As I slowly sweep up the ashes of a dream season, burned to a crisp by Nick Satan and his Crimson Tide in last night’s BCS Championship, I think about a few things..
1. My Irish certainly didn’t bring their a-game last night, but fools saying they did not belong in the game is ludicrous. There have been blowouts in title games before and no one said the lone eligible undefeated team didn’t belong in the game…I’m looking at you 2006 Florida over OSU. And I hope no one I know is dumb enough to compare Notre Dame’s undefeated season to that of BSU TCU and Marshall of the past. The Irish may not be in a conference….but they play a tougher schedule than most teams in a power automatic bid conference. This year was no different.
2. I’m not blaming the loss on the refs, the Irish were overmatched, but I do think we see a much different ball game if a few controversial calls go the other way. After Alabama scored quickly the last thing Notre Dame needed was a quick turn around and good field position…and the refs gave it to them. I can see the pass to Eifert being ruled incomplete. But the kick catch interference was a blown, game changing call…the situation went from Notre Dame football on the Bama 25 to Crimson Tide ball on the 40….and don’t even start the “he doesn’t have to touch him as long as he impedes the receivers ability to make the catch” argument…because one, he doesn’t and the coup de gras,
Rule 6 Section 4 Article 1b of the NCAA football handbook states…. “If interference with a potential receiver is the result of a player being blocked by an opponent, it is not a foul.”
Looks like Farley was being blocked from behind to me.
Now we have a Notre Dame in the Redzone with, possible 7-7 game instead of Alabama ball near the Irish side of the field and a probable, 14-0 game. After this the Irish play calling changes, momentum isn’t on Bama’s side and we get the title game we deserved
I can’t stress enough that I am not blaming the loss on the refs. But to disregard the fact isn’t right either.
3. For Notre Dame this wasn’t only the end of a magical season. I think this is just the beginning. Sure we lose a great class of seniors, but hopefully they have passed on their heart and determination to younger classes who admittedly will be much more talented. Don’t look now but Brian Kelly and his staff has put together ESPN’s top ranked recruiting class full of athletic SEC-esque players, meaning their getting more talented and MUCH faster.
4. Notre Dame being good is amazing for college football…Ratings for the game were up 14% from last year’s SEC rematch. Notre Dame is like the Yankees…passionate fan base…and an equally passionate base of people that despise them.
and no matter ho many people texted, tweeted or facebooked jesting my Irish, I’m proud to be a member of ND Nation now more than ever!!! I never expected them to do this well, but now onto a hopefully bright future!
Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send the volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky,
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to Victory.
AND in the words of Irish Chocolate aka Louis Nix III… ”Pasadena 2014!!!”
PS…Didn’t think it was possible, but last night I fell in love with Kate Upton even more…It’s like she knew what would be the only thing to cheer me up in my drunken stupor…”Its ok Notre Dame this happened to the Jets every week.”