Gould Headshot squareSOUTH BEND, Ind.—They’re still putting the finishing touches on the latest renovation at historic Notre Dame Stadium.

And barring a miracle, the Fighting Irish put the finishing touches on their national championship hopes on Saturday night with a 36-28 loss to Michigan State that wasn’t, as they say, as close as the score indicated.

After scoring an opening touchdown, the Irish surrendered 36 straight points and trailed 36-7 late in the third quarter.

In another statement about sports media’s role in the modern world, the press box has been moved to the east side of Notre Dame Stadium. That way, big-bucks suite holders won’t have to look into the the sun. That dubious distinction goes to the media, which needs to squint through sunglasses at those late-afternoon kickoffs.

The Michigan State game was at night, so that was pretty much a non-issue. Then again, it might have been better if critical observers were not shown many portions of this contest. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.