Sunday, October 07, 2007

I Don't Care

Yes, he was a walk-on.

I don't care. Dorrell decided to save a redshirt year for one of his QB's rather than win today at home. That's all part of the game.

Yes, ND had less than 150 yards of total offense.

I don't care. UCLA had nine starters back from a very good defense last year.

The quarterback could have been a fifth grader and he could have been throwing to my daughter's ballet class.




A win is a win is a win is a win is a win.

Yes, UCLA was at a disadvantage. But teams facing an advantage are supposed to take that advantage and win. ND did just that.

Sometimes the smallest things can tilt a season the right way, and a win by the Fighting Irish tonight in Los Angeles was anything but small.

No more stories about the longest losing streak in ND history.

No more prognosis of 0-8.

An extremely good game by the defense, even before the walk-on with three last names was forced into the game -- a good game the defense sorely needed.

Now they're looking at a top-10 BC team who hasn't played anyone of consequence, followed by an SC team that just got knocked off by Stanford at home, both games in the friendly confines of Notre Dame Stadium. Then comes four very winnable games, including that same Stanford Cardinal in CA to close out the season.

Nothing is out of the question when you win. And getting off the schnied prior to the last four games means everything in the world.

Let's do this thing.



Anonymous Paul said...

If "you don't care"....why the blog entry saying so?

Sounds like maybe you do care.


10/07/2007 12:55:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Coffey said...

I care that we won.

I don't care how.

10/07/2007 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Underhill said...

Hear, hear!

10/07/2007 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Joe Q said...

Just got home from the Rose Bowl. Great game of defense. Notre Dame came in WANTING that win more than UCLA. I like the Bruins, but today the IRISH were hungrier! Great feeling! PS, the Rose Bowl is a beautiful area and stadium. Very classic. We need more home and homes with UCLA. GOOOOOO IRISH!!!!!

10/07/2007 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I CARE ABOUT...the fact that we won...the fact that our D played A+++ ball...the fact that the O still needs to do something...BUT mostly I care about the fact that we won!!! We are looking better every week and that is worth cheering for (and my voice is gone, so thank the man above the Ican still type. Let's continue to grow and keep the 1 game streak going into next year and beyond!!! - Sean H. GO IRISH!!!

10/07/2007 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger Peder said...


10/07/2007 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never count out notre dame.

never. when our backs are against the wall...we fight..that's what irish do.


let's put on the green jersey's and kick their freaking.............. you know what's.

payback fredo...payback.

who's WITH ME??????

10/07/2007 02:29:00 AM  
Anonymous c.odie said...

Mike, thanks for the blog. Last night after the game, I went to RH and CF to see if people had the same thoughts I had. I was shocked that people were actually complaining about the win. "Looked like a smoke n mirrors win that Willingham had in his first season", was one of the posts. I went to bed stunned. I got more upset during the night. I got up this morning to post virtually the same thing on RH as you have in your blog. You said it though, and thanks.

Sure, we still need some kind of downfield passing game. JC still holds on to the ball too long and when pocket starts to collapse, he goes back instead of stepping up into the pocket. My goodness, it was nice to see him have some time to throw the ball. Our defensive front 7 played a great game.

Most of all. WE WON!!

10/07/2007 04:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Ted Eberle said...

Paul, I don't believe you understand what the Geetar is saying. I do. I like it. THE IRISH WON!

10/07/2007 06:09:00 AM  
Anonymous fr.j. said...

hey mike

It's great to win and there are plenty of reasons to hope.

But "a win is a win is a win is a win" sounds too much like those first 7 games under TW.

Looking forward to a sturdier team next year, fr.j.

10/07/2007 06:17:00 AM  
Blogger Irish said...


10/07/2007 06:38:00 AM  
Blogger Martinez said...

I agree. And you can now say, WE DON'T CARE! I have been waiting for a game like this where finally the other team has to play an inexperienced QB and make things happen and UCLA has a good idea of the pains that ND has been going through all season. I don't care how they did it or what happened during the game, 20-6 is the only thing that matters! Good Stuff!

10/07/2007 07:16:00 AM  
Anonymous IM Fletcher said...

For what it's worth, ND was getting in the backfield an awful lot even before He of the Three Last Names set foot on the field. And he wasn't the only one who made mistakes: Their tailback fumbled, too. And the defense committed too many penalties.

10/07/2007 07:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy Clausen is still undefeated in California!

