On Saturday afternoon, I did something I’m not proud of. For the first time, I sat in front of the television and cheered for Notre Dame. And ever since, I’ve been hiding in the house, waiting for lightning bolts to strike….
Since I’ve always despised Notre Dame and their hypocrisy, it wasn’t easy to pull for them; but my rationale was this: Short term pain for long term gain….
Despite my family’s Oregon roots and legacy, I was born in Los Angeles and grew up a USC fan. So it behooves the Trojan faithful to have Charlie Weis remain at the helm and guide the Irish into the abyss. I don’t want them winning any National Titles or qualifying for BCS games, but I do want them to win just enough for Weis to keep his job….
This way, the Irish remain mediocre and incapable of defeating good teams….
Not only is Weis a lousy coach, he’s also condescending, arrogant, set in his ways and inflexible. This combination ensures the Notre Dame program will flounder in mediocrity….
When he took the job, his first move was calling a team meeting. When the subject USC was raised, Weis mentioned coaching against Pete Carroll in the NFL and allegedly said, “I’ve never lost to that motherf***** in my life and I’m not about to start now!” The room erupted in cheers, but five years later Weis is still looking for his first win over Carroll….
Once, when recruiting a star high school QB, Weis strolled onto campus like King Tut, expecting royal treatment. According to the kids’ coach, Weis said something along these lines, “One year with me and he’ll be an NFL prospect. Two years and he’ll be a Heisman candidate. Three years and he’ll be a first round draft pick.”….
After the King left campus, the coach advised his star player to choose another school….
In five years at Notre Dame, the signature moment for Weis is a loss, in the infamous “Bush Push” game. He still hasn’t beaten a quality team and the fact a loss is his greatest moment speaks volumes about his sorry tenure in South Bend….
If you dislike Notre Dame, a new coach like Chip Kelly, Brian Kelly, Urban Meyer or even Jim Harbaugh is scary. We loved Gerry Faust and Bob Davie, but when Lou Holtz took over it was Notre Dame hater’s worst nightmare….
Yes, UConn fighting back to defeat Notre Dame just weeks after their star player was murdered is a great story. The coach seems classy, the program is on the rise and most people were pulling for them. But I have the big picture in mind; keeping a nitwit like Weis in charge….
Go, Charlie, go….
I’ve watched a lot of great football games over the years, but Oregon’s 44-41 O.T. win over Arizona on Saturday night might have been the best game I’ve ever seen. Down 24-14 in the 4th quarter, the Ducks Rose Bowl dreams were fading fast. But Jeremaih Masoli, who now has to be back in the thick of the Heisman race, made play after play to lead Oregon to one of the greatest wins in school history….
The situation was so bleak that the UA students poured out of the stands and surrounded the field, in anticipation of a great victory….
Masoli ran for huge plays, passed for big plays, converted impossible third and fourth downs with the season on the line and put on a performance for the ages. He threw for three TD’s, ran for three more and played the best game of the 2009 college football season….
Last week I had Toby Gerhart on top of my Heisman list and he did nothing to lose that spot, despite his Stanford Cardinal getting upset by Cal….
Gerhart ran for 136 yards and four TD’s, and the fact Harbaugh only allowed him to carry the ball 20 times shows how dominant he was….
But if Masoli has another great game against Oregon St. in the Civil War, he wins the Heisman….
That would make Oregon the Pac-10 champs and give them an appearance in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1994….
By the way, the Civil War is on Thursday night, December 3rd and will be the single bigest football game ever played in the state….
For the first time, the winner of the game goes to the Rose Bowl. What a story this is for the people of Oregon, with both the Ducks and Oregon St. enjoying remarkable seasons with a shot at a BCS game….
I’m going to make every attempt to be there, because this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone wioth Oregon roots….