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IBG: Days from Miami

Dec 30, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT


With Christmas in the rear view mirror and the final days of 2012 upon us, two things are certain: The Mayans were wrong and Notre Dame is going to the national championship. For a while, I was thinking that those two events were unfortunately intertwined.

As you’d expect, that means the content is coming a bit faster and a bit more furious. (Perhaps this writer will do a better job of pacing himself next year…)

In between looks backwards and forward, let’s slip in a few more Irish Blogger Gatherings. When we decided to join forces with the Subway Domer, the guys at Her Loyal Sons and the Strong and True blog, I never expected us to be discussing national title implications. But now that we’re here, let’s have some fun.

Tour the neighborhood by checking out Strong and True, Her Loyal Sons and Subway Domer.

Below, the Domer answered a few questions of mine. Here goes nothing:

1. If you were Brian Kelly, and had to put together a priority list of things to work on in the 40-plus days between the USC game and the national title match-up, what would it look like?

I know this is going to sound very basic, but that’s what it really comes down to for games like this.

1) Conditioning. This is perhaps the most important thing. After a long layoff, and only 15 practices in 40-plus days, it is important to make sure that the entire team can go balls out for 4 quarters- and then some.

2) Strength. You may think that this goes along with conditioning, but it really doesn’t. More so, with Alabama being the opponent, players will need to be at their peak levels of strength. This will be a game much like Stanford, and the hitting twice as fierce. Man up.

3) Fundamentals. Sloppy play can really slow a team down to start these games. After a quarter or two they eventually get back in the swing of it, but it may be too late. The player’s technique must be near perfect from start to finish.

4) Gameplanning. Now, we finally get here. You aren’t going to change a whole lot of what got you there, but certainly there must be wrinkles adjusted for the opponent put in place. Don’t get too fancy though.

2. Obviously, winning and losing is really important on January 7. But will the results of the BCS title game make that much of a difference in how you view this season?

Unfortunately, yes. I know it shouldn’t and this has been an AMAZING season, and I am already happy and celebratory- but losing would leave a dreadful feeling of destitution. If the story is that Notre Dame has truly Returned to Glory, it can only have one real ending, and that’s a National Championship. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way it goes with Notre Dame.

3. Will you let yourself picture what a victory against Alabama feels like? What does the Subway Domer do to celebrate a national championship?

I have allowed myself that feeling many times thus far, but I believe that it won’t even come close to the actual feeling when Notre Dame wins. I’m preparing for total emotional annihilation. As far as celebrating goes, I’m sure it will involve some sort of naked Warlord walking (not running) through the streets of Hicksville, Ohio with Notre dame flag in one hand and a bottle of Jameson in the other.

Please send bail money.
  1. irishinmich - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Just wanted to thank you for all the articles leading up to “The Natty”. They have helped fill this painful lull between games. I hope The Irish can silence the doubters one more time this season.
    Thanks again! Go Irish!

  2. nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    I like question 2 a lot. There’s a tendency to want to say crap like
    “Just great to be here”; “We’re playing with house money at this point”
    “It’s all gravy”; Blah blah blah … PUUKE

    There is no house money. There is no gravy. Not even hard cheese.
    This is football, not poker or lunch.

    Therefore, as much as I like the question, I LOVE the answer.

    The ND program might be on the rise but there is ZERO guarantee they’ll be back in this game anytime soon. So WIN THE DAMN THING NOW.

    And if they don’t, the season is not meaningless, but … you get the point.

    • cameronemclaughlin - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      I disagree. Destitution? That’s how a homecoming following a bowl loss to cap an 8-5 season would feel.

      Of course, losing January 7th would be heartbreaking.

      The reality is that while a win wraps up a glorious, legendary year, the full impact of a defeat depends on the type of loss.

      A close loss, while guy-wrenching, allows us to continue building on the momentum of a Notre Dame that’s arrived.

