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I can't agree more. It stung last night and maybe we were lucky to be there but we will be back.
Jigga, Excellent post.
We started the season unranked. We finished 4th. That's progress, and that means we have three spots to go. Just three.
WELL I think ND made a terrible mistake in 1996 ( I think) when Lou Holtz left
Nick Saban was the coach at Michigan State and ND let Bob Davie become head coach. I always felt Saban was a very good coach back then and hoped ND would hire him (just wishing) but Mike Wadsworth was the AD. We can blame all ND short comings on him, haha. When this season started many of the posters thought 8-5 would be the seasons outcome, I felt like anything less than 10-3 would be underachieving. I have been very pleasantly surprised, and have really enjoyed this team. The second half was a tie game, and does show the furture is bright. I can only hope THE BIG TEXAN (KLM) will fully recover and have his day in the NFL. KLM has been a great player this year, and seeing him go down with a knee took my breath away. There will always be next year, and if not it doesn't matter, the Irish are back with good times ahead. Happy New Year
Nd got smashed last nite, we did not tackle well at all, why? I dont believe Alabama is 28 points better than us. WAS IT stage fright or the long lay off? I am just in disbelief. Does anyone have a logical explanation? slade
It is difficult to have perspective so soon after such a disappointing loss. But any objective observer would conclude that the ND football team made enormous progress this year. Shortly after the Epiphany, here are 12 gifts of Christmas that the Notre Dame football team brought us to savor and enjoy as we get closer to next season and look forward to higher heights:
2. Ranked #1 at the end of the regular season.
3. Beating Stanford, Oklahoma (away), USC (away), Michigan State (away) and Michigan.
4. Manti Te'o.
5. The #1 recruiting class in the country, including the #1 linebacker (Jaylon Smith, perhaps the top recruit in the country), #2 linebacker (Anzalone), #1 running back (Bryant), five-star safety/WR (Redfield), and blue-chip offensive linemen (Elmer & Montelus).
6. The demonstrated ability of Brian Kelly, Bob Diaco and the rest of the coaching staff to develop and motivate players to perform beyond expectations.
7. The renewed spirit, emotion and bond of a band of brothers who play for each other, making each other better than they would be otherwise. An intense feeling of family.
8. An absolutely outstanding group of freshmen, sophomores and juniors ready to reload next year--smarter, stronger, faster, tougher, more experienced, building on this year's success, learning from this year's mistakes, setting the bar higher.
9. The heroic goal-line stand against Stanford, especially Manti stuffing Stepfan Taylor at the one-inch line on third down.
10. The inspiring character, faith and values eloquently expressed by Manti Te'o, through his words and actions, on and off the field, making us all proud to be associated with a school and a family he represents for us.
11. #1 NCAA Graduation Success Rate.
Who would have believed just a few months ago that we would enjoy such tremendous success and resurgence this season? We have so much to be grateful for and so much to look forward to and enjoy. I can't wait for next season, and the season after that, and the season after that. Go Irish!
"The pilgrims follow by the sacred waters/...And there's a magic in the sound of their name/Here come the Irish of Notre Dame"
Over half and most of the BCS games were blow outs this year......I still think if we got reviews on the Eifert pass and punt fumble this game would have been a lot closer...they gave the feeling to the team that this was not their night...
This post was edited by BORGHI on 1/8/2013 at 4:49 PM
Excellent first post, sacredwaters!! Especially, the last point, i.e. hope
without doubt, God's greatest gift to us mortals. As last night's game
recedes into history, we will gradually turn our minds and hearts to
the year 2013. And, in doing so, our expectations will have increased
fourfold. It ought to be fun!!!
.......Notre Dame finished fourth in the final Associated Press poll of the year, falling behind Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon and unbeaten Ohio State as well as the Crimson Tide. The Irish belong in that group, which is something no one would have believed when they broke training camp in August...........there does not exist a bigger ND football fan than myself, and this will take me a long time to get over. but we belong in that group? BS. repeat BS. we are not there yet, and to assume we are is pure harry potter crap......
Run the ball.
Stop the run.
You win, or lose, up front.
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