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Catholics vs. Convicts

Patrick Creadon

EnglishUSA2016102 min

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Patrick Creadon (Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A) was a student at Notre Dame in 1988 when the Fighting Irish met a fellow undefeated team, the University of Miami Hurricanes, for a game that went down in college-football history. In this ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, he focuses on an unlicensed t-shirt bearing a slogan that came to define was what at stake: “Catholics vs. Convicts.”

Many viewed the two schools through the lens of a divided 1980s America. Notre Dame represented Ronald Reagan’s idealized, clean-cut society; Miami, brash counterculture. The contest was already shaping up to be one for the record books because it featured two storied programs headed by rival coaches (Lou Holtz and Jimmy Johnson); coming down to the final play, controversial calls made on the field only inflamed the tensions voiced by the sensational t-shirt. Brent Musburger and other famous faces make appearances to discuss a matchup that—like the one in The Play, also screening at DFF39—collegiate sports fans will never forget.

Director Patrick Creadon in person

Producer: Christine O'Malley | Editor: Nick Andert

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