Saturday, November 27, 2004

When Irish Eyes Are Crying

The Number One ranked USC Trojans defeated the Irish of Notre Dame tonight 41 to 10. Only one more game stands between the Trojans and an invitation to the National Championship Orange Bowl Game -- next Saturday's game against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

Tonight's game was the wettest game I've ever been to at the Coliseum. But even though it rained off and on throughout the entire game, very few of the 92,000 fans on hand left early (other than a few Irish fans who I figured would consider this a pleasant evening compared to the late November weather in South Bend.)

It actually rained hard enough I wished I was wearing a poncho. But I made do without.

The Irish football program clearly is suffering a loss of spirit over the last few years. They didn't bring any members of their band along for the trip. (At least two years ago they invited the local Notre Dame High School band to play their fight song.) And this year the student dressed up as a leprechaun was the lamest I've ever seen. He just sulked up and down the in front of the Irish section and didn't dance a single jig. What does it say about a team when even the mascot's not excited about them?

No comments: