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.