Dec 31, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT
So maybe we weren’t so bad at seeding the top football photos of the 2012 season.
After some upsets in the early rounds, it was “all chalk” in the Elite Eight, as the top four seeds advanced to the Final Four.
So while it’s a bad day to be an NFL head coach on a losing team, it’s a good day if you were part of the FIDM crew that set the photo face-off.
Here’s a closer look…
As expected, university photographer Matt Cashore’s photo of Manti Te’o celebrating in the rain after the Stanford victory (#1) defeated Tyler Eifert’s touchdown catch in Dublin.
In the #2 vs. #10 match-up, Everett Golson‘s two-point conversion dive defeated the four captains in Oklahoma.
Next up, the #3 photo featuring the team’s celebration at USC moved on against the longshot challenger, #27 Te’o sacking Landry Jones.
Finally, the epic goal line stand versus Stanford (#4) defeated the #21 photo of Te’o speaking at the Michigan pep rally.
So the Final Four is set (as a matter of fact, the voting is live now at Facebook.com/NDFootball).
We couldn’t have hoped for a better field. Arguably, it features photos from three of the four most exciting victories this season (Stanford, Pittsburgh and USC, with Oklahoma being the only one missing).
We avoided an all-Manti final, and we even got some parity in the photographers – two photos from Matt Cashore (#1 and #4) and one each from Barbara Johnston (#2) and Mike Bennett (#3).
The final pairing will be matched up tomorrow (Jan. 1), with the winner announced the following day before the Irish leave for Miami.
Get out and vote!
P.S. I was a perfect 4-0 this round, upping my record to 23-5 in the face-off.
About Strong and True
ND Football on YouTube
- 1st year in @TheACC- 1st Conference Championship. That's what @NDwbb does #GoIrish #WeAreND #IrishACC 1 day ago
- RT @FightingIrish: Let's get a big #GOIRISH going! Retweet if you are cheering on @NDwbb in @TheACC Championship! #ACCWBB 1 day ago
- .@NDwbb- time to take care of business. Good luck and Go Irish #YouGotThis #NDFamily 1 day ago
- New "Tattoo Stories" from @NDFIDM, featuring @MatthiasFarley bit.ly/1hTEANM #NDFBFamily 3 days ago
- #NDFB Coaches Clinic starts March 20th. If you are a coach or interested in coaching, this clinic is for you- bit.ly/ZxjSwx 3 days ago
- M. Basketball. Eric Atkins Earns All-Atlantic Coast Conference Honors
- M. Lacrosse. Irish Update: Irish And Pioneers Put On Show For Pacific Coast Fans
- W. Volleyball. Prendergast Joins Irish Volleyball Staff As Operations Specialist
- Football. Notre Dame Has Three on College Football Hall of Fame Ballot
- M. Basketball. Irish To Face Wake Forest In ACC Tournament Debut
- M. Basketball. At Home On The Farm And On The Hardwood
- Track. A Long-Distance Runner With An Impressive Past
- W. Basketball. #2 Irish Down #10 Duke, 69-53, For ACC Title
- Baseball. Irish Fall To No. 6 NC State in Series Finale, 7-0
- W. Tennis. Notre Dame Gets First ACC Win Against No. 25 Florida State