May 21, 2009

Nevada media talking some trash about the Notre Dame-Nevada game??

How about this Nevada writer calling us out about ND-Nevada game in September??

Since we are on the subject of meaningless TV and radio interviews, Regis Philbin reminded everyone this week on ESPN that Notre Dame’s football schedule this year is “softer.” Philbin, who probably knows more about college football than Beano Cook, said Notre Dame could win all of its games this year except the USC game. “Why can’t they win 11 of 12 and go to a BCS bowl?” Kelly Ripa’s sidekick said. The Wolf Pack, by the way, plays Notre Dame on Sept. 5. Expect Philbin to return to ESPN on Monday morning Sept. 7 to cry about how Notre Dame’s BCS dreams are crushed.
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It is obvious that the national media will consider the Wolf Pack football team’s victory over Notre Dame on Sept. 5 something along the lines of Appalachian State beating Michigan. We — those of us west of Elko, north of Tonopah, east of Auburn and south of the Black Rock Desert — know better. The Wolf Pack will be the better football team with the better coach on Sept. 5. A Pack victory is almost a sure thing. What we don’t know is how many people in South Bend will mistake Chris Ault for Lou Holtz.

Whoa!! I'm trying to decide whether to laugh or take this talk seriously. If I was Weis, I'd be taping this up to the lockers of every guy on our roster.

Is it possible that we could lose to Nevada?? Yeah, I guess anything is possible after last year's debacle against San Diego State, but it's freaking Nevada. I honestly didn't even know Nevada had a Division I team until last year.

Isn't Nevada winless against BCS schools?? They lost to the same Hawaii team last year that we ran off the field. I was impressed with their offense and their quarterback in the bowl game against Maryland last year, but they have Conference USA type talent.

I don't want ND to take them lightly or anything, but I can't say I'm worried about that game. If I have to sit here and worry about Nevada, we got big problems. I know they'll probably be sky high to play in South Bend, but we also have a lot to prove and hopefully will be looking to make a statement in the opener. As long as we come out ready to play like we did against Hawaii, we should put up points at will on their defense.

I'm already fired up for September!


Matt said...

I'll be honest - I'm petrified of Nevada.

Maybe that just shows the level of confidence I have in this coaching staff turning around this team. I hope I'm wrong.

Anonymous said...

Nevada has NFL prospects on both sides of the ball ... so they will be tougher than SD State but with an improving ND squad the betting line has to be 10-13pts.

Anonymous said...

Santoro is senile and shouldn't even be writing anymore.

Anonymous said...

Knowing how our boys play out of the gate I would have to concur with the writer from Nevada. This is the one game I'm really dreading and if we lose will set the precedent for another long year for the Irish.

Anonymous said...

Joe Santoro doesn't represent the Nevada media or Nevada fans. Most fans out here expect a tough game that will be close.

FYI, Nevada hasn't been FBS for a long time, but it does have wins over Washington and Northwestern. It's a team that's been slowly on the rise and hopefully will keep moving in that direction. Phil Steele has us at #35 in his Top 40 preseason poll, and this guy has a good reputation for being right.

But please, see us as a North Texas type team and focus on Michigan instead. :-)

Anonymous said...

I would really appreciate more blogs on the old days when we used to win. I'm talking about when we had leather helmets and the games really meant a lot more. We used to just crush people, and those were the days I love!!

Anonymous said...

Nevada is traditionally clobbered out of the gate by BCS schools as well(05 WazzU 52-10 in Reno, 06 52-21 at Arizona State, 07 52-10 at Nebraska, 07 69-17 at MizzoU). Only exceptions were beating Northwestern in Reno in 06, losing by 5 at Northwestern in 07, and losing 35-19 to Texas Tech last year in Reno.

Anonymous said...

Santoro was run out of Reno for his off the wall sports coverage of our local teams, so don't pay much attention to his rant. All I can say is that our community and team are extremely fired up to be playing ND! The Irish will definitely be seeing the best effort our team can put on the field that day. The big questoins are whether they can put the hype aside, stay calm and execute. The offense is a seasoned and experienced unity since most of them have been starting and playing together in the pistol for 3 years now. We have an extremely dangerous QB accompanied by a deep, talented run game. If they execute, the Irish may see a closer game than they like. However, most of us Pack fans are realistic about our chances. Yet we remain extremely hopeful because a win against the Irish would be the biggest kudo ever for our program and would create the momentum we need for a potentially strong year.

Anonymous said...

Santoro is so painfully clueless the fact that he still has a job never ceases to astound our fans. Please do not take what he has to say too seriously!

We like the Pack's chances in this game, but most of us aren't nearly THAT confident. :-/

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Jeremy said...

I'm with the rest of the Pack crew. I know at least 10 guys from the college days that are headed to South Bend next week. We are all pretty psyched to see the Pack play a team like ND in a place like South Bend.

While we may be hopeful we can pull off a win, we are very hopeful we can at least represent Nevada well like Texas Tech last year. Primarily we need to get out of there healthy, though. Lippincott tore up his knee during the Tech game and that definitely hurt us down the road.

BeautysSymphony said...

My first game prediciton.

ND 31 NV 17

BRING IT NEVADA...the IRISH can handle whatever you dish out

Nuff said...

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've read anything about the Nevada media talking trash that Nevada would beat Notre Dame. I'm a Nevada alumni but also a fan of Notre Dame for quite a long time. But being a Nevada alumni makes me root for Nevada more on this matchup. And "hopeful" is the word that Nevada will represent well and win. There's always cautious optimism in the beginning of a season for me about the Nevada football team (based on what I've seen in the past) so I'm eager to see how they perform.

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