Fans who attended Saturday’s Notre Dame-Temple football game and purchased a large soda got a surprise.
Instead of “Fighting Irish,” the 50-ounce plastic souvenir cups had the phrase “Figthing Irish.”
“It was a typo,” campus spokesman Dennis Brown said Wednesday. “We’re taking institutional responsibility for this mistake.”
University leaders don’t plan to point fingers and blame an individual, vendor or company for the spelling error, he said. He wouldn’t say how many cups were printed with the mistake.
Only the 50-ounce cups had the error, not the more popular 32-ounce size.
The university is in the process of getting the mistake corrected, Brown said. Fifty-ounce cups with “Fighting Irish” spelled correctly will be available for purchase at the next home game on Sept. 21, when Notre Dame takes on Michigan State.
The cups were produced by Dynamic Drinkware of Oshkosh, Wis., and were made in the USA, according to printing on the bottom of the cups.
As soon as the misspelling was noticed Saturday by fans, it became a hot topic on social media.
The “Figthing” Irish received some good-natured jabs on Twitter, including the following:
ND had some spelling problems...watch out for the "Figthing Irish" pic.twitter.com/81QgzbAr9C— Dave Sobolewski (@DaveSobo3) August 31, 2013
- Jessica @jessicalanier 3h
#figthing really Norte dame?
- CamilleHowe @Weevos 14h
Maybe it's not a typo. Maybe they are coming out with Fig Flavored Beer! LOL! #FigThing
- miggidy @wolverinebutter 22h
- Daniella Santos ?@Daniella_jp 2 Sep
Note Dame: known more for their football than their spelling prowess. #figthing
- Intestinal Fortitude @ParquetOverIce 31 Aug
#figthing RT @darrenrovell: It's spellcheck time at Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/o077U2bPnP (via @wpbnole19)
- Molly @LluckoftheIrish 31 Aug
"G" before "H" except before "T"...or something. #figthing
lþMike Miller @Millslite 1 Sep
@ramzy In retrospect, President Gee got it right. #figthing
- Spencer Kinzie @SDKinzie 1 Sep
Spell like a champion today #FigThingIrish pic.twitter.com/86BBUsqIDZ