Oct 26, 2010
IBG: Irish Facing Golden Hurricane
Thanks for Subway Domer for writing the most creative IBG questions to date:
1. A young man of 12 arrives in the United States from the city of Moroni, on the island of Comoros. He has never seen the game of football before, but notices you watching a game. He seems to really like watching it with you and asks what team he should cheer for. You, of course, tell him Notre Dame in attempt to have more company for your misery. He asks, "why Notre Dame?" Without using any of Notre Dame football history prior to 1995 and without spewing off nonsense about academics (which has no real bearing on a football game); give him your best answer. His name is Tonokiuyt Paluifirtaginerto.
TheNDleprechaun: Well, Tonokiuyt, I say Notre Dame because it is a magical place full of gold, mythical fairy-tale creatures that bring good luck, and the ghosts of legends that live on from past glory days. It is a place that was built from the ground up based on a fighting spirit and an inspired drive to excel in every way possible. Its a place where people always have and always will try their hardest to do things the right way. It stands for everything that is good and pure in this country and the great game of football. Plus, it's God's favorite team...
2. If you are anything like me, you trolled around the Notre Dame message boards after the loss to Navy. We don't need direct quotes, but what was the best line, subject heading, argument- whatever? Should Irish fans be banned from the Internet for at least a couple of days after the game, win or lose?
TheNDleprechaun: I must not be anything like you, because I avoid message boards like the plague (especially after losses). As a result, I have no quotes to report but I have a feeling that this quote: "___" is probably more intelligent than anything that was written in the direct aftermath of Saturday's loss. As far as an internet-ban, all self-respecting Irish fans should probably ban themselves after losses in order to avoid embarrassment.
3. Tulsa is a scary team after a loss to Navy. Before the Navy game- not so much. Give me your most dramatic nightmare scenario as well as your fairybook ending for this weeks game against the Golden Hurricane. Which one is closest to a possible reality?
TheNDleprechaun: I think there is a typo in this question... or did you actually mean to type the words "Tulsa is a scary team..." ?! There will be no nightmare or fairybook ending on Saturday because the Fighting Irish will take care of business against an inferior opponent just as they did against WMU.
tendomer: Fairybook is a win in which Cwynar and Hafis Williams demonstrate they can man the nose in the 3-4, boding well for next year. Nightmare is a loss. This game is going to be tough but I think we'll win.
4. Most of these IBG's have had a rather dark tone to them because of the season Notre Dame is having. If we would have beat Navy, we would be 5-3 and riding a 4 game winning streak. I had rather hoped to use that cheerfulness, and ask a few light-hearted questions. Seeing as how we lost, I think we need these more than ever. They're not the wittiest questions, but you better answer them:
What college football team would you blog about if Notre Dame did not exist?
TheNDleprechaun: The Buffalo Bills, since they're my hometown team and most college teams could probably beat them right now.
Change Notre Dame's colors. No blues, gold, or green please.
TheNDleprechaun: Madonna Blue, Papal Gold, and Emerald Green are the most meaningful colors in college football.
Change one play in Notre Dame history. What was it, and how did it help?
TheNDleprechaun: I don't recommend taking such action since it could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum, and destroy the entire universe. Granted, that's a worse case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy.
Turn one loss into a win, and one win into a loss for one season. What season and what games are they?
TheNDleprechaun: See above.
5. Tell me more about this Tulsa matchup. Tell me anything you like- but use at least one real stat.
TheNDleprechaun: Here's a stat: Classes were cancelled due to weather today for the first time since I've been a Notre Dame student. The cause? A tornado warning. Here's a riddle: What's sorta like a tornado, has the word "golden" randomly placed in front of it, and for some unknown reason is the current nickname of a school in a landlocked state that we happen to play on Saturday? Answer: A hurricane.
tendomer: Tulsa is No. 13 in rush yardage and No. 28 in pass offense. Dangerous balance. They'll put up points on us. We will need Dayne to play significantly better.
6. Phil Steele now has Notre Dame picked to play in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Pinstripe Bowl is in New York City and will be played in Yankee Stadium. Agree or disagree. Give me your bowl scenarios- if there are any.
TheNDleprechaun: I have a slight (read major) obsession with quality fitted hats so I'm pretty excited about the opportunity to attend a bowl game sponsored by New Era.
tendomer: I'll take anywhere. 6-6 and we are in, and we need it.
BONUS----Please tell me that we can turn this season into a positive learning experience for 2011. How?
TheNDleprechaun: View this season for what it is, the starting point of a long journey to the top.
tendomer: I'd say learning new schemes on O and D are the two positives. I don't want the story during the spring to be "we're learning how to practice." And hopefully the team is getting mentally and physically accustomed to the work volume so that hamstring injuries won't be the norm for our star players in 2011. Finishing 6-6 and gaining 15 bowl practices would be a positive development at this point.