Notre Dame Football, Trick Plays, and Angioplasty

A number of my family members went to Notre Dame University, and with them, I follow the Notre Dame football team through its ups and downs. I like the team. I like their new coach. I hope a program like this can survive the increasingly crazy world of Division I college athletics. I guess I am quaint enough to think that college should be about education, too.

Which is not to say that there isn’t plenty of educational material in the world of sport or the world of high-level college football. As much as I love Notre Dame football, I unfortunately loved the way they were beaten on Saturday by Michigan State with a fake field goal in overtime.

Hats off to Coach Mark Dantonio of Michigan State for having the ทางเข้าเว็บตรง ufabet มือถือ cojones to call this play. I remember watching him throughout the game. He seemed like a no nonsense type of coach. Little emotion, stoic, in control, wound up tightly, a Type-A personality. He didn’t seem like the type to take just this kind of chance. Maybe that is why it was so surprising.

Maybe the Notre Dame coaching staff and players were under a spell. Did anyone on the coaching staff or the field yell out “watch for a fake” like one might do in a sandlot game? Have things become so sophisticated in this game that we forget the little, simple things? What were the defensive backs thinking? Did they view themselves as spectators to see if the kick pierced the uprights or not? Were they involved in a maneuver to block the kick by going over the top? Were they planning how they were going to celebrate in front of the cameras if Michigan State missed the long field goal attempt? Caught flat footed, duped – The deepest safety on the play didn’t even react as Michigan State Tight End Charlie Gantt ran right by him.

It is great to see trickery of this nature rear its glorious head and change the narrative away from Heisman Trophy givebacks or the latest thuggery on display leading to some player’s suspension.

Coach Dantonio, though, would confront a larger issue in the game’s aftermath. Two or three hours after this terrific play he was in the hospital having an angioplasty for his heart that likely saved his life. And he was smart enough as a former athlete not to play through the pain. Reports are that he’s doing well and we wish him well. A game won with a bold play-call and a life saved, all in a few hours. Yes, the players were nursing all sorts of aches and pains and inflicted injuries, but none on the scale of a heart attack.