While fans across the country reluctantly expected to see Notre Dame race up the Polls due to the media's love fest for the Fighting Irish, today's events at The Vatican were even more shocking.
"I am pleased to announce that myself and the entire College of Cardinals will be replacing the Harris Poll voters effective immediately," said Pope Benedict XVI. "I have claimed Papal Authority over this Poll based on the writings of Ignatius of Antioch, Cyprian of Carthage and Beano Cook."
The Harris Poll was widely already maligned for having Ray Goff, Lou Holtz and Sandra Day O'Conner as voters. Pope Benedict, Successor to the Prince of the Apostles and College Football Expert, moved quickly to quell general fan nervousness about the legitimacy and built in biases of the new pollsters.
[Photo: "Nobody tackles Jesus. That's just tacky," said the Pontiff.]
His Holiness continued, "That isn't to say that Southern Cal sits a top our Poll. They are #1; however, Notre Dame is now "A". They are the Alpha team and will remain so until The Rapture or until a loss to Navy. Whichever comes first."
Popular Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, who was once considered the front runner to replace Pope John Paul II, refused to speak with reporters following the announcement. Sources in Rome have revealed that the true reason that Estevez didn't win the April election for Papal ruler wasn't due to his Latino background. It was because he is a Miami Hurricane fan.
[Photo: Pope John Paul II preferred other sports.]