      A blowout loss, god forbid, and questions and doubts come fast and hard. The haters are ready to pounce. All the talk about how a 12-0 season has a tremendous impact on recruiting unravels.

      I’m not saying it’s enough for me if we play well and stay in the game. But the difference between a win and a close loss is much smaller than a close loss and a blowout loss–especially considering how difficult it’s been for the Irish to climb back back to the upper echelon of college football.

      • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        I respect your point, but think it’s crazy.

        You seem to be saying a close loss would be somewhat acceptable because it means … what does it mean? It means ND loses. THAT is what it means.

        I heard a stat yesterday when the NY Giants got knocked out that for the last 7 years the SB champ failed to make the playoffs the following year. Translated to ND speak, to me that means that just because the program is on a great upward trajectory, we’ll be back next year of we lose this year.

        I’m sorry, but that is complete horsesh**. There are injuries, upsets, teams that come out of nowhere (like ND this year) and players who have unexpectedly down years. Maybe Golson stops developing or gets hurt and ND is stuck with Tommy Rees at QB next year. Maybe 3-4 guys have big injuries in camp. Maybe BK doesn’t handle success well (a la Mike Ditka, post 1985) and takes his eye off the ball.

        You get to the Game, you WIN the game. Losing 17-16 would stink and would guarantee NOTHING for the future.

    • ndgoldandblue - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Nude…complete agreement on my part. This Irish team is four quarters away from a national championship. Who knows when we’ll be able to say that again? Maybe, this program morphs into Alabama and turns into a mini-dynasty. I could see that happening, but it’s far from a guarantee.

      If anyone were to ask me which situation I would prefer: 1) A loss in the national championship, but a consistently great program that regularly makes it to BCS (soon to be Access) bowls but no national championship, or 2) A national championship victory surrounded by years of mediocrity (much like Auburn), I would take option number two. Being consistently good is easily forgotten, but no one forgets champions. After all, in twenty years, who will remember that Butler made it to two consecutive national championship games in men’s basketball? Outside of the Butler fans, probably no one. But everyone remembers Jim Valvano’s 1983 championship team. That was one year surrounded by…meh.

      • papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        ndgold – nah – I prefer option #3 for ND – consistently winning 10-12 games/year with a fighting chance for #1 & the NC title every year. But, maybe that’s just me – I’m with Herm Edwards. If you’re going to play – PLAY TO WIN!!!!!!!!!! No excuses, no better luck next time (luck is when preparation meets opportunity). Whatever you do in life – do it right! No regrets. GO IRISH!!!

      • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        I notice I got pummeled 5-1 on thumbs down above.

        I’m very sorry. Let me take it all back.

        Keith, please replace my post above with the following:

        “This has sure been a great year, hasn’t it friends? I don’t really care if ND wins on 1/7 or not. Just play a respectable game, and maybe keep the loss to two touchdowns. Then I know we’ll be BACK!!!”

        Jesus ….

    • whodabigdog - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Nudi I agee 100%. You play to win today not next year.I have spent $4000 on airfare,hotel,and a game ticket not to watch ND get a participation ribbon but a crystal ball trophy! We cant worry about next year till next year. Just win baby!!!!!!! Go IRISH. Lets do this!!!

  3. jerseyshorendfan1 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Keith, I like your third question. To date, I had not allowed my mind to wander there but I am curious about what emotions I will go through when we do take the cheese. I am imagining it to be a simultaneous confluence of the following events: getting word that the big promotion and pay raise just came through while realizing that your children are moving out and are entirely self-sufficient and done with their post graduate studies while discovering that you hold the single winning ticket for the second highest power ball jackpot in history while orgasming as you are enjoying the most delicious meal of your life while receiving a reply text from Alex Flanagan saying that yes, she would love to meet for dinner and drinks while you receive word that your mother-in-law has been diagnosed with something bad as the dealership is delivering your new Porsche. I’m thinking it will be something like that.

    • papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:39 AM

      hmmmmmm – I’ve been around long enough to have enjoyed a few NCs as an adult, since 1966. I’ll probably set off some of my remaining illegal fireworks, have a celebratory drink, gloat for a few days @ work – smirk a lot like Alice’s cat, order some Championship T-shirts for the kids (including the nephew in the hospital), send in that Vegas wager to collect the $380, give some of the proceeds to the kids & some to charity, and like most fans – unreasonably expect them to repeat next season. All-in-all, been there, celebrated that, savor the moment. If ‘Bama wins – be disappointed, puke dinner, go to bed, expect them to win it all next season!

      • bernhtp - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        I was there for two national championships. We are ND and anything less at this point is, we’ll, a loss.

      • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:17 PM

        Papa and Bern

        Glad someone else gets it

        We all need to channel our inner Herm

      • yogihilt - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        NOTHING matters except the Chip. We’ve all been involved in our own little title games, and winning is all that is important. Losing is a 50% proposition that is guaranteed to someone, so it’s inevitable that one is euphoric, the other, well… crushed. That’s the way it is. There are no immediate thoughts after a loss of, ok, we had a great year anyway. That’s for next September. Get the Chip, take them to the woodshed. Go Irish, do us proud

  4. papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Wellllllllllllll first of all – gotta agree with the nudeman. There is no playing with house money! When the chips move from the dealer to you – they become your chips, your money, no longer house money. But, on the other hand – I think ND has reached a point where they will be a Top 10 team, every year, for quite awhile now. Instead of a downward spiral of mediocrity, they have ascended to championship heights. They have the coaching, program, recruiting and players to maintain elite status – and challenge for the BCS NC every year (much to the chagrin of our detractors). Success breeds success. GO IRISH!!!!!!!!!!

  5. jerseyshorendfan1 - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Insomnia has it’s hold on me again……..3:19 am and I’m having bizarre thoughts like what if Kelly throws a curve at Saban like coming out with an up tempo, no huddle triple option type offensive set. We might burn Bama like Navy burned Diaco a year or two ago. What if they are preparing for a mobile Golson and we come out with a package designed for Gunner? It would be 2013 and he wouldn’t be burning a year of eligibility, right? Anybody think we may see some wrinkle not heretofore revealed by the coaching staff?

    • papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:46 AM

      joisey – I absolutely believe we will see some “wrinkles” that no one expects. Crazy as I think the Gunner scenario is – I sort of like it. BUT, I think Golson has earned the start. You just gotta lay off the pickles & ice cream – after 10:00 pm. hmmmmm, ice cream? It’s only 12:43 here on the West Coast. Ice cream – I think I have some that survived my son’s latest visit (unlike the beer).

    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      I admire the ridiculousness of this, but I got 5 for YOU, joisey:

      1) I have a better chance of playing than Gunner.

      2) Triple option ain’t walkin’ through that door.

      3) Any “wrinkles” we see will be just that – wrinkles. Not wholesale new approaches to the offense. That doesn’t happen with 15 practices.

      4) If we learned anything from CW, it is that winning isn’t about “scheming” or fooling the other guy. It’s about execution and knocking the other guy’s ass on the ground. BK gets that. CW never did.

      5) I’d rather see ND execute what they’ve already shown the world to near perfection than come out and try a bunch of crazy sh** that they’ve never game-tested.

      • papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        nude – whoa, whoa, whoa. When was you a New Yawkah talkin’ to the bro across da river in Joisey? Seems to me you were a Chicago cat, moved to Cali, now living in Arizona.

      • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        Wow, great memory. You look me up on Wikipedia?
        Hey man, just trying to show I can hang with anybody, irrespective of geography.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Easy fellas, I know they were crazy ideas. I was just wondering if anybody thought we might see something unusual from the offense that we hadn’t seen before. Actually, I read an article where Holtz was interviewed about the 1988 season. He made the point that Miami had resorted to some trickeration in that game and it actually resulted in pumping up our boys who reasoned hey we must be the better team if they have to resort to that type of BS to try and beat us. So what’s that corny old saying? Dance with the one who brung ya? I agree, keep doing what you’ve been doing to get here…..seems to have worked so far. Got to get some sleep.

      • papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:50 PM

        Don’t change horses in mid-stream – also comes to mind.

  6. dutch31 - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Jersey. Papa knows best. Get some sleep! Guess who am I to talk as I am up reading.
    My flight leaves in 72 hours!!
    Go Irish!!!

  7. obie1818 - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    We’re talking about Gunner?? He hasn’t seen time against Wake and he’s going into the title game against Bama? Please, stop it ! I know Davirus is back to contact. Anyone know if he will start? I don’t want to see many wrinkles except more touches for our elite players. No turnovers, and if we execute touchdowns instead of field goals we win by 10!!!

    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM


      Jesus …

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Dec 31, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        Wasn’t that a Beatles song. I am the Eggman, I am the Eggman, I am Davlrus coo coo cachoo.

      • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        Davirus … wonder if he has a brother Dabacteria?

        Seriously … how hard is it to get an ND player’s name right?
        Reminiscent of Gholson, Golsen, Golston, …

        At least those were close.


      • obie1818 - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        What must be hard is to have this much time on your hands to bitch that much about a type o glad you had a break from D & D……Jesus !

  8. irishking - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    I just hope and pray that the Irish will be ready to go on January 7th. Please, no screw-ups and no turnovers. Ball control will be one of the keys to victory and ND has to maintain solid control playing Goliath.

    One more thing. Golson needs good field vision to spot an open receiver and then deliver the ball.

  9. andy44teg - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Hicksville, OH…isn’t that where fat boy sinister is from??

    Gunner AIN’T playin…c’mon, man. Of course it would burn his red shirt. The only wrinkle I can think we may see is possibly running a reverse for Davonte Neal, and if not a reverse, just getting him more involved in the offense, possibly. We won’t see any wrinkles, though if the game unfolds anything like the other 12 did this year. If we get up by a TD or 10 pts, BK is going to run the offense into the ground..literally. And we’ll all be screaming at our TV’s but that’s what he’s done all year, and it’s worked.

    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM


  10. papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I just read @ IrishSportsDaily that Tarean Folston will announce his commitment @ the Under Armour game on Friday. That’s Folston & Max Redfield who are supposed to announce @ that game. Could be a great day for the Irish – or not. We’ll see – what we shall see. GO IRISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Could be quite a haul in the closing days.

      Folston: I still say that Chip Kelly is the wild card there. If he stays it has to diminish ND’s chances. If he leaves I think ND gets him.
      Kelly goes pro: 80/20 ND
      Kelly stays: 51/49 ND

      Redfield: Never believed it was possible to flip a SoCal USC commit, but I really think he’s gonna’ sign with ND. The signs are all there.

      AQM: VERY Weird.
      Who goes from a supposed “silent commit” to ND, to suddenly having a final 4 that includes Rutgers and Miami? Why not Temple, too? Something is amiss there. Maybe he’s worried about Admissions.
      50/50, and I frankly don’t care, because …

      Vanderdoes: USC de-commit and ND has come out of nowhere, and this guy is a BEAST. I have a feeling it’s gonna’ happen.
      60/40 ND

      • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        Actually just read an update on AQM. Definitely sounds academic related.

        Since he wants to announce this Saturday and it’s highly unlikely (impossible) he’ll have his “stuff” fixed by then, I’d say this one is going south on ND.

        45/55 ND, at best

  11. chicagoirish23 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Keith –

    Saw a report on ESPN today by John Clayton concerning all the NFL firings. Interesting part was when he mentioned BK as a potential candidate for an NFL job. I wasn’t surprised to hear his name but I was surprised to hear Clayton say that it’s BK showing interest for the NFL. Clayton specifically cited inside sources to say this. I can’t find this information anywhere else on the Internet but its definitely alarming if it’s true it’ll be a major distraction and a disaster for this program that’s finally turned a corner.

