It’s Brendan, with an A

Last fall, a company called Bombo Sports & Entertainment contacted me about a documentary they were making on the 2006 Notre Dame football season. They wanted to know if I had any suggestions about things like fan rituals and gathering places for them to film, and they also wanted to interview me, to include the perspective of the “Irish Trojan” in their movie. (I’m sure this will go over very well with the ND Nation crowd. … In fact, I warned them that some die-hard Domers would hate them for including me. But they wanted to anyway.) They ended up interviewing me several times, and micing me up during the North Carolina game…

…and filming me, and the people around me in the student section, from afar. I thought the whole thing was a little silly, frankly — I’m hardly the best representative of your typical ND fan, if that’s what they were looking for — but I didn’t see any compelling reason not to go along with what they wanted to do, so I did.

Well, the movie is out. It’s called “Tradition Never Graduates: A Season Inside Notre Dame Football.” Bombo contacted me last week to get my address so they can send me a copy. I haven’t seen it yet, but one of my NDLS professors e-mailed me this afternoon to tell me that someone had sent her a copy, and it lists me as one of the DVD’s “bonus features” … but the description spelled my name in MSNBC style: “The Irish Trojan: Brandon Loy explains what it’s like to be on both sides of the Notre Dame vs. USC rivalry.” [UPDATE: Confirmed here.]

Between the numerous e-mails we exchanged and the fact that my website’s primary domain name is, you’d think they’d have been able to get the spelling right. In fact, the e-mail they sent me was addressed to “Brendan.” But I guess whichever department does the printing missed that memo. Oh, well.

In other ND/USC news: staying in South Bend for the ND-USC game in October is a wee bit expensive:

In South Bend, the nightly rates at the Marriott hotel — normally in the $169 to $189 range — run up to $649 the night before a game. When top-ranked Southern California visits Oct. 20, guests must stay a minimum of three nights. The story is similar at other hotels.

(Hat tip: Andrew Leyden.)

9 Responses to “It’s Brendan, with an A”

  1. Marty West says:

    I’m sorry to see they spelled your name wrong Brandon. I mean Brendon isn’t a hard name to spell.

  2. David K. says:

    Congrats Brandon! errr… Brendan :)

    RE: The Hotels thing, it may be technically legal, but that sort of thing has always seemed rather shady to me.

  3. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    Just change your name, already.

  4. Bea says:

    How unproffesional to misspell your name on such a big project. People do it with me all the time. My email and my email signature are all over the email, but they manage to spell my name Beatrice in the email body. Makes no sense. I hate to see it misspelled. I can handle mispronounced, because it can be hard to say it right, but misspelled is just oversight and unproffesional.

    As for the hotel, it’s the same concept of high season/low season. It sucks to pay three times as much, but it’s not shady, it’s what hotels do: price according to the season.

  5. Lisa says:

    Did I ever send you the pics I took of them micing you at the NC game last year?

  6. Brendan Loy says:

    Yes, indeed you did, Lisa – thanks for the reminder. I knew I had seen a picture of that somewhere, but I couldn’t remember where. I looked in my iPhoto Library and it wasn’t there, so I gave up on trying to find it and blog it… but then your comment reminded me that it was in an e-mail message from you, so I just uploaded it and added it to the post. :)

  7. Antonia says:

    Please tell me they paid you!

    How impossible is it to be talking on screen in TWO films and NOT get paid.

    Baby needs new shoes!

  8. Alasdair says:

    The RATS ! Did they really mice you, Branden ?