It’s been a relatively quiet lead up to the Sugar Bowl thus far. The only real news you see about Notre Dame football is that of recruiting. Well, things may pick up a little bit now. While reading the Blue Gray Sky this morning, a quote by an LSU defensive end was posted. The player was Chase Pittman, and he had this to say about the Irish:
“Yeah, [Notre Dame] are the darlings of the media world. Hopefully we can knock them off their media high horse that they are always on. We want to show everybody that they don’t really deserve to be where they are.”
That’s real cute Chase, but the “media darling” stamp that has been embedded into the forehead of the Notre Dame football program is getting pretty outdated. On numerous occasions this season the Irish have actually dropped in the polls after a win. This would not be so bad if the teams that jumped them actually played, but on several occasions a team that was idle the previous week had leap-frogged a victorious Notre Dame team. Also, as far as the Sugar Bowl goes, I think what you are saying is quite the opposite. Wouldn’t a team that the media adores so much like Notre Dame be picked once in a while when talking about this bowl game? If you have seen it let me know, because I certainly have not found one of the Irish loving members of the media come out and pick Notre Dame in this game. The odds makers in Vegas also have the Irish as 9-point underdogs. Does that mean they love Notre Dame too?
Finally, I would love to compare this to 1992, and would love to use this as the rallying cry during the ball game, but in all honestly, I don’t think anybody cares enough about Chris Pittman (or is it Chase?) to really take anything he says seriously. The biggest headline he has gotten in Louisiana was when he decided to fight some guy in 2005, and got arrested for it. But when you have 0 sacks and 19 tackles on the year, I guess that is the only thing people can talk about.