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I can't help but wonder what Nov. 14 cover boy Troy Polamalu's hair will look like in 20 years or so when he appears in CATCHING UP WITH--and whether his mother will be sighing and rolling her eyes.
Polamalu will always be my family's favorite Steeler regardless of his football accomplishments. Troy spent several hours in the hospital with my wonderful 19-year-old nephew, Joe Duffy, this past summer. It was the happiest day of Joe's unsuccessful five-month battle with cancer.
It's awesome to see that the Pittsburgh tradition of great defensive players continues. We've gone from Greg Lloyd to Carnell Lake, from Jack Lambert to Donnie Shell and from Mean Joe Greene to Polamalu. The ethic of the hard workers of the Steel City is certainly personified by the Steelers' defenders on Sunday afternoons.
Extreme Makeover (Nov. 14), which described the progress of quarterback Brady Quinn and the entire Notre Dame football team, was phenomenal. It is the first time in the past year that I, a Notre Dame sophomore, have read an article that truly describes the essence of Notre Dame football. Most students here really respect Ty Willingham, but this school was not the perfect fit for him. It is for Charlie Weis.
Don't get me wrong, Notre Dame is a great football team. Weis is a strong factor in the Irish's winning record, and Quinn, who has led Notre Dame to a BCS bowl bid, has had an outstanding season. Notre Dame is ranked in the top 10, but until they have a schedule that has more than three quality opponents, take them out.
It was interesting to see that Quinn and many of his teammates took issue with the way Coach Willingham was treated by the Notre Dame administration. Here at Syracuse many SU players piled on their criticism of coach Paul Pasqualoni as he was let go. Given the opposite directions that these two programs are going this year, is this a lesson about loyalty?
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