No Day But Today
At the very least, all of humanity goes home a winner because we never have to sit through another game where Tom Hammond attempts to set a Guinness World Record for number of times referencing "The Streak" in the course of a game. I lost count went he hit triple digits some time in the second quarter.
As for the game, what can you really say? It was a game Notre Dame could've won, probably should've won, and they didn't. Charlie Weis said he didn't think his kicker could make a 41-yarder into the wind with 45 seconds to go. Even so, you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. More to the point, Weis' whole coaching staff shoulders the burden of that botched sequence. It's like Van de Velde at Carnoustie or Mickelson at Winged Foot - sure all the heat goes to the guy on the stage, but what about the caddy? Where the hell was the caddy telling Jean not to pull out his 2-iron? WHY DIDN'T LEFTY'S MAN TELL HIM TO STICK THE DRIVER BACK IN HIS POCKET!?!? And finally, why didn't somebody tell Weis "We don't need to do this, let's take our chances with the 3-point try."? WHY GOD, TELL ME WHY!!!!
There are many questions and next to no answers, even for the guy who thinks he's got all of them. We could all write a book at this point with all the things we'd like to have back and changed in this season. But when I read about the Hughes family, or the news about Ryan Shay, I cease to think that a triple-overtime loss to Navy is as bad as it gets. I know we all hate being told "to keep perspective", but whatever may be with regards to Fighting Irish football, it's only one piece of the bigger puzzle. Personally, with a writer's strike set to potentially deal a crippling blow to the workplace I inhabit, I would love for my biggest problem in life to be that Notre Dame lost to Navy. While I'm rolling on this topic, I want to point someting out - people will consider this "an upset" or "a disgrace" or whichever labels they choose because of the names and numbers involved. Notre Dame, Navy, 43 straight, blah blah. It's the best and worst part of Irish football - the attention and scrutiny that goes with the team win or lose. Put it another way: only when Notre Dame is involved could a 4-4 team "STUN!" a 1-7 team. This was an average team outlasting a bad one in triple overtime. This wasn't the #1 team in the country losing to a 41-point underdog on its home turf, or anything even remotely in that vicinity. It's 'stunning' to the extent that most fans think Notre Dame should never have to worry about Navy (pay no attention to those numerous times under Davie and Willingham when the streak should've ended only for the Irish to be bailed out by a lucky spot or a DJ Fitzpatrick field goal).
So, how was your weekend?