Duranko’s Digest: What Did We See Against Michigan State?

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Cam McDaniel (33) celebrates after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans. Notre Dame won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

True Grit. Rooster Cogburn would have loved this game. A gritty bunch of players led by a gritty coach with a gritty game plane beat a gritty band of Spartans for the second straight win and tenth consecutive home victory.

Starting a four game run of high quality opponents, the Irish methodically handled business and dispatched Michigan State for the third year in a row. The final was 17-13. It was the third consecutive win over D’Antonio’s Spoartans. In the thirteen years between Holtz’ departure and Kelly’s arrival, Michigan State was 9-4 against Notre Dame. So, while the three game win streak is not a BCS victory, it is noteworthy. Further, since Ohio State accomplished it in his first three years in East Lansing, D’Antonio had not lost three games in a row to any opponent.

Some will say it was not pretty. For those folks we will provide free directions to the Louvre, the Prado or MOMA. But we have one tough football team, which beat a tough, worthy opponent.

For reasons of injury and targeted improvement, several changes were made on defense. Sheldon Day’s injury gave a lot of additional snaps to Kona Schwenke, some to Tyler Stockton, some to Jarron Jones, and some to Romeo Okwara as a tackle in passing situations.

Shumate and Grace were awarded starting positions and this made the starting unit a tad quicker and more athletic. The rotations at ILB and Safety will probably remain in flux for the rest of the year. We simply have more options and more flexibility than a year ago.

The Notre Dame defense held the Spartans to 254 yards of total offense, a number evocative of 2012 statistics.

The Irish offense totaled only 224 yards, but that was not far off the 275 the Irish totaled agaist the Spartans in 2011 and the 300 yards the Irish acheived against Sparty in 2012. Those with an accounting bent might think about doing a “pro forma” for the passing numbers by adding to them the interference penalties. In basketball you “create” free throws by driving to the bucket and forcing the defense to, well, defend. Kelly pressured the press coverage by throwing deep to Jones and the tall receivers, and, thereby “created” interference penalties. CAUSE; EFFECT.

We are each entitled to our opinions, but we are not entitled to our own facts. In four games, the offense has had three turnovers, two Rees interceptions and the Carlisle fumble. The offensive line has allowed three sacks. These guys do not beat themselves. This is now a HABIT.

After four games last year the Irish had allowed just 36 points, 9 per game. This year is it 21 points per game. That gap must close, but the defense may be on the verge of knitting. The defense was solid, cutting off the head of the Michigan State offense, its power running game. Sacks are still hard to come by.

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Elliott and Cooks continue to play a lot of defensive backs and we can now nickel and dime with a bunch of players.  This secondary may be ready for the Dies Irae against Graham and Kelly and those Devilish Arizona State players.

We face some, but not Denardesque, mobility at quarterback the next two weekends, and that has been a challenge for the 2013 defense.

Newcomers of the match

Corey Robinson – The little Admiral is remarkable. A year ago, he was a three star recruit who looked like a “project.” He’s a project like the Hoover Dam was a project.  He is remarkably poised for his youth. And think about this: for the first time is it possible that someone other than Jaylon Smith might, just maybe, be the Freshman of the Year.

Tarean Folston  -Surprise, surprise! Most thought Greg Bryant would be the first frosh back in the mix, but appears that Folston, FOR NOW, is a more comfortable choice for the coaching staff. They trusted Folston to play while the game was well in doubt.

The Sleeper Has Awakened

Stephon Tuit must have dismissed his stunt double and put on #7 himself. He’s back! Whether it was a sports hernia or emotional hernia that needed time, the process is now complete. He’s about to start breaking some things!

Future Star

Ronnie Stanley – still raw as a redshirt frosh but he is the first robin of the Spring of our future offensive lines. The pipeline is filled and Harry knows what to do.

We’ll refresh the unit rankings after the OU game.

This week we’ll rank our opponents, comment on some 2013 developments, and attempt to rate their bowl level.

