Monday, September 25, 2017

ND Football: "Who We're Becoming..."


24 FBS Teams Remain Undefeated After Week 4


I found this quite surprising -- that only 24 teams remain undefeated out of the 129 FBS programs -- with about 1/3 of the college football season completed.

Based on this week's schedule -- at a minimum -- there will be 3 fewer undefeated teams come this time next week...

LINK:  THE UNDEFEATED

ESPN's FPI Ranking Has Notre Dame #10


Thought you'd like to see this...

LINK:  ESPN FPI RANKING

Jeff Sagarin Has Notre Dame Ranked #11


Thought you'd want to see this...

LINK:  SAGARIN RANKINGS

Sunday, September 24, 2017

AP Voters -- Here's How They Ranked ND


Did some diving into the latest AP Rankings to see how media voters have ranked the Fighting Irish:

AP VOTERS not ranking the FIGHTING IRISH:
  1. Adam Jude -- The Seattle Times 
  2. Brent Axe -- Syracuse Media Group
  3. Dave Reardon -- Honolulu Star
  4. Dave Southorn -- Idaho Statesman
  5. Ed Daigenault -- Republican - American
  6. Garland Gillen -- Fox8 New Orleans
  7. Grace Raynor -- The Post and Courier
  8. Jeff Miller -- Orange County Register
  9.  Kellis Robinett -- Wichita Eagle
  10. Kirk Bohls -- Austin American Statesman
  11. Pat Dooley -- Gainesville Sun
  12. Robert Gagliardi -- Laramie Boomerang
  13. Ross Dellenger -- The Advocate
  14. Sammy Batten -- Fayetville Observer
  15. Scott Wolf -- Los Angeles Daily News
  16. Tom Murphy -- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

AP Poll -- Notre Dame Ranked #22


Well, the media did place Notre Dame in its TOP 25...

LINK:  AP POLL

Coaches Poll -- WOW -- We're Not Ranked...


I guess playing a tough opening schedule -- means nothing.  Conference coaches are obviously banning together with their voting -- it's all about "conference playoff" money... 

Look who's ranked ahead of Notre Dame right now:
  • Florida State -- has 2 losses -- hasn't won a game this season
  • Mississippi State got beat by 28 to Georgia -- last night
  • There are 9 teams ranked ahead of ND with one loss or more

LINK:  COACHES POLL

Dantonio & Players Talk 38 to 18 Loss to ND


Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and a number of Spartan players talks loss to Notre Dame...

LINK:  DANTONIO

How Do the Refs Miss This Call?

Was the replay official asleep? 

Move Over Dabo -- Dancin' Brian Kelly!

It wasn't pretty -- and I don't think Dancing With the Stars will be calling soon...  But, it's nice to see!

Kelly & Players Media Session: ND 38 - MSU 18


Fox Highlights: Notre Dame 38 - MSU 18

Instant Media Reaction: ND 38 - MSU 18


Here's what the media is saying just an hour after Notre Dame's convincing 38 - 18 win over the undefeated Spartans of Michigan State.

That's Shaun Crawford (in the photo above) with the "play of the year" so far for the Fighting Irish!

LINK:  LANSING STATE JOURNAL  

LINK:  DETROIT FREE PRESS

LINK:  DETROIT NEWS

The Megaphone Trophy Returns to Notre Dame


Notre Dame is now 49 - 29 - 1 all-time against Michigan State -- after tonight's 38 - 18 victory!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

East Lansing Police Preps for the Heat Tonight!


Local Media Coverage of Notre Dame vs. MSU

Notre Dame Football Player Sam Bush...


A Story You Must Read...


Former Notre Dame hockey player Riley Sheahan (currently with the Detroit Red Wings) crossed paths with a wonderful man in Grand Rapids five years ago...

Just a FYI -- there are rumors that Riley could be traded to the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins -- any moment now -- which would reunite him with three former Notre Dame players; Bryan Rust, Ian Cole and Thomas DiPauli...

LINK:  AN UNFORGETTABLE BOND

Friday, September 22, 2017

"We Are That Train..."


MSU Beat Writers Pick Winner of ND vs. MSU


Just took a quick little trip to the Lansing State Journal to see what they are saying about tomorrow's PRIME TIME game between our Fighting Irish and their Spartans...

LINK:  LANSING STATE JOURNAL

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Brian Kelly's Last Media Session Before Sparty


Notre Dame Adds Two Dogs to Security Team


Their names are Toxi and Skeet -- and they are employees of the University of Notre Dame...

LINK:  TRAINED TO DETECT EXPLOSIVES

U.S. Presidents Singing the ND Victory March!



This is very clever...

The "Stories" Behind the "Fighting Irish" of ND



I find it rather ironic that the storyteller in this video is none other than a Brit by the name of Simon Whistler who lives in the Czech Republic...   Why would he think to tell this story?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ND Practicing on Real Turf to get Ready for MSU


Domer Jarron Jones Now a Dallas Cowboy!


