BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP Bu-BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP BUMP FOOOOOOLS. (that’s supposed to be EDM, which I honestly have no clue about so whatever)
Yeah, I’m still here. I’m quiet, I don’t get in the mix as much in my old age. But the LEPRECHAUNS NEVER QUIT!
EDM Style Leprechauns dance fast, they dance hard, and they dance all. night. long. (and likely on Molly w some glow sticks – crazy ass leprechauns)
And man, believe it or not, this is the 10th edition of the leprechauns. I remember it like it was yesterday. MQ actually wrote, BadKermit was pre-divorce, pre-lawyer, pre-pubescent (I think) and I made those damn leprechauns dance. And everyone said “NEVER AGAIN”. But you caaaaaaaaan’t stop it.
We’re back. And glorious as ever.
I CRUSHED 2014 predictions. Crushed. Last season? Well…let’s just say, my head is only getting bigger. (Unlike the Leps who, as we get older stay the saaaaaaaame age). In my preview I talked a lot about how a HEALTHY IRISH SQUAD that was no longer suffering from SUSPENSIONINJURYONCULOSIS would be rejuvenated and ready to roll. So, uh, yeah, that was COMPLETELY WRONG. But, we persevered in a major way and turned in quite a season. I don’t know how BK wasn’t COY with what that team did despite the injuries and schedule, but I digress.
This year we’re breaking things up into a preview of the predictions (this post) and the predictions themselves (coming soon to an HLS near you). So let’s see how last season went…
First, recap last year here: LINKTOLASTYEARRIGHTHERECLICKHERE
Remember, the scale!
LAST YEAR RESULTS
Texas: Said W 31-17. 2 Leps. Never imagined 38-3, which is like an ND-Michigan score, but man it was great. 1 for 1.
UVA: Said W 45-13. 3 Leps. I also included this quote “It’s over before it began.” HAHAHAAHAHAHAAH. Whoops. Got the W right but that was about it.
GT: Said 41-40. 1 Lep. I called it close at 41-40 because of the Option and all that means for running up the score, and while it started close we got away with a 30-22 W. 3 for 3.
UMASS: Said 41-6 (I liked the low 40s I guess), 3 Leps. Won 62-27. 4 for 4 ya’ll.
Clemson: Said 24-21 Loss, 1 Lep. Lost 24-22. THIS IS SADLY SUPER ACCURATE MAN I AM GOOD. Batting 1000. And from the preview last year:
If ND has an achilles heel this year, it’s defensive depth. Overall recruiting on the defensive side waned a bit after the monster hauls that included Nix et al. And it’s showing already with the injury to Jones pushing a true frosh onto the DL. And over the course of the season, that won’t be our only one. We’re not quite at the half way point through the season, but like I said earlier, injuries will play a role in this season, and I think it will be particularly dangerous for the defense.
It got SO MUCH WORSE THAN EXPECTED. But I still contend that even an average amount of injury to last year’s team puts us undefeated. 5 of 6.
Navy: Called 48-23, 2 Leps. Win, 41-24. Wow, on a roll.
USC: Called 37-24 Loss, 1 Lep. Won 41-31. This was the most impressive game of the season for me. After going through the ringer, we put it to the Condoms. Great game, great win, but the first blemish for me on the season. 6 of 7.
BYE: Nailed it.
Temple: Called W 48-13, 3 Leps, and we eeked out 24-20. Was impressed by Temple and sad about our effort that night. But we held on. 7/8.
Pitt: Called 28-24, 2 Leps. Won 42-30. 8 of 9. Genac This, Pitt.
Wake: Called W 35-21, 3 Leps, and we win 28-7. Even better than expected. And like that I’m 90%!
BC: Called W 22-9, 3 Leps, and predicted an off game where we struggled to show up. We win 19-16 in exactly that. Ugly fashion. But my record for the season was anything but ugly at this point. 10 of 11.
Stanford: Called 31-23 with Stanford getting a Safety.
ND Wins a Good, Solid Matchup: 31-23 (Stanford gets a Safety) w 2 Leps. Whoops. We lost 38-36 (hey I was close on our score). I really thought their D would be way less good. Sad.
So, called 10 out of 12 with 2 or 3 LEGIT predictions in there. And really, with the injuries we took on, this should not have been close to accurate. A testament to the grit, determination and depth of the team, and great coaching and program development by BK.
Last year I thought the season really rested on GA Tech, Clemson and USC. Was wrong on GT (we all were right????), right on Clemson. USC was sort of important, but I didn’t realize that Stanford has become equal to ND for real. Even in a down / exodus / rebuilding year, The Tree was legit. And it’s maddening.
In the next installment, we’ll get going on this year’s predictions! Prepare to be wowed, amazed, and astounded as I get em all right in WAY fewer words.
Get ready for the big show!
BUMP BUMP BUMP….
AND DANCE BABY DANCE!!!!