Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Anyone Who Thinks This Team Has Recruiting Issues Is Just Silly

How bad is Notre Dame football this season?

This bad:

The body of George Gipp, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the rallying cry "Win one for the Gipper," was exhumed recently for DNA testing in his Upper Peninsula hometown.

The family's not talking to the press about the reason behind the dig-up, and I am telling you: It's because Dammit,Ron! is turning to a 112-year-old dead person, who at this point stands a better chance of generating positive yards per carry than the actual, live players we have now.

just invented the forward pass at:


mike, breaks are beatin' the boys said...

Nah, it's for pep talks.

I really hope the DNA proves he has a long-lost great-grandson or something. George Gipp was a halfback, a quarterback, a defensive back, and a kick returner. We need somewhere between a little and a lot of help in all of them.

Ron Franscell said...

Why? Was George adopted? Is someone claiming to be his love child? Did the fantastically popular Gipper pull an Elvis and fake his own death to escape the limelight? Nobody's telling. But ESPN filmed it and a noted sports author was on hand. So we're likely to find out in the good old-fashioned American way: Marketing!

I love a mystery, even a fabricated one. After attending the exhumation and autopsy of J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson last March, I'm even more fascinated by what modern forensics can tell us about long-ago deaths of famous people. But I'm not sure we should go digging them up willy-nilly merely to satisfy idle -- and ultimately unimportant -- curiosities.

Perhaps the exhumed Gipper will answer some important questions. I desperately hope he wasn't disturbed just to sell some books.

I won't waste any more of your bandwidth here. I blogged more fully on this topic at Under The News

dan-the-soldier/brother-in-law said...

I don't get it. What's the big deal about exhuming dead people? Call me insensitive, but they're dead. Why do people get so worked up about this? And the one guy called it a "desecration" the dude's body is some holy artifact or something.

Personally, I couldn't give a hoot what people want to do with my dead body after I'm pushing up daises from 6 feet under.

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