Friday, April 18, 2014

Dantley Talks ESPN's "Bad Boys" 30 for 30

Former Notre Dame All-American Adrian Dantley was a reluctant interview in the just released ESPN "30 for 30" film on the Detroit Pistons. 

As you'll see in this Detroit News story -- Dantley doesn't hold back on his feelings for Isiah Thomas in a recent radio interview he gave to Detroit Sports Radio 105.1 FM -- second link below...



Look Who Was Filming at Notre Dame...

Film and television star Ken Jeong was on the Notre Dame campus April 10th filming an ESPN 30 for 30 Short on former Fighting Irish kicker Reggie Ho...

I can't wait to see this!

Last night, Jeong was a guest on the Keith Olbermann Show and he talked about the upcoming film:


Notre Dame Ranked #1 in Protection of Athletes

The Association for the Protection of College Athletes just released their rankings of each FBS school based on a comparison of athletic success, academic progress and the treatment of athletes.

The APCA Ranking Report provides the most comprehensive, commercially independent comparison of collegiate athletic programs. It emphasizes factors that collegiate student athletes have identified as the most important: a strong academic program, a successful team record, diverse academic opportunities, university commitment to the athletic program, the ability to play in front of a crowd and during the postseason, and a sufficient athletic scholarship (when a scholarship is applicable).

The formula rewards programs that do not discriminate against student athletes. A program will receive a higher score if it allows student athletes to take any academic major of their choosing, operates in accordance with NCAA policy, and does not impose additional restrictions on student athletes who may want to transfer to another college or university.

The APCA Ranking Report is created using readily available data that has been provided by schools and collected by independent sources, including the NCAA and the federal government. 

Look who's ranked #1!
  1. University of Notre Dame
  2. Northwestern
  3. Syracuse
  4. Northern Illinois
  5. Air Force Academy
  6. Utah State
  7. Clemson
  8. Kansas State
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Texas A&M

Domer Vic Lombardi Reppin' ND in Denver

For sports fans in Denver -- Vic Lombardi '91, can be found in the mornings on Sports Radio The Fan 104.3 FM and on CBS Channel 4 in the afternoons and evenings...

Lombardi, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1991 never misses the opportunity to talk about the Fighting Irish on his morning radio show.  If you'd like to listen in over the web -- just click on the link below!

My brother Jay, who lives in Denver, is listening to Vic all of the time...


Must See: Detroit News Story on Torii Hunter Jr.

Torii Hunter Sr., is the starting right fielder for the Detroit Tigers -- his son Torii Jr., is a freshman football player -- looking to earn a starting wide receiver postion at the University of Notre Dame.  The South Bend Tribune's Eric Hansen penned this story that the Detroit News picked up...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Notre Dame Selected "Most Beautiful Campus"

Insignia Lifestyle Boutique just published their list of the Ten Most Beautiful College and University Campuses in the World -- and the University of Notre Dame's campus made the list!

As you'll see, Notre Dame's campus was selected as the most beautiful in America and just one of four campuses in the States to make the global list...


Domer Injured in Bombing to Run in Marathon!

Eliza Gedney '11, who was injured in last year's bombings at the Boston Marathon, has decided to run in Monday's race.  That's Eliza on the right in the photo above -- with her friend Liza Smeraldi who's going to run the Boston Marathon with her.

Gedney, who lives close to the Finish Line of the Boston Marathon was walking down the sidewalk of Boylston Street on her way to meet some friends to celebrate Patriot's Day...

When the first bomb went off...

“It was 2:49 p.m. when I made my way past the Marathon Sports store and was right at the finish line when the first bomb detonated just a few yards behind me,” says Gedney, who earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in 2011. “The explosion occurred on the sidewalk right where I had stepped just a few seconds before.”

Gedney, who goes by the nickname Eli, was blown off of her feet. She suffered second and third-degree burns to her ankles and lower legs, and shrapnel wounds from head to toe. Her ear drum ruptured. Dazed and bleeding, she stumbled into a nearby bar, and was quickly taken to a medical tent for treatment before being transported to the hospital...

You're going to want to read the rest of this story -- click on the link below:


Day Two: 2014 Portsmouth Invitational

Garrick Sherman's Portsmouth Sports Club beat Eric Atkins' K&D Rounds Landscaping 92 - 91 today at the Portsmouth Invitational.  Sherman had 18 points and 2 rebounds -- Atkins had 9 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds in this game between the two former Fighting Irish basketball players.

They are two of the sixty-four college seniors invited to play in this sixty-year old tournament played before NBA general managers and scouts.


