I wish we could do that, to be honest with you. I always tell myself we should...– Cierre Wood, aka our new favorite player of ALL TIME.
Great summary from HLS. Execution is obvious when it’s failed. Execution is clear when a student manager tweets a bad photo of a novelty helmet design before the official ND media pathways have a chance to deploy “the message.” Execution is blatant when nobody is exactly clear if the guy claiming to be the leprechaun on Twitter really is or ever was the leprechaun for Notre...
Someone at Adidas should lose their job. Now, I am not in the same boat with a lot of the NDN folk who are saying that this is the end of Notre Dame football. But I am certainly of the opinion that these helmets are damn ugly. Color theory apparently wasn’t on the course schedule for the Adidas designers. Look at the helmet on the left. Regardless of your stance on whether ND should...
Charts help explain everything.
Pat (Moco) continues his dominance on the Internet…someone get his kid a blog. With his permission, we are reposting his assessment of the fan base that he shared over on the forum that isn’t THAT forum. Pat lists himself a 10. I’ve met him in person and agree that he’s the perfect 10…wait, what? Anyway, take a look at the chart and see where you fit and list it in...
Standing at the Backer on Friday afternoon, I sent this email to a fan after he wrote me. I expect big things tomorrow…we’ll look back years from now and will be able to point at this game and say that’s when it started. I’ve been coming to games since I was [redacted]’s age and there’s a vibe in this town that is different than anything I’ve felt...
Night games are made for bad beer, grown men wearing jerseys with ketchup...– Across on NDNation. I actually love this quote. Tshirts should be made.
NDtex is now blogging on HLS. To my friends, family, and anyone else that has found my posts from any other source whether it be Twitter, Facebook, NDN, or Google, thanks for reading and spreading my work around. I sure hope all of you will be following me over to HLS and continue to read my work as well as everyone else that does some fantastic posting over there (yes, even Poot). All that...
Chuck84 over at Rock’s House: I began looking into the nagging uneasiness I have about playing in Ross-Ade Stadium. We have only had one easy win there in the past twenty years. As I pointed out in the thread below, of the past 19 trips to PU, we have enjoyed only four blowout wins in 1983, 1989, 1991, 2005. This has been while we were the #5, #1, #8, and #13 ranked teams, respectively ...
There are many topics on which we can all have vigorous discussions and...– Your quote of the week, from Cash at NDN. We built our site on the belief of unicorns and leprechauns, so like most of America, free speech is allowed here. In other news, I believe the Irish have a game this weekend.
The end is near: If we aren’t left with many options, and all the options left suck, or are less than desirable, should we simply stop playing football, and move on? I may get lambasted, and yelled out of here, but I’d prefer ND stop playing elite competitive football than to cast our lot with the B1G or any of these other money grubbing power hungry SOBs. It pains me to say it,...
One conference to rule them all.
Super conferences. They sound like they are the future now more than ever. And the biggest question most of us have is “can Notre Dame possibly retain their independence in the world of super conferences?” But today we are going to ask another question: Are super conferences even necessary? * * * Our cousin @joe_pa and I were talking the other day and he mentioned a theory he came up...
I’m traveling to South Bend tomorrow and to be quite honest, I’m pretty nervous. Not so much for the outcome, but more for the general tone of the fan base and how the team handles themselves. How will fans and players react to a start that is best described by words that rhyme with misastrous, flatrocious, and blusterduck? Everyone has been trying to get last weeks meltdown out of...
"What are the students saying?"
There’s not exactly a great conversation going on about this yet over at Rock’s House, but we’d be interested in hearing some student feedback on this as well… From dandaman688: I’ll ride a disclaimer on this whole post that a one person poll is far from scientific, but many of the students I know had turned strongly on Kelly after the Tulsa game last year, for a...
Cash from NDnation on our second half collapse: Through almost all of the first three quarters of the game, Michigan had 9 offensive drives for a grand total of 141 yards. Incredibly, no drive was longer than 4 plays and their only score came on a short field after the first INT. By comparison, Michigan had 138 yards in the last 2 minutes and change of the game. On its last five possessions...
The Irish, meanwhile, established their identity as the Lindsay Lohan of college...– Pat Forde I mean, screw ESPN…but that made me laugh. And cry.
Eric and our older brother Adam are making the trip to Ann Arbor this weekend. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I fear for their safety. Here are my predictions for the weekend: Eric shouts “Ann Arbor is a whore” from across a parking lot two entire 30 racks of Busch Light are consumed Adam gets in someones face and tries to “lawyer” them That someone gives two...
Update on The Subway Alumni Show
Wanted to address a recent comment on our old blog: We miss you guys. I’m enjoying your new blog, too, but it’s just not the same — it’s like an exciting new addition, but not a substitute. Watching the Subway Alumni Show had become a sort of game week tradition for many of us, and there’s a gaping void in online Irish fan coverage that only Eric and Sprout can fill...
