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the working theory

by Mike (bart), Monday, December 04, 2017, 09:29 @ KGB

is that ND is the most "storied" football program. We literally have 'richness of narrative' sewn into our institutional DNA, both as a university and especially as a football program & fanbase, and in team specific and general media as well.

ND is the P5 school in which football players are more closely enmeshed within the general student body

Thus, the ND players are constantly immersed (voluntarily or not) in these enriched narratives which are, succinctly, "ND is Back!™" and "ND is a Fraud!™"

Because football is hard, the former narrative makes us susceptible to the latter, and once adverse events unfold, the latter narrative becomes a sure nuisance to performance.

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