Following Flynt - Almost Bowl Time...

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Fighting Irish Digital Media intern Josh Flynt ('11) continues to provide the inside scoop on the Notre Dame football program. He will have a series of updates as the Irish get ready for the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando, Fla.

After a night of bowling, go-karting and mini golfing at Strikes & Spares, the Notre Dame football team had one final practice in South Bend this morning before players were dismissed for a short holiday break.

Just a few minutes ago, the football equipment truck, more affectionately known as "ND1," begun the journey south. After some much deserved family time, the team will reconvene in Orlando on Christmas Eve. In many ways, the team hotel in Florida will be swapped for the Gug here on campus. From position meetings to team meals and a players' lounge, the Irish will feel right at home, even though they will be more than a thousand miles from the comfort and familiarity of South Bend.

I've never been to a bowl game before, but will be making the trip this year. Even before leaving Indiana, I've realized that while the ultimate goal is to come home with a win, the bowl experience is about much more than simply the game itself. The team has been, and will continue to be, focused on beating Florida State next Thursday, but the players will also get a chance to enjoy some time in the Sunshine State.

There will be a lot going on throughout the week and beginning on Friday, Dec. 23, I hope to provide many updates regarding the on- and off-the-field happenings of the Irish in orlaNDo. Look for the latest on my Twitter account, be sure to keep an eye on the football Facebook and YouTube pages and check back right here at Irish UNDerground.

Get your bowling shoes ready. Go Irish.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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