Play Like a Champiñon Today

Everyone has an opinion about Notre Dame – it’s a binary institution. You either love them or you hate them. They are part of a select group of entities that, from an early age in life, require you to pick a side.

Pick right, you are safe.

Pick wrong, you are out of Grandma’s will.

The Yankees, The Dallas Cowboys, The Bee Gees, Port Wine, The Cable Guy.

You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em.

Thanks Steven, I never dunked before....

But whenever I see Notre Dame football, I think of mushrooms. Yeah, that’s right, mushrooms. Let me explain.

“Mushroom” in Spanish is champiñon (chahm-peen-YOHN).

And champiñon makes me think of champion.

So when I see:

I think of this:

And to the delight of all the Golden Domer-haters (and Purdue this weekend), Notre Dame, like ripe mushrooms, have the potential to stink up the joint. But on the other hand, a portobello mushroom can eat like a fine steak. I wonder which team will show up….

So who am I rooting for?

I-L-L.... I-N-I! Beat Northwestern!

Bradley Hartmann is founder and el presidente at Red Angle (, a Spanish language training firm focused on the construction industry. He likes mushrooms, The Cable Guy, and Rick Mirer. He loves his Fighting Illini. Email Bradley at and tell him which you organization is on your most-hated list.

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