Friday, September 30, 2016

Skylar Diggins Returns Home to South Bend


OT: Kansas' Basketball's New Dorm


Fighting Irish Boarding the Plane to East Coast


OT: Nothing Like the Ryder Cup -- NOTHING!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Notre Dame Players Meet w/ Media Today








Domer Mike Lee's First Title Fight This Friday!



Mike Lee '09, will box Chris Traietti this Friday night for the IBF-USBA Light Heavyweight Title at the UIC Forum in Downtown Chicago.

The title fight will also be televised LIVE nationally on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 9 PM ET.

Lee, a three-time Bengal Bouts Champ at Notre Dame, is now 17 - 0 as a professional fighter with 10 knockouts.

LINK:  MIKE LEE BOXING

ND Doctoral Student & Family w/ Pope Francis


Photo above -- J.J. Wright a doctoral student in Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame -- along with his wife and three children are seen here presenting the gifts to Pope Francis during Sunday's Mass in Rome.

What a family moment.

LINK:  J.J.'s BIO

Domer Golic Pays Off Bet From Loss to MSU

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Domer Page Receives Heisman Humanitarian!


The Heisman Trophy Trust just announced that former Notre Dame All-American and Pro Football Hall of Fame honoree, Alan Page -- has been named the eleventh Heisman Humanitarian Award winner.

Congrats Alan!!!

LINK:  PAGE RECEIVES HONOR!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Notre Dame Football Takes a Jab at Debate


The co-Chairman of the Presidential Debate -- had some fun tonight at ND Football's expense when introducing Fr. Jenkins (Notre Dame's president) to the crowd tonight at Hofstra University.

LINK:  ND FOOTBALL

Fr. Jenkins, C.S.C. -- Questions NCAA's Role


University of Notre Dame president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. -- offered up an opinion piece in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, where he lets the NCAA know this:

"The NCAA isn't a moral arbiter, nor should it be.  Let my school, Notre Dame, speak for itself on restrooms and other contentious social issues."

You can read Fr. Jenkin's commentary at the link below...

LINK:  OPINION PIECE --- WALL STREET JOURNAL


Todd Rundgren Performs "Soothe" at ND


Sunday, September 25, 2016

OT: LSU Apparently Fires Les Miles and OC


Here's the breaking story...

LINK:  MILES OUT

Most Points Given Up in Notre Dame History...


This is why Coach Kelly had to make the change in defensive coordinators.

In 128 seasons of Notre Dame Football -- we have never given up more points (134) -- in the first four games of a season...

NEVER.

The closest was Charlie Weis' 2007 team that gave up 133 points in their first four games -- on their way to a 3 - 9 season.

Here's the good news -- WE CAN STILL TURN THIS THING AROUND -- and I believe WE WILL!  

Domer Becomes 3rd MLB Player in History!


Fact: Notre Dame's 149 Points in 4 Games


Notre Dame fans will be shocked with this fact...

The 149 points scored by Notre Dame over the first four games of this season -- is the most since Notre Dame's 1949 National Championship team scored 157 in their first four games.

LINK:  1949 NATIONAL CHAMPS

Notre Dame's New Defensive Coordinator



The University of Notre Dame announced today that Domer Greg Hudson '90, has been named their new Defensive Coordinator.  Hudson was the defensive coordinator at Purdue for three seasons and prior to that worked at Florida State.

Hudson '90 takes over for Brian VanGorder who was relieved today of his duties.

