Notre Dame is headed to the Big House in Ann Arbor to take on Michigan in what is one of the biggest games of the week this Saturday. However, the way Irish coach Brian Kelly sees it, this is only one of the “biggest games” – not a historic rivalry such as the one Notre Dame enjoys against USC, for example.
Obviously, Michigan coach Brady Hoke was not impressed with Kelly’s comments, and neither was ESPN analyst Mark May. There’s a difference, however. Hoke, in a recent press conference, brought up the fact that College GameDay is headed out for the game, and for the sixth time.
May, on the other hand, said he believes Notre Dame-Michigan is a rivalry because he grew up watching it in upstate Michigan.
But here’s the thing: Notre Dame and Michigan did not play a single time between 1943 and 1978. May was born in 1959. the 6-foot-6, 288-pound lineman was already 19 years old by 1978, and playing on Saturdays for Pitt. Since that is the case, it would have been extremely tough to watch the big game in the next time zone over.
So, yeah, Mark May straight up made something up on national television. He’s not the first person to do it, and he won’t be the last – it’s just really easy to verify his “facts.”
[H/T: The Big Lead]