Irish Abducted by Devil; Dragged to Pits of Hell

This season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has compiled a record of 0-4. This has never happened before. And when I say “before,” I mean like 1887 before. Never. Not a single time since the signing of the Dawes Act had an Irish team been so close to being subjected to mob violence. In previous years, there was always sufficient coaching, talent or prayer to cobble together at least a single victory through the first four games. This season, the Irish have not been saved by coach, player or preacher. The entire school is going to hell.

That may be a small bit of hyperbole – but not much. The Irish lost to the weak link in the chain today – the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans are usually just the type of mentally weak team a downtrodden Irish team would feast on. I’m sure boosters, alums and students expected Charlie Weis to work a minor miracle and send the Spartans back to Lansing with the scythes between their legs. Not today. This season, this team has been outscored 133-27. Next week they play Purdue. That will not be pretty. The Boilermakers can do what the Irish cannot. They can score points – quickly and in bunches. Notre Dame has no chance against UCLA. They might as well be playing Washington in that game. The losses to Boston College and USC could be epic. This is the year of reckoning. All debts have come due this year. The symmetry here is uncanny.

I am wondering if Charlie Weis would consider resignation if this team falls to 0-8. I am wondering if the leadership at ND would consider reconsidering their 10 year coaching contract. In any event, everyone is sure to get exactly what they deserve. Maybe George O’Leary should really be coaching this team.

The Huskies look good this year, though the Bruins look better.


  1. thought id stop by – havent been here in a while and figured you would be hammering it out against the irish …good guess. very little to be impressed with regarding that team and coach. will be interesting to see what they do with him after that 10 year extension and his own players. as youll recall many of the past years players were brought in by willingham. and no, im not going to say they shouldnt fire him or should fire weis. and they certainly didnt do one or the other because of color.

  2. “…and they certainly didnt do one or the other because of color.”

    Well, they certainly didn’t do it because of Willingham’s color. The leadership probably did it because of Weis’ color. In any event, all we know is that Ty is the only coach in the history of ND football to be dumped from his contract before completion. I’m sure he can live with that. It’s the folks at ND who really have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

  3. my hypothesis is that if they had made their decision based on color and fired ty they would be villified in the court of public opinion. and this possibility (in my opinion) would prevent them from choosing this option.

  4. Institutions are never vilified for firing Blacks based on color if they have a measure of “plausible deniability.” In some circles, Willingham’s mediocre record and the frequency of blowout losses was sufficient. We are at the same point with Charlie Weis. ND is staring down the barrel of an 0-8 start. The weakest chain in the link is gone. Purdue, UCLA, Boston College and USC will bring a laser-like focus into their games because their seasons will be ruined if they lose.

    I don’t wholly discount your assumption here. It is, however, predicated on an “argument from absence.” In other words, the absence of vilification is offered as proof of their exclusion of race from criteria. Logically, one does not follow the other. It’s not necessarily false, it’s just that it ain’t necessarily true either. And you are entitled to your opinion.

    From where I sit, the issue has always been fairly simple. Willingham was 8-0 and ranked #6 nationally when Charlie Weis, at the same point in his tenure, was offered a 10-year contract extension. That is precisely the type of reactionary, emotional, non-empirical action a defensive institution would take to provide damage control. The duration of the contract was intended to end the discussion.

    It might have if these blowout losses and unprecedented offensive ineptitude were not part of weekly conversations about Notre Dame football. As it stands, some folks are still left to wonder how a fella with an 8-0 record and a #6 national ranking didn’t merit some consideration for a contract extension.

    Who knows, maybe they didn’t like the color of his shoes.

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