Rejoice, Football Fans: Notre Dame May Be Coming To Houston

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

The eyes of millions of Houstonians were glued to ESPN last night, to see if there was a chance they would be uniquely blessed.

Sure, hundreds of thousands were just Rutgers fans, but.....okay, maybe a dozen were Rutgers fans. And maybe only a dozen more were watching the game, especially after the Scarlet Knights (that's Rutgers, btw) went up 49-0 at the half.

But Rutgers' win may mean a Very Big Thing: Notre Dame is coming to Houston to play a football game.

We'll give all you UT fans a chance to catch your breath, excited as you no doubt are to see a football team with a great tradition.

Oh, we can hear it now: Some grumblers muttering darkly about how the Irish are only 6-6, and were 3-9 last year. Think "Mackovic Era," Longhorn fans.

As far as we can remember, ND has never played in Houston, but now there's a very good chance they'll come here to play (and, let's be honest, quite possibly lose to) Rice in the Texas Bowl.

Local Irish fans will take what they can get.

Houston does play a nice part in ND lore, of course. The UH Cougars were the opponent when a frozen Joe Montana, only partially thawed out by a quick bowl of chicken soup in the locker room, led an amazing last-second comeback in one of the best Cotton Bowls ever.

The first two Texas Bowls (one featuring Rutgers!) were actually pretty entertaining events. Let's hope this one is too.

ND hatahs, bring it on.

-- Richard Connelly

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.