Friday, August 31, 2018

Photo from Notre Dame's Pep Rally Friday


Look at this crowd -- when Notre Dame's Women's Basketball Team hit the stage at the Pep Rally on South Quad...

It's Almost Here: Michigan vs. Notre Dame...



ESPN story titled "The Gloriously Petty History of Michigan - Notre Dame"

LINK:  FULL STORY

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Tease: Brady Quinn Tells the Gold Story...



Yahoo's Pat Forde Talks Michigan vs ND


My Cousin Jace's First Notre Dame Game!!!


His name is Jace Patrick Sweeney -- and here is a picture of him wearing THE SHIRT for the first time in his life... 

There will be many, many more!!!

Jace Patrick lives in Michigan -- and he's ALL IN -- FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH!

Go Irish!

ESPN's Uni-Watch Season Preview...


Here's a look at some of the crazier uniform designs scheduled for the upcoming season...

That's just a few of the Oregon Ducks' uniform combos for 2018 -- in the photo above. 

LINK:  UNI-WATCH

Harbaugh Finally Has an Elite QB at Michigan



LINK:  STORY

A Look At Bowl Predictions Before Game One


A couple of ESPN experts made their predictions on where all of the teams would be playing in Bowl Games come the end of the season...

LINK:  BOWL PREDICTIONS

Brian Kelly Met With The Media Today...


Monday, August 27, 2018

Garth Brooks' Studio G From Notre Dame


Monday Media Coverage From Michigan...


Took a lap around the worldwide web to see what the "Michigan Media" has to say about Saturday night's game with our Fighting Irish...

LINK:  M-LIVE ANN ARBOR NEWS

LINK:  DETROIT FREE PRESS

LINK:  DETROIT NEWS

ESPN Starts Their Coverage of Michigan vs. ND



LINK:  STORY

Clear Bag Rule -- Notre Dame Stadium Policy



Please let everyone know -- you won't be taking in any size bag (bigger than a pocket book), that is not clear -- into Notre Dame Stadium for any football games this fall.

The clear plastic bag must not be more than 12" x 12" in size.

Harbaugh's Notre Dame Week Media Session


South Bend Renames Downtown Street


A street with the name of Michigan in downtown South Bend -- is no longer -- at least for the rest of this week! 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Garth Brooks' Notre Dame Press Conference


Garth Brooks met with the media today to talk about his upcoming concert on Saturday, October 20th in Notre Dame Stadium!

Tickets go on sale at TICKET MASTER on September 14th at 10:00 AM ET.

Garth will be LIVE tonight on his Facebook Channel with his STUDIO G SHOW -- I'm guessing he'll be talking a little about his upcoming concert at Notre Dame.

Here's a link to his Facebook page -- the show starts at 7 PM ET

LINK:  STUDIO G LIVE 



The Carter's & David Letterman at Notre Dame


Former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalyn Carter were introduced today at Notre Dame's Purcell Pavilion by none other than David Letterman...

The Carter's are in town this week to finish the building of 20+ homes in nearby Mishawaka, IN.

LINK:  STORY

LINK:  WSBT STORY

Less than Six Days Now to THEM vs. US...


Notre Dame fan and star of NBC's hit show "This Is Us," Milo Ventimiglia -- does the voice over work in this hype video for Saturday's Michigan vs. Notre Dame game!

Remember: WE WEAR GREEN THIS WEEK!


It's time -- it's time we come to a game "dressed as one, to take on our opponent."


Notre Dame -- Birthplace of College Gameday



ESPN's College GameDay -- returns home as a 25 year-old -- this week!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Replay: Justin Yoon's 62-Yard FG in Practice!



Big Ten Network Visits Michigan Football...






Joel Klatt Talks About Jim Harbaugh...


Big Ten Network Interviews Jim Harbaugh


Josh Adams Battling For NFL Roster Spot


Despite dealing with injuries these past few weeks -- Josh Adams has had some success in his limited NFL action.  He's gained 63 yards on just 10 carries -- his 6.3 yards per rush leads the Philadelphia Eagles over their first 3 NFL exhibition games.

LINK:  STORY

Jack Nolan Interviews Jonathan Bonner


Jack Nolan Interviews Alize Mack


Jack Nolan Interviews Jafar Armstrong


We're Just SEVEN DAYS AWAY from Football!


Notre Dame Football!!!

Domer Dunne Playing in US Senior Amateur!


This is a huge deal!  Notre Dame alum and Trustee, Jimmy Dunne -- will be teeing off today in the United States Senior Amateur.  The tournament is being held in Eugene, OR.  I will be following Jimmy's progress all weekend...

The top 156 senior amateur golfers in the world -- will play 18 holes today and tomorrow -- with the low 64 scores qualifying for match play, which will begin Monday.

Dunne tees off this morning at 10:20 AM ET -- starting on the 10th hole.   You can follow his round right here:  LEADERBOARD

You'll enjoy this story linked below -- including the request of his caddie this weekend!


LINK:  DUNNE

Big Ten Network: Michigan Football Facility


Friday, August 24, 2018

A New Food Option Inside Notre Dame Stadium


There are going to be many, many, many happy people when they learn of this news...

LINK:  CHICK-fil-A COMING TO ND!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Michigan QB Shea Patterson's Media Session

Here's the Wolverine's highly touted transfer QB -- picked as one of the top 25 college football players in America...

LINK:  DETROIT FREE PRESS STORY

Josh Adams' Big Night in Cleveland is on FOX


The former Notre Dame running back runs for a spot on the Eagles 53 man roster tonight...

You can watch it on FOX.