BCS Bowl candidates

(1) Stanford – after three games the Cardinal look pretty much as they have the last two years. They are deliberate on offense, but have the ability to string together long drives when they need to control the ball. Hogan has settled in at QB.

Their defense is rough, physical, rugged, more effective than it is esthetically pleasing. They may have the best offensive line we will see this year and the best offensive line we have since since early January.

Their BCS hopes rest on the Oregon game, to be played November 7th, on the Farm. They play a tough schedule, drawing Arizona State, Ucla and the “Weakest Link” USC from the South. The Pac XII championship winner gets the automatic bid, but it would be no surprise if the improving Pac XII gets two BCS participants. Signature win: Arizona State

(2) Michigan – Remember the Big 2 and the Little 8? From the 1968 season through the 1980 season, 13 long years, either Ohio State or Michigan represented the Big X in the Rose Bowl. It is not guaranteed, but the most probable and plausible result is that Michigan will play Ohio State on two successive weekends, once in Ann Arbor and the following Saturday in Lucas Oil for the Championship. It is the winner of the second game who will get the automatic bid. Signature win: Notre Dame

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(3) Oklahoma – while the Sooners have some serious issues on offense, the Bix XII is a bit off this year. Kansas State and West Virgnia are a shadow of what they were last year, Oklahoma State is being pecked at by compliance rumors, TCU is still two years away from competing for the title, and in a remarkable tribute to either inertia or stupidity, Mack Brown is still the coach at Texas. It is a conceivable result that the Soooners will be well out of the Top Ten and still get a BCS bid. Signature win: West Virginia

(4) Arizona State – their path is simple, albeit difficult. Just win the Pac XII South by outpointing UCLA and Arizona, then somehow pull the upset over whichever of Stanford or Oregon wins the North. They have, BY A MARGIN, the best quarterback we will face in the first six games. Signature win: Wisconsin

New Year’s Day Bowl Caliber

None of our opponents, huge drop-off after the top four (albeit USC is sui generis)

Bowl candidates

Michigan State – Signature Win: South Florida? (tallest of the three midgets they’ve beaten)

The Spartans are a typical D’Antonio team, sound but not spectacular. Yet, it is likely that they will be an underdog only against Michigan for the rest of the regular season. They might be the third best team in the Big Ten, if Wisconsin isn’t. And the two preceding facts constitute an indictment of the Western Conference. It is an archive with big TV ratings. As a conference it is sinking without trace.

Pitt – not a bad football team at all. Has a sure ACC classic on its schedule when they visit the Carrier Dome on November 23rd to play Syracuse.  Signature win: Duke

BYU – a 1-2 team with a weird schedule, and it is still seeking an identity as an independent. Taysom Hill will amass huge stats against Middle Tennessee, Houston, Idaho State and Nevada but he will be get lambasted by our front seven. He will look much slower against us. Signautre Win: Texas

Navy – the most intriguing, suspense-filled race in America may be the Commander in Chief trophy. It’s a toss up! Signature win: Indiana

Stay Home

USC – Kiffin will not go quietly into that dark night, and Haden and his new coach (Believe this, it will be a dandy, and the rivalry will be rekindled, in ways we might find unpleasant) will have to go into damage control, rehabilitation, weeping, gnashing of teeth and rebooting this storied program. USC will QUALIFY for a bowl, but the coaching change will keep the Trojans home. Signature win: Boston College?

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Air Force – can’t even contain the offenses of Utah State and Wyoming. Lost their starting quarterback, but the kid, Jaleel Awini, is a good runner, and a horrific passer. Signature Win: Colgate

Temple – Rhule will probably get the Owls to a bowl game, right before he leaves for greener pastures. Give it a couple of years. Winless

Purdue – If you want to plot the arc of the Purdue program, observe carefully what Jerry Kill is doing at Minnesota, if you’re into that sort of football thing. Hazell learned well under Tressel. Signature win: the mighty Sycamores of Indiana State.

We will update these rankings, and slot the Irish in the appropriate place after the Shamrock Series game against ASU.

What will we see against Oklahoma?