10/07/2007 07:43:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus M. said...




I could see all of the comments coming as we went into victory formation.

"They played a walk-on QB"
"ND's offense still looked sad"
"The planets weren't properly aligned"

Finally, Notre Dame lived by the sword that they've been dying by all year long. WE had the more experienced QB, WE had the defense that could take chances and go hunting, and WE got the win because of it. The same formula won't work the rest of the season, but I'm damn glad it worked last night.

10/07/2007 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous ft cardone said...







10/07/2007 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

I don't care either. :)

UCLA's 2 running backs who are averaging more than 5 yards per carry aren't walk-ons. Where were they?

We have a lot to look forward to. We made all our kicks, 2-3 punts inside the 5, defensive pressure. It's all coming together very quickly!

We get one of the next 2 and we have a shot at a bowl game. Let's get both!


10/07/2007 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

One win at a time baby! Perhaps an upset in the next two weeks at home and the POTENTIAL to be bowl eligible is out there...

10/07/2007 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't mention the green jerseys for BC. I don't care if they were the #1 team in the country, they don't get the green jerseys. A little perspective please.

10/07/2007 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was nice to win without exposing our hand offensively.

I've got to believe that Weis has different packages for BC and USC and we didn't show them any thing in this game.

I'm wondering why Robert Hughes does not see the field more. I think he is our best back...strength and speed wise…I don’t think he would get caught from behind and given half a chance defenders would be seeing a lot of his backside.

10/07/2007 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a season like this, the results aren't as important as the performances. Their QB was a walkon freshman and he was awful. The ND defense just had to show up and play. The ND offense was horrendous and you can't ignore the fact that Weis has rarely been able to effectively run the ball. If Clausen is still learning, then why not play Sharpley?

10/07/2007 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too will take the win. Its been a long time that we were able to cheer about. The defense played great. The offense on the other hand. Can anyone of Jimmy's five quarterback coaches tell him to get rid of the was painful to watch.

10/07/2007 02:35:00 PM  
Anonymous HB Domer! said...

I brought my USMC nephew up for his first game at the Rose Bowl! We had a blast, and the best part was ND performed! We'll be out in ND for the USC game and now have some performance to back up the hope I've held for our team. Things to work on? Punting (only ~40 yards per), and more offense!

Keep it up boys!

10/07/2007 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Notre Dave said...

(the one stating Results < Performance)

To the point, I'm doubting you even watched the game.

The performance was a big step in the right direction, which any observer could see, and it resulted in a win.

ND was in this game before they knocked out UCLA's QB, and even if they hadn't, this is all part of the game; injuries and bad bounces happen in every game and ND is severely handicapped this season, so maybe you should question the losses based on your logic.

The defense looked possessed and forced most of those mistakes and turnovers. Crum played the game of his life. I'm proud of them all and happy to see improvement each week.

You aren't going to break my enjoyment of a legitimate win for our Irish, so sell it elsewhere.

Go Irish!

P.S. - BC Blows.

10/07/2007 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the Colliseum last night, yeah i know i was forced to do it but had my tv in hand, and sat through the sc band making fun of stanford v cal game 25 years ago. The sc rugby team actually dressed up as stanford and cal players and subjected some idiot carrying a tuba to get smashed by a cal player going in for the game winning touchdown. Ironically it was at the same end zone that Bradford hailed in that miraculous catch about an hour and a half later. Stanford had the last laugh though. Two weeks, I can't wait!!

10/07/2007 04:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lou Holts set a vertical jump record - he was at least 20 feet high after the game.

10/07/2007 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Flanner '96 said...

Why is Charlie Jr on the sidelines? Am I the only one that thinks it is odd?

10/07/2007 06:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Lazarus said...

yes, you are.

10/07/2007 08:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/07/2007 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Geese....We won and still there are complaints? Are you insane! Great to have that winning feeling again. We are getting better every game and thats what counts!

10/08/2007 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Shenanigans said...

I'm with you Mike. I'm still aware of the problems we have, but for right now, I don't care.

These young players have a lot to learn, and they just got the best lesson possible. They learned to fight, and they learned to win.

Unlike USC, they learned not to listen to what everyone says about them.

I will, however, give USC credit for sticking it to that damn Stanford band. As an Irishman and a Catholic, and a dyed-in-the-wool ND fan, I will hate the Stanford band forever.

10/08/2007 10:37:00 PM  

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