In the eyes of the education world in and around the greater Philadelphia area, Saint Joseph's Preparatory School is a lost gem found in a pile of stones.
For college football fans, it doesn't get much better than a tilt like this. Alabama is trying to win its third national title in four years -- and become the first program to do so since Nebraska in the mid '90s -- while Notre Dame has proved that painting gold on your helmets before every game isn't sacrilegious.
At best, Notre Dame is the fifth best team in the nation and, according to our projections, on a neutral field, would be an underdog to at least four teams in the SEC.
On black Friday, while most of our loved ones back home were on line at Best Buy, we went to Paris for a long weekend. What was in store for us was quite unlike any Thanksgiving weekend we'd ever experienced.
Notre Dame is undefeated, and that counts for something. However, this year's Irish are the least impressive undefeated team in recent memory.
I'm quite certain both teams were included in the intentions of countless rosaries during morning Mass. Prayers not specifically for a win, but as a diplomatic priest would say from the pulpit, "Blessings for our boys to play their best."
As a young sports fan, I learned about football by watching Notre Dame.
The ACC currently has solid teams all across the board, including Boston College and Virginia Tech. Of course, the conference was nothing without Duke and North Carolina.
While the school's move to the ACC may very well prove beneficial for the football program -- the upcoming four-team national playoff is certainly a plus -- it is also a glaring admission that Notre Dame football is no longer the national stalwart of old.
As the arch rivals Notre Dame and Navy battled it out at the Emerald Isle Classic, I ran out on the pitch wearing a T-shirt with "KFC - STOP Deforestation" and scored a touchdown before being escorted away by security at the packed out Aviva stadium.
It looks like a more systematic outreach from the Catholic Church, a general awareness that public schools are not proving the best quality of education and the voucher programs are changing this decreasing dynamic.
This is truly a day to celebrate! For the past year, 230 women, primarily from the University of Notre Dame's Classes of 1977 and 1976, and their coaches have worked diligently to recreate the rosters of the first women's sports teams at the University.
The psychology of fraud shares a lot in common with the psychology underlying another of society's most pressing ills... the combover.
With short attention spans and sleep deprivation, we were seeking the ultimate itinerary for a speedy trip to Paris with kids.
Here, though, is my question: would it be better for me to give up paying attention to sports beyond this Lent? Would I be a more spiritual person? A more productive minister?