Former Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones -- turned NFL offensive tackle -- is now earning a pay-check from his THIRD NFL TEAM!

It was announced today that Jarron was signed by the Cowboys to their practice squad.

Jarron sure has picked up some frequent flyer miles in the process.  He started out playing for the New York Giants, he was released by the Giants at the end of Training Camps and was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks -- the Seahawks released him a week later and now Jarron is with the Cowboys...

LINK:  JARRON JONES



Monday, September 18, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Boston College Players Talk 49 - 20 Loss to ND





Addazio Talks 49 - 20 Loss to Notre Dame



Brian Kelly Talks ND's 49 - 20 Win over BC


500+ Yards Rushing -- Irish Runover BC!!!


America's Team Getting Ready this Morning!


The Fighting Irish had a little "shake out" this AM in a hotel parking lot...

Domer Mike Lee '09 -- Now 20 - 0 as a Pro!


Mike Lee '09 -- made quick work of his 20th professional fight last night as he "knocked out" his opponent in the FIRST ROUND to remain UNDEFEATED!

LINK:  STORY

LINK:  LEE ANNIHILATES

OT: A Man Sees Color For the First Time!

This is pretty amazing -- what a wonderful gift...

LINK:  HERE ARE THE GLASSES

Friday, September 15, 2017

Notre Dame Football's Walkthrough at Harvard


I was fortunate enough to be with the team the last time they did this at Harvard -- prior to the game against BC a couple of years ago at Fenway Park...

Media Predictions: Notre Dame vs. BC


Took a lap around the worldwide web...

LINK:  CHOWDER & CHAMPIONS

LINK:  YAHOO! SPORTS

LINK:  NBC SPORTS

Boston College Selling Tickets for $20...

 This was not for the Notre Dame game -- but, for their home opener last Saturday against Wake Forest...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boston College Coach Talks More About ND


Brian Kelly's Last Media Session Before BC


Domer Mike Lee '09 Fights Friday Night!



Notre Dame's own Mike Lee -- gets back into the ring tomorrow night in Chicago, looking to go 20 - 0 as a professional boxer!

The fight will be televised LIVE on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 9 ET / 9 CT.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Photo of GO IRISH! Boat at Dana Point, CA


Got to love the name of this boat!  It's owned by Jack Gerken '66...

Brian Kelly Talks Boston College Game


Notre Dame Drops in ESPN FPI Rankings


The Fighting Irish drop to #16 in the ESPN FPI Rankings after the 20 - 19 loss to Georgia -- Saturday night...

LINK:  ESPN RANKINGS

OT: Seven Days of Heroin -- What a Tragedy!


This is an eye-opening investigative reporting job done by sixty-members of the Cincinnati Enquirer's editorial staff...

LINK:  HOW SAD!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

DeShone Kizer's First NFL Touchdowns!



Georgia Offensive Lineman Talks ND Game


Kirby Smart Talks 20 - 19 Win Over Notre Dame


Yeah, This Guy is a Notre Dame Football Fan!




That's U.S. Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed here for the weekend at Notre Dame...

Photo of Domer Golden Tate's Football Cleats


We must never forget...

ND Players React to 20 - 19 Loss to Georgia




Brian Kelly's Media Session after Georgia Loss


Notre Dame President's Response to Senator



U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein's questioning of Notre Dame Law School Professor Amy Coney Barrett during her judicial confirmation hearing drew a response from Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

LINK:  FR. JENKIN'S LETTER

Muffet McGraw's Hall of Fame Ring & Speech!


Now, that is a big ring...

LINK:  ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Domer Justin Tuck -- Sacks a Georgia QB


It's GAMEDAY at Notre Dame -- BEAT Georgia!


I have been hosting the Corbett Family here at Notre Dame these past three days -- and have been negligent with keeping up with the blog.  MY APOLOGIES!

Here's what the media is saying about today's game:

LINK:  ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

LINK:  CBS SPORTS

LINK:  ATHENS JOURNAL

Monday, September 4, 2017

Irish Connection: TEMPLE WEEK


Jarron Jones Signs NFL Practice Squad Deal!


The former Notre Dame defensive tackle is now the property of the Seattle Seahawks -- as he just agreed to join their practice squad as an offensive tackle...

LINK:  JARRON JONES

LINK:  SEATTLE TIMES

A Notre Dame "Mom" Talks About Her Domers


Kirby Smart Talks Saturday's Notre Dame Game






Notre Dame Debuts at #14 in ESPN FPI


It's called the ESPN Football Power Index -- and here's their first poll:
  1. Ohio State
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Clemson
  5. Stanford
  6. Penn State
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Auburn
  9. Florida State
  10. Louisiana State
  11. Washington
  12. University of Southern California
  13. Georgia
  14. NOTRE DAME
  15. Michigan

LINK:  ESPN FOOTBALL POWER INDEX

Replay: The House that Rockne Built!


Meet Georgia's New Starting QB -- Jake Fromm


Jacob Eason -- the son of Domer Tony Eason (former Fighting Irish wide receiver) -- is not expected to play this Saturday against Notre Dame due to an injured knee...

