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Does everyone at ESPN have a fake Notre Dame-Michigan memory?

Mark May and Skip Bayless have fond and completely manufactured memories of watching the Irish and Wolverines play.


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:

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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