Saturday, September 20, 2014

Justin & Lauran Tuck -- Their R.U.S.H. Initiative


Former Notre Dame defensive end Justin Tuck and his wife Lauran have a charity by the name of R.U.S.H. which stands for:  Read, Understand, Succeed and Hope for Literacy.  Here's what they were up to this week in Oakland...

LINK:  THE TUCK'S

Jerome Bettis Making A Difference in Pittsburgh


Former Notre Dame running back Jerome Bettis continues to do his adopted home of Pittsburgh -- right.  Here's what he's up to now...

That's Jerome above giving Ed Stack (Chairman of Dick's Sporting Goods) his Jerome Bettis Humanitarian Award.

LINK:  JEROME BETTIS

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Domer Jake Golic Talks ND Reunion This Week


Former Notre Dame student-athlete Jake Golic was asked about this Saturday's game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Miami Redhawks -- a game featuring many former players and coaches with ties to the Fighting Irish...

LINK:  JAKE GOLIC

Unique Insurance Plan for College Playoff Fans

I received an email from former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Beurlein the other day -- alerting me to a new company called TickAssure! that he's associated with...

Here's how it works -- you can buy a TickAssure! Ticket Protection Plan for your favorite team (THE FIGHTING IRISH).  Then, when Notre Dame advances to the college football playoff semifinals and championship game, purchase your game tickets from a National Association of Ticket Broker-member.

TickAssure! will then refund you the difference of the cost of the tickets you purchased and the face value of those tickets --- up to $2,000 a ticket for the National Championship game or $750 a ticket for the Semi-Final game.

As of 7:45 PM ET this evening - here was the cost of a TickAssure policy for Notre Dame tickets:
  • $122.27 for the SEMI-FINAL GAME
  • $160.43 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

PLEASE NOTE -- TICKASSURE! IS NOT ASSOCIATED, NOR IS IT ENDORSED -- BY THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

LINK:  TICKASSURE!

Brady Quinn's Broadcasting Debut for Fox


Former Notre Dame All-American Brady Quinn made his broadcasting debut this past Saturday night in Texas...

Quinn did the "analysis" work alongside Tim Brando in Fox's college football telecast of TCU'S 30 - 7 win over Minnesota.

Here's the story:

LINK:  QUINN IN BROADCAST BOOTH

Zack Martin '13 Earning Praise from Cowboys!


Former Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin is turning heads with the Dallas Cowboys -- the right guard is earning high praise from teammates and coaches alike.  Click on the links below:

LINK:  MARTIN IS BETTER...

LINK:  MEDIA INTERVIEW

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings' "Emerging Star"


A nice story about former Notre Dame Football Captain Harrison Smith who's becoming quite a player for the Minnesota Vikings.

"One of the best in the game..."

I missed reporting on his 81 yard interception TD return -- see the video link below -- analysis provided for former Notre Dame linebacker Pete Berchich:

LINK:  HARRISON SMITH

LINK:  INTERCEPTION RETURN FOR TD

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NFL Domers Bruton & Watt Visit Schools Today


A couple of former Fighting Irish student-athletes were visiting schools today (on their day off) representing their NFL teams -- and always Notre Dame.  The Denver Broncos David Bruton visited Aurora West College Prep Academy and the Charger's Chris Watt visited the King-Chavez Academy of Excellence in San Diego.

Not surprised these NFL teams select Domers for gigs like this!

Just click on the links below to learn more about Bruton's and Watt's respective visits to these two schools:

LINK:  DAVID BRUTON'S SCHOOL VISIT

LINK:  CHRIS WATT'S SCHOOL VISIT

Alabama Fan Scarborough Praises Notre Dame


The crew at NBC's The Mornin' Joe spent a great deal of time today talking about how the NFL has handled the Ray Rice matter...

Joe Scarborough -- host of the show and admitted diehard Alabama fan -- threw a huge compliment this morning to the University of Notre Dame during the discussion.

Click on the link below and fast forward the video to around the 8:45 mark...

LINK:  BAMA FAN -- SHOWS ND SOME RESPECT

Domer Hannah Storm Reacts to NFL / Ray Rice


Notre Dame alumnae Hannah Storm '83, spoke out on the air this week about the NFL and their handling of the Ray Rice situation...

MUST SEE!

LINK:  HANNAH STORM

Dan Fox Put on New York Giants Active Roster!


Former Notre Dame student-athlete Dan Fox was placed on the New York Giants 53 man roster today!!!  This is great news for the 'un-drafted' free agent!

