Below is a post I wrote in 2005 on a blog that was to be named “Reflections of a Trojan,” back when I went by Robert Day – So 2K5 Right? So in honor of the six year anniversary, and since USC is playing Notre Dame this week, I thoguht a repost would be fun!
Some of you already will know what this post is about, for those check the summary short video below for a nostalgic reminder. For those who love sports and want to catch up on the whole story check out the long story.
The rain has poured out of the sky the past two days. The thunder has rattled the streets while the lightning provides the only light we have seen since Saturday. The clouds subdue our normally energetic sun, and the wind whips everything in our faces. The weather is miserable, and I know why.
God is mad at Southern California! I know it seems difficult to comprehend, but follow me here. God is a Notre Dame fan through and through. Just ask anyone who attends the storied university who God is rooting for every Saturday. Just stroll over the campus and look at the religious images expressing God’s love for Notre Dame. Look at the football history of a team that doesn’t even need a conference to generate the largest fan base in the country.If you need any more proof than this, look at the open-armed image of Jesus broadcast at the beginning of the USC Notre Dame Football game this past Saturday, October 15. God had made his choice; Notre Dame will win the game and take down the powerhouse, number 1, Trojans, in what will be one of the greatest upsets in rivalry, nay NCAA Football history!
For those of you who were not hiding in a cave or stranded on an island this past weekend you might have heard that the game didn’t work out in Notre Dame’s favor, and now God is angry with us. His lightning steaks down but not as fast as Reggie Bush racked up 160 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns! The thunder shakes the earth, but not as powerfully the Trojans offensive line shook the Irish to help Matt Leinart push for one Yard to win the game in the fourth with seconds left on the clock.
The Leprechauns evoked every trick they found in that pot of gold but still found themselves just a bit short! (Pardon the pun). They let the grass grow to 4 inches; they wore the loathed green jerseys; they used every play in the book; they even called the Holy Father himself to come down and smite the Trojans. Somehow it was no match for USC.
The Fighting Irish fought and fought valiantly, but they were simply facing an opponent who has forgotten how to lose, an opponent who refuses to quit, an opponent that doesn’t know that 4th down and nine yards to go with one and a half minutes left in the game isn’t time to hit Dwayne Jarret for a 61 yard pass setting up the winning play. The Trojans could have tried a field goal to send the game into over time, but this is a team that knew it did not need over time this Saturday because they have what it takes, and they will not be knocked around by any team or any tricks.
So the wrathful God pours his rage on us through the weather, but he respects us enough to let us look at it all and smile knowing that his ND flag is flying at half mast today!