Yesterday, my friend, Jason, left a message on my cellphone asking me what I was doing during the Notre Dame/USC game today. Later tonight, Katie and I are getting together with Jason and his wife as well as a couple other friends and going out to dinner.
I figured Jason wanted to get together and watch the game. However, since Katie was going to be at work for a few hours today, I figured I would spend the time finishing up some of the upper-level sections of the stairwell walls that still needed to be painted (when I told you a while back that I was "done" painting, that was only in reference to the ceiling).
When I finally got around to calling Jason back, I was well into my painting project and I had turned on the game as background noise. I pretty much just turned on the TV and scanned the Comcast channel guide until it said "College Football: Notre Dame at USC." I didn't pay much attention to the rest of the details.
While on the phone with Jay, I explained that I was painting but that I had also turned the game on in the background. He was a bit confused.
Me: "What do you mean? It's on right now."
Jason: "Um, the game doesn't start until 2:30." (Ed. note: it was 1:05 p.m. at the time we were talking)
Me: "Then what the hell am I watching?"
Jason: "Is it an old game?"
Me: "Hold on."
[I walked over to the TV and hit the Info button on the remote]
Me: "Oh shit... it's ESPN Classic. This game is from 1986."
Jason: "Yeah, that's what I thought."
In retrospect, it really does make sense. I only clicked it on and was faintly listening while painting. I guess it certainly goes a long way to explain why I occasionally heard reference to names like Steve Beuerlein, Rodney Peete, Tim Brown, and John Carney. I just figured they were talking about an old game when those names came up. When I finally did look at the screen, it should've struck me as odd that Charlie Weis suddenly looked an awful lot like Lou Holtz.
Okay, I'm a moron.
Well, the Irish won the matchup 38-37 in one of the greatest games in the history of the Notre Dame-USC rivalry.
Maybe the luck of the Irish will still be on their side 19 years in the future... at 2:30 in the afternoon.