Notre Dame's student fan section is aptly nicknamed the M.O.B. (Matt's Outrageous Bunch), but it offered Blake no anonymity after he hurled the bottle. Within hours of the game's end he'd been identified as the culprit in more than 50 user-created polls and more than 100 message-board postings on NDToday, an independent campus Web site. "One poll asked, 'What should the plot of Meet Joe Blake be?' and it had references to physical violence and sodomy and all kinds of bad stuff," says Frank Helgesen, whose company, 3BStudios, runs the site. "I don't think people were serious, but they were using the forum to work out their frustrations about the incident."
NDToday's administrators took down many of the messages but left a small sample that were nonthreatening. Other students, alumni and the athletic department took a more traditional route with their criticism of Blake, writing letters to The Observer, the school newspaper.
Blake declined to speak to SI, so we can only assume that yes, message-board poster Let's grow up, he "feels like crap and wishes he could take back what he did." That yes, veryhurtNDstudent, he realizes "the players put in hours upon hours of hard work only to see it screwed by their fellow classmate." And that most of all, he'd like the E-mail barrage to stop.