After the upsets of Kansas State and Oregon, I had a funny feeling that Sports Illustrated was going to put their voodoo on the Irish. Low and behold, Notre Dame lands on the cover of a magazine that is as cursed as the Madden franchise.
This stinks. This really, really stinks. As a Notre Dame fan, the last thing this team needed was to overcome another obstacle standing in their way. I know I shouldn’t be superstitious about things like this, but the SI cover jinx has slayed more dreams and aspirations than anything else in the sports world.
Although the potential curse could happen, Notre Dame already reversed one curse against Pittsburgh. I had a nice post ready to publish about the #2002DejaVu that was going to bite Notre Dame. After all, they used a terrible backup QB (Rees/Dillingham), had a variety of turnovers, their veteran running back had a huge fumble (Wood/Grant), and they would have lost to a huge road underdog after defeating a top 10 team on the road (Pittsburgh/BC, Oklahaoma/Florida State).
Pittsburgh missed the kick. Notre Dame won. My post was never published. There was no #2002DejaVu.
This team is very special. And no jinx, hex, spell, or voodoo is going to stop the Fighting Irish from beating USC on Saturday night. The only team that can beat Notre Dame is Notre Dame. Everett Golson will have to play like a freshman QB, not like the QB we have seen in the second half. The inexperience secondary would finally have to have their first hiccup, something they haven’t done all season.
The season is still in hands of Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame players.
Have faith, Irish fans. This season is all about changing the norm in South Bend.