It must be sour to go through life with a negative attitude toward things. I can't believe the naysayers enjoy life even if ND loses. And they can't possibly enjoy it as much as we do when the Irish win. But that doesn't even begin to address what it's like to be a part of so many years of camaraderie and Irish spirit. To be a part of NDNation. That's what it really means to be a winner.
So what? naysayers? pundits or even some of the fools at ND Nation? what people THINKS is unimportant. What happens on the field IS.ND has had an under-achieving program for the better part of 25 years (with some exceptions). The only way to silence the critics is to WIN -- something we have not done enough of since 1988!
Yes, the Irish need to win, and win they shall this year. 9-3 at a minimum with a BCS bid.
Agree with most of your analysis, but disagree on two things. First, ND will not get to a BCS game at 9-3. We probably won't even be in top 14 at that and that is a requirement to be eligible, and even if we are eligible, there will probably be higer ranked teams ahead, and although the bowls would like to take us for audience ratings, they will feel obligated to take higher ranked teams to avoid ridicule. At 10-2 ND is a lock for BCS, but look for Gator, Cotton or Champs at 9-3. Secondly, I get tired of the montra, that we were never in the Stanford game. That is not accurate. We were never down more than 7 points almost the entire first half (until Whitaker kicked a field goal with 4 seconds left to go up by 10). And Stanford only scored 3 points in the third quarter. It was in the 4th quater when the wheels fell off. Stanford scored a quick 14 points when they scored a touchdown followed by an interception for touchdown on the next series.