Notre Dame: Dream or a nightmare?

Tommy Rees never sees Sean Daniels coming at him from behind.

Tommy Rees never sees Sean Daniels coming at him from behind.

After having a rather detailed dream of the upcoming Rutgers’ game this season, I’ve wondered why I have not dreamed at all about the Notre Dame game.  Not once. Not since the contract signing over a year ago. Not ever.

Until last night, that is.

It was a weird dream for a lot of reasons but the first of which is  I’m watching the game with my brother and he passed away in 2007. (I hope this doesn’t mean I won’t make the first tailgate vs. Houston this year.)


Harry Donahue doesn’t give me a score
during the second quarter,
but he gives me a lot of “third and two
and Kenny Harper runs for about four yards”
followed by “looks like that was 1 1/2 yards
and Temple will now have to punt.” …

The game starts pretty good, with the Owls moving the ball to the ND 40 and Paul Layton gets off a coffin corner punt (they still do those, don’t they?) that lands on the ND 1-yard line. After two short runs, Sean Daniels chases down Tommy Rees from behind and grabs his ankles and Rees goes down. This punting back and forth continues to the end of a scoreless first quarter.

The second quarter starts and Channel  10 interrupts the telecast for “breaking news” of a house collapse in South Philly.

“This is the third structure collapse in Philadelphia in the past two months and there have been no reports of an Earthquake in any of them,”  Nicole Brewer reports from the scene. Then, for the next half hour, Brewer asks residents what happened and they all say the house collapsed.

Nicole Brewer reports about another house collapsing.

Nicole Brewer reports about another house collapsing.

(Don’t ask me how Brewer got from Channel 3 to Channel 10, but she was there.)

Meanwhile, I scramble for my old transistor radio.

Harry Donahue doesn’t give me a score during the second quarter, but he gives me a lot of “third and two and Kenny Harper runs for about four yards” followed by “looks like that was 1 1/2 yards and Temple will now have to punt.” Harry also gives me a lot of “Rees throws the ball and he’s intercepted by Tavon Young … wait, they say he dropped it” and “Notre Dame fumbles the ball and Temple recovers …. no, they are now saying Notre Dame recovers.” Plus, one “Juice finds Deon Miller in the back of the end zone for a touchdown … no, they say he juggled the ball and it’s incomplete.”

Still, Harry gives me no score.

I finally get the score on the ESPN crawl  and it looks like 27-13, ND, but I put my face up to the screen and it says 41-13, ND.

Then Channel 10 returns to the game from the house collapse story and the Notre Dame band is on the field and the score is indeed confirmed as 41-13.

Then I wake up.

The Rutgers’ dream?

Temple wins, 56-13,  and, ala the win at Maryland two years ago, puts the game away early and the Rutgers’ fans empty the stadium at halftime. Temple finishes off the game in front of about 5,000 delighted Owl fans. Chris Coyer becomes the first player in NCAA history to run for 100 yards, pass for 100 yards and receive for 100 yards in the same game.

After leading the team in singing “T for Temple U” Coyer dons the headset and is interviewed by Lou Holtz on ESPN Game Day.

“I don’t even have to think about it, Chris, you get my helmet sticker right now,” he said.

“Thanks, Mr. Holtz,” Chris said.

I like one dream better than the other but, unfortunately, you don’t get to pick which dream comes true.

The only thing good about the “bad dream” was that Nicole Brewer made a surprise appearance.

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2 thoughts on “Notre Dame: Dream or a nightmare?

  1. ND is a top five football team…, when is the last time we played two top ten teams in the same season? DAZ put us back two years, this is the first year in the process to prominence…, we have a senior team loaded with very good sophomores – that is a winning combination! we will go to a bowl if someone shows up at QB

  2. Three deep at QB. Juice has the most experience and I think that will get him the nod, but don’t count Connor out. He is Irish and the game is in South Bend. More worried about tailback if Zaire doesn’t win the job. Torn about ND. While it’s true ND does recruit in a different stratosphere, what USF, UConn and Navy did to ND since 2009 means Temple could, too. BUT … and this is a BIG but, Owls have to play as well or better than Navy, USF and UConn. All three won AT ND, so I don’t think the home field is that big an issue.

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