There is a joyous madness about College Football in America and the ESPN College Gameday show taps into that at source. The pre-game show is coming to Dublin next August for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Navy and Notre Dame and they are having a dry run in a city-centre pub in Dublin this Saturday.
The show is noted for the colour and flavour of the outfits worn and banners flown by fans in the background as the presenters roll through what lies ahead for the day of sport that effectively stops a big part of America in its tracks.
This weekend they will be promoting the Dublin game, taking place on the last Saturday of next August at the Aviva Stadium with a cutaway to the Woolshed Baa (sic) and Grill on Parnell Street.
We can see the idea of students being encouraged to go to a pub on a Saturday afternoon and make some noise as having some appeal and they will doubtless be joined by ex-pats and American tourists keen to show their colours to the folks back home.
Imagine it like Marty Morrissey showing up in a South Boston Bar for some vox pop interviews to be broadcast live on the Sunday game and you get the picture.
It promises to be a riot of colour and noise. There may be references to shamrocks and leprechauns but hopefully, the only one to the Fightin’ Irish will be in relation to the established nickname of Notre Dame.
If you want to pop along and make some noise you are asked to get there by 1530 with the live segment going out across the US at around 1600.
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