Sunday, May 29, 2016

U.S. Marines Silent Drill Team Perfomance

Armed Forces Medley -- 2015 Memorial Day

Memorial Day Tribute -- Navy Honor Guard

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Domer Ingelsby Delaware's New Hoops Coach

Former Notre Dame assistant coach Martin Ingelsby '01 -- was introduced this week as the men's head basketball coach for the Delaware Blue Hens.

He was hired by a "Michigan grad" -- who leads the Blue Hens athletic program.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Domer Austin Carr Accepts Cleveland's Trophy

The Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers asked "Mr. Cavalier" -- Domer Austin Carr to accept their trophy tonight!

That's the Notre Dame All-Time great in the suit!

Carr, the Cavaliers TV analyst, teams up every night with my good friend and Cavalier's TV play-by-play guy Fred McLeod.  Enjoy the NBA Finals Freddie -- I hope you get that ring!!!

Rust Leads Penguins to Stanley Cup Final

Former Notre Dame hockey star Bryan Rust scored both of Pittsburgh's goals last night in their 2 - 1 GAME SEVEN WIN over the Tampa Bay Lightning!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Story: Our Dog Muffet -- Lost and Found Today

If you're a pet owner -- you'll understand what my family went through this afternoon...

About 2:30 PM ET today our dog Muffet (yes, she's named after Coach McGraw) came up missing.  She's a three year-old Sheltie -- photo above of her on the day we brought her home in August of 2013.

Well, after a drive and walk around the ND campus -- a trip to the Grotto -- and many car searches around the area just south of the Notre Dame campus, it appeared she was a goner.

Until -- my cell phone rang at 9:43 PM ET and on the other end was my neighbor Polly Pajakowski with this news;  "Come on down to the outside bar at Brother's Bar & Grill, they've found Muffet !!!"

Well, I made a beeline for Brother's -- only to see a group of people standing around and no Muffet -- I have to admit for a second I thought I must have not heard Polly correctly...

However, I was soon introduced to my four newest super heroes;
  • Will Nord
  • Susan Nord
  • Stephanie Nijak
  • Polina Guimaraes

The four of them were part of a "group of about 12" who cornered Muffet out on Angela Boulevard at the Eddy Street intersection -- around 2:45 PM ET today.  They caught Muffet -- which is a miracle in itself since she's quicker than Rocket Ismail -- and immediately took her up to Will's apartment in the Foundry on Eddy Street.

Here's where the story gets interesting.  Will was moving out of his apartment today.  He's a junior at IUSB -- on their golf team --- from Newport Beach, CA.  Susan, Will's Mom was in town to help facilitate the move.

They immediately called Animal Control to report that they had found a dog -- the guy who answered the phone said "we're too busy, we'll come by tomorrow."  Susan didn't like this reaction so she started having thoughts about taking Muffet back to California with her -- instead of putting her in the dog pound.  Will immediately called the folks at the Foundry to see if he could stay an extra night (they said YES) so he would have time to post photos of Muffet in spots on Eddy Street in the morning...

Then fate struck -- three of our neighbors; Chris and Polly Pajakowski and Charlie Hayes and his Sheltie "Reggie" -- were sitting at a table at the outside bar area at Brother's when Susan, Stephanie and Polina walked by and saw Reggie -- who looks a little like Muffet.

Susan Nord stopped and said "we found a dog today that looks a lot like your dog..."

Well --- that little news nugget set off a quick train reaction and three minutes later, I'm in Will's apartment being reunited with Muffet.

I can't thank Will, Susan, Stephanie, Polina, Chris, Polly, Rocky Geans, Charlie and "Reggie" for the roles they played in this seven hour search and rescue mission.  And, I must thank the guy at Animal Control who was too busy to pick up Muffet today.

Charlie Hayes -- upon hearing the news that Muffet was missing -- headed out on his own to find her.  Chris Pajakowski and Rocky Geans took off on their bikes and searched the Notre Dame campus.  What great friends and neighbors we have.


Now I can sleep!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Coach Kelly in Toronto Today -- Talking ND FB

Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly was in Toronto, Canada today talking to a group of Alumni and fans -- and found some time to meet with The Sports Network's Sports Center show -- see link below:


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Texas' Mascot's 100th Anniversary Year vs ND

The Texas Longhorns' BEVO the mascot -- will begin its 100th Year Anniversary with their game this September against our Fighting Irish.  BEVO XV will make his debut...


Sneak Peek: Texas' New Nike Football Shoes

Color me -- unimpressed...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

ND Lacrosse vs. North Carolina on ESPN2

The Fighting Irish take on the Tar Heels of North Carolina today at NOON ET on ESPN2 -- the winner moves on to next weekend's FINAL FOUR WEEKEND in Philadelphia!


Friday, May 20, 2016

A ND Fan Learns She's Going to See Her First!

She's an 86 years-old Fighting Irish fan from Los Angeles -- and her grand kids just surprised her with a trip to see her first Notre Dame game!!!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

"Domer to Be" Leads Arapahoe to State Final

Charlie Leonard '20 (pictured above) -- who will be wearing the Notre Dame gold LAX helmet next season -- and his #3 ranked Arapahoe Warriors High School Lacrosse Team beat #2 ranked Mountain Vista 9 - 8 last night in the Colorado State Semi-Finals of the Boy's Lacrosse State Championship.

Arapahoe HS now earn the right to play #1 ranked Regis Jesuit at Denver's Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High tomorrow night at 7 PM local time.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A "Domer to Be" Class of 2020 -- A Great Story

Folks, I often find myself feeling quite inadequate when I compare my story with the stories of many of our students here at the University of Notre Dame...

Jake Drysdale '20 -- will be enrolling at Notre Dame this August.  Here is Jake's story:


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Domer Riley Sheahan Surprises Cancer Patient

Former Notre Dame hockey star Riley Sheahan -- now with the Detroit Red Wings -- surprised a 22 year-old cancer patient at her Prom this weekend.


Monday, May 16, 2016

General Dempsey's Commencement Speech

Speaker John Boehner's Commencement Talk

The former Speaker of the House spoke at the University of Notre Dame's 171st Commencement Sunday...

Vice President Joe Biden's Commencement Talk

The Vice President spoke at the University of Notre Dame's 171st Commencement Sunday...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Photos from Notre Dame's Commencement

Here's a few members of Notre Dame Football's Team 127 -- on graduation day.  Note the big guy in the middle -- that's #6 overall NFL draft pick Ronnie Stanley.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's plane flying over Notre Dame Stadium -- just minutes before Commencement.

University of Notre Dame's Baccalaureate Mass

These were taken by my ultra-talented Notre Dame colleagues Matt Cashore and Barbara Johnston -- at last night's Baccalaureate Mass at the University of Notre Dame.

You can purchase these photos -- and more from Commencement Weekend 2016 at the University of Notre Dame -- at the link below: