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Great read, Lou,
What I like best about this group is how Kelly and the team are committed to the process, as they call it.
I particularly like that Kelly refuses to go anywhere near the talk of where they should be in terms of the BCS. How many times has a Chris Peterson, Gary Patterson, Stoops or "insert coaches name here" gone on the stump about where they should be ranked, only to have their teams fall flat where it counts a week later. He's turned into Nick Saban, who does a weekly tap-dance in front of fans and media trying NOT to answer the same questions Kelly is getting asked.
I also feel Kelly has the pulse of the team and knowing what you're not (able to get by on talent, a high-powered offense) at this point of the season is just as important as knowing what you are (physical, mentally tough, focused, etc.), and allows him to keep the team grounded and focused on the task at hand.
Can you do a "Whatever happened to..." segment on the author of "Under the Tarnished Dome" for us? Is he still writing?
Whatever happened to the author of "Under the Tarnished Dome?"
Is he still writing?
Unfortunately, I can distinctly recall where I was, what I was doing
and my feelings for a large number of the games cited in this thread. The
human brain is amazing in its ability to remember the details of painful
experiences, remember them "like crystal."
Since I have joined this board, I have posted ad nauseam about our
uncanny ability to lose these kinds of games, of all places, in
Notre Dame Stadium. Please note, 9 of the 12 cited games
occurred at home! That's 75%!!! Its enough to make me almost
wish that the Pitt game was at Heinz field.
I simply can not understand it but I have a suspicion--teams
play better when they play "with some sort of chip on their
shoulder." So, as Lou did before him, BK probably is trying
to find a chip or two to sharpen our focus and not let the
air out of the baloon.
Actually, if we are honest, hats off to Saban and Alabama
in this regard. I assume the players that play in Birmingham
are human but regardless of the acolades, Alabama comes
to play, week in and week out. May we approach their
In each of these games - we have to come out and play well in the first half; do what we do - run the ball, stop the run; extinguish all hope. Play the 2nd string in the 4th quarter. That's what I'm looking for the next 3 weeks.
God. Country. Notre Dame.
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