The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a golden chance at a great win on senior day in South Bend. They took that opportunity and, through a mixture of poor officiating, bad play calling, and a complete lack of any adjustments throughout the course of the game, managed to break all of our hearts.
Officiating aside, this game was an absolute joke. Notre Dame was up 17-0 at the end of the first quarter. They added on to the lead at the beginning of the second quarter. Then Notre Dame football happened, I guess.
It seems as if every team that Notre Dame plays makes better adjustments throughout the course of the game than the Irish. That, in this humble blogger’s opinion, comes down to one thing: coaching. I’ve been pro-Brian Kelly for a long time unlike a lot of people, and I’ve been quite optimistic, but this game in particular may have changed my mind.
I’d be remiss in not stating that Malik Zaire took the last snap of the game because DeShone Kizer was pretty visibly out of it. He took two hits to the head that would have gotten Stephon Tuitt or Max Redfield or Nyles Morgan kicked out of games. I’m not here to criticize referees because they are humans just like the rest of us. But, the rest of us would be under great scrutiny for turning in similar performances to that of which the referees produced tonight. It’s quite frankly unbelievable.
Anyway, stay off of Twitter or r/cfb for awhile, because the world at large is taking great pleasure in our misfortune.
Here’s something: Notre Dame basketball is 3-0.