Friday Roundup: The “Ferris Bueller” Edition

I’m convinced that being a Notre Dame football fan might just be one of the strangest existences in sports today. Despite the fact that the Irish are 6-0, it is as if we as fans still have something to prove.

After all, if we decide to listen to those we’ve defeated, they’ll each have their own version of what actually happened. Purude has a coach that can’t select a QB properly. Le’Veon Bell took personal responsibility for Sparty’s failings. Michigan simply didn’t play Michigan football as Denard Robinson handed us the game. Miami would’ve had a different fate if they could only Phillip Dorsett caught a couple of passes. Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor is still convinced that a second OT will still start soon.

Shift over to the talking heads and the national perspective in general and a different narrative forms. Notre Dame simply hasn’t beaten anyone yet. The entire Big Ten is a joke, Navy was Navy, and Stanford might just be the only win that the Irish can truly hang their hat on. Oklahoma will surely bring the Irish back down to earth.

Cameron, what have you seen today?

Nothing good.

Nothing – wha – what do you mean nothing good? We’ve seen everything good. We’ve seen the whole city! We went to a museum, we saw priceless works of art! We ate pancreas!

Of course, being fans, we defend our team, but beyond that, we want the undeniable joy of any doubter eating a healthy dose of crow. After all, most of the folks that attended College GameDay last weekend did just that taking well deserved “told you so” pot-shots when the opportunity presented itself.

It’s definitely quite the added bonus that winning delivers. Doubly so if there is a public proclamation via forums, a blog post, or even a comment that you can link to.

From the outside looking in, I would assume that most people think that we are just beside ourselves with joy until someone delivers a fatal blow to our defeated record.

The city looks so peaceful from up here.

Anything is peaceful from one thousand, three hundred and fifty-three feet.

But like I said at the start, being a Notre Dame fan is a strange existence. In the midst of 6-0 joy, there is angst. We try to force-feed crow to our own.

Simply proving the talking heads outside of the fanbase wrong isn’t enough, there is an additional reflex to prove ourselves right on such polarizing topics like the merits of a field rush, the coaching staff, the quarterback situation, or a jumbotron.

This probably sounds strange from someone that writes and helps run a blog that centers around such debates. Truth be told, I’m really not adverse to them. What I am adverse to is the shift in focus that such debates tend to cause as they rage on. Slowly but surely the focus shifts away from the team and actual games that should be the fuel for the fire in such debates. Instead the spotlight shines on the individuals involved in the debates, their opinions, or their previous works instead of the Irish themselves.

And honestly, I don’t care who wins that kind of a debate. At that point, the only “victory” that can be claimed is from someone sitting behind their computer monitor that I may or may not know. It’s all noise that distracts from the bigger picture.

While the internet pitchforks are sharpened, the rest of the nation continues to fall in love with Manti Te’o. We even have WWE superstars proclaiming his greatness.

Last week, we witnessed one of the most incredible endings to a football game possible. People are still talking about the Michigan game, not simply for the result, but how the Irish fans came together to support one of their own. I still smile when I think about how many non-Irish fans texted me when we defeated Michigan State.

We have something truly special going on this season and it should be savored.

Have your debates, and we will be more than happy to host our fair share here at HLS. But don’t get so caught up in simply “being right” or “proving someone wrong” that you lose your focus on the bigger picture of the season.

Before you know it, it’ll be over.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

The Roundup

Speaking of life moving fast, Ty Willingham apparently got a very fitting job as an assistant golf coach at Stanford; however, he no longer has the position. So many jokes missed, y’all.

Don’t let the HLS giveaway pass you by. We are still taking entries until the end of the month. Get yourself some free swag!

Dayne Crist’s career might be passing him by. I feel for the kid. Have a rough go of it at ND, follow the man that recruited you to Kansas, and then have the rug pulled out from under you.

Tommy Rees refuses to let his career pass him by. I wanted to to much more on the QB play this week, but Blog Davie does a great job breaking down Rees’ winning TD play. You have to give Rees all kinds of credit for taking whatever chances he gets and making the most of it. Best closer in college football.

John Cena’s tweet wasn’t the only WWE invasion into college football. Alabama knows how to deliver a textbook suplex.

ND Hoops is just around the corner. Let One Foot Down kick off your basketball previews.

In an instant a football career can end, a life can be threatened. Such is the case of Tulane defensive back, Devon Walker, who released his first public statement since the most devastating injury that I can remember on a football field.

It isn’t Rudy, but it’s another story of triumph. If you only read one piece about third string walk-on punters, make it this one.

Put These Games on Your Radar

Lots of great games again this week. Be sure to savor the glory. Below is just a small sample of what’s available.

#7 South Carolina vs #2 Florida, 3:30pm EST, CBS – Twibby’s Marquee Matchup of the Week

#6 LSU @ #18 Texas A&M, 12:00pm EST, ESPN/WatchESPN - Now this is how we should start every Saturday: a top tier game. Johnny Football could start creating some serious Heisman buzz should the Aggies knock off LSU at home.

#4 Kansas State @ #13 West Virginia, 7:00pm EST, FOX – Well, Vegas always knows and they sure had WVU pegged for the upset last week. I’m still not sure where to even rank K-State to be honest. Really intrigued on how this game plays out.

Predictions

Tex

Via my response to the IBG in tweet form:

 

Biscuit

Going with the leprechauns again:

Independence and belief in a book are where the similarities end, on and off the field. This won’t be close.

ND Wins 45-16

Just the 3.

Bayou

ND: 31 BYU: 0

Twibby

ND 27, BYU 10

Grantland-X

31-3 ND

Closest to the Pin Week 6: Biscuit’s dancing leprechauns were magical last week. He damn near nailed both scores and almost had the margin of victory dead on. Leaderboard:

Name Weeks Won
Bayou 3
Biscuit 2
Tex 1
Twibby 0
Grantland-X 0

The Beer

This week, we have a special request from Loyal Reader, KyNDfan:

John “Jack” Sheehan, RIP, had been a Subway Domer since the invention of the term. His sons, Greg and Tom, followed in his fandom footsteps. My wife is his granddaughter. She recently went through his old stuff and we are the process of scanning some old pics. This is a sample of them. I will post an album on Facebook and tag HLS on it. That’s Jack standing behind Ara and that’s him holding all that Old Milwaukee. It would be awesome if you would make that this weeks beer on the Friday round up.

You got it, KyNDfan, Old Milwaukee it is.

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