Randy Holtz of the Rocky Mountain News has nice writeup chronicling Notre Dame’s long running love affair with the Heisman Trophey. Basically the Heisman goes with the Irish like burgers go with beer at CJs.
If you don’t know, the Rocky Mountain News Heisman poll is the longest-running weekly Heisman Trophy poll in the country, in its 20th year, and has correctly predicted the winner 16 of the previous 19 seasons. The poll started back in 1987…the last time a Notre Dame player won the Heisman. Guess who the poll has predicted to win this year (his last name rhymes with IrishBetterWin)? This is Randy’s take on Brady Quinn this season:
“Irish senior quarterback Brady Quinn, who passed for nearly 3,919 yards last season and posted the obscene touchdown-to-interception ratio of 32-7, is the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the Heisman.
And why not? He’s tough. He’s tested. He has a howitzer for a right arm. And not only does he play for college football’s most recognizable brand name, his senior season dovetails nicely with what many think will be Notre Dame’s return to over- the-top national glory.”
Other highlights from the article include proof that no money from the “Generations Campaign” goes to the operations dept:
“True story: We were in the Notre Dame athletic offices a few years back when we noticed a Heisman statuette being used as a doorstop for the office of the sports information director. Someone asked if it was a real Heisman Trophy.
“Yeah, that one is John Huarte’s, I believe,” the publicist said. “We don’t have enough room for all of them in the trophy case.”
Mr. Holtz, you are now on our Christmas card list….and with a last name like that how could you not love the Irish.