Reading While Eating for Jan. 7: All Out of Bowls

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: A closer look at the final contest of the college football season and a few alternatives to the big game.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly spreaks with members of the media during the Discover BCS National Championship Head Coaches Press Conference on January 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

BCS Championship Game Tonight: Top-ranked Notre Dame squares off against No. 2 Alabama in the season’s final college football game. Though the Fighting Irish are undefeated, the Crimson Tide is the heavy favorite for tonight’s matchup in Miami. (

“Catholics vs. Cousins.” This tag-line, popularized by a Notre Dame fan, went viral after former Golden Domer quarterback Jimmy Clausen tweeted a picture of a t-shirt emblazoned with the saying. Needless to say, Alabama fans are less than thrilled. (Keeping Score)

How Brian Kelly Learned to Win. Everything you wanted to know about the Notre Dame coach and then some. First thing to know: Do not confuse him with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. (SB Nation)

…Maybe It’s the Screaming? Most football coaches let their tempers flare on the sidelines every now and again, but Kelly uses his legendary outbursts to motivate his team. (BuzzFeed)

Why Does Popcorn Pop? Though the vegetable (still sticking to our guns on that one) is traditionally considered a movie snack, you can’t go wrong with it while watching sporting events as well. Popcorn is delicious. (mental_floss)

The Best Spoof Movies Ever Made. Not a sports fan? Feel free to visit your local video store tonight and pick up a copy of one of these fine comedies instead. Don’t forget to bring all your pager anachronisms. (Flavorwire)

The World Before the Internet. Speaking of outdated… (The Daily What)

Downton Abbey Is Back. The third season of the critically acclaimed series began last night on PBS. From what we’ve heard, Dame Maggie Smith is quite delightful. (Tuned In, YouTube)