Sport Notre Dame put on blast for Peacock streaming deal, poor showing vs. Toledo
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Dabo Swinney was irate when circumstances related to COVID-19 forced the cancellation of one of Clemson’s key games last year, but the coach seems optimistic that things will run more smoothly this season. © Ken Ruinard / staff via Imagn Content Services, LLC Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney Swinney shared some of his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine while speaking with the media on Tuesday. He said there are “very few” people with the Clemson program who have not been vaccinated, which “gives you a whole lot more comfort level.
Earlier this week,was named the in a Twitter poll, and the Fighting Irish certainly lived up to that label in Saturday’s stunningly close call against Toledo.
Thanks tothe hosts escaped the disaster a loss would’ve been, squeaking by with a 32-29 nail-biter:
Fighting to the very end!back on top with one minute to play.
And In That Corner … The Toledo Rockets bring experience and frustration to Notre Dame
Toledo might not be a college football blue blood, but Notre Dame would be foolish to overlook the veteran Rockets this weekend.That passion thus creates gameday environments every bit the equal of Notre Dame Stadium this weekend, and then players want to shine in those atmospheres. The so-called mid-majors or Group of Five teams end up with more quality than too many people realize.— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC)
The AP eighth-ranked Fighting Irish not only gave their fans in South Bend a horrid viewing experience, but frustrated fans across the country had a difficult time with their decision not to televise the game on NBC. Instead,forced many customers to pay to see their home opener.
As you might imagine, the combination of the Irish’s woeful effort against the Rockets and the trivial hoops fans had to jump through to gain streaming access led to plenty of hilarious reactions on social media.
It seemed conceivable that Notre Dame could get off to a slow start in Week 1, and coach Brian Kelly’s bunch definitely did in a 41-38 close escape at Florida State in the season opener. Returning home was supposed to be a big bounce-back showing in which the Irish rolled over Toledo. That’s not at all what came to pass.
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Whether it was open criticism about Peacock itself, or denying the reality of how badly the Irish played, the streaming experience was not at all what the Notre Dame faithful were anticipating.
The grievances began even before the gridiron action unfolded, as disaffected would-be watchers of the English Premier League found Peacock was straight up not working initially.
Peacock isn't working. What a disaster, NBC.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl)
Comcast insisted Peacock be laden with DRM that prevents it from working half the time and has not prevented piracy in any way while also fighting with device manufacturers over revenue things. It's the essence of modern corporate thinking & they deserve every bit of criticism
Notre Dame vs. Toledo odds, line: 2021 college football picks, Week 2 predictions from model on 63-45 run
SportsLine's model has revealed its college football picks for Toledo vs. Notre Dame on SaturdayNotre Dame kicked off its 2021 season with a thrilling victory over Florida State on the road, and the Fighting Irish will make their home debut this weekend. Notre Dame will host 1-0 Toledo on Saturday. Last weekend, the Rockets secured an impressive blowout win against Norfolk State, but Notre Dame is one of the most difficult FBS teams to beat at home.— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog)
Between Notre Dame feed delays and totally not working for EPL this AM, it doesn't seem like Peacock is worth my money right now. ♂️— Stephen Meyer (@StephenMeyerRDC)
Bold marketing strategy from Notre Dame, trailing Toledo at halftime and baiting millions of Americans to sign up for Peacock to hate-watch …— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde)
Notre Dame is just trying to get you to subscribe to Peacock. Don’t fall for it.— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee)
Conspiracy theories are so childish. I would never stoop to that level. With that said, I would like to know if Notre Dame receives a bonus from NBC for being in danger of losing to Toledo and making people contemplate a Peacock sub— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner)
OK, fine, I’ll load up Peacock…— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB)
Thrilled Notre Dame decided to put this Toledo game on Peacock, where nobody is watching. Excellent decision.
Pac-12 reportedly came close to adding TCU, Houston
In the end, Houston ended up joining the Big 12 instead, with TCU staying put in the conference once it decided to expand. Three other schools are also joining the Big 12.Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff denied the report when it was put to him earlier Saturday. Just asked Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff about the report that TCU and Houston were close to being invited to Pac-12. “We didn’t get close to any particular school. We had a unanimous decision among presidents and chancellors.— Derek Drayer (@derekdrayer)
If Notre Dame wins, but the game is only available on Peacock, then does Notre Dame really win?— Brendan Stiles (@thebstiles)
— Christopher Trahan (@TrahanLaw) Notre Dame used to be worthy of a national broadcast. Now they’re buried on Peacock.
Notre Dame kicked their FG to make it 17-16 over Toledo in the 4th quarter just as Peacock was showing third down.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer)
"Being a Notre Dame fan" and "being too unfamiliar with modern technology to use Peacock" seem to go hand in hand— Tyler Smith (@RaiderDamus)
Notre Dame narrowly beats Toledo, Twitter reacts accordingly
It really was not a good look for the Irish to let Toledo nearly beat them. The College Football Playoff committee will no doubt remember Notre Dame’s sluggish start to the year, and it’s reasonable to presume the Fighting Irish will fall down the current AP rankings and coaches poll next week.
Check out some of the ways the Irish got served on the Twitterverse after their poor Week 2 performance:
Notre Dame fans, when they beat a school by 3 that they should’ve beaten by 30— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter)
might be a really average team but its first two games have been fuuuuuun.
Thanks to Buchner and Coan, No. 8 Notre Dame holds off Toledo in dramatic home opener
A struggling offensive line and repeated miscues kept Notre Dame from ever controlling the game, but the Irish still snuck by Toledo thanks to two QBs.“Turned out it worked out pretty good,” Kelly said. “It gave us the shot in the arm that we needed.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg)
I don’t know how Notre Dame keeps tricking folks into thinking they’re a top team…— Keith Marshall (@Truthh4)
Toledo took the lead against Notre Dame with 1:35 left and had 5 penalties called against them in the next minute of gameplay. Refs gotta make it a little less obvious next time.— The Give Smart Guy (it's back!) (@BobbyBigWheel)
“The call came in. We gotta get Notre Dame to win this game…no excuses”— Bad Sports Refs (@BadSportsRefs)
Amazingly, Notre Dame has now allowed as many 60-yard plays in two games under Marcus Freeman as it did in three years under Clark Lea.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_)
If Notre Dame is favored by 3.5 or more in any game for the rest of the year, I would suggest smashing the points. This team is shaky at best and should make bettors a lot of money this year.— Derek Blakemore (@dblakemore74)
Is Notre Dame even a top-25 team?— Luke Easterling (@LukeEasterling)
Notre Dame fans happy that game wasn't particularly televised:— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB)
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