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Comment from: Pete [Visitor] Email
Are you some kind of a moron? What is your beef with Brady Quinn? Oh, wait, I know what it is ... you're a Notre Dame hater. Why? Do you know anything about football whatsoever? It doesn't seem so. To call Quinn a "ditz" is probably the most absurd thing I have ever read — and that says a lot. What basis do you have for this statement? None. It's pretty sad that you can't write a simple restaurant review without insulting people you know nothing about ... and talking about something you really know nothing about: football. Why don't you stick to writing about something you do know about: obviously NOT football.
2007-09-12 @ 12:40
Comment from: Joe R [Visitor] Email
If this is not the most idiotic "Golf " column I do not know what is.

What is your problem with Brady Quinn? He is a great kid who will make you eat your words with his performance on the field.

Maybe you do not appreciate a University who tries to do things the right way in every aspect. Notre Dame should be admired for the pursuit of excellence both in Academics and Athletics. Perhaps you should become familiar with effort to have schools actually graduate Student Athletes.

Look at the rankings by the NCSA which ranks schools based on Graduation rates for Student Athletes. Notre Dame is ranked second behind Duke and ahead of Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard and Princeton among others on Division I.

Clearly they cannot try to recruit all 100 of the top 100 football recruits each year because many could not meet the academic standards. Perhaps they can only go after 50% of them. You should be ashamed for trying to ridicule them for trying to do things the right way.

It is true they may not be as great as they once were but I compliment them for trying to compete and not lower their standards. It would be good if more schools would do this. Notre Dame may be overrated in your mind but last year Forbes magazine rated the most valuable football programs. ND was first overall and more importantly generated more revenue for University Academic use than the othe nine teams in the Top 10 combined. The article can be seen at the below link.

http://newsinfo.nd.edu/content.cfm?topicid=20864

It is always a Love/Hate relationship for people regarding Notre Dame. I am sorry you are on the negative side. Perhaps with a little education your opinion may change.
2007-09-12 @ 12:55
Comment from: Brandon Tucker [Member] Email
Quinn might turn out to be a good quarterback, but the little parade he went on before the draft campaigning to be #1 overall was shameful and he looked like a total doofus, especially with that sappy puppy dog face as he slid and slid on draft night.

And Joe R., if you really think Notre Dame is a sacred institution, how about all the times they've pimped themselves out to a BCS bowl before more deserving teams just because of TV ratings? Not to mention they don't join a conference in football to keep their greedy NBC contract so they can pay millions to high-profile coaches who can lead them to 7-5 records every year.
2007-09-12 @ 14:10
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Visitor] Email
Yeah, the Touchdown Jesus thing doesn't
seem to be working so well of late. Maybe
they should try Touchdown Satan for a change of pace?
2007-09-12 @ 15:05
Comment from: Pete [Visitor] Email
Brandon Tucker,

Are you serious? You make no sense. First, with regards to Brady Quinn's supposed "little parade he went on before the draft campaigning to be #1 overall" — What are you talking about? Are you saying that no other high-profile player has ever visted teams to showcase their abilities? Because the national media ranked him as a top 5 pick — or a No. 1 pick — does that make it a shameful parade to campaign? Know your facts before you post.

Also, are you telling me that if all the national media built you up to be a Top 5 pick, and as it turns out those top teams don't happen to draft you, you aren't going to look a little stunned as you await your name to be called. The NFL thought so highly of him that THEY invited him to New York for the Draft. Again, know your facts.

Secondly, where do you get this information that Notre Dame "pimped themselves out to a BCS bowl" — seems you don't understand anything about the BCS rules. More on that in a second.

I'd like to address your last point before I get to that. The fact is, Notre Dame doesn't need to join a conference. There is absolutely no benefit to them by doing so ... so why would they? They play a top-notch schedule year after year without a conference, something a lot of teams cannot do because they are in a conference, and they get to keep all revenue the team makes for the betterment of the University, without having to share it with the rest of the conference. I suppose that makes them greedy, not business-smart.

You say they are greedy because they want to keep their NBC contract, so in this case it is Notre Dame's fault they are in such a high demand that NBC wants to air their games.

Now, back to your BCS point. The reason Notre Dame is selected over, as you say "more deserving teams because of TV ratings," is exactly that — because of TV ratings. First, under the BCS rules, they qualify for a BCS game if they finish with 9+ wins. So naturally, if they do finish with that many wins, the BCS IS THE ONE WHO SELECTS them, because of the TV ratings.

