A few weeks ago, Phil posted here about home and home he wants to see Notre Dame fighting Ireland Play. As I pondered this question, I realized that most of my answers revolved around revenge: settling the bill with the team that did some damage to the Irish lately.This post combines this thought process with an interesting memory of mine the other day: namely, a recent attempt at a “Revenge Journey” for a midwestern project, and how The result is:
It’s fun to remind ourselves of skunks stepping on rakes, and the idea isn’t without merit. The thing is, it can’t just be a normal timeline: a true Count of Monte Cristo-esque revenge mastermind would have to be highly targeted and personal, willing to wait patiently for years. So the question is: If I were Jack Swarbrick and I was orchestrating the team that wronged the Irish to satisfy my thirst for revenge, who would I target?
For the purpose of this experiment, we will exclude annual competitors such as USC Trojan and stanford cardinals, because the opportunity for revenge already exists (these guys haven’t given us much anger in recent years, anyway).For the same reason, we will also not include teams in the 2022 schedule, so no clemson tigers or Ohio State University Buckeye. With these guidelines in place, let’s get started:
These programs have been closed for a long time, which is why they need to be kicked out. The sheet music here is old, some too old for me to remember – but the Irish will never forget.
It’s hard to fathom now, but for a while in the 1990s, Colorado was a project behemoth and had several high-profile clashes with Lou Holtz’s Ireland.Although the Irish got their first blood in 1990 orange bowlBuffs won the sequel in 1991 thanks to a terrifying Phantom Clip call that wiped out Rocket Ismail’s go-ahead touchdown.
The whistleblower save gave the Buffs a national championship that day at the expense of Notre Dame. Never mind, I wasn’t even born when this happened. Never mind, the Rockets themselves now see that moment as a life lesson.It’s an irony calling for justice, as the only follow-up game between the two teams was in 1996 carnival bowl One of the beaten Irish teams could easily be dealt with by the #4 Buffs, we haven’t got it yet.
It’s probably impossible to impose a bigger punishment on Nebraska than just going through their past decades of football experience, but I want to give it a shot.Not only did these guys take advantage of the old-fashioned Bob Davey team in the first Notre Dame game I remember watching, they also popularized the trend of red teams taking over Notre Dame, a phenomenon I now have to witness firsthand oncebut twice (Note to those of you who will hold tickets to the 2023 Ohio State game).
If that’s not enough for you, consider this: Nebraska was also the forerunner of the 2010s conference restructuring saga that ultimately cost Notre Dame its annual Midwest competition. So yes, I’d say Jack has passed a date, pushing the program’s pretender into the grave it’s been digging for itself.
These teams have recently beaten the Irish in embarrassing/annoying ways, creating content material for appalling commentators and talking for an unbearable fan base. These violations cannot be allowed to exist, and these programs need to be put back in place.
It’s personal to me because I’m there. I was there when Texas came back.
In retrospect, later developments made the game even worse, as the seemingly heartbreaking loss ended up being the first domino in 2016’s tragic debacle. Texas has added insult to injury with its own garbage season, and indeed remains mired in a swamp of incompetence to this day. That didn’t stop the Longhorns and their fans from building a legend that night, and as a Texas resident, I still haven’t stopped hearing it.
A date with the Longhorns is always fun, for better or worse, but given the current state of the project, the chance is ripe for revenge for that wild, unforgettable, gripping night in Austin.
If Miami’s 2017 season was a movie, it would be a rock documentary: A leap to superstardom followed by an equally swift and catastrophic fall back to earth. Unfortunately, the peak of their ascent came from the Irish, who was third at the time.It was one of two big races in the late Kelly era (don’t worry, we’ll get to the other later), which was confusing as the Irish weren’t physically beaten, but didn’t seem to get off at all ( Know what we know about Chip Long now coaching stylethese occasional offensive absences from 2017-19 make more sense).
Regardless of how and why it happened, that night in Miami was one of the most tragic viewing experiences in recent memory for Irish fans and cannot be allowed to be the last word in the series.
Notre Dame’s 2021 game against the Pandas is the first game I’ve played in person in more than three years. I wish Triumph’s game was one of the most annoying I’ve ever seen, for a number of reasons:
- Notre Dame should have won this game despite the two-round advantage, and they could have won it if they had just avoided a lot of the self-inflicted damage they did on offense.
- Cincinnati, of all teams, red Notre Dame Stadium and partyed half an hour after the game, and we dutifully provided them with postgame music.
- The game was the only thing preventing Notre Dame from reaching the playoffs for the second time in a row.
- Pandas are oh so stingy After the game, I can respect – especially given the subsequent developments – but still screw them up.
Yep, getting these guys on schedule again. That championship window isn’t going to be open for very long, and I hope we start reckoning there.
Yep, we’re back to the poor northern competitor who initiated the concept.I really don’t think I need to explain this, so let’s quickly point out that everything that was said above about the 2017 Miami game also applies to the 2019 Michigan game, and doubly so, because this is michigan.
It is unacceptable that the Irish are currently not scheduled to play the Skunks until 2033. At this rate, who knows if we’ll still have civilization by then?
Namely, big boy. The Irish have had memorable clashes with these top projects in recent years. Aside from the revenge factor, these are just opportunities for great games and Notre Dame to move forward as a project.
It’s been a great home and family that has spawned some incredible games that should be updated for that reason alone.Plus Dawgs’ ridiculous, embarrassing complain Around the 2018 playoffs — you remember, that awesome and talented Georgia team had lost two games, then four by Texas — and the aforementioned 2017 stadium Takeover, you make me take revenge.
This is just a classic vindictive match that needs to enter the schedule as soon as possible. If so, grab your ass (and tickets).
This could be put in the last category as the immediate reason for the Sooners being listed here is Notre Dame’s 2013 home loss to them, an infuriating game that saw the Irish handed over in the first few minutes. To a very winnable Oklahoma team. But there are other factors at play here.
While Notre Dame has often been treated as “shouldn’t be in the game” due to several bad losses, Oklahoma has often slipped in without much protest, despite an objectively worse, equally bad record. Lost, twice without winning as many attempts. These guys are a real case of postseason philanthropy, but they don’t get the heat. You can also join the recently added Brent Venables, which redirects some of the Clemson hatred in the direction of the Sooners.
(It’s also worth noting that my surname lives with many Oklahoma alumni, whom I have a personal stake in).
Similar to Michigan, I don’t think this one really needs to be explained, except that Alabama is the final boss. These guys have been brutally reminding Notre Dame that it still has a long way to go and that the Irish can make a bigger statement than finally finishing the climb with victory.
I hope it doesn’t have to wait so long, but the tide will roll to South Bend in 2029. Hopefully the Irish will be ready by then.
If I hadn’t fixed this, someone would definitely have raised it in the comments, so I will.I’m right louisiana state university tigers Because of some family-school ties, as a program. I’ve interacted well with their fan base and I certainly don’t hate them going after Brian Kelly – you wouldn’t blame the rivalry for the competition, it’s definitely in their best interest to support Brinks Trucks”forever home“
Kelly himself is another animal. I can certainly understand his decision to leave Notre Dame given the offers he received, and I’ll likely be content to see him float through the sunset before this spring.His most recent lame, overcompensated ex complain Changing my mind, the idea of a Marcus Freeman-coached team consisting of players Kelly would never be able to recruit at Notre Dame was very appetizing to get involved in Baton Rouge and beat his new team. So, yes, throw LSU on the tour — a dispatch home run with LSU and a home run anyway.