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ND kicks off 2014 season with changes

first_imgNotre Dame students began this year’s football season with ponchos and umbrellas, cheering the Irish to victory in the face of stormy weather and recent game-day changes made by the University.This weekend, Notre Dame not only debuted uniforms from Under Armour and a new turf field, but also instituted a system which allows students to forgo the traditional ticket booklet in favor of electronic tickets on their smartphones.Emily McConville Freshman Enrique Pajuelo said he appreciated the convenience of the “etickets,” even though the new procedure was not completely foolproof.“I’ve been told by sophomores that [in the past] you had to carry all the tickets with you all the time, so with the phone it was easier, but the main problem was that almost all iPhones run out of battery really fast,” he said.Although she agreed the electronic tickets were convenient, senior Annie Plachta said she was disappointed that she would now be unable to have a booklet as a reminder of her last football season at Notre Dame.“I have three ticket booklets from freshman, sophomore and junior year, so I kind of wanted the fourth one to complete the four years,” Plachta said. “It’s kind of sad to have the eticket instead of the booklet.”The new Under Armour uniforms, on the other hand, were a good change, junior football captain and defensive lineman Sheldon Day said.“[The new uniforms were] excellent, especially with the nice, tight fit around the body. You’re just feeling good,” he said.The changes made to the uniforms were not obvious from the student section, however, junior Abbey Dankoff said.“I don’t think there’s that much difference,” she said. “If there was, you couldn’t tell. I’m pretty pumped about the Shamrock Series uniforms though. I think Under Armour has taken the design to a new level.”While the switch to Under Armour is not necessarily apparent from the student section, it is very clear while shopping at the bookstore, Plachta said.“What’s in the bookstore this year is so much better than what they’ve had in the past,” she said. “I don’t remember Adidas having anything cool like [what they have now], especially for women. The women’s stuff tends to be subpar to the men’s, and I thought Under Armour did a really good job.”As for field changes, Day said the new turf made play easier.“Definitely, feeling faster, quicker, more explosive is a good feeling,” he said.Freshman Ivan Carballude said it was unfortunate that Notre Dame had to give up the traditional grass.“I liked having the grass,” he said. “We have such an old stadium, and it’s so traditional … having the grass, and being one of the last teams to have grass was really nice.”Dankoff, though, said the switch to turf was long overdue.“I think that it just allows for a better-played game,” she said. “The athletes don’t have to worry about slipping in mud, don’t have to worry about puddles on the field. … It’s kind of ridiculous. We were one of the only teams to still have grass, and it’s just the way the game is evolving. It’s not that it takes away from the tradition of the stadium.”Junior Megan McCuen echoed the thoughts of many students regarding the new turf and game-day changes in general.“I thought it would look worse with the turf instead of the grass since grass is such a tradition, and it’s so natural — a Notre Dame kind of thing,” she said. “But I guess it proved that even though there are changes, change can be good.”Tags: 2014, Changes, etickets, football, Under Armourlast_img read more

‘Better than Pele, Messi, Ronaldo combined’: How Crystal Palace fans reacted to Jordan Ayew’s goal

first_imgTWO AND A HALF MILLION POJNDS— bailey (@DutchFullback) March 7, 2020 I love this man so much— Valentino (@val_cpfc) March 7, 2020 Jordan Ayew has undoubtedly been Crystal Palace’s player of the season so far.Jordan’s last-minute winners, magnificent strikes and work rate this season have greatly endeared the Ghanaian striker to the Palace fans.And having scored the winning goal for the Eagles, for two straight weekends now, Palace fans can’t get enough of the Black Stars forward.His goal against Watford on Saturday, a brilliant strike, was the only one in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win over the Hornets.Having come at a time where Palace were being dominated, Palace fans went crazy on social media, praising Jordan Ayew for his important strike. THE KINGGGGGG— ` (@BrCPFC) March 7, 2020 🐐🐐🐐— Dan Tennant (@Dan_Tennant_) March 7, 2020 Think I’m ready for a Jordan Ayew tattoo.— Amie (@AmieElle) March 7, 2020 Its Jordan Ayew again and again and againMake that 8 in the League this season— The Fundamentals (@KojoNketsia) March 7, 2020 Jordan Ayew is truly in form chale. he just keeps scoring .Messi’s role model— Enarya🍒💎 (@iamowusuaa) March 7, 2020JORDAN AYEW RUNS THIS TOWN – Benteke assist again 😍😍😍— mitch (@electricwilf) March 7, 2020center_img Jordan Ayew doing Jordan Ayew things from the flanks where he hates!— j hus stan account (@_Ch33rMan) March 7, 2020The goal was Jordan Ayew’s eighth of the Premier League season and his 24th overall in the English top-flight.It makes him the joint-best goalscoring Ghanaian in Premier League history. What’s the Secret about this Jordan Ayew… I watched him played last week.. and the Truth needs to be told. He is Priceless… What a Complete Player..— Jane Ashley ❤️ (@JaneAsh12365348) March 7, 2020 >>>>pele and Messi and Ronaldo combined— Austin (@daltillidie) March 7, 2020 Jordan Ayew finally with the goal to go level with Tony Yeboah for most goals scored in the EPL: 2️⃣4️⃣.— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) March 7, 2020 He is better than Kane— ok (@imB30067761) March 7, 2020 PRINNNCCEEE pic.twitter.com/uZJB5rsPUU— jayden (@localpla2tic) March 7, 2020last_img read more