Written by Max Bricker
Football has been the topic of 90% of the articles over the last month, and it will stay the same for the next month. Football only comes five months out of the year, so we need to enjoy it as much as we can while it is happening, especially during the playoffs.
To begin, let’s look at how this weekend turned out- I have been off a small margin on the actual scores, but I correctly predicted all of the winners of the four games. This shouldn’t be a surprise; all four games were easily won and the favorites showed their dominance.
To be honest, this weekend’s games were quite a disappointment. I was expecting some intense playoff football- big hits, high scoring, close finishes, and exciting games. Instead, we saw- inept offenses, underperforming quarterbacks, boring games, and a lack of upsets. The most exciting part of the four games occurred after the final game, when Redskins’ Lineman Trent Williams took a swing at Seahawks’ DB Richard Sherman’s grill. Hell, even finding out what Chip Kelly is doing next year was more exciting; it was just announced, he’s staying.
The Rookie of the Year award was all but confirmed this weekend. The winner is….. Russell Wilson. Without a doubt. Not only does he not throw interceptions and have good accuracy (unlike Luck) and win double-digit games (unlike Griffin III), he is the only rookie QB to win a playoff game.
Tomorrow night is the final game of the college football season: Alabama v. Notre Dame. These two teams are by far the two best teams of the nation, but we want to see who is number one. This matchup features two historic franchises- ’Bama is going for the 3rd Championship in 4 years, while Notre Dame is attempting to regain their dominance as it was in other decades.
I am not a fan of either team, nor do I have a problem with the two universities. However, I am not a fan of the Alabama coach. Don’t ask me why I don’t like Nick Saban, he just bugs me. Many people don’t like Brian Kelly, either, but he doesn’t bother me as much.
This rivalry may not be as heated as Notre Dame v. Miami back in the day (Catholics v. Criminals), but the Irish fans are talking some major junk, and I love it. I’m not sure who is making these shirts, but I’m sure they are not Alabama fans. “Golden Domers v. Mobile Homers” and “Catholics v. Cousins”. I can’t help but laugh when I see these two t-shirts. Domer fans are taking their shots at the Tide, not by insulting their football team, but by insulting their lifestyle, by calling them inbred rednecks. How will ‘Bama respond? With their play on the field? They say actions speak louder than words, so we’ll see if AJ McCarron can quit getting emotional on the sidelines and just dominate.
I’m going to say that will not happen. Notre Dame’s defense is stingy, especially in the red zone. Manti T’eo may not have one the Heisman, but he is known as the premier defensive player in the nation. Expect him to go “Clowney” on the Tides offense. Roll Irish!
My prediction: Irish 17, Tide 13.