Typically, the Friday Roundup collects news, stories, and hilarity from all around the college football universe. Although we all love Notre Dame, it’s not the center of that universe and this space helps us enjoy everything that this beautifully stupid sport offers.
Sometimes though, Notre Dame is the center of that universe. Notre Dame at Georgia is the lone CBS prime-time game this season. ESPN’s College Gameday is in town. It’s a top-ten battle with more playoff implications than anything this young season has seen.
Plus, let’s just be honest, there’s not a chance in hell I’m focused on anything else this week.
So the Roundup will focus solely on Notre Dame and Georgia, but don’t expect a normal batch of news links. Because when ND ends up in games like this, the takes start coming and they don’t stop coming, not just from the usual all stars, but damn near anyone.
That’s the downside to the Irish winning one of the “big ones” in recent memory. To be fair, I’m used to it, but somehow, before even the first month of the season has closed, we’ve veered off into a practical burial of Notre Dame. If you dropped an alien into Athens, they would wonder why this game was even being played, much less one that requires a stadium expansion and plans for a crowd outside the stadium to equal the one inside it.
It’s quite amazing to watch this going down at such a break-neck pace considering that just four games ago, Georgia was a double-digit favorite in a little game called the Sugar Bowl and found themselves down 20-7 at the half and ultimately lost 28-21. Not only did this happen after their players decided to talk shit via Twitter during the playoffs (after failing to beat Bama themselves, AGAIN), but it happened after every single person under the fucking sun picked them to win.
So, should Bulldog history repeat itself, said receipts are below. Enjoy.
Let’s start with Paul f’n Finebaum. Mr. SEC hot-take popped off well before this week that Notre Dame should ever be in the playoff again. This week, he said Notre Dame would get destroyed and then doubled down calling ND a paper tiger that would get their lights punched out. Really hoping his Sunday morning is basically a repeat of this glorious moment in which he was called on his bullshit.
Moving on to Pat Forde. When it comes to Notre Dame and Georgia, only Notre Dame needs to prove themselves worthy. Guess Georgia gets a pass because reasons. Anyways, now’s a good time to remind you that this genius already tried to “expose” Notre Dame once after firing Ty Willingham. That aged well.
There is no hope in here. The headline and lede make you think that an argument would be presented with “well, ND may just have a chance”, but instead we get an article that has none of it. Middle school English teachers would scold you for submitting nothing but a fluff for word count, but I guess it’s good enough for Forbes.
I do hate lazy articles written with the same tired arguments, talking points, and meandering bullshit. Exhibit A is the AJC, whom our friends at Notre Dame Our Blogger did a fantastic job ripping to shreds. It was good to see the Georgia bloggers get into it to, listing reasons for hating Notre Dame, which include being mad that Notre Dame ended up in the playoff & BCS title game over Georgia after they failed to beat Alabama (twice), saying Rudy was offsides, and claiming Manti Te’o actually concocted the whole Lennay Kekua thing himself to push ND into the 2012 BCS title game. Pretty sure between those two, we got the saddest bingo ever.
When you are convinced Irish Spring supports ND, you apparently pull the soap off your shelf. Or something. It’s all really dumb. I guess Gerogia fans would rather smell than pretend to support the Irish? Should Meijer respond by yanking dog food off their shelves? Eh, whatever, pat yourselves on the back grocery store whose name I will promptly forget on Sunday.
There were quite a few Georgia fans that called this game over in the middle of week 1. While watching ND beat Louisville, Bulldog Twitter had some thoughts.
Not to be outdone, former Bulldogs are all in on their own. I mean, I guess I can’t blame them for being confident in their former team, but some of the quotes show that no one learned nothing from the Sugar Bowl disaster.
Hey, assholes, ND making Heisman contenders in big games is our bit. Back off.
Finally, let’s close with another blowhard. Tim Brando, play us out: