Thursday, December 28, 2006
Notre Dame Football Fans are Delusional
I had the pleasure tonight to watch a lot of the Alabama game at a birthday party surrounded by Notre Dame fans. Two alums (father and son) and a brother. All fans, all equally delusional.
Now these were good guys. They knew their stuff about football, the game. Knew their stuff about college players, coaches, etc. But the conversation was amazing.
For starters, does everybody from the Midwest hate the SEC? I mean, "they don't play anybody non-conference." You don't have to if 1) you actually play IN a BCS conference, and 2) you happen to play in the BEST BCS conference. It got better. Nick Saban was never that good a coach, and the SEC has no offensive ability. Furthermore, this years SEC QB group was terrible. Not as good as the QB's that Notre Dame played. Henne and Booty I'll give you, but who else? Drew Stanton? Please. UCLA QB? Please. I'd take Eric Ainge, Chris Leak, Jamarcus Russel, and even John Parker Wilson over those 2. And it isn't even close.
But back to Saban. If he left Miami to go to Alabama he'd just leave to go to the NFL again. Even though he's been as successful as Spurrier and has said he enjoyed college more than the NFL. This is because he has NFL roots. Once an NFL guy, always an NFL guy. But Charlie Weiss will never coach the New York Giants. Ever. Because he's not an NFL guy? Or...no wait, because he's coaching the great Notre Dame.
- Notre Dame tries to schedule top teams, they just don't know when they're going to be good and bad. That point, I'll grant you. But what's lost in it, is that when they do schedule great teams, and they stay great, THEY LOSE! USC: Loss. LSU when they were good: Loss. Tennessee when they were good: Loss. Michigan when good: Loss. Michigan State when good: Loss. When those teams suck, they win. Does that not define overrated?
- Notre Dame can put 28 on the board against LSU next week. I was speechless.
- UCLA is a solid non-conference opponent. Yeah the day after they got destroyed by a bad Florida State.
I could go on, but its like I'm piling on at this point. It was just a very puzzling conversation.
Oh well, at least ND fans have the service academies to whoop up on in their tough schedule.