Sunday, September 20, 2015

Contagious luck

So now we know how the good Lord spent His Saturday, and it wasn't watching the live feed of the Pope's visit to Cuba and the United States.

He was perched on a stool in some celestial sports pub, eating teriyaki chicken wings and messing  with college football on behalf of His favorite team, Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish required no hand-holding, beating Georgia Tech 30-22 in a game that wasn't nearly as close as it looked. The Irish led 30-7 and absolutely throttled the fearsome Tech triple option before the visitors tacked on a couple of late touchdowns to make it look as if Brian Kelly 'n' them had to break a sweat.

That would have been a fine enough day for the Almighty, but He is nothing if not thorough in His advocacy of Notre Dame. And so He apparently switched over to the Alabama-Ole Miss game, where He couldn't resist transferring a little of that fabled Irish luck from South Bend to Tuscaloosa, the better to prank Nick Saban and all the Crimson Tide faithful.

I mean, how else do you explain this?

To review: The snap is awful. Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly has to jump to get it ... after which he's immediately got a crimson 'Bama jersey in his grill ... after which he blindly throws the football up for grabs ... after which it bounces off the helmet of 'Bama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick ... after which it ricochets into the hands of Ole Miss wideout Quincy Adeboyejo, who was just kind of standing around ... after which Adeboyejo flees to the end zone to complete a 66-yard touchdown.

That gave Ole Miss a 24-10 lead, all the breathing room the Rebels needed for a 43-37 upset of the No. 2 Tide. And if you didn't see the hand of the Almighty in that ("Hey, watch this," you can almost imagine Him saying), well ... suffice it to say He wasn't done bestowing blessings just yet.

Clearly He switched over to USC-Stanford after that, where USC quarterback Cody Kessler was having a lights-out night at home: 25-of-32, 272 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions.

So the No. 6 Trojans won easily, right?

Nah. Give this one to Stanford, 41-31, thanks to its quarterback, Kevin Hogan, who completed 18-of-23 passes for 279 yards and two scores. Former Bishop Dwenger standout Remound Wright added three touchowns on short runs for the Cardinal.

So, to review: No. 8 Notre Dame wins convincingly. No. 2 Alabama loses. No. 6 USC loses. Up the polls the Irish climb.

And the Almighty?

He can go back to the live coverage of the Pope now. His work is done here.

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