Notre Dame’s attempt to extort… er, uh, renegotiate its current deal with the BCS has drawn some fire.
Kyle King’s take on it can be found here. In reading it, I was reminded of an exchange from My Cousin Vinny:
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Mr. Gambini?
Vinny Gambini: Yes, sir?
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Mr. Gambini, that is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out objection.
Vinny Gambini: Thank you.
Judge Chamberlain Haller: Overruled.
Then, there’s this somewhat more breathless post on what Irish AD Kevin White is up to.
Kyle likens the situation to welfare – “Notre Dame has been on the dole for too long without pulling its own weight, much less Charlie Weis’s” (great shot, by the way) – while Mr. Apple analogizes it to a spendthrift teenage daughter flunking out of college. Kyle is much closer to the mark, in my opinion.
Except this isn’t about performance on the field. It’s about putting asses in the seats (stadium and EZ-Boy recliners in front of TVs). As long as Notre Dame delivers on that in a way that no other school in college football can, it’s going to get special treatment.
The funny thing to me is that Notre Dame used to refuse to play in the postseason. And college football seemed to weather its absence just fine.