    So, since you are our inside source, have you heard anything similar to this?

    Go Irish!

    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      I don’t think Clayton is lying exactly, but I’d rate the chances of BK going pro now at about 2%

    • papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      chi23 – are you sure that wasn’t CHIP Kelly?

      • chicagoirish23 - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Yes. Funny thing about watching ESPN is they will show you clips of the person they are talking about. Unless Chip wears Notre Dame gear and coaches at Notre Dame, they were talking about Brian.

      • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        Not usually a fan of the wise ass snappy comeback here, as that’s more 4Horseman Lounge stuff
        But the line about “unless Chip wears ND gear” caught me off guard and was LOL good.

        Papa … no disrespect there. I actually wondered the same thing

  12. goirishgo - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Win now. No other reason to play the damn game.

    I’ll celebrate by blasting the fight song and toasting the team repeatedly with my family – some of whom I am flying in so we can watch the game together. I’m usually a pretty good neighbor but all bets are off if the Irish win.

  13. nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Davirus … wonder if he has a brother Dabacteria?

    Seriously … how hard is it to get an ND player’s name right?
    Reminiscent of Gholson, Golsen, Golston, …

    At least those were close.


    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      Sorry – again – for the double post. Have a new phone and a splint on a finger. Between those two things I’m screwing up a lot of things.

  14. dutch31 - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    NUDE. Thanks for the update on AQM. Think he would contribute next year. Saw him play 2 games He single handedly shut down an offense with 6 D 1 players. ( St Thomas Aquinas). Tough year for Don Boscos coach. Having been involved with High School sports, it’s amazing how many D1 kids just don’t put in any work and as such dont get any offers!

    NUDE. How do u give thumbs up thumbs down??

    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Is he academically challenged?
      Sounds almost certain grades or SATs or both are the issue

    • papadec - Jan 1, 2013 at 5:29 AM

      dutch – if you’re serious & not just kidding around – move your cursor over the desired thumb & click. Somehow, I get the feeling that question is a setup – if it is, you got me.

  15. dutch31 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    By the way by work I mean academics!

    By the way I have a Theo Riddick story for you guys. In 2008 I helped out at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon NJ. Was a full time assistant ( which means I left my law practice everyday at 1:30 to go to football practice, not a great year for business profits but wouldn’t trade it for the world). Got to be around great kids, a great head coach, Charlie Roman, also Greg Roman ( current O coordinator for the 49ers was our Offensive coach that year). He was part of Billicks staff that got fired in Baltimore the year before

    Well anyway Riddick played for Immaculata, and we had just beat them in the State group 3 Non Public final the year before 26-13 Riddick Jr year. Maybe we returned 4 starters and ended up catching Riddick in the 1rst round in 2008. Road games tough in State playoffs. Friday night games. Kids have to be in school till 1:30. Then 3 hour bus ride to the road game!!

    Well our kids played a great game led 14-7 till late in the 4th. Riddick scored late to tie the score. He was starting to gash us ( looked very similar to USC). So it goes to overtime. Immaculata gets the ball 1rst. Riddick scores in 3 runs. Now 21-14. ( my job was special teams, and secondary, didn’t make calls, even harder had to make sure SP units were ready to go in the game. Believe me not easy). Well somehow we score on our possession to make it 21-20. For the 1rst time all year I chimed in and said ” coach we have to go for 2, we can’t stop them anymore! He looked at me, thought about it for 1 second then called Extra point team! Riddick blocked the kick game over!

    My flight now 54 hours away.

    GO IRISH!!!!

    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      That is an awesome story
      Love Theo

  16. kgirish - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Great posts fellas…man i needed a good laugh. ESPN guys are still calling on Golston at qb….come on. ND has gotta win the game….agreed with nudeman…super tough to catch all/most of the breaks like this yr

  17. dutch31 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I agree 100%. Need to win it all! A loss will be devastating. Especially to Alabama!!

