Notre Dame has become that unfortunate drunk person at the party.
It's like someone you used to respect has had one too many and really is just hanging around at a place looking like a fool. This is like how the fledgling Irish still have an affiliation with the BCS.
It's time for them to be officially escorted out of college football's elite party scene, because they've embarrassed themselves on the field for the past ten years.
But wait, you say, what about in 2005?
Oh, so almost beating a team like then USC is cause for celebration? Sorry, afraid not.
These regular Irish losses are becoming so commonplace that placing Notre Dame on the schedule of someone like Navy or possibly even Army will hurt their strength of schedule. I think for most of us watching this is that it's not the losses so much as the way Notre Dame loses--with a total lack of focus and toughness. You can't make excuses when a team like Navy just pulls your pants down and punches you in the mouth.
They've only won one bowl game since the 1994 Cotton Bowl.
Notre Dame have lost eleven straight games against ranked opponents.
Navy owns the Irish.
There may not be a single player on this Notre Dame team that was alive the last time they won a national title.
What are the excuses now? The cupboard is empty? Well, according to Rivals, ND finished with the number two ranked recruiting class in 2008, plus had top ten finishes in 2007 and 2006.
It's a transition year, right? Brian Kelly just needs some time. Yeah, sorry, wrong again. In 2002 Tyrone Willingham, yes, that Tyrone Willingham went 10-3 in his first season at South Bend. In 2005 Charlie Weis went 9-3 and played in a BCS bowl game.
Another vote against ND is their dismal record in BCS bowl games. At 0-3 they've been outscored 116-53, that averages out to about a 38-17 loss per game. A margin of defeat of three touchdowns!
It's time for this program to bury itself in the hole of irrelevancy it's been digging for some time now. Let's face it, do big time recruits want to go to Notre Dame? Eighteen year old kids don't care about tradition. Knute Rockne means as much to them as Bear Bryant does to teens who reside over recruiting wars across the country.
There are teams and conferences out there that are much more deserving of a BCS affiliation than Notre Dame: Boise State, TCU, Utah, the Mountain West, the WAC, etc. Even their TV tie-in is out of date. NBC Sports? They're about as dialed into the college football world as the Golf Channel.
So please, all you BCS leaders, have someone escort that blustery, overblown, embarrassing leprechaun to the door and make room for someone more worthy. The college football world will thank you for it.