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Notre Dame AD on Bama: “They’re Better Than Everyone”

gfx - they said itUsually when we provide you with a “They Said It” quote we do so in order to provide you additional commentary on the same subject.  But in this case, the short comment from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick following last night’s 42-14 loss to Alabama stands on its own:

 

“They’re not just better than us.  They’re better than everyone.”

 

(We’ll pause for Texas A&M fans to shout “Gig ‘em!”)

At MrSEC.com, we’d love to know just how many SEC fans were hoping to see their conference capture another BCS trophy last night.  And how many would have given anything to see Alabama and Nick Saban taste defeat.

Fifty-fifty, maybe?

 


18 comments
rgdownie
rgdownie

I'm a Dawf fan and I can't tell you how much I wanted Georgia to be playing instead of Bama, but I would NEVER root for a NON-SEC team to beat a SEC team NEVER, NEVER, Never. I would even be a Gator fan for that night if Florida made it to the BCS game. If Bama keeps winning it's our fault for not beating them and if we can't (SEC-teams) I darn sure don't want a yankee team to do it. SEC SEC SEC!

SteveBull
SteveBull

I used to pull for Alabama until I got XM and started listening to Paul Finebaum. I don't think I can ever root for Alabama again. Most paranoid fanbase in all of sports.

tbear57
tbear57

Texas A&M Aggies 29, BCS Chanpions 24. Gig 'Em and Roll Tide!

Leon Despair
Leon Despair

ND could not have beaten Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, LSU or Vandy last night. Whether we root for the SEC or not, the guy who's out of luck is the guy just rooting for a good football game when two teams play for the national championship. Fewer than 50% of the BCS championship games have been decided by under ten points.

UFL1138
UFL1138

As a Gator fan who watched Tebow & Co.'s dreams of 3-out-of-4 BCS titles crushed by the Tide, I have to admit I was rooting against Bama successfully doing that.  It was close, though -- I wanted Alabama to lose by one point.  The thought was that since ND isn't a member of any conference, it's not as if the glory would go to a conference other than the SEC anyway.  If it had been a team in any other conference I would have been rooting for Alabama.  My two-year-older sister and her husband hate LSU more than Alabama but I'm the opposite way: somewhat positive attitude towards LSU but bitter hatred for the Tide.  As for me, no, I don't think I'll ever be over Macho Grande.  (Yes, that's my nickname for the 2009 SEC Championship Game.)

 

I frankly don't hate the Tide as much as I did prior to this season, though.  I think Muschamp has us going in the right direction.  Prior to our respective bowl games, it sure seemed as if Florida were on par with Alabama.  I see the Sugar Bowl as a fluke, just like Alabama's 2009 Sugar Bowl.

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

Rooting for the SEC all the way. No question.

SouthernBoiSB
SouthernBoiSB

I'm in the 50/50 group.

 

While I'm proud for the SEC, I still wished my Dawgs had the crystal football!

stonejonathan
stonejonathan

Whoop!  I was rooting for Notre Dame I wanted to see Saban reaction if they lost.

JamesPorter
JamesPorter

I'm a hog fan and we were sitting around watching the game saying "We could have done this bad" well or Mississippi State, Ha!

 

Aggies should be #2 in the AP...they looked very good against OU. They would have killed ND too.

GeoffDawg
GeoffDawg

I was definitely pulling for Bama. It doesn't hurt that I have an ingrained anti-ND sentiment as well but that speaks more to the perception that the national media doesn't give Southern schools enough credit while giving Midwestern/Northern schools, like ND, way too much, year after year. It could've been Florida vs. Oklahoma and I still would've rooted on the SEC team.

TruancyBot
TruancyBot

I'm an Arkansas fan, but i root for all SEC teams when they play a non-conference opponent.  I wanted Bama to destroy Notre Dame.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

Here's to Bama's title win, Congrats. That's it for this season.

 

Here's to the Aggies stomping them at Kyle again and UF meeting the Ags in the SEC Championship game!

WNCVol
WNCVol

Agreed.  I hate em' when we play 'em, but when any SEC team plays a non-conference game, I pull for the SEC team.  Even Bama, Florida and (gasp) Vandy.

alamoaggie08
alamoaggie08

I personally think nearly half of the SEC is better than ND.  They even didn't look like a Top 10 team.  Just like A&M (there's your reference) was basically two plays away from being undefeated, ND was two plays away from being 10-2 (botched ref call vs. Standford, botched chip-shot FG by Pitt).  Was I rooting for Alabama?  Of course!  No, not because it makes A&M look better.  It's because I root for those who represent my conference, specifically the ones who welcomed my team with open arms and respect, something I never saw from the Big 12. 

 

See you Sept. 14, Bama!  Until then, SEC all the way!  

AgStuckInNC
AgStuckInNC

I'm all in w/the SEC and was happy to see the Tide rolling big over the Irish last night.  Glad we can say we are the only team to beat them this year, too.  Gig 'em, Aggies!!!

JustAnotherBamaFan
JustAnotherBamaFan

I'm a Bama fan so I cannot voice my opinion regarding last night's title game. That being said, in 2010 when Auburn and Cam Newton were playing for the title I was in fact rooting for the Tigers. I may not like them, but the simple fact is they are brothers 357 days a year as long as they are not playing against another SEC squad (356 if they make it to the SEC title game).

yerboyfloyd
yerboyfloyd

 @alamoaggie08 Funny, I never rooted for Texas or OK or K-State in bowl games when we were in the BigXII (Missouri fan), but I was definitely rooting for the conference and Alabama throughout the bowls.  And for the reasons you mentioned.  Texas ruins everything they touch.   They want to stand on a step ladder and then claim they're the tallest man in the room.   I hope they choke on the LHN.

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