One thing that was talked about going into the game was the tone of practices last week. While I thought they practiced harder and crisper than the previous week, they are still missing what I feel is a most important ingredient in any team—spirit. It is sorely lacking in this group as opposed to some years past. Just not a lot of emotion at practice, and it seems that way in games, too. They looked flat—against Notre Dame!!! More than one long time observer made the same comment. It CAN’T be that way. No fiery pre-game speeches for the ages? No former players, stars of rivalry games past to regale the team with stories of glory? No history of the rivalry show to the guys to let them in on the fact that they’re playing in one of the biggest games of this or any year? Something is wrong with this picture.GarryP - WeAreSC Wow! I really didn't think about that... No former players to rile the team up. No reminiscing of great games in the past? remember when ND Dragged in Digger Phelps and Lou Holtz. That says a lot. Teams take on the personality of their head coach...this is a pretty good example.