The last few weeks of Bowl-watching on ESPN have often felt like a commercial on the YES Network with all the promos for this game. PRIDE. TRADITION. HISTORICAL PROGRAMS. Old audio playing back: "I thank the good lord for making me an Alabaman."

No more promos now, though—just football. And, boy, has it been a while. Notre Dame last played the Saturday after Thanksgiving; Alabama a week after that. So let's see if they remember how to do it. While watching, feel free to peruse our National Championship-related content. and, of course, yak it up in the comments.

The Hater's Guide To Notre Dame | I hate Notre Dame for the exact same reasons I hate Tim Tebow. It's an underperforming football entity with an irritating tribal gloss of holiness, which gets far too much acclaim and adulation when it happens to succeed. The Fighting Irish belong with the Red Sox, the Yankees, Twilight, Taylor Swift, and any other property that is artificially relevant because the media wastes so much fucking time telling you how relevant they are.

And now here is Notre Dame in the BCS title game, finally fulfilling the hype-driven prophecy. It's the kind of thing that gets you cheering for Nick Saban, and Nick Saban is pure shit. Read »

College ShameDay: Is This One Of The Best Notre Dame Teams Ever? And Other Absurd Questions, Answered | What it really comes down to is this: Which fan base will be more unbearable to you in victory? That's the team that will win, because college football does not care about your feelings. Read »

Three Idiots Have Voted For Nick Saban For President (So Far) | And that's just counting the people who tweeted their ballots.. Read »

Was Knute Rockne Killed By The Mob? Tracing The Origins Of One Of The Stranger Urban Legends In Sports | It was only natural that bullshit and hyperbole would take up their places in the story of Rockne's death, too. Read »

Crimson Tide Fan Surprises His Dad On Christmas With BCS National Championship Game Tickets | This dad was already elated to receive the same type of hat that legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant used to wear as a Christmas gift, but then his son told him to look inside the hat for the bigger surprise. Aww. Roll Tide. Read »