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Remember, as kids, when you'd strike out in a backyard baseball game and immediately call for a 'do over', claiming there was a fly in your face? Or you'd miss a free throw and call for a 'do over' because your mom was screaming, "Lunch is ready," when you took the shot and that messed up your concentration? Whatever game and whatever excuse...you'd ask for a 'do over."
Well, I'd like a do over.
I'd like to start 2013 over again. At least the last ten days of it. 2013, itself, started out great for me on a personal level. At midnight on December 31st, 2012 I was beside my longtime girlfriend, surrounded by neighbors and friends. Low key event, but at 41 years of age, it's the kind of event you prefer over the glam metal vomit parties I enjoyed in the 90's. Ok - and a couple of years into the 2000's.
My football team was #1. Undefeated. Playing for the National Championship. Led by Manti Te'o, arguably the most positive influence both spiritually and athletically at Notre Dame since the invention of the toaster. In charge of the team was a loyal coach who gave people (at least me) that warm and fuzzy feeling in regards to his determination to fix (and stay at) Notre Dame. To quote Kelly himself, "Leaving Notre Dame is not an option." The Irish basketball team had shaken off an early season loss to Saint Joe's and was shooting back up the rankings. Life. Is. Good.
Seven days later, I boarded a ride on a rollercoaster at WTF World.
My team - my #1, unbeaten, awesome team - lost. No, lost is, from what I saw, far too kind. Destroyed. Think Mike Tyson vs Peter McNeely. To make matters worse, I live in the south. Great weather. Annoying fanbase. I could argue/debate with SEC fans in the SEC vs Notre Dame courtroom prior to the game. We belong. We can beat you. We deserve this and that. Four quarters later, Notre Dame's football team sided with the SEC. The damning evidence was a tape of the game.
The very next day, after witnessing his team get out-muscled, out-played, out-schemed, and out-coached, my loyal coach got right back to work. Scratch that. He interviewed for another coaching position and went on vacation. Whether he handled it correctly is up for debate, not one in which I care to dwell. Kelly has since decided to stay at Notre Dame and the majority opinion seems to be along the lines of other coaches do this and that's the business side of the game. Saban does it. Meyer does it. Pete Carroll did it. (insert sigh here). I wanted my coach to join that group for a completely different reason.
Well..the loss is fading away. Kelly has politicianed himself back into the hearts of most fans. Rollercoaster ride coming to an end. Life slowly getting back to normal. Well hold on...
Life, it turns out, decided that the rollercoaster ride at WTF World, with all its twists and turns, needed an even more dramatic flare. Enter Manti Te'o and a dead girlfriend who is neither dead, nor was ever a tangible girlfriend. At this point, I am not sure I even care whether Manti Te'o was the victim or was involved in a hoax that preyed upon the emotions of nearly every sports fan. Blame just doesn't seem to matter. What matters - at this point - is a story as strange and twisted and disturbing as this - actually exists. It's Jersey Shore meets Notre Dame, only you actually give a sh*t how Snooki feels. You're invested in her. And now, even if it is unfair to her, 2013 has drained all the give a damn out of you.
That's 2013. Add in the arrow-pointing-up basketball team now losing two in a row to inferior teams and you have to wonder if the rollercoaster has ended. It doesn't seem possible that there's another loop in the ride. Then again, nothing in this awfully-written piece seemed plausible on midnight of December 31, 2012. I really want to go back to that moment. Start all over. "Do over" the last ten days, only add competiveness and loyalty. Subtract Snooki.
I'd like to give a damn again.
* Sole Member of Loner Monkey Gang
* 11-Time Winner of POTW Award
* Does Not Give A Sh*t
I'm working on building a flux capictor right now to get me back to 1988....
LET'S GET IT ON!!!!!
I gave up on 2013 yesterday and started interviewing other years to take over, 2015 is looking pretty promising. Either that and have an amazing year as lord in a castle by reinstating 1458.
Get all the crap out at once, I say. The next eleven and a half months are going to be filled with awesomeness.
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
POTW 1/31/11 - 2/6/11
Wait a minute.... Does your wife not exist now? ".... long time girlfriend." Hmmm... seems fishy. Is Gardner Webb preparing a statement? Surely, I jest. I mean Ron I jest. Yes I need at least a do over since October '12 but, not the Santa stuff cause that was super terrific.
2 time POTW winner on some dates I can't remember from 2yrs ago at BNG,
POTW: 1/3/11- 1/9/11, 6/20/11-6/26/11
I would be worried about the burning oil and the moat? Can you swim?
Gringo Mafia VP of Guinness Intake, once drank Guinness under the table while drinking Guinness with Guinness! POTW 12/24/12 and 7/8/13
1458 assured me that I can do whatever I want if its reinstated. It will put me in one of the most prosperous for its size small towns there is, where everyone is happy and nothing I can do would ruin that. I like 1458, sounds totally honest to me.
Ponce de Leon was born in 1458 so let's roll with it!!
I gave everyone above me +1's for cracking me up. Right now it's the best I can do.
POTW 11/9 to 11/15/2010
I had some bad salmon last night and have been glued to the shitter for the last 2 hours.
I can't catch a break.
Nice Giga!! Been there done that though now I go all Hank and go in the yard that way the house still smells fresh and clean! Where's my "Escape" thread, I gotta hide!
"What is it?" "They call it a snooki. She breeds and survives off of pickles and mayonaise. A very rare and odd species."
Shameless plug for his thread...
He's like that now you know Paddy, not the same person you knew before you left us. He is now selfish and shameless, caring nothing about others. Its very sad. Oh wait, thought you were talking about Merlin. My bad, forget the last two minutes.
IB is a wonderful person and poster and you were being sarcastic, now I get it. Nice to meet ya!!
IFR and all the posters on this thread, THANKS!!. Best laughs of the year. What a shame that someone we've admired from signing day till now was played so badly and it just seems to keep on coming down hill.
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