South Bend has golden dreams
• 11 national championships, • Seven Heisman Trophies, • The two coaches with the highest football winning percentage in both college and pros (Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy).
Pride and passion: If you've ever been to a game on a Saturday morning with the leaves turning color, it's a special experience. And for those of you who say that Lambeau has a long sellout streak, Notre Dame has been sold out for decades, too.
Performance: No other team in college football has performed as well over the years as Notre Dame.
Notre Dame women's basketball makes it to the NCAA Tournament every year and won a national title in 2001.
Our high school sports are also top notch. St. Joseph High School football made it all the way to the 2007 state finals and won a state championship in 1995.
Our minor league baseball team, the South Bend Silver Hawks just won title in 2006.
St. Joseph's has also had a state champion in swimming and state finalists in track in 2007. It also had a string of three state championship appearances in four years in girl's basketball. Can't leave out Washington High School, or as they also call it the "Pride of the Westside," [which] is home to one of the top upcoming talents in women's basketball in Skylar Diggins. They have made it to the state title game the last three years.
I can't fail to mention that the great John Wooden taught English and coached basketball at South Bend Central High School. His high school coaching record was 218-42.
Also Digger and Lou served tours of duty in South Bend, and their resumes here can speak for themselves.
We also have the College Football Hall of Fame.
South Bend may not have the professional teams that these other cities have, but we excel at everything we have. We love our teams.
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