It ended on an island far, far from Old Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish's NCAA-record nine-game bowl losing skid — peppered with blowout losses to Colorado, Oregon State and Louisiana State — ended with Notre Dame handing out a blowout of its own, a 49-21 rout of Hawaii.
It was accomplished with Charlie Weis, on crutches and facing knee surgeries, calling plays from the press box.
Yes, all is well at Notre Dame, with a 7-6 season under its belt and hopes on the rise for 2009.
In an entry titled "Season's Beatings," John Walters of NBC Sports.com put it all in perspective.