Today, the "baby in a corner" line came to mind, when I received the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. The cover featured, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and on the upper right hand corner (above) there was a small snippet which read: "Return of The Wolverines", featuring Michigan's freshman quarterback, Tate Forcier.
Anyway, the point is--
Last Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines won a thriller of a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 38-34. Forcier showed his toughness under pressure by throwing a game winning touchdown with 11 seconds left.
This is where the "baby in the corner" line comes in. Once upon a time, the Michigan-Notre Dame match-up was more than just a game-- it was an event. A game like Saturday's would have dominated the cover of--not just SI--but every major sports publication. And when I saw the corner snippet is all the game got, I asked myself, "what has happened to Michigan and Notre Dame?"
Both schools have really been major disappointments over the last 5 years or so. I mean, they once were the elites of the elites. Their yearly match-up, at times, was a bigger event than the national title game itself.
In other words, the Michigan-Notre Dame game used to be the "baby" of college football. So to see them play such a thriller on Saturday and then barely make the cover of SI, shows me how low the two programs have sunk in the elite chart.
Just for the sake of nostalgia, lets go down memory lane and see how Sports Illustrated used to cover the great rivalry:
September 22, 1986:
September 24, 1990:
September 23, 1991:
Yes folks, those were the good old days and until Michigan and Notre Dame are once again, "forces to be reckoned with"-- I guess the "baby" of college football will remain in a corner.
Photos courtesy of SI.com