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If the Fighting Irish win Jan. 7, it might be remembered as the most astounding season in the program’s 125-year history for several reasons.
Merry Christmas ! I loved your article. The thing I liked the most about this season isn't statistical. It's the way this team renewed a hope and belief about what is really good about being a Notre Dame fan. This team has inspired greatness again. It has truly been a pleasure to watch a team and coaching staff come together as a Notre Dame family. Regardless of the outcome on January 7th the will be remembered as one of the greats. Thank you and all the staff for great coverage. Now GO IRISH! Beat bama!
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by irish tommy on 12/25/2012 at 6:19 PM
Merry Christmas and, as usual, an excellent Christmas read. To your outstanding
comments, I would suggest that even if we do not beat 'Bama on January
7, this year's team may be the most "magical" even if it can be challenged as
the "best." I harken back to a comment you yourself made just after the USC
game. It was a feeling that you expressed but I am sure many if not most ND
fans were feeling the same thing. You said "I did not think I would see a year
like this again in my lifetime." You are relatively young, at least from my vantage point.
Yet, that was your comment and I am sure it was heartfelt. For you see, immediately
prior to those other "returns to glory" I dare say our then fanbase still
perceived our absence from national prominence as only "temporary", not
a permanent and helpless condition. Our thoughts then were "of course, we will
be back; we're Notre Dame!!" But, this time around, as another unmerciful season
followed another unmerciful season, as one mediocre year followed another pitiful
year, as the forgettable years multiplied and as coach after coach seemingly
could not erase the tarnish, the unthinkable began to filter into the minds of the
most optimistic of us--maybe indeed, college football has passed us by and we are truly
condemned to nothing but memory of past glory.
This season, this team, this coach, these assistants, this school and this
fanbase may have brought forth the light of a new age of Notre Dame
football when the lore of the past has been embodied in the magical present,
and our lives have been made the richer for it.
Past Notre Dame teams may have justifiably earned the right to
be called the "greatest"; this Notre Dame team surely has already
earned the right to be called the most magical and as a team
of magic, this year's team has a rendevous with destiny.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by hemy on 12/25/2012 at 12:33 PM
On January 7, 2013, as has happened all season, someone will step up and put the finishing touches on an undefeated season and a National Championship.
As hemy says: It's called DESTINY.
Merry Christmas. You can always be counted on to go DEEP into history and make us feel like we were actually a little bit THERE when these events occurred.
The only thing I can say though is that your "quartet" left out Stanford, probably our toughest opponent thus far this year.
Merry Christmas to Lou, the Staff, and all the members of 247.
Greatest year ever? Who knows, but I can say for Irish die-hards in my age range(27yrs old), this is BY FAR the greatest year in my memory and I will never forget it, especially when we shock the world and those ULTRA COCKY tide fans (anybody else notice that? They act like we are a d2 team - SICK OF IT)
I agree that Stanford was the best TEAM Notre Dame faced this year. I just included the blue bloods of college football in that list, but the Cardinal definitely merit respect.
Great heartfelt post on your part. and a Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.
I vividly remember the 1973 NC game against Bama. Bama featured a sixtet of running backs and a vaunted running attack. While the 2 starters averaged a healthy average of well over 4 yards a carry the second and third string backs would supplant them as the game wore on, with each replacement averaging a better per carry average than their predecessor. ND's D held each group to far less than their averages. In the closing moments, with ND clinging to a 1 point lead, backed up near their own end zone, Tom Clements dropped back into the end zone and lofted a perfect strike to the reserve TE streaking down the sideline. First down and the clock was run out from there.
Kinda reminds you of the vaunted Bama running attack we will now face and the great ND D that will face them. With all my heart, I believe we win this game.
This post was edited by NEEDAVIXEN on 12/26/2012 at 9:15 AM
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