by Mike Coffey
One of my responsibilities here at NDN is to do the headline links you see on the front page and the side of the message boards. I cycle through the usual suspects of blogs, websites and news outlets providing coverage of the various ND sports and copy the links to their articles to the applicable section of our site. As the teams move through their schedules, I update the files for game results and make sure the links to the opponent’s sites are up to date.
A couple years ago, I started including links to articles from our opponents’ media outlets in the headlines so ND fans could get a feel for what the other half was thinking. Over time, I’ve noticed some trends. The Michigan schools have heavy coverage, so those weeks take longer to link. I’m not sure anyone outside of Palo Alto gives a damn about Stanford, because that week is usually light.
But I’ve never seen a week like this.
And that’s just the high-octane stuff. We also have the blasphemy of selling tickets, OU as no big deal to ND, and the efforts to point out a former ND player and a former ND coach now rooting for the Sooners. Some of them still have butthurt over a game played 55 years ago. Even famous roidian Brian Bosworth has to throw his two cents in (though I imagine he’ll need them back).
And lest we think it’s just the Fourth Estate on the plains getting bunched up, one must note Stacy McGee’s miraculous reinstatement just in time to face the Fighting Irish. Their president even saw fit to beg OU fans not to be tools.
All this for two teams that have played nine times in 125 years?
Irish fans, if you’ve been hearing an echoey sound lately, that’s because we’ve taken up residence inside the Sooners’ heads. And we ain’t payin’ no rent.