Last weekend the Fighting Irish finished an unbelievable regular season beating USC on the road and finishing with a 12-0 record and one more game to play. That game will be for the BCS title on January 7 in Miami. Their challenger for the National Championship will be determined in a few days. For now, it is the team from South Bend, Ind., that is making the headlines and stirring the conversation.
There seems to be no middle ground. Fans love the program and the years of glory (not many the past several years) or they can't stand the team, the program or the history. (It is hard to use the word hate, talking about a religious-based school.)
Years ago, two words seemed to get under the skin of many people about Notre Dame: Irish and Catholic.