...foreseen the thumping Alabama just put on Notre Dame this evening!
The final score was 42-14, but it wasn't that close as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead, upped to to 35-0 and pretty much coasted the rest of the way to win its second consecutive Bowl Championship Series title and the third one on the past four seasons.
It was glorious to see the previous undefeated Fighting Irish humbled that way.
I think the
last only time I ever rooted for Notre Dame was in 1957 when they stopped Oklahoma's 47-game winning streak... still an NCAA record... when halfback Dick Lynch on fourth and goal from the three yard line, ran around right end for the game's only touchdown with 3:50 remaining.
(Lynch later enjoyed a solid career as a defensive back for eight years with the New York Giants.)
I just wanted to see the Sooners fnally lose one, and the fact that they were shut-out for the first time in over 150 games... an NCAA record at the time... was icing on the cake.
I'm not sure what turned me against Notre Dame... I think it was during the Ara Parseghian era (1964-1974) and his infamous "tie one for the Gipper" game against Michigan State in 1966.
I take inordinate satisfaction when the Fighting Irish lose a sporting event, which fact I was forced to acknowledge in 1974 when USC, down 24-0 to Notre Dame with ten seconds left in the first half, scored 55 unanswered points against the nation's top-rated defense and won 55-24.
I was giddy for the rest of the Winter!
Alabama's giving me the same warm 'n' fuzzy feeling.
The most memorable thing about last night's game is turning out to be Brent Musberger's leering over AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb.
Glad that was in the first half, since I smelled a blowout, lost interest, and shut the game off at halftime.