LINK:  OFFICIAL RELEASE

First Four Games: A Look at the Numbers


Decided to do some digging into the numbers behind our football team's 1 - 3 start.  Our first four opponents are 8 - 6 on the season.  Here's what the "math" says:

GAME #1:  Texas 50 - Notre Dame 47 in OT
  • Vegas betting line:  ND favorite
  • ND Total Offense:  444 total yards
  • ND Rushing Offense:  206 yards
  • ND Passing Offense:  238 yards
  • Texas Total Offense:  517 yards
  • Texas Rushing Offense:  238 yards
  • Texas Passing Offense:  280 yards

In Texas' three games so far -- their game against Notre Dame:
  • Most points they have scored this season
  • Most points given up this season
  • 2nd most yards gained on offense
  • 2nd most yards given up on defense 

GAME #2:  Notre Dame 39 - Nevada 10
  • Vegas betting line:  ND favorite
  • ND Total Offense:  444 yards
  • ND Rushing Offense:  239 yards
  • ND Passing Offense:  205 yards
  • Nevada Total Offense:  300 yards
  • Nevada Rushing Offense:  99 yards
  • Nevada Passing Offense:   201 yards

In Nevada's four games so far -- their game against Notre Dame:
  • Fewest points they have scored this season
  • Most points given up this season
  • Fewest yards gained on offense this season
  • 2nd most yards gained on their defense this season

GAME #3:  Michigan State 36 - Notre Dame 28
  • Vegas betting line:  ND favorite
  • ND Total Offense:  401 yards
  • ND Rushing Offense:  57 yards
  • ND Passing Offense:  344 yards
  • MSU Total Offense:  501 yards
  • MSU Rushing Offense:  260 yards
  • MSU Passing Offense:  241 yards

In Michigan State's three game so far -- their game against Notre Dame:
  • Most points they have scored this season
  • 2nd most points given up this season
  • Most yards gained on offense this season
  • Most yards gained on their defense this season

GAME #4:  Duke 38 - Notre Dame 35
  • Vegas betting line:  ND favorite
  • ND Total Offense:  534 yards
  • ND Rushing Offense:  153 yards
  • ND Passing Offense:  381 yards
  • Duke Total Offense:  498 yards
  • Duke Rushing Offense:  290 yards
  • Duke Passing Offense:   208 yards
In Duke's four games so far -- their game against Notre Dame:
  • Most points they have scored this season (against FBS opponent)
  • Most points given up this season
  • Most yards gained on offense this season (against FBS opponent)
  • Most yards gained on their defense this season

Coach Brian Kelly Presser After Loss to Duke


Friday, September 23, 2016

Notre Dame Football's Pep Rally Tonight!


Rundgren & Robinson Sing ND Victory March!

Todd Rundgren, a legendary performer, songwriter and record producer -- is here at the University of Notre Dame this week as an "Artist in Residence."

Brady Quinn Takes Us Inside ND Football Tech!

A Day in the Life of Miles Boykin '19 -- NDFB


The 4th Graders Team-up With ND Football!

The greatest fight song in all the land -- performed by Taylor Leadership Academy's 4th Grade Class (Stockton, CA) and a few of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Captain James Onwualu '17 Defends His Coach



I would expect nothing less from this Notre Dame Man.

The Tripucka Family Celebrates Their Dad!


Former Notre Dame All-American QB Frank Tripucka -- was honored this weekend by the Denver Broncos.  Here's a great story about the "18" members of the Tripucka family who made the trek to Colorado for the ceremony...

Special thanks to ND GO IRISH BLOG regular Chris Tripucka (Frank's son) for alerting me to this story.

You will want to read this!

LINK:  THE TRIPUCKA FAMILY

Todd Rundgren Arrived at Notre Dame Today



I ran into Todd at lunch today and posed for a photo with him -- just so I could tease one of his biggest fans on our team at the University of Notre Dame...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time to Order Your 2016 Christmas Ornament!


Here's a picture of the University of Notre Dame's official 2016 Christmas Ornament -- you can order it today at the link below:

LINK:  CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

4th Grade Class Visiting ND This Weekend!


This is going to be a special weekend for a 4th grade class out of Stockton, CA -- as they visit the University of Notre Dame for the first time!

Here the story on how this all came about...

LINK:  STORY

Highlights: Duke vs. Northwestern


Duke's Cutcliffe Talks Notre Dame Experience


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Inside Look at Michigan State vs. Notre Dame


Domer's First Major League Hit -- A Home Run!

