Sometimes in life we lead...but often, most just follow!
We form an opinion..we're good about our place on a topic,
but the crowd mentality kicks in and we start to re-think our
stance on important issues!
Let me clear one thing up for you, and after this it's on
to Purdue....Cause I'm one second away from
chopping my ear off if I have to read one
more "IDIOTIC" message board thread about
the Michigan game!
1. WE PLAYED LIKE SH#T!
We didn't play with the passion I'd expect on that stage...
We made errors not typical of a Brian Kelly team...
And it cost us the game!
2. We are INDEPENDENT!
You cannot put yourself in a situation where bad calls
can affect your outcome!
Michigan was 6-12 on 3rd down, half
of the six 3rd down conversions "3" where
Pass interference calls that baffled not only
ND fans but left Herbstreit and Musburger
with the same look on their face as
1.2nd Quarter score 10-10
Russell called for PI on
3rd and 14 turned into 1st down and a TD
instead of a FG!
2. 4th Quarter score 30-34 with over 9 min
in the game left, Jackson picks off Gardner
on a 3rd and 12,
celebration begins and late flag is thrown..
No score turned into a TD!
3. Same drive 4th Quarter score still 30 to 34
3rd and 5 another questionable PI call
that resulted in the TD to go up
I can only remember 3 pass interference calls for the
most part of the ENTIRE 2012 season!
This represents a HUGE change in this game!
Tommy's pick before the half...bad showing from ND
no love from the officials...And Michigan playing the
game of their LIVES!....Equals a BAD NIGHT!
A REALLY bad night..where we still could have
won vs a good team playing out of their minds!!!
Line up that game IN THE BIG HOUSE and I'll
take ND 7-10 times!
Where do we go from here?
We realize who we are and what we can accomplish!
I think a bit of a....
Whoops....Maybe I underestimated a few things that happened
that I think may have had a bigger impact than I'd considered!
4 Defensive Leaders lost due to
NFL and Health!
So you're gonna have to forgive me for that one!
With that being said...it doesn't mean leadership
will not emerge!
We are becoming the 2013 Fighting Irish...one step at
a time...Michigan was just a toe stubbing in that mission!
We have some great opportunities laid out in front of us
that give us the chance to grow as a team!
One of them?
I'm not going to waste your time with a complex breakdown of
They are NOT A GOOD TEAM!
Let's play a quick game of
"My Dad can beat up your Dad!"
Purdue got KILLED by Cincy ,who then
turned around and got DESTROYED by
Illinois... Who barely beat SOUTHERN ILLINOIS!
Then for an encore decided to let Indiana State
become a down to the wire game!
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED!
We need some games to test the waters!
We need the opportunity to get some young talent involved
and see who can rise to the opportunity!
We need the Purdue game to ramp us up...the Michigan State
game to confirm our confidence...and the
Oklahoma game to show everyone that
game two was a bump in the road!
You do that...you're back in the top 10 by beating ASU!
So all of you "arm chair" Quarterbacks....STFU and
relax...Just cause you've played Madden doesn't mean you're ready
And from what I'm hearing....you wouldn't want to be
in any of the meetings or practices this week!
One player said..."Coach Kelly wasn't hiding his disappointment
in the locker room Saturday night!"
I told him...As long as Kelly has been coaching..he knows what games
look like he should have lost, and still won...but he also knows
what games look like he should have won...and still lost!
Let this hurt be a reminder to you of the successes we've achieved
under Brian Kelly in just his first 3 seasons!
GO IRISH & GOD BLESS!