Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Back From Compton

Good to be back, ladies and gentlemen. I spent today in a medically-induced coma attempting to reset my internal clock after time zone changes, turkey naps, brown liquor benders, and football-induced post-traumatic stress. As your loyal Notre Dame blogger and witness-slash-active participant in this weekend's football game, I certainly do owe the readers my take on the game, the season, and the general standing of the team today. Alas, that's going to wait a couple days as my perspective begins to heal with further removal from the game in LA. Also, I have to call Enterprise and explain to them why I torched their rental car. Thank god for the damage waiver insurance.

For my instant analysis, you can scoot over to the fanhouse, where I pitch in my two cents and link up some more verbage on the game. If you're desperate for a soundbite, then how about this: USC is really, really, spooky good. When Pete Carroll can get his hands on gobs of defensive talent, he can do some frightening things that make you want to cry. This Irish 2006 squad is a big-hearted group, but ultimately you can't ignore that it's a patchwork job in terms of overall talent and depth on both sides of the ball. There's enough good coaching to make these deficiencies a non-issue against more middling barely-bowl-eligible opponents, but when it's time to dance with the big boys, it's a lot harder to hide what's flapping in the breeze.

Anyway, like I said, there's going to be some detailed analysis coming later this week, but also some fun stuff too. Alas, it's silly season, so we can step aside from our heated weekly battles and pay attention to the funny stuff that really makes college football great. Like, for example, comparing the hotness of the wives of recently-fired coaches. Sneak preview: John Bunting's better half, Dawn, wins some killer points for her ability to pound down beers like a filthy truck stop call girl.

She might not win in a beauty pagent, but she sure as shit could brain Shari Shula with an empty Bud bottle.

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At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Trojan Pride said...

I wonder ...

Is there any chance at all that your in-depth post game analysis might include the fact that your beloved Domers were grossly overrated the entire season?

I mean, the oh-so impressive wins against Air Force, Navy, and Army notwithstanding, you can also proudly point to near-losses against such powerhouses as Fucla and Mich State!

ND has been IRRELLEVANT since Granny left. Admit it, so your reahbilitation can start.

Oh, and I can't wait to see you guys get your green asses kicked in whatever BCS game you back-door your way into. 13 years without a bowl win is mighty funny.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous loud noises said...

Is that a Ford Probe that you rented? Could Enterprise rock any harder?

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous NDce03 said...

I'm sure that trojan pride would have no trouble admitting that a win over a "grossly overrated" team (by a smaller margin than Michigan) should not have moved them ahead of the Wolverines in the BCS standings.

There are 5 BCS games, I don't see how being ranked number 10 qualifies as getting in through the back door.

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Trojan Pride said...

Hey, ndce03 -

The point is that you Domers do not deserve anywhere near a top-10 ranking.

You beat Stanford, North Carolina, and the Academies, and barely beat Fucla and MSU.

Your ranking is undeserved. Asking whether or not SC deserves the #2 rank is certainly reasonable, but there is no question that 10-2 or not, you do not deserve a BCS bowl. Face it, ND has been insignificant since the mid-90's.

But then, your arrogance and sense of entitlement would never allow you to admit that.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous AllWhoYonder said...

hey TP-


If arrogance is your concern, take a look at what you have written from another's perspective. You beat us (handily); we're not denying that. Why are you so upset about ND when your win over the Irish has helped to get USC to #2? Is there a deeper issue we need to flush out in a therapeutic setting?

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Tony Spilotro said...

Who would you place in front of us and what "quality wins" do they have to justify it? Wisonsin's "quality win" over the same Penn State whose ass we kicked? Where are these teams compared to our #19 Sagarin strength of schedule rating? It's not ND's fault that the BCS rules state only 2 teams from a conference can go to the BCS...

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous NDce03 said...

Yep, arrogance. I was one of the many people buying "My maid went to UCLA" t-shirts outside the staduim on Saturday.

At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a pretty good shirt though

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Tommy O said...

god i hope we win the bowl game..

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous JAM said...

Trojan Pride: I am doing the equivalent of pulling a friend away from the retarded kid that he just beat down in the Dennys parking lot before he decides to pee on them.

In other words, focus on UCLA and let the domers wallow in their own mediocrity.

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Tommy O said...

vivid metaphor there jam..

At 9:52 PM, Anonymous NDce03 said...

I think it was Vince Lombardi who said that resorting to name calling was the true sign of a champion.

I may not know how to spell stadium, and my Olympics may be a little special, but I'm not retarded. It's called Trisomy 21, or Down Syndrome for all you real retards. Now excuse me while I put on my safety helmet and order some moons over my hammy.

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous pellee said...

Yes, USC's amazingly impressive wins against...umm, Stanford and all of the other Pac-10 bottom feeders are just as bad as service academies. Nevermind our losses were to the BCS #2 and #3 and yours was to a 8-4 Oregon State. And you still aren't out of the woods yet since you still have another game left. I wouldn't go overextending yourself there.

Beside, the Buckeyes will rape you anyway then take a dump in your cooler. Then my friends here in Columbus, OH will firebomb Compton. And burn our couches. It will be delicious.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger gwzimm said...

I wouldn't denigrate USC too much. Even though I hate them, I will give them a lot of credit for having beaten (soundly) a ranked Nebraska, Arkansas, and Notre Dame, while OSU has one signature win, that being Michigan. The rest of their schedule is Div. 1AA and of course, the usual big 10 chumps.

GOD, the big 10 is overrated

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous pellee said...

I think you left off TEXAS for OSU. Michigan, now they only had one signature win (ND) on their schedule.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger gwzimm said...

OK, osu beat texas. Can you find it in your heart to forgive me?

As for michigan, who really cares? I honestly believe USC would beat both on successive afternoons, and god, I hate having to say that

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous pellee said...

OSU fans will still poop in their coolers and light their cars on fire though. Stay classy Columbus.

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the fact that UCLA beat USC now makes Mr. TP look mighttty dumb. But then again pride always comes before a fall :)

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Fat Charlie did not spend enough time in New Orleans polishing Brady Queen's Golden Dome!

Now he has another Queer QB joining the program to mold into his overrated whipping boy. I cannot wait for the next 4 years... make that 9 if you look at the fat man's contract!

Divine intervention has lost its place at Notre Dame, it is time to ask What Would Touchdown Jesus Do?
A: Punt from his own 34 on the first drive of the Sugar Bowl... NOT!!!!!


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