Talk of the Town

A bit more than a month ago, just before Notre Dame’s season opener against Georgia Tech, NBC’s John Walters posed the following question:

Will freshman wide receiver Golden Tate emerge as a cult favorite, inspiring a freshman cheering section who dub themselves “Golden Taters” and toss Ore-Ida crispers after each score?

From what I’ve heard this hasn’t happened quite yet, though a recent opinion piece in the Observer - written last week, while Tate was merely “our best young kick returner,” and not yet college football’s hottest young commodity - does include in its byline the suggestion that “Golden Taters” should become a staple at ND’s dining halls. (No word on that one either.)

In any case, there’s no doubt that Golden’s been on our minds: based on a quick glance over the transcripts from Charlie Weis’s Sunday and Tuesday press conferences, I see at least six questions dealing specifically with Tate, and a quick spin on Google reveals 99 news articles and 20 blog posts that talk about the superstar frosh - all of these since Monday.

That Tate has become a hit should hardly come as a surprise to any of the nearly 20,000 people who have watched his high school highlight video.

Put all of this together and there’s reason to think that Golden Tate, and not George West, is the diminutive Irish receiver soon to be a household name.

While we’re on the subject of names, though, let me just go on the record as saying that while “Golden Boy” is definitely okay, it’s been done - more than once, in fact - and so I’d prefer something more along the lines of “Jumpman23” or even “His Airness,” though if it turns out that Adidas won’t allow those, I could definitely live with busting out a classic once again.

But all of this hype pales in comparison to what the kids at Keough Hall are up to:

I mean, you can’t be an Irish legend until you’ve been immortalized on a bestselling t-shirt, right? At present they’re available for 15 bucks via Facebook, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the parking lot a week from Saturday. Nearly 80 have been ordered already, and it’s hard to imagine that there’s a ceiling on how many of these could be sold when all is said and done.

In any case, freshmen of Notre Dame, I think it’s time to make Walters’s prediction come true.

Available at a Meyer near you, while supplies last.
Just make sure to defrost them first - we don’t want anyone to lose an eye.

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