Saturday, November 27, 2010
In Historic 9 Year Battle, Troy Falls
It took Notre Dame 9 years to respond to USC's blatant provocation and winning streak, one year less than it took the Greeks to bring Troy down according to Homer's epic The Illiad. I guess Achilles is back in the game. In the post game interview, Brian Kelly, coach of the 7-5 Irish, used the word "battled" or "battling" or "battle" at least four times, highlighting not only how important the game was for him and his team, led by freshman quarterback Tommy Rees and stricken by injuries, but also how much comparison there is between this rivalry and the Trojan War of old. The leaders in today's game were Rees, Michael Floyd (Wide Receiver), and Robert Hughes (Running Back). You might almost call them Achilles, Odysseus and Diomedes, Floyd being Achilles. Last year Floyd was injured for the game against USC, a game that came down to the last second, made famous by the Notre Dame student cheer of "One More Second", which prompted the referee to put one more second on the clock and thus giving the Irish one more play. However, in that game, the Trojans came out on top. That was when Achilles was out. Now that he's in, Notre Dame is once again able to come out on top despite the rain and four interceptions and one fumble by Rees. It was a finish that Notre Dame fans were looking for, after an up and down season, Brian Kelly's first with the Irish.
Posted by Nate at 8:53 PM