  18. dutch31 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Not sure. I think your GPA has to be a 2.5. That’s higher than what is required to be eligible to play HS

    In 2007, we had a kid Marcus Witherspoon, committed to Michigan. Carr gets fired. Urban Meyer showed up at Holy Spirit the next week for a personal visit and full scholarship offer.

    I spoke to the kids father and asked him if West Virginia had offered him? (Rodriquez ) he said no. I told him I would switch to Florida, go where you are coveted.

    Well he stayed at Michigan and they found something wrong with his requirements and was forced to leave. The year off killed him. I’m sure there would have been no requirement problems at Florida!!!

    Go. Irish!!!!!

  19. dutch31 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    By the way I caught some of USCs performance today at work. That can’t help their commits and decommits!!

    BYU scored 41 against Tech. No doubt team quit on Kiffin. Not a good sign for him!!

    • papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      dutch – interesting discussion between May & Holtz regarding a Kiffin departure after the game. A point made that I had to agree with was basically – live with Kiffin through the sanctions, then dump him. Why would anyone else want to try to build a program during the sanctions era?

      • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:01 PM

        Saw that too.
        Most interesting aspect was the conversation centered on “when” not “if”. Both May and Holtz threw in the token qualifying comments (“assuming he hasn’t righted the ship by then”)

        But it’s clear when the conversation is taking place on THAT stage, his days are numbered. I’d assume both May and Holtz have heard things through their network about how Haden likes LK like he likes the flu.

        Kiffin and his team embarrassed that university in every way imaginable. Missing dinners, players tweeting insults at El Paso, the Sun Bowl and the GA Tech team. If I was Haden I’d make a statement by firing him, like NOW. Keeping him around because of sanctions and a recruiting class is just weak; a terrible compromise. If you believe USC stands for for something other than first downs, then show it.

  20. papadec - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    nude – no disrespect taken – I was actually being a bit of a smart ass. I’ve heard rumors about Chip Kelly moving to the NFL, but none about BK. With the massive NFL purge, yesterday, I figured the Chip Kelly rumors were being floated again. Also, I wouldn’t put it past espn to get a BK look alike dressed up in ND gear to scare ND fans prior to the NC game – play on his departure from Cincy, and their Bowl game. Yeah, yeah, I know that’s a stretch – but with espn…………….(clearly I am not an espn fan).

    • nudeman - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      I’d be less shocked if ND brought back Gerry Faust than I would if BK left for the NFL now. Ain’t happening. Either of those things.

  21. dutch31 - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Papa. Are they at 75 scholarships now? Or does it start next year?

    • papadec - Jan 1, 2013 at 5:08 AM

      dutch – usc? I don’t know – but it looks like they are trying to stick with about 16-17 in their 2013 class. They might have room to go more, if they play the lsu/sec recruiting game of not renewing the annual scholarships of current players. I’d like to think that AD Pat Haden will not let them play that game – why irritate the ncaa anymore than they already have?

  22. dutch31 - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Speaking of bad game day coaching. Les Miles!!! 2nd and 2 with 1:53 left at midfield up 2 and you throw 2 passes. He stinks!! LSU moved the. Ball a lot better against Alabama than Clemson

    Go Irish!!!!!

    • papadec - Jan 1, 2013 at 5:19 AM

      Maybe we got to see what lsu & les miles can/can’t do vs real teams? I’m still smiling/gloating over that & the usc loss! Where are the sec trolls, now? Harv, harv, come out, come out where ever you are – I have some nice crow for you. Would that be with or without the grits? Actually, I found well prepared grits very tasty with eggs over medium & toast – when I was stationed in Georgia. Worked with several very nice civilians there, too.

  23. dutch31 - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Papa. Unfortunately I was not. I am on an IPad and probably not linked with Facebook.

  24. dutch31 - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I am with Yogi. Mostly the only people that remember the loser, is the team (and fans that beat them) and the losing fans will be miserable, analyzing every little play that might have changed the result.

    GO. IRISH.

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