- Mark Schlabach, ESPN Senior Writer
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The Bottom 10 inspirational thought of the week:
Bettina Peterson: You look lost.
Chuck Noland: I do?
Bettina Peterson: Where're you headed?
Chuck Noland: Well, I was just about to figure that out.
Bettina Peterson: Well, that's 83 South. And this road here will hook you up with I-40 East. If you turn right, that'll take you to Amarillo, Flagstaff, California. And if you head back that direction, you'll find a whole lot of nothing all the way back to Canada.
Chuck Noland: I got it.
Bettina Peterson: All right, then. Good luck, cowboy.
-- "Cast Away," Tom Hanks and Lari White
Are you kidding me?
After the Bottom 10 spent two hours watching Tom Hanks converse with, of all things, a volleyball on a deserted island, the 2000 film ended with Hanks talking to a stranger at a crossroads in the middle of nowhere.
Talk about an unsatisfying ending.
Notre Dame knows about unsatisfying endings all too well. The Fighting Irish, who came into the 2011 season with aspirations of playing in a BCS bowl game, are 0-2 after suffering through the mother of abominable endings in their 35-31 loss at Michigan in Week 2.
After Notre Dame blew a 24-7 lead in the fourth quarter at the Big House, the Irish seemed to save themselves when quarterback Tommy Rees threw a 29-yard touchdown to Theo Riddick for a 31-28 lead with 30 seconds to play. But somehow, the Irish defense allowed the Wolverines to drive from their 20 to the Notre Dame 16 in only 28 seconds.
Michigan won the game on quarterback Denard Robinson's 16-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with two seconds to play.
It might have been the worst ending in the storied history of Notre Dame football, and easily earned the Fighting Irish the not-so-coveted No. 5 spot in this week's Bottom 10 (If you're new to the Bottom 10 party, No. 5 is reserved for the top BCS blunder of the week.).
With apologies to Steve Harvey and Tom Hanks, here's this week's Bottom 10 (and some of the most unsatisfying endings in the history of Hollywood):
Waiting list: Boise State's probation, Boston College (0-2), Clemson's defense, Duke (0-2), Fresno State's financial assistance, Gary "The Iceman" Pinkel, Georgia's turnovers, Indiana's collapse, Louisville (1-1), Middle Tennessee State (0-2), Mississippi State's clock management, Oklahoma-Texas standoff, Oregon State (0-2), Oregon State's punting, Penn State's offense, Purdue (1-1), Washington's punting on the run.
Mark Schlabach covers college football for ESPN.com.
Hollywood, like college football, isn't immune to unsatisfying endings.