Still, an oceanic remove has its advantages. "The perspective of 4,000 miles makes you different from someone living in Chicago," says Moss, who's lived in Dublin since 1978. "When you rely on late-night Internet radio broadcasts from the other side of the Atlantic, perhaps it is the game that is the thing and not so much the implications for BCS bids or national rankings."
His lilting accent, after a quarter-century, is less Lake Erie than River Liffey, and for a moment Moss seems to be buying his own theory. But then he caves like a witness on cross-examination. "That all sounds very good," he admits, "but the BC game still killed me."
Yet even then Ireland offered solace that Notre Dame Stadium couldn't have. "Thank God for Guinness," says Moss, "and the passage of a few days."