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Notre Dame tackles this year - great to see.
Forget the talking heads and believe what you see.
Fact is, no matter what the Irish do, detractors will say, “Sure, you’re undefeated, but you haven’t played anybody.”
To Mr. Detractor, I say, “Shut your piehole.”
Unlike the deeply flawed UM squad of last year, or the Boise State’s in any year of their FBS existence, this year’s Irish have performed admirably against good competition—not SEC good, but pretty damn good.
Although we are not yet back to spanking the nation’s elite on a regular basis, those of us that were there in the late '70s know this feeling…expecting to win instead of hoping not to lose.
Better yet, it’s actually fun to watch Notre Dame play football again. Players tackle. Lots of them block. Interceptions are back in vogue, and we’re not even the ones throwing them.
Gone are last year's 12 thousand turnovers a game and bone-headed penalties you rarely see outside of youth football or the Oakland Raiders.
Special teams look like they may have practiced once or twice in the same week as the game.
Our running backs run to the edge faster than the D's linebackers. Receivers catch and some even create space—our first-year QB is slowly becoming a weapon instead of a liability.
It’s unmitigated craziness in South Bend this year.
The Irish offense is actually starting to require the other side to game plan for once, and lots of players throughout the roster are flashing more talent than a sorority full of plastered coeds at a wet T-shirt contest.
The ND defense is so stout my dear old mom has resumed brawling with hobos to keep in shape now that she’s been bounced from the three deep for a violation of team rules.
All of them.
Even sans my 91-year-old mother’s cat-like quickness, legendary aggressiveness and punishing punch off the edge, the Irish defense is holding up well, and an equally young offense is showing more promise each week.
We’re not perfect, we make mistakes, but even the harshest Irish critics can see this team is getting better week-by-week, often even play-by-play.
This team still has huge hurdles against an excellent Stanford defense, an elite Oklahoma offense and a USC team that has more talent in its third string than anybody ND has played to date.
We’ll see just what this team is really made of soon enough, starting with a Stanford front seven that completely dismantled our offense last year.
If Golson and the Irish O-Line can handle Stanford's front seven, they can handle anybody.
Bring ‘em on, let’s see what they’re made of.