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    The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    I guess it's a Notre Dame tradition to line up and kinda stare down their opponents as they exit their locker rooms.

    They did it in "Rudy" and they did it Monday Night as we exited the tunnel.

    I really think that was a bad bad move because I can't help but think that feeble attempt at intimidation accomplished one thing---It ticked our players off and pumped them up even more so than they already were.

    Just an observation but I really thought it was dumb on their part.

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    As I watched that play out on TV I was thinking that the Alabama players looked HUGE, and ND players looked nervous. If they were trying to "stare down" the Alabama players, they failed.

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by Alasippi View Post
    I guess it's a Notre Dame tradition to line up and kinda stare down their opponents as they exit their locker rooms.

    They did it in "Rudy" and they did it Monday Night as we exited the tunnel.

    I really think that was a bad bad move because I can't help but think that feeble attempt at intimidation accomplished one thing---It ticked our players off and pumped them up even more so than they already were.

    Just an observation but I really thought it was dumb on their part.

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    it was a feeble attempt. actually, i would guess that our team didn't really care. i think the die was already cast at that point. when i watched the replay last night, it was funny to watch how amped the nd defenders were after the first couple of tackles they made (on kick off and lacy's first run). its so cute when they still think they have a chance
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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    Heck I just thought it was done that way because of the arrangement. Teams had to exit the same tunnel, and Alabama had to go first because we were the "road" team. In any event, our guys seemed not to even notice that they were there.

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    another thing i noticed was that before, during warmups etc. the cameras kept getting shots of the nd players (especially te'o) "pumping" each other up during warm ups and the intensity would always rise a bit when the cameras were on them.

    they went down to shoot our players and steen motioned the cameras away and kept going through warm-ups.
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    Heck I just thought it was done that way because of the arrangement. Teams had to exit the same tunnel, and Alabama had to go first because we were the "road" team. In any event, our guys seemed not to even notice that they were there.
    Like during the game?

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by Alasippi View Post
    I guess it's a Notre Dame tradition to line up and kinda stare down their opponents as they exit their locker rooms.
    They did it in "Rudy" and they did it Monday Night as we exited the tunnel.
    I really think that was a bad bad move because I can't help but think that feeble attempt at intimidation accomplished one thing---It ticked our players off and pumped them up even more so than they already were.
    Just an observation but I really thought it was dumb on their part.
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    I saw the same thing you did. I thought the 'Stare Down' attempt, was a sign of dis-respect toward our team.
    IMO: That piece of 'Gamesmanship' came back to bite em.

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    When you're smaller, weaker, and less talented than your opponent, staring doesn't help.

    Did anyone notice how much earlier the Notre Dame team arrived at the Stadium than the Bama team? Seemed like they had been there for awhile when they showed the Bama buses arriving.

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by 92tide View Post
    another thing i noticed was that before, during warmups etc. the cameras kept getting shots of the nd players (especially te'o) "pumping" each other up during warm ups and the intensity would always rise a bit when the cameras were on them.

    they went down to shoot our players and steen motioned the cameras away and kept going through warm-ups.
    It's amazing the subtle details you pick up on about Coach Saban's operation when you're watching the product on the field. Thankfully for us, those things are never subtle to him.

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    Thought of this when I saw it....obviously a tradition. Maybe one that should be abolished lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpyZHmGRPuE

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    I wondered what that was about. I thought they were staring in disbelief.

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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    I don't discount your point but personally I don't think it mattered. After listening to post game comments from players I really don't believe our players were affected by any of the hype surrounding the game one way or another. I don't think they were worried about the ND players, the ND scheme, who got how much media coverage...none of it. I think they simply intended to come out, execute to the best of their ability, and be satisfied with that. I think ND was just a nameless, faceless opponent. The only scoreboard was the one that measured the result of the current play and their only motivation was their own standards of excellence.
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    Re: The "Stare Down" Was A Huge ND Pre-Game Mistake In My Opinion

    The game is won Sunday thru Friday. Seriously.

    Staring...all that jumping up & down, woofing & hollering, that's all "clutter" as Coach Saban and Dr. Ilko like to say.

    I try to teach the kids that I coach that all that pre-game nonsense and "motivation" only lasts for about 5 minutes or until you get hit in the mouth. After that, it comes down to execution. And I don't care how motivated they were, Notre Dame was out-executed in EVERY.....FACET...OF...THE...GAME
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