The Michigan-Notre Dame series is coming to an end after 2015, a fact that has led to plenty of reflection on the part of ESPN analysts. GameDay will be in Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend for one of the last matchups between the Irish and Wolverines for the foreseeable future. It's a valuable game for ESPN, which may explain why its pundits are all of a sudden making up stories about it:
Mark May just said he watched Notre Dame-Michigan growing up. May was born in 1959. ND and UM did not play between 1943 and 1978.— Sandlapper Spike (@SandlapperSpike) September 3, 2013
Skip Bayless jumped into the fray Tuesday, claiming all sorts of very wrong things about the series, as Deadspin outlines here. If the network is seriously trying to create a groundswell for keeping the game alive on an annual basis, maybe there's a better way to do it than creating blatantly false stories about a series that actually has gone interrupted on several occasions, most recently from 1999 to 2002.
The coaches of the two teams can't even agree on the relative importance of the game -- Brian Kelly considers it a significant contest, but says it's no rivalry; Brady Hoke feels differently.
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