My friend's last game
by RochesterDomer (2008-09-18 22:26:49)
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When I was a kid, before the days of the NBC contract, Notre Dame games were on cable more often than they are now. My parents didn't get cable, so I watched all of those games at my neighbor's house, Mr. Payment. He was an Irish-Canadian immigrant and loved Notre Dame football as much as anyone I know.

Some of my best memories as a kid were watching those games with Mr. Payment. He would always "send me in" to the game. If there was a big offensive play, he would ask, "can you get in there and throw a block, Joe?" I'd say I could, and if the play worked, he'd congratulate me. Now, I send my kids in the game.

When I was a teenager, Mr. Payment's son was my confirmation sponsor. I don't remember why, exactly, but Matt couldn't be there on the day of my confirmation, and Mr. Payment stood in for him. We were in the parking lot of the church listening to the ND-Tennessee game on the radio, and the confirmation mass was starting, with ND driving at the end of the game. I asked Mr. Payment what we should do, and he said, "It's Notre Dame. God'll understand." ND missed the kick to win the game, and I missed part of my confirmation. I'm glad I did.

Mr. Payment has been dying of cancer, and I went over to his place this week to watch the Michigan game with him. I asked him if he could get in there and play, and he said he'd run the defense. He did a stellar job.

I held his hand during the alma mater, and he cried during it. He knew it'd be his last one. He was right.

Thank you, team, for winning this game. It means more to me than every other ND game I've seen put together, because it was Mr. Payment's last one. You sent him out with win.



Thanks, everyone, for the kind words, thoughts, and prayers *
by RochesterDomer  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Thank you for this story. God bless you and Mr. Payment *
by Camarillo Brillo  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


That's what it's all about
by goldomer  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

what a great story.

May God bless.


We should be so lucky to have influences like that in life. *
by Tiger Stadium  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Great stuff *
by Chuck84  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Thank you Rochester. *
by nd65usn06cfp  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


God bless you, Joe.
by ndwineaux  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

That was beautiful.
May God rest the soul of Mr. Payment.
Every time they play the Alma Mater after the game, win or lose, I always cry. And I didn't even go to ND. Like me, he's another member of the "extended family" of ND, so your story brings a tear to my eye on the passing of a family member.

Thank you so much for sharing that.


Awesome. Another page to add to ND football lore. *
by The Flash  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Thank you. May God rest his soul. *
by Oldomer  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


beautiful-in his honor I hope to send my grandkids "in" for
by peruzzi  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

a play some day and I will remember you and your friend, Mr. Payment. I promise.
thanks for that


Thank you for posting that. *
by NDDL99  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


God: "I need you in Heaven, Mr. Payment."
by mkovac  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Mr. Payment: "Send me in."

RD, I absolutely love this story.

It's a bit hard to see the screen right now, however.

I'm sure you understand.


Thanks for sharing.
by dallas_subway  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

God Bless Mr. Payment.

Irish Forever


The Power of Notre Dame Football.
by goirish12  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I am sorry for your loss. He sounds like a great person.


Thank you, Joe. *
by Irish88  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


I am sorry for your loss, God Bless Mr. Payment
by JC  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

You are my prayers and thanks for sharing.


Thank you. *
by Buck Mulligan  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Posts like this makes this board special. Thanks for sharing *
by ArasEra  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Good stuff. *
by Porpoiseboy  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


R.I.P. Mr. Payment
by wetbird  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

thank you for the post.


Thank you *
by Captains Corner  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Thanks for sharing this. *
by c.odie  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Thank you for this post *
by Geoff  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Well done. *
by the hibernian  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Fantastic story
by DakotaDomer  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I now understand why Michigan couldn't hold onto the ball.


Thanks *
by PWK2  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Beautiful story.
by Moff  (2008-09-18 22:26:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I suspect he'll be in there this week too.


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