(1) Best set of skill players so far this year. At WR and RB they have some difference makers. Williams, Clay and Finch at RB, and Saunders, Shepard and Duron Neal at WR. But Blake “BellDozer” Bell is limited. He is more powerful than nifty, and nifty works better against our defense.  He is not a good passer despite the stats he put up against Tulsa.

(Sigh!) This week we will hear much noise about how Bell has “arrived” There’s a reason he was not chosen the starter and the injured Trevor Knight was. Watch and see.

(2) An improving defense under Mike Stoops. They are quicker than a year ago. He was always the stronger of the Stoops/Venables pair when they worked together in the early years of the Bob Stoops reign.

(3) A lot of Stoops in the stands. The Stoops family is very active in the Catholic community in Youngstown and they will be out in force. The Sooners did not play on 9/21 and they will be rested. Bob Stoops will have put a lot of effort into this game, and the Sooners will probably play their best game of the year.

Last year, they were beaten physically by our Irish on both lines of scrimmage, as they were by Kansas State. Have they closed the gap? Have we? Both? Neither.

(4) Last chance to hone the man-to-man defense and blitzes before we confront a challenging Arizona State team.

(5) An opportunity for the 11th consecutive home win.

TV viewing note: our two ensuing opponents, USC and Arizona State, have a Saturday clash in Tempe, 7:30 California time on ESPN 2.

Buckle your chin straps, lads. Saturday is a big one!

Go Irish!

 

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  1. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

    Shaz,

    By extreme prejudice I mean leave no question as to who won the conflict. Last time I checked, just wars could be fought to win and win convincingly. Moreover, was it just or proportional for the US to drop not one but two bombs on Japan and put an end to the war? People of good will can disagree on this. But my answer would be yes. The American lives saved and their contributions to our country merited it. But I can respect the other side. Tough questions like these don’t allow for fundamentalist moralizing one way or the other.

    Do I believe ND should run up the score? It has in the past and no one other than the anti-ND haters complained. Do I think we need to? Perhaps not. But do I think ND should be playing at a level where they could be able to put up 50 easy on a team like Temple or Purdue? Hell, yes! If ND elects not to, so be it. But it should be a matter of ND largesse and not crap play that keeps scores down. Don’t confuse what’s happening now on the field with sportsmanship, Shaz. ND didn’t run up the score on Temple because it was playing nice. It didn’t because it couldn’t. There’s a world of difference there and all the grandstanding and moralizing in the world cannot cover it up.

    So, I really don’t think we disagree. I, too, would prefer for ND to not be like Ohio St. and its scumbag coach (who many of us here wanted and perhaps still some covet) running up the score on a FCS team. The fact that anyone would even play an FCS team is gutless and shows poor sportsmanship. I give you props, Shaz, for standing up to “Buckeye Billy” and pointing that out. Unless you’re telling me that it’s OK for you to have ND suck so we can say we’re good sports, then I think we’re in agreement.

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    1. Shazamrock 6 years ago

      Two thumbs up!

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  2. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

    “Sad Warrior,” Nothing like having Shaz question your manhood to start the day.

    I’m fired up about democracy and living in a free country. Hopefully it will always stay that way. Thanks to brave men and women like you, I have faith it will.

    I hear you, brother. I try to not watch the games with minors around.

    Your points are well-taken always, “Sad Warrior.” As a true, blue ND man you can say whatever you want, regardless of who agrees or disagrees with you. What I don’t like are trolls coming on here and getting a free pass because some think they can make alliances with them against true ND fans they disagree with. I may have a disagreement with you about this or that. But if an outsider comes along to try you, then they’re challenging all of us. At least that’s what I’ve been taught and how I was raised. You always side with your brothers no matter what.

    On this site freedom of speech should be for ND fans. The ND haters and trolls can go to their own sites. That’s what it means to live in a free country. But those of us who love the Irish have earned our right to speak our minds from years of tears and heart-ache. We’ve earned our stripes, so to speak. The trolls can’t get a free pass in the name of political correctness or because “duranko” or someone else wants to posture and recruit erstwhile allies in his make-believe fights with me, or JC, or anyone else on here. That’s sick. That’s being disloyal to other ND fans.

