Lou Holtz knows how to get Notre Dame fans excited for the BCS Championship – call Mark May an asshole. Ok, so he’s quoting a bumper sticker, then relating it to May, but it’s still a rallying cry for Irish fans who’ve spent years being bashed by Holtz’s ESPN combatant.
This isn’t the first time Holtz has used this speech. May being an asshole is part of Lou’s routine.
Of course the line plays better on the beach with 20k – or so – rabid fans slamming drinks.
Alabama’s pep rally, which started Saturday at 4 p.m. on Miami Beach with little fanfare and lots of highlights, attracted a fraction of the crowd the Irish drew at 7 p.m. in the same location. Thousands of Notre Dame fans began to line up yards from the ocean almost an hour in advance to secure the best view of the stage. In fact, Miami police informally estimated the crowd at up to 20,000 attendees.
WNDU-NBC (South Bend) reports that cops estimated 40,000 fans. We’ll let the student newspaper and the TV crews fight over the number.