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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wake Up the Echoes

On September 3rd, Mark May of "College Game Day", an alleged expert, predicted that the University of Notre Dame football team would be either 1-5 or 0-6 after their first half dozen games. 

Well, with the team at 4-1 and ranked in the top ten, this guy either needs a new profession, or a new crystal ball. 

The Fightin' Irish are back, going into today's much-anticipated tilt against the two-time defending national champion USC Trojans, who are currently ranked #1 in the nation and winners of 27 straight games. 

In this great rivalry, the Trojans are 4-0 when coming into the game ranked #1. However, the Irish lead the overall series 42-29-5, and the school has one of the most storied streak-ending histories in all of college sports. 

In 1957, it was the Irish who ended Oklahoma's 57-game winning streak, longest in college football history. 

In 1974, the Irish basketball squad stopped the most storied streak in all of college sports history, UCLA's 88-game winning streak. 

In 1988, in the famous "Catholics vs. Convicts" football game, the Irish halted Miami's 36-game streak with an epic 31-30 victory. 

In both '94 and early this year, the ND women got in on the act, halting North Carolina's longest-ever women's soccer win streak at 92 games, and UConn's women's basketball team's 112-game home winning streak. 

Who knows what will happen today, but the stage once again seems set for the Irish football squad to "Wake Up the Echoes".

1 comment:

Matt Veasey said...

In one of the greatest college football games ever played, the Irish bowed to the Trojans by a final of 34-31 on a touchdown with 3 seconds remaining. Charlie Weisz and his crew, however, have definitely proven that the echoes are awake in the gloamin'.

Meanwhile, combined with the thrilling final play ending to the Michigan-Penn State game, that had to be the best TV half hour of college football that I have ever witnessed.

Too bad the two clubs I was rooting for came out on the short end, but it was still hard to feel too bad...the endings were that thrilling.