    So, yeah, “Sad Warrior,” I’m fired up. Hopefully, we can all be equally fired up on Sat. after seeing the Irish finally put it all together in all 3 phases of the game and win big at home against a good, historically important team like OU.

    Go Irish! Beat the Sooners!

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    1. Sad Warrior 6 years ago

      Wow! Thank you! You have just made our night a good one. Your zest and passion for for the game is refreshing.

      Have to shut down all monitors for now. Take care. Stay safe. Go Irish! Shembo Time! Hooah!

      END EAM. OUT.

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    2. Shazamrock 6 years ago

      SFR,

      Well you did ask…

      “Can I ask a question? Since when does positive mean delusional? Since when does positive mean irrational? Since when does positive mean stupid? Remember?

      Also:
      “Are you currently a firefighter, cop, or soldier?

      Answer:

      Some people call me the space cowboy,
      Some call me the gangster of love
      Some people call me Maurice
      Cause I speak of the pompitous of love

      People talk about me,
      Say I’m doin’ wrong, doin’ so wrong
      Well, don’t you worry baby
      Don’t worry
      Cause I’m right here, right here, right here, right here at home

      Cause I’m a picker
      I’m a grinner
      I’m a lover
      And I’m a sinner
      I play my music in the sun

      I’m a joker
      I’m a smoker
      I’m a midnight toker
      I sure don’t want to hurt no one..

      Woo Wooooooo

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      1. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

        Amen, Shaz! A bit of well-timed levity from a true ND man. Great tune selection, too!

        Keep on keeping us real, Shaz, my brother!

        Go Irish!

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  3. Sad Warrior 6 years ago

    SFR-we just saw your comment to the Shazmatazzman! He fired you up!

    Why are we here? We are here for you. When asked that question our answer is, and always will/must be the same. We are here in the hope that your children will not have to here down the road. We are here so that all the exchanges that occur here will go on and on and on. We do not fight for Notre Dame football exactly, we fight for the idea and ideals she represents. I guess we even tote the rock for Bama as well.

    Time for late chow and the rack. Pre Game rumblings have started as they did last year. We have several ‘Sooner Dudes’ here who just want to see a good game! I assured them that they would, but not just so good for OU! Hey, what else could I say?!

    Go Irish! Hooah!!!

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  4. Matt 6 years ago

    I really think 7-5 would be an accomplishment for this team. They play with no emotion on Defense and the Offense is terrible. Losses to OU,ASU Stanford, and BYU. Throw in tough games against USC and Pitt and it could end up being a lot worse.

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    1. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

      Thank you Tony Robbins.

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  5. Woody O'Hardy 6 years ago

    I am usually very gung-ho about ND football. Folks, just consider this. Wouldn’t you guys want to play against a team that has a QB like Rees?

    He is a great kid and everything, but he is one-dimensional. This is easy for defenses to scheme. A mobile QB is essential. Look how the Michigan QBs have shredded us.

    Honestly, we should have gone with Hendrix the first few games and used Rees as back-up, like in Purdue last year. By now Hendrix would have settled in.

    It didn’t help that Zaire was ill.

    I hope I am wrong. Nevertheless, the rest of the team has to play error-free ball for us to beat good opponents. Also, have Cam return punts. TJ, god bless him, can’t handle that job.

    I agree with previous comments, Shembo Monster is a BEAST. Let’s unleash the kraken on the Sooners…

    Cheers,
    Woodrow

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  6. JC 6 years ago

    Gee guys, I’m sorry, numbers are only a matter of convenience for when we win. Bravado trumps truth now doesn’t. Keep on drinking that “pickle juice!” Oh that was my bad…”foul tip!” Hahaha!

    Gooooo(Real)Irish!

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  7. BJ 6 years ago

    HERE IS PART OF THE PROBLEM: “With all the speaking engagements, public appearances, and alumni functions he’s required to attend there wasn’t much time left for actual football related items, much less being the “offensive coordinator” and play caller. If he wanted to continue to keep up with his public appearances (which I’m guessing he doesn’t have a choice) as well as spend time more time with his players, it would have made perfect sense for him to eliminate calling plays and having to worry so much about the offense.”

