July 09, 2008
ND-Miami: Make it happen
The U is calling us out for a game. Memo to the new athletic director, we want this game. Get it done, and I'll be there with a "Catholics vs. Convicts" tshirt ready to go. We haven't played Miami in almost 20 years, so it's time to restart the rivalry. They are actually a good opponent for a neutral site game instead of a home and home since we have had bad experiences down at "The OB" in the past. Get this game to a fan-friendly neutral site somewhere on the east coast, and it would be a huge game. Heck, I'll play them at Del Boca Vista retirement community if they want. ND-Miami is a no-brainer, and it's a perfect fit for NBC to use for its primetime telecast vehicle. We don't even need a new AD to say yes to Miami for this game. Then again, knowing our current administration, we'll probably turn it down and immediately use that spot for Baylor. Why set up a game that fans would be excited about for years when you can set up a 48-0 win over Baylor in front of a half-full crowd and about 13 viewers on NBC??
Here's the article from the Miami Herald with the relevant text:
"Hocutt said UM won't play FIU but wants to book marquee opponents and would be interested in speaking with Notre Dame about one of its new, annual prime-time neutral site NBC games."
Just seeing that "ND to renew storied rivalry with Miami" headline on the front page of ESPN.com would be awesome and send an immediate message that we are always willing to line up marquee games.
I'll throw out a perfect venue as well. Giants Stadium. If ND wants to barnstorm, let's take our act to the biggest media market in the country.
Miami is on record saying they want a game. The ball is in our court. We should respond quickly with two words:
If we don't respond, the silence will be deafening.