Monday, January 2

NOTRE DAME WILL UPSET OHIO STATE IN FIESTA BOWL TODAY

There -- I've said it. No surprise, right? After all, I'm an inveterate Fighting Irish fan.

The Fighting Irish and their Eddie Robinson Award-winning head coach, Charlie Weis, will find a way to overcome Ohio State's stellar QB, Troy Smith, and its All-American middle linebacker, A.J. Hawk (ironically, the steady boyfriend of Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn's sister). Weis has had more than sufficient time to dissect the Buckeyes and ND fans can expect a well-thought, masterful game plan from the former Offensive Coordinator for the New England Patriots.

Ohio State is a 4 1/2 point favorite this afternoon, but ND's Charlie Weis says that's "baloney!"

This is a marvelous match-up and should be a terrific football game.

My prediction: ND 31; OS 28.

GO, IRISH !!!


FOLLOW-UP: Congratulations to Ohio State on its 34-20 defeat of Notre Dame. The Buckeyes played a superb game. And my thanks to Head Coach Weis, his superlative coaching staff, and the Notre Dame team for giving this fan so much excitement this season and an optimistic outlook for a bona fide "Return To Glory" in the years to come. ND is back!