Sunday, January 23, 2011

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Shamrocks @ ND!

This photo was sent to the ND GO IRISH BLOG this morning from the good folks at the  Detroit Catholic Central Swim Team.  The "Shamrocks" (ranked 5th in Michigan's high school swim team rankings) were competing in the 2nd Annual Great Lakes States Invitational at the the University of Notre Dame this weekend.  This photo was taken at the Eck Visitor Center on Friday.

Floyd MVP -- 2010 Football Awards Show

The University of Notre Dame football team tried something "new" last night -- and no it wasn't the spread offense.  Brian Kelly wanted to change up the "tried and true" banquet that every team from grade school to college has conducted to celebrate a season's end -- with something more "fast paced."  This should not come as a surprise to ND football fans!  So, last night in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the Notre Dame campus -- a new tradition was created.  It's called the Football Awards Show -- and, from all accounts -- it was a huge success.  Michael Floyd was named the team's Most Valuable Player -- and ten other awards were handed out:

  • Most Valuable Player: junior wide receiver Michael Floyd.

  • Nick Pietrosante Award (most inspirational player): senior running back Robert Hughes.

  • Guardian of the Year Award: sophomore offensive tackle Zack Martin.

  • Lineman of the Year Award: senior nose guard Ian Williams.

  • Rockne Student-Athlete Award: senior kicker David Ruffer.

  • Next Man In Award: freshman quarterback Tommy Rees.

  • Special Teams Player of the Year: freshman wide receiver Bennett Jackson.

  • Offensive Newcomer of the Year: sophomore tight end Tyler Eifert.

  • Defensive Newcomer of the Year: freshman outside linebacker Prince Shembo.

  • Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year: freshman running back Cameron Roberson.

  • Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year: freshman linebacker Kendall Moore.

  • Here's a link to a replay of the 2010 Football Awards Show -- please know this about the video link.  I'm sitting here in a hotel room in Lewiston, NY (Barton Hill Hotel & Spa) -- the morning after Niagara University's 122-121 victory over Canisius -- our youngest son Brady swims for Niagara.  And, I've tried to watch the replay of the Show (with not the best internet connection) and the first ten minutes of the video is just crowd noise.  Advance the video to the ten minute mark and that's where the show starts.  The gang at UND.COM will probably realize this soon enough and it will be fixed.  SO BE PATIENT!