You may remember a certain offensive lineman who had some very unkind words about the University of Notre Dame before Stanford made its way to South Bend this past weekend for yet another Irish win. For those unfamiliar with the quote, let’s have it again:
”I hate it, playing up there,” Marinelli told cardinalreport.com after practice Wednesday, referring to Notre Dame . ”The field, excuse my language, the field sucks. The stadium sucks. I think the area sucks. I grew up with a bunch of Irish and Italian Catholic people back home,” said the 6-7, 297-pound senior from Braintree, Mass. ”And all the Irish Catholic people, all they talk about is Notre Dame this, Notre Dame that. And they’ve never even been there, you know. So I hate those guys, I hate that school. We are going out there to mash them up, and that’s all there is to it.”
Fantastic stuff. Too bad he then apologized for said remarks.
Either way, it stoked the fire of the Notre Dame players. Just after the final seconds ticked off the clock the two teams even got into some pushing and shoving on the field. Who knew these two schools were even capable of otherwise normal SEC behavior.
Then came the clincher. When ND quarterback Jimmy Clausen tracked Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh down after the fracas to shake his hand and say “good game” Harbaugh walked right past him without extending said courtesy. A total brush off.
Harbaugh claimed to have never seen Clausen, but that claim seems a little dubious to us. Maybe Jim has never liked Notre Dame (he did go to Michigan). Maybe the way the game went down had him pissed off (he did complain about some penalty calls).
You be the judge.