College sports are all about tradition. And hardly any school values its tradition as much as Notre Dame.
ESPN has put together the ultimate Bucket List, which consists of places and traditions that you must see at some point in your life.
Naturally, Notre Dame makes this list, with the pregame sites and sounds of the South Bend, Ind., campus serving as a must-see event for any college football fan.
As colleague Ivan Maisel writes:
The charm of spending an autumn Saturday at Notre Dame lies in a walk across the L-shaped quad. Around Notre Dame Stadium, the icons abound. Statues of legendary coaches surround the stadium. Above them all is Touchdown Jesus.
Based on the interactive map, I have some catching up to do.
Still, in addition to spending most fall Saturdays the past two years at Notre Dame, I've been fortunate enough to have also seen Villanova play at the Palestra, have covered a game at Purdue (though I have never dressed like it was Halloween … nor have I hit the bars at 7 a.m., for that matter), have covered a Final Four, have witnessed the Dotting of the "i" at Ohio State from about seven stories high and have sat a few sections behind "The Izzone" for a Spartans game. I can also usually still hear "The Victors" ringing in my head for weeks after covering games at Michigan.