My wife and I saw our first ND football game in 1981, ND vs LSU, watching from the high up in the South end zone.
I had never seen anything like it. On one drive LSU started with their backs to us on about the 10. There is this indelible image in my head of Crable standing in the middle of the defense owning everything that was happening in front of him. He was daring them to take a try, and ending them quickly with punishing tackles. Fierce, tough, brass balls.
I've only missed one ND home game since then (thanks, sis, for deciding to get married on 10/15/1988).