When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

A Notre Dame-Alabama BCS title bout has ESPN counting its blessings

Outlined against a California sky the color of Frank Sinatra’s irises, the Seven Horsemen of Notre Dame’s defensive front line rode again. In a show of grit that would have left Grantland Rice scrambling for the Roget’s, the Irish on Nov. 24 stymied USC with a late goal-line stand that was the stuff of legend, thereby punching their ticket to the Discover BCS National Championship Game.