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07:36 AM ET 12.10 | On making a postseason bowl, congratulations are in order for the Irish -- or are they? Redeeming factors are few, and even those are cleverly concealed. Notre Dame's participation in the Pinstripe Bowl Dec. 28 against 6-6 Rutgers could be the worst postseason scenario since the Irish football team got in the bowl business after the 1969 season. That's not an exaggeration. Combine the weather in New York, which will likely be cold, with the opponent, which will likely be awful, and the ingredients are there for a real stinker. Whatever happened to the philosophy: We want to play the highest ranked team available? Notre Dame's athletic leadership of several years ago sent the football team down this path of bowl oblivion.

South Bend Tribune

Stephon Tuitt, Icon Sports Stephon Tuitt, Icon Sports
December 10, 2013  07:38 AM ET

GO IRISH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 10, 2013  07:48 AM ET

Stop whining and join a real conference, Domers.

December 10, 2013  07:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Stop whining and join a real conference, Domers.

Yeah, join a conference so your bowl invite can make no sense due to a conference tie-in.

December 10, 2013  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yeah, join a conference so your bowl invite can make no sense due to a conference tie-in.

There seems to be a lot of these this year...regardless of conference. You would think some of these could get together and do some horse trading which could help all conferences, teams and bowls.

December 10, 2013  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Stop whining and join a real conference, Domers.

Just not the Big 10, they still want to be relevant.

December 10, 2013  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yeah, join a conference so your bowl invite can make no sense due to a conference tie-in.

Kinda miss the old B1G tie-in to the Sun Bowl. Used to see some pretty god matchups then.

December 10, 2013  08:24 AM ET

I'm surprised they didn't bogart one of the ACC picks as a condition of being an incoming member (semi-member for football). Isn't that what they had with the Big East football setup?

December 10, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Just not the Big 10, they still want to be relevant.

As in a little fish in a B1G pond.

December 10, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Kinda miss the old B1G tie-in to the Sun Bowl. Used to see some pretty god matchups then.

When it was B1G/PAC there were a lot of good ones IIRC.

The Wisconsin fans are the ones I remember. They came in droves and knew how to have a good time.

December 10, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Just not the Big 10, they still want to be relevant.

No problem. The B1G has Rutgers and Maryland riding in to save the day. They'll probably make as big a splash as Mizzou and A&M did.

December 10, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Kinda miss the old B1G tie-in to the Sun Bowl. Used to see some pretty god matchups then.

Its the Sun Bowl so thats a lot of praise. I must guess given its location the opponents are Huitzilopochtli vs. Nanauatzin

December 10, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Yeah, join a conference so your bowl invite can make no sense due to a conference tie-in.

And firthermore no where in that article was there any expression of a Notre Dame reaction to the bowl much less any whining (although I'll be glad to whine a little).

December 10, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Rutgers smokes ND in the pinstripe bowl...........kinda like Bama did last yr.

December 10, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Notre Dame's worst bowl ever?

Uhhhh, that was last year.

December 10, 2013  09:29 AM ET

$1,800,000 minimum payout to each team. Hundreds of well heeled Alumni and Board members and their families flown to New York City and feted for the Holidays. It is strictly business.

December 10, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

$1,800,000 minimum payout to each team. Hundreds of well heeled Alumni and Board members and their families flown to New York City and feted for the Holidays. It is strictly business.

Exactly. Pizzz on the quality of the game.

December 10, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Exactly. Pizzz on the quality of the game.

And they finish with a 9-4 record and no one looks back and asks who those 9 were. Yes, Rutgers is that bad.

December 10, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Notre Dame used to refuse to go to these types of bowls. I imagine they have realized in the inbetween time that the practice time you get makes it worth it, regardless of how bad a bowl it is.

December 10, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Notre Dame used to refuse to go to these types of bowls. I imagine they have realized in the inbetween time that the practice time you get makes it worth it, regardless of how bad a bowl it is.

Doesn't the NCAA allow all basketball teams to practice until the Final Four date?

I could see them allowing all football teams to do the same through the NCG date.

 
December 10, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

$1,800,000 minimum payout to each team. Hundreds of well heeled Alumni and Board members and their families flown to New York City and feted for the Holidays. It is strictly business.

Yep. Media capital of the world: Irish revive ties to Gotham. Not prime time, but there is no competition in its lead-off time-slot. Good trip to the Big Apple for the lads. Far superior to the Beef O Credit Union Famous Autozone Helicopter Bowl. My (tweed) cap's off to the Leprechaun!

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