    NO WONDER WE DONT HAVE AN OFFENSE OR A TEAM THAT DOESNT BELIEVE IN THE GUY

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  8. BJ 6 years ago

    CHUCK HAS AN INCREDIBLE RECORD, http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/martin_chuck00.html, BUT WHY ARENT WE SCORING? I DONT GET IT? EXPLAIN IT TO ME

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    1. Ron 6 years ago

      Hmmmm because we suck!

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  9. Jack W 6 years ago

    Mariano Rivera was a starter before he became the all time best reliever in MLB history. He was a bad starter. Tommy Rees is our Mo Rivera and can’t be counted on to pitch a full game. He throws terrible passes to open receivers but manages the game. He plays well against bad teams a horrible against good ones. We need EG back! I don’t understand why we don’t give Hendricks a shot.

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  10. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

    Can I ask a question? Since when does positive mean delusional? Since when does positive mean irrational? Since when does positive mean stupid?

    I’m really wondering what some people here mean when they use terms like positive. I’m sure “Sad Warrior” is familiar with constructive criticism serving this country gallantly as he’s doing. But why the disconnect between our experiences as professionals, as many of us here no doubt are, people used to giving and receiving critical feedback for our performances, and this belief that positive means we have to be uncritical.

    I’m really confused by how a leatherkneck combat veteran like “Sad Warrior,” for instance,can honestly tell us that we should only wear rose-colored glasses when watching ND games. Is this what is being taught to our military officers? To see everything in those serving under them as positive? No criticisms whatsoever? I doubt it. With all due respect to a true, blue ND man and patriot like “Sad Warrior,” I disagree with him. Yes, absolutely, we should be positive when we see things that warrant positive evaluations. But certainly that doesn’t preclude constructive criticism of what we see that’s wrong or not working.

    God bless “Sad Warrior” and all our brave fighting men and women!

    God, Country, Notre Dame!

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    1. Shazamrock 6 years ago

      While only the Warrior himself can answer your question about being, and remaining positive,
      my take on it would be that the great country he serves has invested a great deal of time and effort in developing a true positive attitude in all our fighting men.
      I think they do this because they know if they were to send men into a battlefield without it, they have already lost.

      I don’t believe that’s a matter of wearing rose colored glasses, but rather a matter of life or death.

      I think it’s called “having an edge”

      Perhaps your confusion over a unrelenting positive attitude or unbrideled optimism stems from the fact that you probably don’t face life threatening situations on a daily basis?

      And I do believe there is a place for constructive criticism, the key word here being constructive.

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      1. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

        Are you currently a firefighter, cop, or soldier? If not, don’t play at one and moralize with me about not facing life or death situations on a daily basis.

        I give thanks to God that we have men and women like “Sad Warrior” who do that so the rest of us can go about our way. I don’t think I’ve ever showed him any disrespect. Nor has he ever disrespected me, as befits an officer and a gentleman. But with all due respect to him and those like him, we’re all entitled to our personal thoughts. If not for our right to live and think freely, then what the hell are “Sad Warrior” and his comrades in arms fighting for. Oil? The wealth of the 1%? No. They’re fighting for our freedoms, which includes the right for me to be as critical as I want to be about this government or ND football or anything else.

        Perhaps you, Shaz, at one time served our country. God bless you for that. But in these here United States, the military serves its people, not the other way around, like in Third World, banana republics ruled by generalissimo this or that.

        As for constructive criticism, I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder, Shaz. I’m on record as trying to avoid the extreme rants of both the “Fire BK Now” lynch mob and the “Everything is Great! Wait til Next Year” apologists. I think avoiding polarizing rhetoric is constructive. However, when some particular play or call in-game is dreadful, there’s nothing wrong or disloyal with saying so. Otherwise being positive is just plain delusional.

        Go Irish!

