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The Week In News: Another Watershed Moment

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Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly and defensive end Kona Schwenke (96) wait to take the field for the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE
Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly and defensive end Kona Schwenke (96) wait to take the field for the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE


Well it's been another big week for college football. On Tuesday the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approved the proposed four-team "play-off" system, a bizarre new contrivance in which four "teams" shall be selected to "play games" against each other to determine via "football" which team will be college football's "national champion." Sounds wild, right? I have my doubts. I mean, why doesn't college football just elect its national champion? Elections are used successfully for all sorts of things, like picking presidents, senators, and chairmen of boards of governance private and public.

You wouldn't even need to have the top two teams face off in the same election. You could have number one play number ten, numbers two and three could face off against one another, and throw four and twenty-four into the same matchup just for kicks. And you could make it interesting by having two different elections, each of which may stake a rightful claim to the right to select the champion. That would be so much more fun. OR... or you could come up with a new system in which the top ten teams play other top ten teams in glorified exhibition games, and THEN you just elect the champion. OR even better still, elect the top four teams, THEN let them play one another.

But a "play-off"? Sounds like the biggest scam since the electric broom. I don't even think we have the technology for a "play-off," at least not until we get that Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle figured out.

Elsewhere in sport, the NBA draft happened. Pastels, spectacles, and bow ties were worn by all. Wimbledon is ongoing. Michael Phelps dominated and will likely inspire a follow up to the greatest swimming-themed rap song of all time. And Italy has made the Euro 2012 final.

Elsewhere in college football, ESPN and the Rose Bowl inked a new deal. Which everyone is stoked about, 'cuz who doesn't want more ESPN. And big ups to Georgia, which is trying to beat out Notre Dame for this year's offseason Fulmer Cup.

It was a pretty eventful late-June week for the Fighting Irish Football program, Jack "Jackie D" Swarbrick pooh pooh-ed rumors of a potential Notre Dame move to the Big XII for the second week in a row. This time the hubbub arose out of the publication of a January memo written by outgoing Big XII commissioner Chuck Neinas:

Both representatives of ESPN/ABC and Fox Sports indicated that Notre Dame's involvement with the Big 12 Conference would increase the value of the conference relative to future television and also improve the image of the conference nationwide.

Our television partners agreed that the only new member that would enhance the Big 12 value for television was Notre Dame.

The Oklahoman procured Neinas's memo via an open records request. Note to self: draft open records request for any and all incriminating photographs taken by one Thomas Rees of one Brian Kelly. If only Notre Dame were a public institution.... In any event, Notre Dame fans should enjoy this time. It wasn't long ago that every day a new coach was publicly saying that he was not interested in the vacant Notre Dame head-coach position. Now everyone and their brother wants us to join their conference.

One Foot Down's internet CI's have informed us that the Irish freshmen have been issued their numbers. My personal favorite--Chris Brown's number: 2. You know who else is a shade over six foot, just under 200 pounds, really fast, and can jump really high? This guy. I'll take it.

The Irish picked up yet another commitment, this one from linebacker Michael Deeb:

Michael Deeb ‏@MichaelDeeb42

Deeb is only a three-star, and I'll leave the recruiting analysis to our own Jim Miesle, but this kid looks the part of a stout linebacker. Welcome aboard, Michael!

Mocking the Draft scouted Tyler Eifert and gave us this gem:

Despite suffering from pop warner-caliber quarterback play throughout most of his career, Eifert has managed to impress while posting decent numbers along the way.

Isn't that just a little unfair? How dare they compare Tommy Rees's level of play to pop-warner. It is clearly more of a my-four-year-old-nephew-throwing-a-nerf-ball-in-the-backyard level of quarterback play. Rees should go knee that dude in the chest.

A sad saga came to a close this week as Corwin Brown plead guilty but mentally ill to Class D felony confinement and domestic-battery charges.

And finally, Bret Bielema wishes to battle the Irish:

Bret Bielema ‏@BretBielema

Have tried to get Notre Dame on in the past schedules, now Michigan is taking a break in 2018 & 2019. Will see what we can do for Wisco!

Bring it, my good man.