Arrogance Isn’t Bliss For Notre Dame Football

Posted: October 29, 2010 in NCAA Football
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Wow, do we live in a snobby culture or what these days?  It’s hard to understand why some people, companies, schools and sports programs live and breathe the motto “arrogance is bliss.”  It’s unfortunate that sometimes the majority have to suffer through a tragedy or death so that a point can be made to the few.  Well, yesterday a Notre Dame student died after the 50-foot tower in which he was filming the football team’s practice in blew over thanks to winds that were being reported in the 50-60 mph range.  If the weather alerts from the National Weather Center weren’t alarming enough, maybe the series of tweets sent by the Notre Dame junior should have been when he wrote on his Twitter feed:

“Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I’ve lived long enough.”

“Holy sh*t . Holy sh*t. This is terrifying.”

This senseless tragedy has to have this young man’s parents asking themselves “what the hell is wrong with Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Athletic Department?”  I have to firmly believe there is no chance in hell if the roles were reversed that Brian Kelly would have under any circumstances allowed his own son or daughter to be put up at those heights with the hurricane-like winds swirling around.  Then why Declan Sullivan? Why not?  He’s just part of the schools video department and he won’t be on the field this Saturday.  Hey life is cheap, right?

Look, I understand that Notre Dame is 4-4 and sinking faster than the Titanic, and that taking the day off doesn’t help solve their inefficient offense or lackluster defense, but for God’s sake have enough respect for your players to move it indoors.  One has to imagine that Declan wasn’t the only one who felt unsafe being in the position he was put in, but being the young responsible man that he was, he reported to work and did exactly what was asked of him and for that his life was taken far too early.

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