I'm sitting here this afternoon, still stunned by USC's victory over Notre Dame yesterday evening. I am profoundly disappointed -- not in the players on the Notre Dame team, but rather that championship-level play from the Irish was not enough to beat USC in the end. It was the best football game that I've seen in a decade.
There is only one winning team in a football game and there are no moral victories. However, if you never have the chance to lose a big game, you will never win any big games either. Nothing ventured, nothing gained or lost. It seems as if Notre Dame has been systematically avoiding those big games for several years and has been unable to bring itself to "put the chips down," as Notre Dame greats had done in the past. If there is any silver lining in this loss, it is that the Notre Dame football team is back to playing in big football games and risking heartbreak.