If you're a bit tired with the mostly predictable and scripted player responses to mostly predictable and scripted media questions, the latest Irish Insights interview of Pat Kuntz is a welcome respite. It avoids the standard cliches and gets to the heart of the kind of inside scoop we all hope to learn.
II: You have your quirks. What's the quirk people don't know?
PK: "Hmm. Quirkiest thing about me people don't know? I can probably burp longer than any person, human being, I've ever met."
II: Wow. How long?
PK: "I can do the ABC's twice before in one burp. I can do it without drinking anything. I can do it right now, yeah."
II: Go for it.
PK: "Go for it? Ha. Hey (Brian Hardin, Notre Dame's director of football media relations), do you think I can burp in an interview?"
Brian Hardin: "(Shakes head, saying no.)
PK: "Nope, probably not going to have to do that. But just imagine, it can get pretty long."
Awesome. But not even the best exchange in the interview.
II: Your last name, obviously, what's the worst mispronounciation (it's pronounced Koo-NTZ) you've had?
PK: "(Laughs uncontrollably) Let's just say people call the house, the telemarketers, and they pronounce it, I don't know if I should say it but people can probably think about it. They are always like 'Mr. Blank.' I'm like 'Nope, none of that here.' And I hang up the phone."