The luck of the Irish. There may be something to that. It can serve as the 12th man for Notre Dame in the same way that voodoo takes over on Monday Night in the superdome. The only thing frustrating about following a team that get strings of good and bad luck is the highs and lows a dedicated sports fan is put through. After everything that could possibly go wrong in one game crushing Notre Dame’s BCS dreams in Pittsburgh, they turn it around after the bye week and put on a top notch performance. Cam McDaniel rushed for 117 yards and Tommy Rees was surprisingly accurate airing it out for 285 yards. They really seem to be clicking on all cylinders but its too little to late.
What does Notre Dame have to look forward to? Well, after a potentially big statement game against Stanford they’re going to have a top ten recruiting class along with the return of their injured defense which was mostly sophomores and juniors. They’ve got McDaniel and Niklaus coming back for their senior years and more importantly they can say goodbye to Tommy Rees and welcome Ernest Golson. With all due respect to Tommy Rees, because he’s got a solid gold character and seems to be a class act, but in big games, I would rather let the kicker take the snaps. He has been very inconsistent in his career at Notre Dame. Every now in then he gets your hopes up with a 250 yard+ game, and that only makes it more heartbreaking when he throws 3 picks in the end zone the next week. I don’t know what his major was, but hopefully it wasn’t anything football or education related. I’d hate for him to train any future Irish quarterbacks. With that being said they’ve got a bright future. Any team that can suffer the injuries that these guys have had and play Michigan St., USC, Oklahoma, Stanford, and Arizona St. and come out of it 8-3 is not a bad team. The Irish are coming. This program is alive and well.
Down south there is another team that is playing a lot better than an 8-3 team. After treating Johnny Manziel like a step child, and Magee putting up a staggering 149 rushing yards, its kind of sad to see LSU come alive so late into the season. LSU’s offense is solid. If only this offense was teamed up with the defense of two years ago, the Tigers would be rolling right over the Tide into a national championship. Hopefully, Cam Cameron and John Chaveis can peak simultaneously at some point in the next two years. That last thing sounded kind of messed up. Erase that from your memory if possible.
In NBA news, Derrick Rose is outta there! At the risk of sounding insensitive, I think his most recent commercial is in very poor taste. It shows off all his money, and friends and jewelry and then he goes on to say if he lost all that stuff he’d have every thing and then it shows him hooping by himself in a gym. That’s a pretty bold thing to say for a guy who for all practical purposes has been hurt since the 2012 playoffs. He’s our generation’s Grant Hill and just in case he doesn’t have Adrian Peterson-Wolverine esque healing abilities, he should probably invest some of that money. But just down the road in Indianapolis, the Pacers look pretty unstoppable and are playing as thick as thieves. I smell an NBA title. (I’m not the first one to call that.)
The Indianapolis colts however seem to finally be facing harsh reality. Andrew Luck is damn good, but he is not Peyton Manning. I don’t think Manning ever lost by 30 to the Cardinals.
Well, I hinted towards ending this column in Indiana, but hints are for suckas. I couldn’t pass this one up. Gillette is offering the beard trimmings of the Boston Red Sox up for auction and they have received bids start at 6 to 700 dollars. If you’re paying roughly a grand for another dude’s beard hair, you need to take a long look in the mirror. Your life is in a dark place.
I’m Nick Nunnery and my red beard hair sells for double the market value of a brown beard.