Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A 31 - 31 dead lock at halftime -- turned around quickly in the second half when the Irish went on a 23 - 6 run to take control of the game.
I just want to know what committee determined CAL was an eight seed?
I truly feel this will be the most difficult test the IRISH will face until they reach Denver and the FINAL FOUR -- Cal is that good.
Up next, St. Bonaventure -- who beat Marist 66 - 63 tonight. The trip to the Sweet Sixteen will also be known as the SMALL FAMILY CHAMPIONSHIP as our daughter Kara's school (the Bonnies) takes on our oldest son Jimmy's school and Dad's employer (the Irish).
Kara has already started the "text war" with this message: "God likes St. Bonaventure more than Notre Dame..."
It's going to be fun!
LINK: NCAA HIGHLIGHTS
LINK: BOX SCORE
Posted by Jim Small at 9:53 PM
The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business was just named the #1 undergraduate business program in the country for the THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR -- by Bloomberg Businessweek!
Here's the TOP FIVE:
- THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
- University of Virginia
- Cornell University
LINK: THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS!
Posted by Jim Small at 6:34 PM
On a strict pitch count -- Connaughton faced four hitters in the first inning -- striking out three and walking one. In the second, he struck out the lead-off hitter then gave up a single to the second EMU hitter before striking out the next -- then he was pulled from the game.
FIVE STRIKE OUTS -- IMPRESSIVE COLLEGE DEBUT -- for the freshman starter on the Irish men's basketball team!
I took some video -- until I was almost hit by a foul ball -- you'll see this in the video.
LINK: VIDEO OF CONNAUGHTON'S FIRST COLLEGIATE PITCH
Posted by Jim Small at 6:28 PM
Frank Tripucka -- Irish fans will remember the last name from his son Kelly's basketball days at Notre Dame and the NBA.
Well, Frank was quite an athlete himself. He was the starting QB for the IRISH in 1948, leading the team to a 9-0-1 record and a #2 national ranking -- and he earned All-American honors in the process.
What's cool about Frank's story is he went on to play 15 seasons of professional football. One of the teams he played for -- the Denver Broncos -- retired his #18 jersey.
Well, as some of you may know, Peyton Manning wears #18 -- and Frank made the gracious offer yesterday to "lend" Peyton his uniform number and wear it with the Broncos. No word yet on what will transpire here. Fun story...
LINK: DENVER POST STORY
Posted by Jim Small at 3:17 PM
I also suspect we'll see it on a few items in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore as well...
I personally love the clean / classy look of this logo -- nice work!
An official website is under construction and will be launched around BLUE GOLD WEEKEND.
LINK: FUTURE SITE
Posted by Jim Small at 1:22 PM
I had the good fortune of watching California play on Sunday and I will report that the Lady Golden Bears are bigger and dare I say "more athletic" than our IRISH.
I believe it's going to come down to Skylar's WILL TO WIN and the senior leadership of Devereaux, Natalie and Brittany. It's going to be a battle!
The game tips off at 7:20 PM ET on ESPN2.
LINK: NCAA PRESS CONFERENCES ON MONDAY
LINK: GAME PREVIEW
Posted by Jim Small at 8:29 AM