BCS Media Day: Notre Dame beards and Trick shot... Saturday

Super Bowl Media Day has become a tradition of hi-jinks. A lot of it isn't about football and more so about some goofy stuff created by people who aren't really media members. For a once a year event, in can provide some entertaining stuff.

Saturday, Notre Dame and Alabama took part in the BCS Championship version of Media Day.

And while not to the level of the Super Bowl, this Media Day had its share of slapstick too.

"Feels like I'm at a dunk tank," Irish coach Brian Kelly said as he took the podium in his high chair Saturday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

One of the 'big stories' on Media Day was the breakdown of Notre Dame's beards. Many Irish players began growing the facial hair before the season, vowing not to shave until they lost. Little did they know it would last this long.

But, what about that Florida heat? How does one's beard hold up in this weather?

"The beard has been doing just fine," says Mike Golic Jr, who sports the biggest growth of any beard on the Irish team. "For some reason, it seems absolutely averse to heat related effects and it's looking forward to Monday night."

Golic says--win or lose--the beard will finally be trimmed after Monday's game.

"Golic has a really think savage like beard," safety Zeke Motta explains. "I will definitely compare it to Sasquatch almost."

The highlight of Media Day was the special Saturday edition of Trick Shot Monday--which in the BCS style used the BCS Championship as a prop. Trick Shot Monday is an Irish team tradition--where players attempt to sink a ping pong ball into a cup using elaborate tricks.

It wasn't working too well Saturday as the Irish were out of the element, outside and out of the state. Failed shots came courtesy of Mike and Jake Golic, John Goodman, Carlo Calabrese and Cierre Wood--among others.

Finally, ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder (don't call her Steele anymore) ended the 15 minute drought by sinking her shot---making her the first non football program member to win trick shot Monday.

So is that a bad omen for the Irish who have finished undefeated by ensuring the trick shot winner always came in-house?

"No, it's completely fine," insists Goodman. "She actually is a vet--she was in this before--she can shoot for us."

Impressive diplomacy from Goodman who was quick to his feet on his defense of no bad karma for the Irish heading into Monday night's national championship game.


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