Happy Birthday Beano

College Football historian Beano Cook turned 80 yesterday. He is as sharp as ever. He has a monthly blog. He does a weekly podcast with Ivan Maisel. And he, along with Lou Holtz, remains the biggest Notre Dame homer at the Mothership.

Back in the 1990s, Beano had some zingers about the Irish. He thought then coach Lou Holtz would lead the Irish to another renaissance. He predicted quarterback Ron Powlus would win multiple Heisman Trophies.

He also had this to say about Notre Dame stadium in the fall of 1993, just before the Irish hosted top ranked Florida State.

Florida State is going to feel like the Germans at Stalingrad. You don’t want to fight the Russians in the middle of winter and you don’t want to play an undefeated Notre Dame team in South Bend in the second week of November

Notre Dame made Beano look prescient that weekend, as they upset the Seminoles in one of the most dramatic games of the season.


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