Notre Dame Football: 4 Things to Get Excited About in 2012

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Notre Dame Football:  4 Things to Get Excited About in 2012
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Brian Kelly leads ND into a new year with lots of questions to be answered.

I have often been accused of being honest—but less than positive—about Notre Dame football over the past few years, to the point that one Irish friend calls me “Danny Downer” even though I do not pedal barbituates on street corners without a license.

I guess I’m just not a sales person.

What I will pedal this year is my true excitement going into 2012. I believe that this team could go 5-8, 8-5, or 11-2, and I would not be surprised.

OK, maybe 11-2 would surprise me, but it would be a pleasant surprise, not the “Your wife left with your bowling buddy and took the furniture with her” kind of surprise.

For good or for bad, this team has more talent than many South Beach night clubs, coupled with more issues than you find in, well, the talent in many South Beach night clubs.

The story lines for 2012 Notre Dame football team should make for great drama, possibly even better than the complicated story lines of such heart-rending reality classics as Ice Road Truckers.

There may even be some great football, and there are tons of things that you should watch for as you down a Guinness or two (20 for me) and watch the 2012 Irish season unfold.

Even NBC can’t screw this show up.

Here’s the reality TV you must see…

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