Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Thursday, September 14

All Quiet Before ND-Michigan Storm

Do you like trash talk? Do you love it when football players bad-mouth each other before big games and make for compelling bulletin board material? Well, then stay far away from Notre Dame players. Michigan is coming to South Bend on Saturday and these guys are so bland it makes you yearn for a Joey Porter moment.

Who’s Joey Porter? He’s the Pittsburgh Steelers’ colorful-talking All-Pro linebacker, but that’s not the point here. The point is this is what Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn had to say when asked about Michigan.

“Every game right now is just the same to us. We look at this game like we did all the others.”

Here’s what wide receiver Jeff Samardzija had to say about the Wolverines defense.

“We’re just thinking about getting ourselves better and improving our play.”

And then, when pressed, Samardzija offered this nugget.

“I really haven’t had time to watch the tape of Michigan yet. Ask me that question in a couple of days and I can give you an answer.”

The problem, as Samardzija and all the media knew, was that offensive players are only allowed to talk on Tuesdays of game weeks. Thus, he would not be available and there would be no answer.

Looks like we’ll have to wait for the game to get all the color.


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