Former Notre Dame baseball star Trey Mancini played in his first major league game this evening -- and he hit a HOME RUN!

A Notre Dame Mom's reaction to her son's first Major League Home Run! -- PRICELESS!

LINK:  MLB STORY

Fr. Ted Honored With a U.S. Postage Stamp!


Here it is -- a "forever" U.S. postage stamp honoring the late Rev. Theordore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., -- longtime president of the University of Notre Dame.

Quite an honor!

I AM BUYING A BUNCH OF THESE STAMPS!

LINK:  HESBURGH STAMP

Domer "Turns Four Chairs" On NBC's The Voice



Notre Dame alum Dave Moisan '04 -- turned four chairs last night on the season premier of The Voice on NBC.  Moisan, a former Fighting Irish swimmer -- selected Alicia Keys as his coach.


Coach Kelly's Tuesday Press Conference


Monday, September 19, 2016

OT: Radio Call of Ferris State's Last Second Win


I am a proud graduate of Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) -- AKA, the "Harvard of Mecosta County."

Our #7 ranked Bulldog football team won their second straight football game -- in dramatic fashion.

Last week they beat Michigan Tech on a field goal with 7 seconds left -- and this past Saturday they topped that with a TD on 4th and goal with the clock running out in their win over Northwood University (photo above).

Here's the RADIO CALL of the final seconds of this game -- good stuff here!

LINK:  BULLDOG'S WIN!

OT: This Is Crazy Technology -- What's Next?


Domer Mike Golic "To Take One For The Team"

Former Michigan State hoops star Magic Johnson -- getting fired-up to act on his bet with ESPN's Mike Golic.  Johnson and Golic had a wager about a little football game Saturday night...

North Carolina Baptist Hears the Echoes of ND


A great story about a first trip to Notre Dame for a football game.

Special thanks to ND GO IRISH BLOG regular David Crandon for alerting me to this story...

LINK:   BUCKET LIST

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Domer Fuller "Back to Back" 100 Yd. Games!



Domer Mathias Farley "Representing" ND


The Indianapolis Colts' Mathias Farley -- is seen here sporting a suit from ESQ with his Notre Dame themed lining...

Domer Frank Tripucka Honored by Broncos!


Former Notre Dame QB Frank Tripucka -- who is the first NFL QB in history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season -- will have his "banner" unveiled today by the Denver Broncos.

Some may remember that Frank allowed the Broncos to "un-retire" his number so Peyton Manning could wear it when he played in Denver.

LINK:  STORY

MSU's QB "A Notre Dame Fan Growing Up"

Domer Bevacqua Talks Ryder Cup and ND FB


Coach Brian Kelly Talks Loss to Michigan State


Friday, September 16, 2016

Domer C.J. Prosise -- On "The Kicker"


21 Hours to Michigan State vs. Notre Dame


The Story of the Notre Dame Gold Helmet


Michigan State vs. Notre Dame -- Get Ready!


Alma Mater -- Notre Dame Football Pep Rally


Domer Jim Morse -- Great Man, Great Story!


Former Notre Dame football captain -- Jim Morse '57 -- has done it right...

LINK:  JIM MORSE

Pat Connaughton Stopped by the Office Today!


Former Notre Dame hoops and baseball star, Pat Connaughton -- stopped by our office today to talk about storytelling and his WITH US FOUNDATION.

Impressive young man.

LINK:  PAT'S FOUNDATION


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Former ND Coach Diaco -- Defends Play Call



The UCONN Huskies had the ball on Navy's 1 Yard Line with 17 seconds left to play and no timeouts.  Diaco chose to run the ball up the middle and Navy stuffed the running play -- the clock ran out before UCONN could get off another snap...

Navy wins 28 - 24.

LINK:  DIACO DEFENDS THE IN-DEFENSIBLE

#1 Notre Dame Remains Undefeated Tonight!



