Jimmy Clausen. What an embarrassment. You might expect such idiocy from a 22-year-old rookie, but Clausen is closer to 30 than he is 20. It’s time to grow up. Maybe start by ditching the -my and just going by the name Jim.
Some Notre Dame fans will get a particular kick out of a T-shirt Clausen wore recently. Catholics vs. Cousins, it says, mocking the supposed inbreeding that takes place in Alabama.
How unfunny can a T-shirt designer get? What’s next, jokes about the church paying off the families of little boys who were molested by priests. What, you don’t find that funny? Exactly. It’s not. But there’s a good chance that’s the message coming soon from Alabama fans (many of whom are Catholic, of course).
Now, I’m no Alabama fan. In fact, I would go so far as to say I loathe Alabama football. But the inbred southerner jokes are tired — especially when stamped on a T-shirt that boldly proclaims Catholicism. Folks, it doesn’t get any more inbred than early Roman Catholicism. Do they not even have a sense of their own history?
In all fairness, not everyone will share my opinion about this T-shirt. The phrase is kind of catchy — maybe it’s the sing-song alliteration. It’s a play off of a similar shirt (Catholics vs. Convicts) that was designed in 1988, when Notre Dame played powerhouse Miami for similar bragging rights, so perhaps it’s a little bit clever.
Sure, it’s all in good-spirited fun, just like the beat-down that Notre Dame will endure in the BCS National Championship Game on January 7th. But Jimmy Clausen? Really? The guy who never plays for the Carolina Panthers? Is he really the guy Notre Damn fans want championing their cause?
Clausen initially showed off this T-shirt via tweet, but has since taken it down.