I've sat through two of Notre Dame's four blowout losses in person. At Michigan I had absolutely nothing to cheer about. Not one single play. Everything went wrong from the very first snap and I sat there and took it. Last Saturday I sat in a scorching stadium and watched as the Irish put together one serious drive the entire game - though they did score their first offensive touchdowns of the season. Both games were extremely painful to sit through and I sat there until the Alma Mater played.
I sat there hoping that the Irish would do something good. That I would see a spark of what this team could be. That they would finally stay in the game long enough to pull out a win. That's the beauty of being a Notre Dame fan. There's always hope. There's always the feeling that the Irish could pull out another one of their miracle games that would add another legend to the story. The hope is quickly fading, though.
At this point, all we can hope for is to see improvement in each game for the rest of the season. I don't think anyone expects to beat Purdue, UCLA, Boston College or USC but the last four games (Navy, Air Force, Duke, Stanford) are definitely winnable. Especially if they manage to improve every week - and I think they will. I think Charlie is now starting to figure out how to coach a bunch a guys who've never played college football. He's never had to do that before. It's a learning experience for the coach and the players. The Irish won't be good this year, but they'll be better by the end of the season. And then next year? Well, there will be hope.