How can you A) blame Notre Dame for the BCS being greedy for picking them because it adds up to ratings money; and B) blame Notre Dame for NBC wanting to capitalize on the same thing: ratings money?

Seems a bit of twisted logic on your part. I suppose we should blame Tiger Woods or LeBron James for pimping themselves out to NIKE because NIKE wants to make money off of their success.

Do yourself a favor and try to know a little bit about what your posting before you post it. Like Joe R. said, "it's a Love/Hate relationship for people regarding Notre Dame." Unfortunately, just like Chris Baldwin, you are a Notre Dame hater and it clouds your judgement and common sense.
2007-09-12 @ 18:25
Comment from: 0 and counting... [Visitor] Email
Pete--Typical Notre Dame logic...When the team wins it's all about a tradition of dominating football(of course real football fans know that Notre Dame's heyday came at the expense of such powerhouses as Washington and Jefferson and Kalamazoo) and when they lose(better get used to that this year) the talk shifts to academic standards. Notre Dame is an excellent school and should be commended for it's commitment to graduate it's student-athletes, but this is football not the academic bowl and you and I both know that Notre Dame is not in the class of the Ivy League schools, Northwestern or even Michigan for that matter.

As far as Brady Quinn is concerned, he is a decent quarterback who did his best to hold up a medicore Notre Dame squad the past few years, but he never led them to a victory over a top team, never won a bowl game and shockingly never won a game in which Notre Dame was not favored. I look for him to be a slightly above average NFL quarterback on a miserable team.

When Notre Dame wins a bowl game, or any big game for that matter you can fire up the fight song, until then I wish ND fans would keep their traps shut. Nice talking with you, maybe next time we can talk about the NCAA violations, incidents of racism and instinces of bias which Notre Dame likes to sweep under the rug.
2007-09-13 @ 09:03
Comment from: Harrison Bergeron [Visitor]
Hey 0 and counting - "shockingly never won a game in which Notre Dame was not favored." Pitt 2005, Michigan 2005, etc... Do a little fact checking before you prove your ignorance to the world. And I look forward to Baldwin bagging my groceries in the near future. He has no hope as a writer. "Cleveland is no longer the Mistake by the Lake. Unless it comes to football. The Browns are still like the Titanic sunk in the lake. Under a whale. With diarrhea." I used to write things like that, but then I turned 9.
2007-09-13 @ 11:56
Comment from: Justin [Visitor] Email
This is sad - clearly Chris Baldwin hasn't been getting enough hits on his blog.

So, what is any respectable Golf Publisher Syndication blogger writing a restaurant review to do -resort to attacking "irrelevant" Notre Dame and Brady Quinn, the "ditz with a mop haircut" who actually has a Finance degree from one of the best undergraduate business schools in the country at top rated university and a shaved head. As a side note, ESPN actually researched the most overrated programs of the past ten years and Notre Dame was not near the top of the list (in fact, in the middle of the pack).

Well played, Chris. I hope your unrelated and poorly researched cheap shots have garnered enough interest in your blog to allow you to continue your fine work. Next time why don't you throw in a few non-confrontational references to politics and religion to stir the pot some more.
2007-09-13 @ 12:45
Comment from: 0 and counting [Visitor] Email
Harrison--I spit on the grave of Knute Rockne and mock everything ND stands for and all you can do is counter with two meaningless games from 2005.

Notre Dame played Pitt in the first game of the 2005 season and while Pitt was pre-season ranked 25th and playing at home they were actually only favored by 2 points. If you want to use ND's victory over 25th ranked Pitt of an example of you're dominace go right ahead. The win that year against Michigan was a decent victory one which I should have given Quinn credit for--Two wins against favored oppenents in his storied career...I stand corrected, Brady Quinn really was a a big game quarterback and if you believe that than I'm not the only ignorant one.
2007-09-14 @ 09:17
Comment from: Brandon Tucker [Member] Email
Pete,

I don't blame Notre Dame for taking the cash. It just sucks for the rest of the football nation forced to watch them get blown out every year by a superior opponent in a marquee bowl - just so ND can take a couple extra bucks home to a university that already charges its students roughly 45k per year.

Boise State proved last year these smaller schools are way more exciting to watch than the anemic and boring ND team. The American football fans are the real losers because of Notre Dame's profile.

The tradition and pageantry of Notre Dame football in 2007 is little more than a marketing scheme you seem to have fallen hook, line and sinker for based on your desperate defense of them.
2007-09-14 @ 12:54
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Visitor] Email
Pathetic MI just demonstrated how truly
talentless ND is this season. I say they
switch coaches again, just for fun.
2007-09-15 @ 22:58

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