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The long grass was one thing...

Two years ago there was grumbling about the long grass for the Notre Dame game.

In days gone by, "the luck of Irish" on the field made people wonder if Touchdown Jesus was more than just a mural: was there divine intervention on behalf of Notre Dame football?

Well if there is, then the plague-like season for Notre Dame seems to have inspired some Old Testament fire-and-brimstone-style mayhem:

USC's football team, coaches and staff endured several terrifying minutes as their chartered flight to South Bend plummeted amid a severe thunderstorm, forcing the pilot to abort his first landing attempt.


USC sports information director Tim Tessalone told The Associated Press on Friday that some passengers were thrown from their seats by turbulence as lightning cracked around the storm-tossed aircraft about 9 p.m. Thursday.


At their hotel, senior defensive end Lawrence Jackson said he was going to see the team trainer because a Popsicle stick had pierced the inside of his mouth during the drop.

"That was terrifying," fullback Stanley Havili said. "I thought I was going to die."

Quarterback John David Booty said, "It wasn't the worst flight I've ever been on, but it was definitely the biggest drop."

Was this a warning from on high? Will a win tomorrow result in Trojans being turned into pillars of salt? Or is it just a coincidence? I hope so, because when the God of the Old Testament decided to punk someone, they stayed punk'd.