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Filling the Void: Notre Dame’s Title Game Shame

The Alabama Crimson Tide wipeout the Notre Dam Fighting Irish. On National TV. In the National Championship Game.

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Filling the Void: Notre Dame’s Title Game Shame

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Today: The Alabama Crimson Tide wipe out the Notre Dam Fighting Irish. On National TV. In the National Championship Game.

The 2013 NCAA National Championship game had everything going for it. The top two teams in the nation were set to go head-to-head as media headlines swirled around both players and coaches, but mainly around Manti Te’o and his fake girlfriend.

That whole thing happened less than a decade ago. Wow.

The 2012 National Championship game was a dud. The matchup between LSU and Alabama was a tough watch for everyone who tuned in as Bama routed the Tigers, 21-0. And if that score doesn’t seem all that awful to you, how about the 92 yards of TOTAL OFFENSE from LSU? Yeah, that’s bad. No wonder SB Nation has dubbed it: “The Worst.”

And while this 2013 title game also boasts similar teams with similar records, there’s hope that this one will be more interesting. I mean, it’s gotta be, right? With future NFL talents like Te’o, Eddie Lacy, Tyler Eifert, CJ Mosley, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Theo Riddick, and Amari Cooper, how can this game go wrong?

These teams haven’t met this season, as they’re in different conferences. In 2012, LSU and Alabama met once before, when the Tigers handed the Tide their only loss of the season. But here in 2013, these two teams have circled each other all year.

Will Alabama win another National Championship? Or can Notre Dame finish the job and bring home a title to South Bend?

Buckle up for this one, it gets bumpy.

Fun Fact: Every single Notre Dame victory from 2013 was vacated. Why? In an NCAA investigation, they found that “a former Notre Dame athletic training student violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when she committed academic misconduct for two football student-athletes and provided six other football student-athletes with impermissible academic extra benefits.”


Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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