A double OT goal gives #1 ranked Notre Dame Men's Soccer a 1 - 0 win over UCONN tonight!  The top ranked Fighting Irish remain undefeated on the season!

Notre Dame Football -- "The Will to Prepare"


Big Ten Network Interviews Dantonio About ND


Michigan State Football Talks Notre Dame Game


Monday, September 12, 2016

Casper & Eddy Visit Our Favorite 4th Graders!


Former Notre Dame All-Americans Dave Casper and Nick Eddy made a visit today to the Taylor Leadership Academy in Stockton, CA -- to check in on Allison Silva's 4th grade classroom!  AKA:  Notre Dame's Class of 2029!

Photo: Notre Dame Football's "Mrs. Jones"


Got to love this photo of Jarron & Jamir Jones' Mom! 

She's wearing the number "944" to promote her two boys' jersey numbers;  94 & 44 on the Fighting Irish!

Allure Magazine Feature on Skylar Diggins '14

Meet Notre Dame's Equanimeous St. Brown


50th Anniversary -- Game of the Century!


It's been fifty years since the "Game of the Century" took place on November 19, 1966 between Notre Dame and Michigan State.  The game ended in a 10 - 10 tie and the Fighting Irish went on to be named National Champions a few weeks later after walloping USC 51 - 0.

This Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium -- the 1966 National Champions will be honored.  Should be great fun!

That's MSU's Duffy Daugherty with Ara Parseghian (in photo above) -- prior to kick-off of the game.

LINK:  LANSING STATE JOURNAL STORY

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thank You to the Detroit Lions for this Today!


Members of the Detroit Lions helped "first-responders" hold the American flag today during our National Anthem in Indianapolis.

Domer Riddick 108 Total Yards and 2 TD's !!!



It's been a pretty good week for former Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick '13 -- he signed a $12.5 million contract on Friday and today he made big play after big play for the Detroit Lions in their 39 - 35 win over Indianapolis.


Notre Dame Remains #18 in AP Poll for Week 3


We need to win this week...

LINK:  AP POLL

Fuller Sets Texans' Record in First NFL Game!

This didn't take long...

Former Notre Dame All-American Will Fuller caught five passes for 107 yards and his first NFL TD.  This is the first time in Texans' history that a player exceeded 100 receiving yards in their NFL debut.

WNDU's Post Game Show: ND Over Nevada


Swarbrick's Interview on Pre-Game Show


Saturday, September 10, 2016

OT: What a Sight -- How Bristol Does Football


Coach Kelly in Locker Room After Nevada Win


Game Highlights: Notre Dame 39 - Nevada 10


Nevada Win: Coach Kelly's Post Game Presser


50th Anniversary Present -- Trip to Notre Dame!

It is GAME DAY @ NOTRE DAME! Go Irish!


Under Armour Gear For Notre Dame Athletes


This is what you would receive if you played Lacrosse for Notre Dame's Women's team...

Hour by Hour Weather Forecast: Nevada vs. ND


Click on the forecast to enlarge.

LINK:  LIVE RADAR

Converting Bristol to College Football Tonight!


Kizer the #1 Overall Pick: Two NFL Mock Drafts


Really can't say I'm surprised by this -- he's that talented and poised.

Cleveland, you're on the clock...

LINK:  KIZER TO CLEVELAND

LINK:  KIZER TO SAN FRANCISCO

A New "Look" Notre Dame Stadium Awaits Fans


WNDU Coverage from Pep Rally Last Night


Dayne Crist Talks Notre Dame QB's


Live Weather Radar From Notre Dame, Indiana




Friday, September 9, 2016

Two Notre Dame Fans Who Met at Iwo Jima


ND Super Fan Wins Silver Medal in High Jump!



Sam Grewe, an honorary member of Notre Dame's 2012 Fighting Irish Football Team -- who lost a leg to cancer -- won a SILVER MEDAL today in the High Jump at the Rio Paralympic Games!

