(Ed Note: This article appears courtesy of Bloguin.com's national college football site Crystal Ball Run and columnist John Walters. John is a veteran writer who has worked for Sports Illustrated, The Daily, and AOL Fanhouse amongst others. In his Bloguin debut, John takes on one of our favorite targets - Rick Reilly, and a recent column about Notre Dame.)
“And this offends you as a Jewish person?”
--“No, it offends me as a comedian.”
As I read Rick Reilly’s rip job on Notre Dame football this morning, I took umbrage. I borrowed against future umbrage, raising my umbrage debt ceiling. Sloan Sabbith cut short her raver in order to warn me about how much umbrage I had accumulated, but I cared not.
You may be aware that I am an alumnus of Notre Dame, but I was not offended by Reilly’s piece as a Domer.
I was offended as a journalist… and, to a lesser degree, as an inveterate fan of Riles.
The piece, which ironically enough appeared on the Feast of the Assumption (Catholics celebrate it as the happy departure of Mary – you know, the woman who made Jesus peanut butter-and-fig sandwiches, the namesake of Notre Dame – from this earthly life), has the suits in Bristol leaping over interns from Connecticut College to high-five one another.