Notre Dame played Army at the new Yankee Stadium last night, and were eight point favorites. They gave up a field goal in the first Black Knights drive, but the rest of the way the Irish shut them down, and scored 27 unanswered points as Notre Dame put their 2010 record at 6-5.
The Irish are now bowl-eligible and will play USC next Saturday night in Los Angeles to conclude their regular season.
I knew that watching the game last night from the new Yankee Stadium would be loaded with references to the Yankees and the history of Notre Dame-Army football. The two teams had not met in the Bronx since 1969.
And I also knew that we would have some nonsense spewed as well. Notre Dame color commentator Mike Mayock, on going to a commercial early on, said the game was coming from "historic" Yankee Stadium.
No, Mr. Mayock. This game was NOT coming from a historic ballpark, as it just opened in April of 2009. I don't know how any 18-month old stadium can be called "historic." The "historic" Yankee Stadium met the wrecker's ball last year.
I'll let my friend Jere of "A Red Sox Fan From Pinstripe Territory" have the final word, from a blog post he recently put up about the confusion many people seem to have when it comes to the Yankee Stadiums:
"Yankee Stadium was torn the f**k down. It's f**king gone. Not f**king there. Any f**king more."