Connelly seems to believe that the Horns will revert to form this year, that the last year and a half was a mere VY-inspired "blip," as he put it. But hey, that "blip" is still fresh on UT radar, unlike the last time the Irish won anything of note.
You wanna know about blips, Rich? I'll tell you about blips. It'll be a blip the next time Notre Dame wins a bowl game, which as I am sure you will remember, they have failed to accomplish in the last eight consecutive trips. Over that span, they have been walloped by everyone from perennial powers Ohio State, LSU, and Florida State to North Carolina State, the second-best football program in a basketball state. And oh yeah, they were pimp-smacked not once but twice by the mighty Beavers of Oregon State.
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