NBC Sports – College Football – Inside the Irish
Disclaimer: Keith, I love your blog. This is the best Irish blog on the internet. now that that’s out of the way… I guess I don’t know what to say. Frankly, I don’t agree with your optimism. the Fighting Irish went 6-6 last year and every single loss was a heartbreaker. There were no blowouts. But 6 losses is still 6 losses. the truly elite teams find ways to win those really close games. There’s a reason why Texas and USC (two teams I can’t stand) have been so good over the last decade. People come in; they play; they win; they leave; other people come in and do the same exact thing. It doesn’t matter who comes in, they still get the job done. the Irish haven’t figured out how to be winners in 17 years. Additionally, the guys on this team are leftovers from the Weiss regime, and many of them (even Kelly’s prospects) are leaving in droves. Kelly can’t win with these guys because they don’t seem to mind losing. They don’t have the winner’s persona of achieving success even on bad days. so, I guess I don’t see a substantial difference between this year’s team and last year’s team. Over 500 yards allowed to one player is not a good showing regardless of the scoring outcome. the offense appears to be considerably worse than last year, and Brian Kelly teams usually put up ridiculous numbers. and they can’t close it out. indeed, the Rudolph touchdown was a miracle play, but it should have broken the spirits of the Wolverines. instead, Michigan drove quite easily down the field and scored without much trouble. and the bad thing about it is that I could see it coming. Rudolph should have fallen down on the ten yard line so the Irish could milk some clock because I knew the defense was going to give up a game-winning touchdown. Frankly, I don’t think there’s any way the Irish go into East Lansing and win next week. In fact, I see the Irish in the exact same place at the end of this season as last season: 6-6. although, this time they’ll elect to go to some small-time bowl and beat up on an overmatched opponent like Hawaii again. That reminds me. maybe Notre Dame should join the MAC. maybe then they’d have a chance at winning something even if is a bottom-of-the-barrel conference. I’m so tired of being disappointed by my favorite team. I would love to switch allegiances if I could, but I’m just too loyal. That’s why I repeatedly say, “Go Irish!”
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