Notre Dame-Michigan has been one of those classic college rivalries that’s recently lost some of it’s luster, thanks to the Irish’s football woes under Charlie Weis. (To be fair, the Wolverines didn’t help matters by limping into last season’s meeting 0-2, with a shocking loss to Appalachian State and a home blowout at the hands of Oregon.)
But the rivalry may be back on track, as the two schools will be hitting the ice against each in tonight’s NCAA Frozen Four.
The game, played in Denver’s refreshing Pepsi Center, will be shown on ESPN2 tonight at 9:30 ET. (North Dakota takes on Boston College in the other semifinal, which is on - RIGHT NOW!)
Steve Wozniak of the SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE is certainly excited about the ND-UM & ND-BC matchups:
Yes, whatever hype machine the NCAA employs for its Frozen Four championship won’t be needed this year. ESPN, which is covering the games, has to be absolutely ga-ga over a field that could shatter every ratings record for college hockey this week.
Which is what, like 10 people?
It’s hard to say what’s more remarkable - Notre Dame & Michigan facing each other in a meaningful game again, or the Worldwide Leader actually televising a hockey game.
*UPDATE* Weis has been avenged, as the Irish win in a 5-4 OT thriller. Now ND leaves one rival behind for another, as they’ll face Boston College on Saturday for the NCAA championship. Can they now get revenge for the last-second FG loss in ‘93?