There is a scene in the movie "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" in which actor Richard Kiley parades around his living room in a Notre Dame letterman's jacket. Later in the movie, his daughter, played by Diane Keaton, screams that she hates Notre Dame football.
There were cheers from the movie audience here for Kiley's jacket, but there were resound hoots and howls at Keaton's remarks.
A theatre in South Bend on the eve of the Notre Dame - Southern California football game is no time foranyone to speak unfavorably about Notre Dame football, not even a star.
"That one time line will cost her the Oscar," a Notre Dame student bellowed.
That is what it is like here on the weekend of the biggest home game of the season in South Bend.
The only available hotel or motel rooms are no closer than 30 miles and the No.1 greeting in this friendly town isn't "how are you," but "do you have any tickets?"
There was even sign taped on the registration desk of a local motel saving that someone was willing to trade four tickets to next Saturday's Navy game for one to today's USC game.
There were no takers.
Where there is usually one pep rally on Friday night before home games, there were two before this one, one Thursday and another Friday night, when more than 10,000 showed up.
"The whole school is psyched up for this game," said senior accounting major Tim Bourret. "The school has changed with the times, but the tradition is still here. Football is it."
With all of the excitement going on, one forgets that Notre Dame is still relatively small school. There are only 6,600 undergraduates.
"It's just that every single one of them gets involved in the athletic teams," Bourret said.
Even Ara Parsghian, the former coach, here, has been roaming the halls in the Athletic and Convocation Center for three days, glad-handing everyone in sight.
"This has been a pretty crazy week," said Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana. "But all of this excitement and everything is what made me want to come here, I love it."
"I don't know if I can stand all of this, I just want the game to get started," linebacker Bob Golic kept muttering as he waited to give another of what to him seemed like one long endless interview Friday.
"There's just a lot more tension this week than I've felt before. It's just been so hard to get a loose feeling."
Even the normally sedate coach Dan Devine has gotten worked up this week.
"I don't know what it is and I can't explain it, but something has come over me and all of us this week. I guess it's the NOtre Dame tradition. It may be intangible, but it's there".
Notre Dame Stadium is in a class by itself. The 59,075 that craminto it every Saturday seem like they are sitting right on the field.
In fact, some of them almost are. There is only a slim three-yard border separating them from the sidelines.
When the Irish came into the stadium today their fans went crazy. For the first time since 1963, Notre Dame wore green jerseys rather than its normal dark blue.
Score a psychological point for Dan Devine for that ploy.
UCS coach John Robinson, bringing a team here for the first time tried to down play the scene. "What makes it tough at South Bend, is not the stadium or the atmosphere, but the Notre Dame football players," he said."They're pressy doggone good. Sure they have a great atmosphere and a super enthusiastic following, but getting a chance to come in and play in this stadium shouldn't do anything but excite a visiting team."
Golio sees it differently.
"One time last yer during a game I thought what it would be like to line up against NOtre Dame in this stadium in a big game. It scared even me."