There is a long-held belief in the appeal of Notre Dame to advertisers and fans alike. Love them or hate them, a nation of admirers and detractors follow the Irish each season.
Football fans are taught the story of the Four Horsemen at a young age. They destroyed opponents who dared to challenge Coach Knute Rockne's invincible juggernaut in the 1920s.
These days, a non-BCS bound Notre Dame is part of the Big East bowl selection order.
The Irish are eligible for an invitation to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The Champs has the No. 2 selection from the Big East for their fine event.
So we have the forgone conclusion of Notre Dame to Mickey Mouse land.
But suppose the Champs Sports Bowl prefers to have the traveling masses of West Virginia, an excited lot who narrowly missed out on the Big East BCS bid?
Where does that leave Notre Dame?
The Big East has its tie-in with the sparkling new Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
No, Syracuse has already accepted that bid to represent the conference against Kansas State.
Other Big East destinations, Charlotte and Birmingham, seem desultory for so proud a university as the one in South Bend, Indiana.
Perhaps a case could be made for the Beef O'Brady Bowl............no.
At the danger of rousing the dander of so many Irishmen across the land, perhaps an open spot in the Pac-10 selection process could be found. Ah yes, the Pac-10, a conference not able to fill its reserved postseason openings due to the lack of "qualified" teams in 2010.
Before "Selection Sunday" is over, Notre Dame could find themselves out of the Big East connected bowl games and into El Paso, Texas for a showdown with the Miami Hurricanes.
Misery loves company.