Sports Illustrated recorded every article, photograph, and cover in the magazine’s history and provided it, free of charge, in the SI Vault. While the majority of articles clearly highlight sports, a number provide insight into the relationship between athletics and life. Regardless of the subject in a given article, the writing does a great job of capturing the spirit and mood of the time. The following articles examine Notre Dame and its place in higher education, football, and the country. Also interesting is comparing the past to the present and seeing what has or has not changed at the University. I recommend reading all four articles— but if you only choose one, read the first, which looks at the University during some trying political times in America.The Greening of the Fighting Irish
December 14, 1970—The statue of the Virgin still looks down from the famous Golden Dome, and football still dominates the autumn Saturdays at Notre Dame. But even here there is New Awareness, for the times, they are a-changing in South Bend.That Legend is Loose Again
November 7, 1966— It began with Knute Rockne during the ’20s and was carried along by Frank Leahy in the ’40s. ‘Old Notre Dame will win over all,’ the song commanded and, autumn after autumn, that is what Notre Dame did. Now, with the help of Ara Parseghian, a Biblical prophet and two talented sophomores, Terry Hanratty and Jim Seymour, that legend is loose again.Knute Would Have Agreed, Ara
December 22, 1969— In 1925 Knute Rockne, Notre Dame’s enduring saint, took the Irish to their last bowl game. Last, that is, until now. Ara Parseghian, in true Rockne style, has chosen the Cotton and top-ranked Texas.What If Notre Dame Never Won Another Game?
September 22, 1986— One day last week Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, was sitting in his campus office, directly under the Golden Dome of the administration building; classical music played, as always, softly and elegantly from across the room. In this serene and scholarly setting Hesburgh considered the question: What would it mean to the institution if the Irish never won another football game?