The grotto at Notre Dame caught on fire Monday night. According to numerous reports, no one was hurt and flames were quickly extinguished by the campus fire department and the school said they believe the fire wasn’t intentional. There was charring inside the grotto, which was built in 1896 and is a one-seventh version of the Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in France where it is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette on 18 occasions in 1858. Visitors may still pray at the shrine’s perimeter.
According to an excerpt of "Notre Dame's Grotto" posted on the school's website, the grotto caught fire in September 1985 when it was loaded with candles. Notre Dame was playing Michigan State that weekend.
Notre Dame won, 27-10.
This Sunday night, new coach Brian Kelly will be throwing out the first pitch and singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are eight games under .500 and manager Lou Piniella can’t take it anymore and is retiring at season’s end. Kelly says he will “bring the heat.”
Joe Montana’s son Nate, a backup quarterback to Dayne Crist, was one of 11 players arrested last week for underage drinking. Some of the others were wide receivers Robby Toma, Tai-ler Jones, linebacker Steve Filer, kicker Nick Tausch, cornerback Lo Wood and offensive linemen Chris Watt and Tate Nichols.
“I’m thankful it wasn’t an event that was larger in scale that could have been catastrophic,” Kelly said.