LINK:  STORY

Friday's Notre Dame Pep Rally: 10,000+ Strong!


Notre Dame's Path to College Football Playoff


Last week we had "nine" teams ahead of us in the rankings -- and now we have seventeen -- after the loss to Texas.  I can assure you this -- we win every game here on out, we'll be playing in a College Football Playoff game.

Now, having said that -- we still could use a couple of upsets this weekend.  This weekend's games are pretty light after last week's top match-ups:

Arkansas at #15 TCU -- I think we should root for an Arkansas win here.  After losing a game to a Big 12 school last week, we need that conference champion to have a loss or two...  ROOT FOR ARKANSAS here.

Iowa State at #16 Iowa -- Again, we need to see the Big 12 struggle -- an Iowa win is a good thing.  They are not going to run the table and win the Big Ten title.  ROOT FOR THE HAWKEYES here.

Kentucky at Florida -- Surprised the Gators fell out of the Top 25 after winning last week.  This is a game that I don't think we need to worry about either team as a threat to take one of the spots ND will be fighting for in the College Football Playoff.  Pick your favorite -- I'm rooting for Kentucky in this one.

Notre Dame Wide Receivers -- It Starts Here!


Domer Theo Riddick: 3 Year Contract Extension


Former Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick '13 -- just signed a new three-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Congrats Theo!

LINK:  STORY

Notre Dame's "Fighting For" TV Commercial



This will air on the NBC Network during Saturday's Notre Dame football game with Nevada.

Michigan State's 15 Day Preparation for ND


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Coach Brian Kelly Met With Media Tonight


Official Notre Dame Jewelry -- For Him and Her!



Last week, my wife Susan came home with some Notre Dame jewelry that she had just purchased from the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on campus.  She was excited to add some "ND" stuff to her Pandora bracelet.

Wouldn't you know it, a week later the company that has the Notre Dame License and made this jewelry -- reached out to me.

I let them know, that I don't sell ad space on this site --- yet, I offered to share their story on the ND GO IRISH BLOG.

Biddy Murphy (I love their company name) is a global online retailer based just up the road from the Notre Dame campus in South Haven, MI.  The company is named after the owner's mother who is from Killbready, Killenaule, Co. Tipperary (Ireland).  Here is a link to their family story.

They have a number of Notre Dame Officially Licensed products -- click on the link below to see for yourself.  You can purchase their ND jewelry in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore -- or at their online site.

Here's the bottom line -- if you want to let the world know you're a NOTRE DAME FAN or that you're IRISH -- this is a great place to shop!

LINK:  ND LICENSED JEWELRY -- BUY IT HERE

Nevada's Polian Talks Game With Notre Dame


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Domer Ronnie Stanley '16 -- in Ad Campaign


Thought you'd enjoy seeing this -- there is a great back story to how Ronnie picked his dog...

LINK:  RONNIE'S DOG

Notre Dame Rowing Alum Needs Our Prayers


Ailish Sheehan '16, who accidentally slipped on a footpath and hit her head -- just hours after winning a bronze medal at the FISU World Rowing Championships this Sunday in Poznan, Poland -- is in critical condition.

Her family is asking for our prayers.

LINK:  STORY

Former 49er Star: "Texas Win Was Tainted"


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Inside Access to ND's Double OT Loss to Texas


Inside Notre Dame Football: Loss to Texas


ND Men's Soccer Ranked #1 in the Country!


The Fighting Irish are off to a 4 - 0 start on the season!

Former ND Football Player / Turned Author!

Matt Kunz '98, who played linebacker under Holtz and Davie for the Fighting Irish, has authored the book; Triumph! An Athlete's Guide to Winning On and Off the Field. 

These days, Matt lives in Milton, GA with his wife RaDonna -- where he is a financial advisor, a City Councilman and a football coach...

