By GREG WEBB
Whether the bowl season has been enhanced by a plethora of dramatic-ending games, or the college gridiron diversions have merely slaked year-long thirsts of waiting fans, the matches of the past week have set the stage for the ultimate contest.
Local football aficionados, and the casual score-minders alike, will likely pay a bit of extra attention to Monday night’s college season finale.
Kapron Lewis-Moore, who played his prep football at Weatherford High School before heading north to South Bend, represents to first former Roo to participate in the lofty, attention-getting contest for the national title.
During his tenure at Notre Dame, Lewis-Moore has been part of the Irish rise from obscure mediocrity, to respectability, to attaining the pinnacle of college football notoriety.
The Irish will face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday, in the Discover BCS National Championship Bowl, set for resolution at Sun Life Stadium, in Miami, Fla.
If some of the previous bowls of the season are any indication, chances are the game will live up to its billing. Regardless of the progression or the outcome, any championship game usually carries with it a healthy dose of self-generated excitement. And with the resurgence of Notre Dame football after a couple of decades on the downside, facing the defending champ Alabama, the potential eye-candy on Monday could leaves die-hard college football fans already looking ahead to next fall.
There have been some blisterings applied since the bowl season began in the week preceding Christmas, the most recent in memory being the number Texas A&M did on Oklahoma, Friday. But there have also been plenty of heart-thumping (and breaking) dramatics, with Arizona’s late, two-touchdown shocker over Nevada or the Longhorns’ comeback against Oregon State. A brief look back...