Very happy for Dan!

LINK:  FOX

Must Read: Story on Notre Dame's Coach Alford


Tony Alford is about as genuine as they come...

I just ran across this wonderful story on the UND.COM site about Coach Alford -- it's a must read!

LINK:  ALL FOR FAMILY

Monday, September 15, 2014

Irish Connection: Overcoming Adversity Part I


The first two games for the Fighting Irish this season offered zero adversity for our football team...

That changed in the 2nd quarter of Saturday night's game with Purdue.  An ejection, multiple injuries and two TD's for the Boilermakers put the IRISH behind on the scoreboard for the first time this season.

Here's an "insider's look...

LINK:  IRISH CONNECTION

Is a NFL Gig in the Future for this Domer?


Condoleezza Rice's '75, name is being thrown around as a possible candidate to come in to replace embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

See the story:

LINK:  COMMISSIONER CONDI?

Notre Dame Ranked #10 in Ranking of Colleges


A story ran in USA Today last week (a ND GO IRISH BLOG regular in Utica, NY by the name of Peter Karl '75 -- President of the Notre Dame Club of Mohawk Valley -- reminded me that I missed this!) that ranked the University of Notre Dame as the 10th best college in America!

Peter, thanks for keeping me on my toes!

Here's the story:

LINK:  NOTRE DAME #10

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Comparing Notre Dame's 2014 Season vs. 2012


FIRST QUARTER OF SEASON -- REPORT CARD:  I thought I'd take a look at how the 3 - 0 Fighting Irish of 2014 -- compared to the 3 - 0 Notre Dame team in 2012 -- enjoy!

Report Card Highlights:
  • The 2014 offense has scored 19 MORE POINTS over the first three games
  • The 2012 defense game up ONE LESS point over the first three games
  • The 2014 team is beating teams by 5 MORE POINTS per game
  • Each team averaged 100 MORE YARDS in offense than the opposition
  • The 2014 team has had FEWER TURNOVERS and FORCED MORE TURNOVERS

2012 FIRST THREE GAMES:
  • Notre Dame 50 -- Navy 10
  • Notre Dame 20 -- Purdue 17
  • Notre Dame 20 -- #10 Michigan State 3
-Total Points on offense:  90
-Total Points allowed on defense:  30
-Average margin of victory:  20 points per game
-Offensive Turnovers: 2
-Defensive Forced Turnovers: 7
-Total Yards Per Game:  388.7
-Total Yards Allowed Per Game:  288.7


2014 FIRST THREE GAMES: 
  • Notre Dame:  48 -- Rice 17
  • Notre Dame:  31 -- Michigan 0
  • Notre Dame;  30 -- Purdue 14
-Total Points on offense:  109
-Total Points allowed on defense:  31
-Average margin of victory:  25.3 points per game
-Offensive Turnovers:  1
-Defensive Forced Turnovers:  9
-Total Yards Per Game:  418
-Total Allowed Yards Per Game: 318.3

49ers Domer Reunion -- Montana & Watters


The San Francisco 49ers are playing a Sunday Night NFL game tonight vs. the Chicago Bears -- and a couple of former Fighting Irish stars who've won a few Super Bowl rings in the Bay area were seen here on the sidelines...

Meet Chris Watt -- San Diego Chargers Feature


What's this "Hillary Duff" secret crush stuff...???

LINK:  CHRIS WATT

Just Passed 900,000 UNIQUE FOLLOWERS!!!


At 4:56 PM ET a Notre Dame fan from Kingston, MA became unique follower number 900,000 at the ND GO IRISH BLOG!

When I launched this blog in January of 2010 -- I never dreamed this big...  Thanks for making the ND GO IRISH BLOG one of your daily sources for positive Notre Dame news.

As has become the custom at the ND GO IRISH BLOG when we hit major milestones -- we compare the unique follower base to the populations of the largest cities in the USA.

If the ND GO IRISH BLOG was a city -- it would be the 11th largest city in America!
  • #8:  San Diego, CA -- 1,355,896
  • #9:  Dallas, TX -- 1,257,676
  • #10:  San Jose, CA -- 998,537
  • #11:  ND GO IRISH BLOG -- 900,000
  • #12:  Austin, TX -- 885,400

Coach Kelly's Purdue Postgame Media Session


Here's the replay of Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly's postgame press conference after the Fighting Irish's 30 - 14 win over Purdue.

Please note - the audio does not work until the ONE MINUTE MARK...

LINK:  COACH KELLY