Day One: Portsmouth Invitational Results

Former Notre Dame student-athletes Eric Atkins and Garrick Sherman are playing in the Portsmouth Invitational this weekend in front of general managers and scouts from every NBA team.  The sixty-year old tournament tipped off last night and runs through Saturday...

In Wednesday's opening round action, Garrick Sherman led his Portsmouth Sports Club team with 19 points and was second in rebounding with 11 in a 77 - 74 loss to Roger Brown's Restaurant.  And, Eric Atkins played 30 minutes for his K&D Rounds Landscaping team in their 71 - 66 losing effort to Norfolk Sports Club.  Atkins scored 5 points while dishing out 5 assists and making 3 steals...

Today at 3:15 PM ET -- Atkins and Sherman square off against each other in a game pitting the Portsmouth Sports Club vs. K&D Rounds Landscaping.  You can watch it LIVE ONLINE -- at the link below:




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Indiana Fever's GM Talks Drafting Ochonwa

The Indiana Fever selected Notre Dame's Natalie Ochonwa with the ninth pick overall in Monday's WNBA Draft.  Ochonwa, who is scheduled to be operated on this Friday for a torn ACL, will miss the upcoming WNBA season.

You'll learn why the Fever still drafted Natalie -- in the article linked below:


Silver Stars Thrilled to Draft ND's Kayla McBride

Found this story today about Notre Dame's Kayla McBride and her third overall selection in this week's WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars.  I'm very happy for her!


Matt Farrell Makes it Official with Notre Dame!

Mike Brey announced today that Point Pleasant Beach, NJ point guard Matt Farrell had signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Farrell joins Bonzie Colson and Martin Geben as the high school seniors who will make up the incoming recruiting class for the Irish.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Inside Look" at Notre Dame's Blue Gold Game

The folks at Fighting Irish Digital Media just released this "inside" look at Saturday's 85th Annual Blue Gold Game.  Enjoy!


Notre Dame's Class of 2018 -- Top of the Class!

The University of Notre Dame received almost 18,000 applications for what is expected will be a class of approximately 2,000 students who will make up its Class of 2018. 

Do you have what it takes to be a Notre Dame student?  Take a look at this article...


88 Notre Dame Students Receive ND Monogram

The University of Notre Dame passed on a 98 year-old tradition this evening -- the awarding of the MONOGRAM to its varsity student-athletes.

In the photo above (l to r), John Turner (Indianapolis, IN), Ronnie Stanley (Las Vegas, NV) and James Onwualu (St. Paul, MN) model their new look!

Atkins & Sherman Earn Invite to Portsmouth

Former Notre Dame basketball players; Eric Atkins and Garrick Sherman will join sixty-two of the top senior college basketball players in the country in New Hampshire tomorrow to play in the PORTSMOUTH INVITATIONAL in front of NBA scouts and general managers.

The sixty-four players have been divided into eight teams of eight players each -- the games start tomorrow run through Saturday.

Atkins is on a team called K&D Rounds Landscaping,  Sherman is on a team called the Portsmouth Sports Club.  Here's a link to their respective rosters:


Monday, April 14, 2014

Five First Round WNBA Picks in Three Years!

Muffet's Notre Dame Fighting Irish can now claim five (5) first round WNBA Draft picks in the past three seasons!
  • 2014:  (3) Kayla McBride, (9) Natalie Achonwa
  • 2013:  (3) Skylar Diggins
  • 2012:  (3) Devereaux Peters, (8) Natalie Novosel

The photo above shows the "five" WNBA Draft picks who were members of the 2012 Final Four Fighting Irish!

Natalie Achonwa Goes 9th Overall to Indiana!

Now, former Notre Dame women's basketball star Natalie Achonwa -- was just drafted ninth overall by the Indiana Fever in tonight's WNBA Draft!  Congratulations Natalie!

You have to be really happy for Natalie, who is awaiting ACL knee surgery...


Kayla McBride Goes 3rd Overall in WNBA Draft!

Now former Notre Dame All-American -- Kayla McBride, was just drafted third overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars in tonight's WNBA Draft.  Congratulations Kayla!

Kayla was joined by her Mom, Dad and Coach Muffet McGraw at the Draft.


WNBA Draft Tonight at 8 PM ET on ESPN2

Former Notre Dame women's basketball stars; Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa will find out this evening if they'll be playing in the WNBA this summer -- as their annual draft takes place on ESPN2 beginning at 8 PM ET.  

Here's a look at a MOCK DRAFT which has both players going in the first round -- sure hope that's the case for Natalie after her knee injury -- just click on the links below: