Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gipp Leads Ramblers to 42-0 Win over Western!

This was the headline -- 90 years ago -- when the University of Notre Dame and Western Michigan University last played each other in football.  Notre Dame was led that day by a senior halfback named George Gipp, who had 14 carries for 123 yards -- scoring 2 TD's.  Gipp also completed a pass for 10 yards in the game.  "The Gipper" -- Notre Dame's first ever All-American football player, died two months later from pneumonia -- his illness led to missing the last game of the 1920 season against Michigan State.  Notre Dame's victory over Western Michigan was one of their nine victories that year -- and their second straight undefeated season and National Championship under third-year Head Coach, Knute Rockne.  Notre Dame played Western Michigan the year before (1919) as well -- beating them 53-0.  Will Western Michigan score their first points ever in football against Notre Dame this Saturday?  And a question for the RESEARCH FREAKS out there -- is this the longest gap of time (90 years) between two opponents playing in college football history?  Here's a link to George Gipp's per game statistics during his football career at Notre Dame:


Notre Dame Fans Have A Mobile Ap For That!

CBS Sports released today a mobile ap for Notre Dame fans who have a Blackberry or Droid.  Here's a link to how you can get your FREE ap:


Watch Coach Kelly's Press Conference Today!

You can watch Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly's Tuesday press conference -- LIVE -- today at Noon EST.  Just click on the link:


Former Irish Hoops Star: 184 Straight!

Matt Carroll, former Notre Dame basketball player -- and now a guard with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats -- made 184 consecutive free throws at the end of practice the other day.  Here's a story about his exploits in the Charlotte Observer:


Hesburgh Receives "Heroes of the World" Award

Former University of Notre Dame president, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C will receive the "Heroes of the World Award" today at a reception at Notre Dame.  Given by St. John's Preparatory School, Hesburgh is the second recipient of this award -- the first going to the 41st President of the United States, George H. Bush.  Father Ted is no stranger to awards -- in fact, he's listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the recipient of the Most Honorary Degrees -- last count, more than 150!  Congratulations Father Ted on your most recent honor!

Notre Dame Alum Tops iTunes Charts!


University of Notre Dame Alum, Patrick Dupre' Quigley's (pictured) latest album Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 1610 put him atop of the iTunes classical charts -- when it was released in August -- and for a brief time the recording was even more popular in the iTunes all genre category than superstar Lady GaGa's "The Fame Monster."  Quigley '00, is the founding artistic director of Seraphic Fire, a Miami-based ensemble of professional singers that performs a variety of choral works, including classical, contemporary, sacred and secular.  Seraphic Fire teamed up with the Western Michigan University Chorale to record this album.  Ironically, the Irish play Western Michigan University this Saturday in Notre Dame Stadium.  After graduating from Notre Dame's Department of Music in 2000, Quigley went on to Yale to get his Master's in conducting -- before founding Seraphic Fire in 2002.  Two years later, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Robert Shaw Fellowship, which the National Endowment for the Arts and Chorus America give to one promising early-career conductor each year.  His Seraphic Fire is known for its high-quality and exciting performances of Baroque and new music. The group appeared with international pop star Shakira, singing the opening Gregorian-style chant on her platinum-selling album, “Oral Fixation 2.”  Here's a few YouTube video links to Seraphic Fire's performances and an interview of Quigley by WLRN-TV in Miami -- THEY ARE GREAT -- A MUST WATCH!


LINK:  SERPAHIC FIRE:  Amazing Grace

LINK:  SERAPHIC FIRE:  Bach: Cantata 147 "Jesus Bleibet"