Western Union memo to Sports Illustrated: STOP. Please accept apology for ripping your mag last year for picking Notre Dame to make College Football Playoff. STOP. Anything we can do? STOP. Maybe send TMG College Sports mug in exchange for subscription? STOP

“Sorry” really is the hardest word for me. The second hardest is triskaidekaphobia.

Rankman stated last August that SI’s pandering pick of Notre Dame at preseason No. 4 was one of the most shameless ploys in the history of journalism, almost worse than William Randolph Hearst using his newspapers to suck the U.S. into the Spanish American War.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.