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      2. Sad Warrior 6 years ago

        SFR-The Shazman fired you up! We didn’t see that comment until just now. Trust that when a poor play unfolds or a lousy call is made that the language and critiquing take on a whole new aura…I’m sure you get our meaning…We understand your zest and fervor for excellence, very admirable. The Irish may well put it all together come Saturday afternoon.

        Yes you are entitled to your thoughts and open opinions. When people ask us that question as to “why do you do thi?” the answer is, and always must be the same, we are here for your freedoms and for the hope and wish that your children will not have to be here down the road.
        Too often that is taken for granted if not overlooked by too many folks back home.

        Go Irish! Loosen the Shembo Monster, ring the Bell! Hooah!!!

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      3. Shazamrock 6 years ago

        SFR,

        You made some very good points here today.

        Many which I agree with or respect.

        But there is one which displays the vast differences of what each of our eyes truely behold.

        It’s one that speaks volums, can fully explain, and sum up our on going conflicting differences of opinion on how we each view our team.

        I will NEVER take the posisition that “We” (The United States or the University of Notre Dame) should ever seek to defeat anyone with “extreme prejudice” Ever.

        That’s not what it says in our Constitution, that’s not the way we want to cunduct our military, and that’s not what our student athletes come to ND to learn.

        We are all guilty of prjudice in some way, shape, or form.
        I certainly am guilty of it and am in a continous struggle to try irradicate from my life.

        Our military uses terms like “Just War”,
        “Proportionality” and “Empathy”.

        Our University uses terms like “pride”, “fairness”, “unity”, “Honesty”, and “sportsmenship”.

        And those are all terms that I fully agree with no matter what labels might come with them.

        Now in your own personal view if that’s being over-morilizing, irrational, uncritical, delusional, an apologist, ignorant, polarizing, or clueless, then I respect your opinon and can live with that.

        God bless you too.

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    2. Sad Warrior 6 years ago

      SFR-It’s called ‘Never Surrendering. Never Giving up. Never losing faith. Never forsaking hope.’ Our creed includes accepting criticism but never giving in to defeat. See Shaz’s comment and then you will better understand our views and more importantly, our perspectives. Shaz has a very solid grasp of our situation and view.

      Some of the pundits are often overly critical of a young and stalwart 21 year old boy called a qb. He lives for Saturdays and hopes to be lucky and good on that day. We aren’t so fortunate. Our opponent needs to be lucky only once. We have to be lucky every day. And for us there is no Monday morning quarterbacking.

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      1. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

        “sad Warrior,”

        I doubt very much your CO would accept anything less than defeating your enemies with extreme prejudice. I doubt very much our field officers would accept 50% casualty rates at the hands of an inferior force and tell his men and superiors, “Hey, but at least we won. A win is a win.”

        Now, I don’t mean in anyway to trivialize war by comparing it to a game. I hate people who do that. What you do is real. Football is important but in the end it’s a game. However, I’m just trying to use an analogy for the sake of argument.

        I’m sure some of the men you command are as young if not younger than TR and the seniors on this team. I’m sure you don’t coddle them if they’re not doing their best. So why would you not demand the best of a talented team that is underwhelming? I’m not even talking about TR solely. He is what he is and we all know his limitations and strengths. So do our opponents. I’m talking about the team as a whole. There are a lot of 4 and 5 star recruits on this roster and they’re just not getting the job done. Imagine if our special forces, the best of the best, settled for the mediocrity that has been ND football for going on 20 years. That would be a national disaster. Again, I’m not making any 1-to-1 comparisons. But I doubt very much you or your fellow officers would settle for your men under-performing like this team has. (BTW: I’d like to be clear that I don’t believe BK or his staff accept this poor play; however, my concern is that they seem to be at a loss concerning how to fix the problem.)

        But, “Sad Warrior”, I respect your opinions as both a true, blue ND fan and fighting man for these here United States of America.

        God, Country, Notre Dame!

        Peace!

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  11. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

    What are you people talking about?!

