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Hear It From a Student - Riding the Wave

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Saturday's game was anything but boring. Any lack of suspense was overshadowed by pure offensive firepower. The Irish scored a touchdown on all six of their first-half possessions, gained 560 yards of offense and scored 59 points.

When the game was well in hand in the second half, though, apparently many fans were not content to find amusement watching the game in front of them. They awed and cheered as "the wave" made its way several times around the stadium.

I am not a fan of the wave, so I don't want to say there is a right time and a wrong time to do it.

The right time is "never" and the wrong time is "ever."

Yet, I also recognize some times are better than others. Media time outs are the best, followed by when we're on defense.

The worst time is when the Irish are on offense. Our offense requires quick no-huddle signals from the coach and verbal checks by the quarterback. Having the crowd stand up and cheer is distracting for the team.

Unfortunately, this is when the crowd (urged by the student section) chose to create its own little game, opposing Notre Dame's tradition that I thought surpassed any other school. There's a reason we don't have a jumbotron, we don't leave the game early and we don't wave maize-colored pom-poms. This is Notre Dame.

Worse, though, is that the wave is disrespectful. It tells the players (who have built up this comfortable lead through stellar play) that you're bored. It says that what is going on during the game disinterests you to the point that you need to find your own form of entertainment. It's an insult and a disgrace.

The players deserve the crowd's utmost respect and attention. If three or four hours is too long, tune into NBC next time and change the channel if you get bored.

- Craig Chval ('15)

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