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surrounded by his beloved "little princes." These were his
grade school students who were called "Minims."
No one knows exactly how
Notre Dame's Fighting Irish got their name. Admittedly, four Irish brothers
did aid Founding Father Sorin in establishing the University. The
French-born Sorin, however, was never very fond of Celts. "Not inclined
to obedience," was his comment on the Irish.
When a 1904 Milwaukee Sentinel noted the school's line-up of "Fighting
Irishmen," nobody noticed. Early newspapers commonly referred to the
football team as the Notre Dames or Notre Damers, the Gold and Blue,
Warriors, Domers, Benders and South Benders, Hoosiers, and Catholics.
Playing without a home stadium for over forty years, Notre Dame was
nicknamed the Nomads and Ramblers. (One sportswriter called them the Road
Scholars.) Rockne's teams, especially fast and flashy for their era, were
tabbed the Rockets and Blue Comets.
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