Teo, Smith, and Floyd interviews
Some good nuggets. Floyd on Rees: I don’t know if we expect him so much to be that vocal leader, because I think there’s some guys on the offensive side that can take control of that, like me. I don’t expect him to speak to the team. So I’ll take that for him. And just as long as he executes and makes the right plays and the right calls, that’s what we want him to...
Ann Arbor Expectations?
In less than 3 days I will be a “Pilgrim in an Unholy Land”. Having only witnessed the first half of last weeks clusterf*ck on the crappiest television, in one of the shabbiest hotels this side of the Mississippi, I have several mixed feelings heading into this game and more than a few unanswered questions. Was switching to Rees the right move? Are our special teams as bad in...
UFOs reported above Notre Dame Stadium during USF...
Adam Kramer links to an article over on Yardbarker: “The sports reporters began talking about the lightning, getting the cameraman too [sic] focus on it,” writes Scott C. Waring, who created the website. “As they looked at the lightning, other objects (whitish) were flying about in the clouds. One of these objects was recorded going straight then suddenly made a sharp curve...
Speaking of @OakND1: →
We heard through the rumor mill, though missed the opportunity to congratulate him outright… but we’d like to congratulate Oak and his new job with the Irish. oaknd1: So, to make a short story entirely too long: I have accepted a position with the newly formed Fighting Irish Digital Media team, a part of Notre Dame Athletics. My role will be to roll up my metaphorical sleeves and...
Perspective from John Heisler:
Numbers may not mean much after only a single weekend of football, but here’s where Notre Dame (heading into week two in Ann Arbor against Michigan) ranks in the current NCAA national stats: — Fifth in passing offense (391 yards per game) — 15th in total offense (508) — 25th in total defense (254) — 21st in pass defense (128) Michael Floyd is tied for fourth in receptions...
Nice angle of Floyd’s late touchdown reblogged from a fan. Beware for lots of screaming at the end. fuckyeahfightingirish: So that was bizarre, but at least this happened.
Keith Arnold: things we learned about Notre Dame
Keith Arnold does a good job of summing up the weekend by listing 5 things we learned about the Irish. Here we take a look at 3 of them. 1. Tommy Rees has to be the Irish’s starting quarterback. While Rees’ numbers — 24 for 34, 296 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions — may objectively have some flaws, there’s no doubt that he’s got to be the quarterback that starts when Notre Dame plays...
If only all South Florida teams were this...
Came across an impressive USF blog, Voodoo Five. The self-proclaimed “toughest blog in America” (how do we get that title?) has proven that not all Florida schools and their fans are obnoxious. Playing at Notre Dame is, literally, and figuratively, like going to football church. You wouldn’t go into church and start screaming at the other parishioners, climbing up on their...
"If you have enough attention, you get anything...
A fantastic read over on Grantland takes a look at how marketing was one of the driving factors in building Oregon into a yearly contender. Tradition? Tradition is great where it’s a sellable, marketable commodity. Alabama can sell tradition. Penn State can sell tradition. Michigan can sell tradition. At those places, tradition is the differentiation, but at the schools where it’s...
Some reassuring words for all the anti-conference folk from Swarbrick. Our priority — and our clear priority — is maintaining our football independence and continuing to build our relationship with the Big East with our other sports Full article here. We still say we should join the WAC.
Andy Staples on freshman impact players.
Aaron Lynch, DE: One of Notre Dame’s biggest problems in recent years has been a lack of elite athletes on defense. That began to change when former coach Charlie Weis convinced linebacker Manti Te’o to come to South Bend, and the Fighting Irish should be even deeper after the haul coach Brian Kelly reeled in this past winter. The most physically imposing is 6-6, 295-pound defensive...
2011 Season Run Down — Weeks 9-12
Ok, here we go with the final 4 weeks of the season. Eric summed up his thoughts on the middle third on Wednesday and now Sprout will round out how he thinks the season will wrap up for the Irish. According to the Golden Sons, at this point of the season, Crist is injured, Rees is playing, and the Irish are hanging on to a 6-1 (plus an undecided call from Eric, so we’ll err on the side of a...
If we go undefeated, there can’t be any debate whether we play for the...– Brian Kelly during an interview on Sports Radio 790 the Zone
2011 Season Run Down — Weeks 5-8
On Monday, Sprout took a look at the first four games for the Irish. Going along with the premise that Crist is hurt and that the Irish are 3-1 (one of two things that this writer believes will be true) Eric picks up where Sprout left off. @ Purdue The Boilermakers kickoff October by welcoming the Irish to town, and not only are they looking for revenge after last years 23-12 defeat in South...
A weekly wrap-up of all things Irish and NCAA Football in case you missed anything big. A Tacoma reporter has fun with puns while discussing Chris Stewarts’ NFL dreams and aspirations to be a lawyer. ESPN speculates that Riddick might be this season most valuable player for the Irish. Maybe… but we think Floyd is going to show up big time now that he got a third second change. Pete...
In terms of how they fit within the system:
Crist is to Quinn as Rees is to Sharpley as Golson is to Clausen as Hendrix is to Frazer. Discuss.