College football's BCS (a.k.a. fictional) national
championship game is tonight. Undoubtedly, many of you will be
watching - pundits are expecting the largest audience for a
college football game in years. And that has everything to do
with the two teams involved.
Notre Dame and Alabama are like the
of college football. Some people love them. Some people hate
has an opinion on them. There is no middle ground.
Like a Google earnings call or an Apple product launch, we'll
tune into watch Alabama-Notre Dame because - one way or another -
we care deeply about what happens. Whether it's because you
despise the Irish and are rooting for them to fail or because
you're a lifelong 'Bama fan who screams "Roll Tide!" when you
leave for work every morning, either way you have a rooting
It's the same reason casual observers watch when the New York
Yankees are in the World Series, the LeBron James-led Miami Heat
are in the NBA Finals, or the Dallas Cowboys are in the Super
Bowl. Only, in this case, it's TWO of those polarizing types of
teams going against one another. That's double the reason to
Notre Dame and Alabama ARE college football. They have won
more national championships than anyone else, have featured more
legendary coaches (Bear Bryant, Knute Rockne, Lou Holtz, Nick
Saban) than anyone else, and boast iconic traditions such as
Alabama's numbered helmets and Notre Dame's "Touchdown Jesus"
Like all perennial winners, both programs have accrued their
share of detractors over the years. People scoff at Notre Dame's
holier-than-thou moral authority the same way some people took
pleasure in Apple's iPhone 5 Map App gaffe.
To many, tonight's game may feel like choosing sides in a
fight between the two biggest bullies on the block.
You don't want either guy to win…but, for some reason, you'll
watch the fight until the bitter end.