Personally, I figure Bill Snyder’s 401(k) must be completely in the toilet. There’s no other reason to explain this move.
Daily Archives: November 24, 2008
Things are just ducky in South Bend these days, doncha know. Notre Dame manages to lose for the first time in its history to a team with eight losses, while its fans refine their snowball tossing technique.
The good news is that the Irish get away from that bad weather and those dangerous objects and travel to sunnier climes this weekend. The bad news is that while the weather will be kinder and gentler, Southern Cal’s defense won’t.
Meanwhile, Doc Saturday suggests that Notre Dame and its fans need to accept reality: this is Notre Dame football and it’s been that way for a while now.
It’s always hard to find the perfect metaphor, and I’m not sure one exists for Charlie’s crew, but I’ll settle for this one, courtesy of The Wiz of Odds.
There’s a weird little twist coming up for Saturday’s game.
The Virginia-Virginia Tech game is also scheduled for 12 noon, which means that Georgia Tech will be engaged in the same kind of scoreboard watching during this year’s game that Georgia was involved in with last year’s Tennessee-Kentucky game. Georgia won the battle, but lost the war.
I’m hoping for the polar opposite with this year’s results.
I’ve got a particularly soft spot in my heart for this game. It was the inspiration for my first post here at GTP. I don’t believe that I could summarize the win any better now than I did then, so I’ll just direct you there to start with.
And here’s the audio-visual aid for the game winner (posted before, but it never gets old, does it?):
I remember wondering after the two point conversion how many of the folks in the stands cheering MoMass’ heroics were the same assholes booing him during the Mississippi State game earlier in the year.
And while we’re on the subject of receivers who came up big in the clutch, here are Calvin Johnson’s stats for the game: 2 catches, 13 yards, 0 touchdowns. It turned out to be the capper on CJ’s less than fanstastic career showing against the Dawgs. He joins Emmitt Smith on the list of Greatest College Players to Disappear Against Georgia (although at least Emmitt had the injury bug as an excuse in part; Calvin just had Reggie Ball and Chan Gailey as his crosses to bear).
Speaking of Reggie, one can’t help but take note of his stats on the day. As a passer, he went 6 of 22 for 42 yards (1.9 ypc, if you’re counting), with 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. That’s good for a passer rating of 25.13, which is off the charts awful. Oh yeah, running the ball, “Dog” managed to lose 11 yards on ten carries. A freshman performing like that would have been a major embarrassment. Coming from a four-year starter, it’s mind boggling. As my brother, the Tech fan, said leaving the stadium that day, Reggie should have been honored at Georgia’s Senior Day. It’s doubtful we’ll see his like again, that’s for sure.