SOUTH BEND, IN-A report released today by Harris Polls concluded that the number of people claiming allegiance to Notre Dame football has quadrupled since the school earned a berth in the BCS National Championship Game. The survey is the largest known shift to claims to Irish heritage, as well as the only one not to occur in March.
"At the beginning of the season, we found 11% of college football fans supported Notre Dame, but presently about 44% of respondents claim that they have 'always' been 'diehard' Fighting Irish fans," noted project head Robert Lazenby. "In addition, respondents who claimed that Irish heritage was a factor in supporting Notre Dame football went from 1% in September to 29% last week."
"If these numbers pan out, we're looking at January 7 being the largest collection of non-Irish Irish supporters since St. Patrick's Day 1922, when a majority of Chicago residents went from describing the Irish as 'dirty, statue-worshipping alcoholics' on March 10, to unanimously claiming Irish heritage one week later," Lazenby concluded.
The report also predicted that while fake Irishmen will be gone come April, fake Notre Dame fans will exist until next September when the team starts sucking again.