium, features one bowl eligible team and one trying to get there. And it’s opposite of what you expect. The Irish showed some fight last week, routing a top 15 ranked Utah team that was heavily favored, and ranked in the top 5 just a couple weeks ago.

Another South Bend feel good story (and Jesus knows they could use more of ’em this year) is Lake Forest product Tommy Rees, the new QB who’s getting the chance to “live his dream.” Will he lead them to 14 straight over the Cadets, obtaining that postseason berth, and the 15 extra practices that come along with it?

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Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium Field Preview (Photos)

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With the big Notre Dame Fighting Irish versus Army college football game coming up at Yankee Stadium in a couple weeks, here are some photo previews of what the field will look like

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New Yankee Stadium Ready for Notre Dame College Football (Photo)

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Here’s a sneak preview of how new Yankee Stadium will look when it hosts college football twice this year. It’ll hos the Pinstripe Bowl on December 30th, and Notre Dame vs. Army on Nov. 20th. It’s not just home to Major League Baseball anymore.

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Pressing Social Issues in Sport Part 4 of 4

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Paul M. Banks has an exclusive interview with Dave Zirin discussing the past, present and future social issues at the heart of sports

On a recent episode of “The Simpsons,” Mr. Burns bought a basketball franchise (Mark Cuban made a guest voice appearance). On that episode, Burns opened up a new arena by telling the crowd “Welcome to the American dream: a billionaire using public funds to finance a private playground for the rich.”

This joke had a lot of painful truth to it, as that’s exactly what happens in each one of our cities when a new billion dollar stadium is built. Our hard earned tax payer dollars go towards financing a private building that each one of us must pay $50 every time we want to go see the inside of it. That money could be going towards solving the health care or climate crisis; or towards our badly under-funded infrastructure, public transportation and school systems. As a sports fan and journalist, I have to put these awful truths aside in order to enjoy watching the games I love so much. I asked Zirin how most sports fans do this. Is it cognitive dissonance? How come there have been no protests or organization against these heists of public funds? citi-field

“Huge percentages of people, according to polls like Rasmussen oppose public funds for stadiums, so the sentiment is there. I think people get that they’re being screwed, but there’s very little engagement by the left towards the people who have the capacity and the experience to organize people against such a thing. With the world of sports, because you have a lot of people who see themselves as ‘on the left’ or ‘fighters for social justice:’ because they see sports as something alien to them, they have no capacity to figure out how to organize sports fans,” Zirin said.

I agree- too many leaders on the American left have overlooked sports, downplayed their importance or just conceited that arena to the right. That’s the wrong route to take and it’s a good example of why we’re in this mess.

Sportswriter Dave Zirin is the author of four books and his column, Edge of Sports, appears on Sports Illustrated’s website. He is the host of XM satellite’s weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. I asked him what his next project is all about.
“I just submitted the draft in for a book that’s going to come out on Simon and Schuster’s Scribners brand, the working title is “Bad Sports: How owners are ruining the games we love.” And it’s looking at the way pro sports owners are creating an environment for the fans that’s inhospitable and I compare them to the AIG bankers and insurance giants who have gone repeatedly for short term gain, and with few exceptions have just completely trashed the concept of stability for their sports, alienating fan bases, kids, municipalities, and doing all of this just because there are some very short term benefits for them to do so. And it’s hallowing out their sports…it’s a light read,” Zirin responded.

I have a feeling the names George Steinbrenner, Peter Angelos and Bill Wirtz might end up in this next tome.