SOUTH BEND -- If life is a process, here are a few things I'm still processing at the moment, after the Longest College Football Game In Recorded History:
* I'm still trying to get my head around a football game that started about 3:40 in the afternoon and just ended about 70 minutes ago. Elapsed time from kickoff to final gun was, according to my scoresheet here, 5 hours and 59 minutes, thanks to two weather delays. Dayne Crist's 31-yard pass to Cierre Wood to begin the game literally feels like it happened yesterday.
And, gee. In about 60 minutes, it will have happened yesterday.
* Adding to the whole surreal feel of the day, of course, was the fact the Irish lost. And looked a lot like the Ghost of Notre Dame Teams (Immediate) Past. I swear I looked down there one time and saw either Charlie Weis or Tyrone Willingham wearing a headset, so often did the Irish shoot so un-straight. The manner in which they repeatedly couldn't get out of their own way looked disturbingly familiar.
* Speaking of upsets, I would be remiss, as a Ball State grad, if I didn't mention the Cardinals' upset of Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium. Final score: 27-20. Impact: Immense on both sidelines. The victory at once gives Pete Lembo the kind of signature win, right out of the box, that hasn't been seen in Muncie since Brady Hoke left. And the loss immediately takes a lot of the air out of the enthusiasm Kevin Wilson had generated in Bloomington.
Huge. Absolutely huge.