Sunday, September 23, 2007

South Bend blues

Joining Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan on the list of public meltdowns I'm morbidly fascinated with observing is the Notre Dame football program, under the leadership of Charlie Weis, whose great head coaching accomplishments include losing to USC by less than was expected and receiving a 10-year, $35 million contract extension after a whole seven games.

Their loss to Michigan State dropped them to 0-4 this week (for the first time in their 119-year history), but I was especially fond of this blurb, which ran on ESPN.com after then-0-2 Michigan's mercilessly 38-0 beating of Notre Dame during week 3:
The NCAA rankings are probably enough. When one sees that Notre Dame ranks dead last among 119 Division I-A schools in scoring (4.3 PPG), offensive touchdowns (0), rushing yards (-14), total offense (115.0 YPG) and sacks allowed (23), one can come to the conclusion that the Irish offense is, well, not so good. But a little comparative perspective might be needed to truly appreciate how bad it has been for the Irish.

Perhaps a trip to Charlie Weis' home state of New Jersey would do the trick. That's where you'll find former longtime punching bag, Rutgers University. There was a time -- let's say from around the late 19th century to the early 21st century -- when even uttering the words Notre Dame and Rutgers in the same sentence was rather ridiculous. Then this weekend came along.

Against Norfolk State, the Scarlet Knights scored a Big East-record 42 points on six touchdowns and 277 yards … in the second quarter. As fellow ESPN researcher Adam Reisinger so deftly pointed out, that one quarter of offense sure matches up quite favorably with the 12 quarters of "offense" produced by Notre Dame this season.

Want some more perspective? How about this: On Saturday alone, 17 quarterbacks in Division I-A produced more yards of total offense than the entire Notre Dame offensive unit has put up this season. Ouch.
Tee hee.

1 comment:

Trevor said...

Oh man. Even we might beat them this year.