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Title game steeped in passion, history

Originally Published: December 2, 2012
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

When Notre Dame is atop the polls, the hot dogs are tastier, the popcorn is fresher and even the December sky is a little more blue-gray. And when No. 1 Notre Dame will play No. 2 Alabama for the BCS national championship, it pretty well checks off all the boxes, doesn't it?

Think Celtics versus Lakers or Tiger versus Phil. It doesn't happen often. But when it does, America responds. Check the TV ratings. Check your pulse. There are other methods of checking. If the measuring stick ...

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