His replacement -- a highly touted freshman...

LINK:  JAKE FROMM

Sunday, September 3, 2017

NCAA FBS Statistical Rankings...


This is as of 10:09 PM ET -- Sunday, September 3rd:

OFFENSE RANKINGS:
  • Red Zone Offense:  1st
  • Rushing Offense:  5th
  • Total Offense:  11th
  • Scoring:  26th

DEFENSE RANKINGS:
  • Tackles for Loss:  9th
  • Total Sacks:  22nd 

TEAM RANKINGS:
  • Fewest Penalties:  18th

SEC Network Highlights: Georgia vs. App State


Georgia Beat Reporters Talk Notre Dame...


The folks in Georgia are "lickin' their chops" waiting to get to South Bend...

LINK:  DAWG NATION

LINK:  ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

LINK:  ATHENS BANNER HERALD

SEC Analyst: "Georgia Beats Notre Dame by..."


Not much respect for the Fighting Irish in SEC country...

LINK:  DAWG NATION

Notre Dame Players on 53-Man NFL Rosters

Teams in the National Football League cut their active rosters to 53 players over the last 24 hours.  As of this very moment, there are 29 former Notre Dame football players on a NFL roster for the opening of the 2017 season -- 16 (in bold) are listed as a starter.  Here they are:

ARIZONA CARDINALS
  • Troy Niklas, TE

BALTIMORE RAVENS
  • Ronnie Stanley, OT

CAROLINA PANTHERS
  • Cole Luke, DB
  • J.J. Jansen, LS

CINCINNATI BENGALS
  • Tyler Eifert, TE
  • KeiVarae Russell, DB

CLEVELAND BROWNS
  • DeShone Kizer, QB

DALLAS COWBOYS
  • Zack Martin, OG
  • Jaylon Smith, LB 

DETROIT LIONS
  • Theo Riddick, RB
  • Golden Tate, WR
  • TJ Jones, WR    

HOUSTON TEXANS
  • Will Fuller, WR
  • Nick Martin, C

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
  • Matthias Farley, DB  

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
  • Ben Koyack, TE
  • Sheldon Day, DT

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
  • James Onwualu, LB
  • Isaac Rochell, DE

LOS ANGELES RAMS
  • John Sullivan, C

MIAMI DOLPHINS
  •  Anthony Fasano, TE

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
  • Michael Floyd, WR
  • Kyle Rudolph, TE
  • Harrison Smith, S

NEW ORLEAN SAINTS
  • Manti Te'o, LB 
 
NEW YORK GIANTS
  • Romeo Okwara, DE
  • Ishaq Williams, DE

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
  • Stephon Tuitt, DE

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
  • C.J. Prosise, RB

NBC Game Highlights: ND beats Temple


James Onwualu Makes Chargers' NFL Roster!


He wasn't invited to the NFL Combine, a few months later he went undrafted...

It was a blow to the ego.

HE HAD TO GO TO WORK.

Yesterday the former Notre Dame Football Captain made the Los Angeles Chargers' 53 man roster.

Proud of you James!

LINK:  NFL CHARGERS

Sports Illustrated: "ND Deserves More Respect"


Sports Illustrated story...

LINK:  DESERVE MORE RESPECT

NBC's Notre Dame Football Game Opener!


Post Game NBC Interviews -- ND Over Temple

 

Mornin' After: Notre Dame 49 vs. Temple 16


Here's what the media is saying about Notre Dame's big win over Temple yesterday...

LINK:  INDY STAR

LINK:  FORT WAYNE JOURNAL GAZETTE

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

LINK:  PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

LINK:  CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

LINK:  CHICAGO TRIBUNE

LINK:  PHILLY-COMCAST

Next Up: Georgia Beats Appalachian State



Here's a little of the media coverage of Georgia's 31 - 10 win over Appalachian State...

LINK:  QB INJURED

LINK:  DAWG NATION

LINK:  BOX SCORE

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Love the Blue Blazers on the Fighting Irish!




You can buy this blazer!

LINK:  GET IT RIGHT HERE

Temple Head Coach Talks Loss to Notre Dame

Notre Dame Player Interviews: Temple Victory!


BRANDON WIMBUSH

DAELIN HAYES

MIKE MCGLINCHEY

NIC WEISHAR

GREER MARTINI

Replay of all SEVEN TOUCHDOWNS TODAY!


Coach Kelly's Temple Post Game Presser


422 Yards of Rushing -- GREAT START!!!


I'm guessing the die-hard ND fans who have been asking for a rushing attack are smiling tonight!

Three players with more than 100 yards rushing -- a first for Notre Dame Football!
  • Josh Adams:  19 carries for 161 yards
  • Dexter Williams:  6 carries for 124 yards
  • Brandon Wimbush:  12 carries for 106 yards

606 YARDS OF TOTAL OFFENSE!

LINK:  BOX SCORE