    TR had a tremendous game. His passes were always on target. He made all the right reads. The O was unstoppable. In fact, the only reason ND didn’t put up 50 was that it played all its backups for the last 3 quarters of the game AND took 3 straight kneel downs every single time it got inside the 5, which, of course, happened on every single drive. The Irish never once called a TO to stave off a delay of game penalty. Did the Irish even punt on Sat. against MSU? Our O line was so dominant. It was creating gaping holes for our top 3 RBs, who each put up over 100 yards.

    Also, the D totally shut out a Heisman-level QB, a veteran signall-caller with tons of playing experience, who must surely remind everyone of Joe Montana, John Elway, or Dan Marino. The MSU O by the way is being compared to Oregon’s this season. In fact, I’ve heard that D’Antonio’s HB option pass was called by Chip Kelley in Philadelphia.

    In short, people, ND totally beat up and dominated on the field and on the scoreboard a team that many pundits are saying is every bit as good Bama this season. Thus, haters, ND should feel very good about such a scintillating win over a sure bet NC contender for decades to come, with a HC who will soon make everyone forget the name Nick Saban.

    If any of you disagree with this analysis, then you’re just plain negative and haters and you’re going to make me cry because we should not be so tough on this team. We need to coddle them and tell them that they’re great, they’re perfect, don’t need to change a thing about a program that has dominated college football over the last 3 decades.

    Sorry, have to go. But I have to go drink some Kool Aide now.

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    1. duranko 6 years ago

      Rob, here’s your BIG problem: and it’s your problem, not Notre Dame’s. You’re conflating or fan-dyslexing the abysmal undisciplined performance of Ben Roethlisberger and the winless, feckless Steelers
      with the DISCIPLINE of Rees,
      the careful COACHING of Kelly
      and the WINS of Notre Dame.

      There is a simple mechanism called transference and your
      primary loyalty to the Steelers has left you sad disappointed and chastened.

      The Steelers to use the vernacular, suck.

      Notre Dame does not.

      Go be miserable where the Allegheny meets the Monongahela and glut thy sorrow on a morening rose.

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      1. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

        Bro. Arrington,

        Do not bare false witness.

        Go back to remedial catechism and pick up the Bible sometime. Might do you some good.

        The Steelers have won 2 SBs and played in another within the last 10 years. How many titles has ND won in the same period of time? How many BCS bowls have they won the last decade? In fact how many bowl games has ND won in the last 10 years. So if I were to say which teams has sucked over this period of the time the answer would be obvious. But I guess Dick Arrington is more into diatribe than reason.

        Your inbred hatred and soul-despising diatribe notwithstanding, I love both my football teams. I desire for ND football to have the success the Steelers have had over the last decade. You instead want to waddle in your putrid resentments and make false claims.

        BTW: Dick Arrington/”duranko” has emailed me personally about his devotions to God and the Bible. Perhaps it would do him some good to go to confession and ask God to forgive him of his spitefulness.

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    2. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

      I can’t say for certain but I think this was said tongue and cheek.

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      1. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

        Ron Burgundy, I have to apologize to you. It seems you perhaps are a lot more perceptive than most of us here and see things more clearly than most. Mea culpa, Ron. Keep on keeping us honest!

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    3. Sad Warrior 6 years ago

      SFR-your points are well stated and taken. The solution and the problem lie with Coach Kelly. He is the “CO’, if you will, of Notre Dame. Thus you have in fact identified the problem and the solution! We salute your thinking.

      Go Irish! Hooah!

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  12. Jerry Seppanen 6 years ago

    The play calling last week was the worst of all the worst. It was horrendous.
    This team does have enough back from last year though that they know how
    to find a way to win. That is the most important thing.

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    1. SteelfanRob 6 years ago

      Now, now, Jerry, haven’t you heard what our moral leaders and holier than thou censors on this board are saying? No critical comments. You have to instead say that the play-calling is brilliant. After all, isn’t ND putting up 50 points a game on everybody? Jerry, I’m going to have to report you to our thought police for some “Clockwork Orange” retraining and programming. (See, I, too, can be witty and drop a pop culture, movie reference!)

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