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Cheap Shots: Notre Dame's Kelly's historical revisionism

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Can a regional rival hang with the 'FigThing' Irish?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 12:01 am

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said he doesn't see the Notre Dame-Michigan series as one of the “historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries,” but more of a “big regional game.”

He's taking some heat for those seemingly dismissive comments, but let's be real. Any self-respecting college fan would rather see a historic, traditional Notre Dame vs. Navy game.

Spelling counts

Did you see where cups at the Notre Dame game on Saturday misspelled the team's nickname as “Figthing Irish”? I'm pretty sure Fig Things would still beat Owls almost every game.

Johnny Football 'signs' again

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel received a taunting penalty and was benched by his coach after throwing three touchdowns in a big win over Rice. During his time on the field, Manziel made gestures simulating signing an autograph and rubbed his thumbs and fingers together symbolizing money.

It's good to see the offseason problems have made him much more low key and humble.

Wasted away again in Wrigleyville

Two men were arrested early Sunday morning for sneaking into Wrigley Field in an attempt to steal ivy from the outfield wall. In keeping with Cubs tradition, the steal was unsuccessful.

In lieu of a jail sentence, the men will be required to spend the next month wearing leftover Carlos Marmol jerseys.

NFL teams won't return the favor

The Houston Astros decided to wear NFL jerseys on a road trip in light of the NFL season opening this week. They want to get a feel for what it's like to wear a real pro uniform.

Tebowing out?

Tim Tebow was released by the New England Patriots, prompting many to speculate that his NFL career will come to an end. We won't know for sure until he ascends into a broadcast booth.

Now my head hurts

Former Baltimore Ravens great Ray Lewis said he believes there was a conspiracy that caused the lights to go out in last year's Super Bowl in order to try to slow the Ravens down.

Lewis said he did not want to accuse anyone and he had no facts before he accused people with no facts.

Let this be a lesson, kids: Friends don't let friends listen to Ray Lewis.

The what series?

Max Papis said he suffered a dislocated jaw after being slapped by a woman after the Camping World Truck Series race in Bowmanville, Ontario. The woman was apparently fellow driver Mike Skeen's girlfriend.

She will either be charged with assault or hired to do more marketing for the Camping World Truck Series.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at rhayes@news-sentinel.com.