Many ND fans will remember Matt's Dad George Kunz '69 -- one of Notre Dame's all-time great offensive lineman who enjoyed a NFL All-Pro career with the Falcons and Colts after going 2nd overall in the 1969 NFL Draft.

If you'd like to buy Matt's book -- just click on the link below:

LINK:  BUY THE BOOK HERE


We'll Have to Agree to Disagree With This Call


The Big XII's head of officiating made this statement today...

A Little Perspective from a 4th Grade ND Fan...

Yes, Notre Dame lost a football game Sunday night...

(You can double-click on the image to enlarge)

Notre Dame Drops to #18 / #21 in Major Polls


Here's the latest TOP 25 rankings from the Associated Press and Coaches Polls...

LINK:  AP POLL

LINK:  COACHES POLL

Manti Te'o Named Chargers' Team Captain!


Can't say I'm surprised that this 25 year-old ND alum was named a team captain yesterday for the NFL's San Diego Chargers...

Congrats Manti!

LINK:  CHARGERS NAME CAPTAINS

Nice Story on the Maturation of Kizer as a QB


This Fox Sports story was well researched and written -- thought you'd enjoy...

LINK:  KIZER

Coach Kelly's Message to Team After Texas


Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 1 NFL Rosters: Former ND Players in NFL


Here's a current look at the former Notre Dame football players earning a paycheck this morning from a NFL team.  There are now 33 Domers on NFL Rosters or Practice Squads -- with Louis Nix signing with the Redskins.

Special congratulations to ND's two un-drafted free agents who made NFL Rosters -- Romeo Okwara (Giants) and Mathias Farley (Colts)!!!

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- (5)
  • Zach Martin -- Cowboys
  • Ryan Harris -- Steelers
  • Nick Martin -- Texans (PUP List)
  • Ronnie Stanley -- Ravens
  • Chris Watt -- Chargers  (PUP List)

TIGHT ENDS -- (5)
  • Kyle Rudolph -- Vikings
  • Tyler Eifert -- Bengals
  • Troy Niklas -- Cardinals
  • Ben Koyack -- Jaguars
  • Anthony Fasano -- Titans

WIDE RECEIVERS -- (3)
  • Golden Tate -- Lions
  • Will Fuller -- Texans
  • Michael Floyd -- Cardinals

RUNNING BACKS -- (3)
  • Theo Riddick -- Lions
  • C.J. Prosise -- Seahawks
  • George Atkinson -- Browns

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN -- (4)
  • Stephon Tuitt -- Steelers
  • Romeo Okwara -- Giants
  • Sheldon Day -- Jaguars
  • Ian Williams -- 49ers (PUP List)

LINEBACKERS -- (2)
  • Manti Te'o -- Chargers
  • Jaylon Smith -- Cowboys  (PUP List)

DEFENSIVE BACKS -- (6)
  • David Bruton -- Redskins
  • Harrison Smith -- Vikings
  • Keivarae Russell -- Chiefs
  • Robert Blanton -- Bills
  • Cody Riggs -- Titans
  • Mathias Farley -- Colts

SPECIALIST -- (1)
  • J.J. Jansen -- Panthers

NFL PRACTICE SQUADS -- (4)
  • Ishaq Williams -- Giants
  • T.J. Jones -- Lions
  • Kapron Lewis-Moore -- Ravens
  • Louis Nix -- Redskins

NFL FREE AGENTS: 
  • John Sullivan
  • Robert Hughes
  • Amir Carlisle
  • Jimmy Clausen
  • Jarrett Grace
  • Jonas Gray
  • Bennett Jackson
  • Elijah Shumate
  • Louis Nix 
  • Darrin Walls 
  • Sam Young 
  • Chris Brown

Please note:  PUP LIST means a player is physically unable to perform.  They don't count against the team's 53 man-roster, but they do get paid their contracted amount.  PRACTICE SQUAD players make a minimum of $6,900 a week -- teams have the option to pay them more.