LINK:  JOSH ADAMS

8 DAYS Until Notre Dame Football -- Go Irish!



Brian Kelly Talks Prep for Michigan Game...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Notre Dame Football's New Radio Team!

L to R:  Paul Burmeister, Ryan Harris and Jack Nolan 





Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Jack Nolan Talks With Both ND Coordinators



Michigan's New Head Gear for Notre Dame?


This photo was posted on Twitter over the last 24 hours -- not sure if it's someone's "photo shop version" of what they'd like to see Michigan wear as head gear...

Or, it's what the Wolverines will be wearing under the lights in Notre Dame Stadium come 12 days from now?

Have to admit -- it's sharp.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Domer Theo Riddick's Run N' Catch Last Night

The former Notre Dame running back has caught 224 passes in his NFL career so far for 1,854 yards and 14 yards -- out of the backfield in Detroit!

Domer Okwara Puts Huge Hit On Lions' QB

Former Notre Dame defensive end -- Romeo Okwara -- put a huge hit on a Detroit Lions' QB, causing a fumble...


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Local Media Coverage of Practice This Week




LINK:  WNDU-TV


Nice Things Being Said About Josh Adams...



Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Video of First Practice in Full Pads for the Irish!


Jose Castellano -- He Loved Notre Dame...


I saw this tweet (above) a few days ago -- and I reached out to the Son (Joachim Castellano) who wrote this about his Dad, Jose Castellano -- pictured below in his (ever present) Notre Dame hat on a family trip to Yellowstone in 1999.



I learned that one of Jose's sons (Ken Castellano, Class of 1996) attended the University of Notre Dame -- the school their Dad had told them all about as kids.  I also learned about a wonderful tribute to Jose -- that I asked for permission to share on the ND GO IRISH BLOG

Joachim, thanks for agreeing to share this with your Notre Dame Family!



A Toast to Lolo and Dad

If you searched Google Maps for our house 10 years ago, you’d actually see my dad, from a bird’s eye view, mowing the lawn. He was wearing jeans, a work shirt, and a well-worn University of Notre Dame hat. I often wondered what was the big deal about ND? I get it, we’re Catholic, but South Bend is far away from New Jersey, and we’re not even Irish! When I asked Dad about it, ND was much more than a football team, it was a beacon of the American Dream that helped inspire him to immigrate to this country.


Growing up in post-war Manila, on Sundays after Mass, he’d listen to ND football games on the U.S. Armed Forces Network radio station. It was here he learned that Notre Dame is an institution of excellence and virtue. The Fighting Irish helped plant a seed of the American Dream in him. After graduating from college and marrying my mom, he chose not to live a comfortable life in the Philippines, and instead go for the risky play, and start a career and family life in America.


Dad was courageous, he was bold. He wanted his children to grow up in the states and compete with the best, because he believed in all of us. Now, listen carefully, Lolo’s grandchildren: education was very important to Lolo. However, unlike a Strict Asian Dad, he never punished me for bad grades (perhaps because I earned straight A+s). I remember on every report card day, he would walk up to me, laughing, firmly shake my hand, pat me on the head, and walk away, laughing.


Dad was generally quiet. He went about life with humility and grace. He never bragged about his own life achievements or dictated what we should do. He led by example. But he did like to talk about his kids and especially his grandkids. Each one of you has Lolo in your blood which manifests through love of music, dance, education, or generosity of spirit.


Speaking of generosity, Dad had plenty to give. When he was courting my mom, I found out that he would never come to my lola’s house empty-handed. He would buy basketball tickets for my tito Boy, a record for my tita Maris, firecrackers on New Years and at the very least, chicken salad prepared by his dearest eldest sister, tita Choeling. He bought Pat his first guitar, Orchid a cat, Gerard, weightlifting equipment, Ken a basketball hoop, and me....a set of encyclopedias and math software.

Dad was a big tipper. Before going to the Philippines, he would bring a huge wad of singles that he would hand out like candy to anybody who helped him, including the Filipino immigration officer. One of my treasured memories is when my mom and dad came to visit me in Osaka. After a lunch of tonkatsu, he left a tip for our waitress, even though I told him that tipping is not customary in Japan. She chased Dad outside the restaurant to return his money, but he wouldn’t accept it back.


Dad was most generous with his cooking. He loved spending time in the kitchen, making food from back home. Photos throughout the years showed many smiling faces gathered around dishes prepared by my dad. He even built his own rotisserie in the backyard to roast lechon.


Dad lost his father because of the World War 2, at age five. So he had no reference, no father figure. I think that’s why he turned to his faith for guidance from our Heavenly Father. And throughout his life he provided us a great example of how to live. You’ve worked so very hard until the very end, you lived like a champion, now let’s toast to your victorious life, Jose Castellano!


Written by son, Joachim Castellano

Glossary
Tagalog is one of the official languages of the Philippines, English is the other.
lolo - Tagalog word for grandfather
lola -Tagalog word for grandmother
tita - Tagalog word for aunt
tito - Tagalog word for uncle
lechon - spit-roasted pig

Joachim, I look forward to meeting you in person along with a number of your family members at the Ball State Game!

PACKERS: Latest On Equanimeous St. Brown


The folks in Green Bay are starting to notice former Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown...

LINK:  THREE THINGS

We Don't Have "a QB Battle" at Notre Dame...


I see the lead to this ESPN.COM story -- so misleading...

Brandon Wimbush is our QB.  Period.

LINK:  TOP 25 STORYLINES

First Day in Full Pads for the Fighting Irish!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

ESPN’s College GameDay: UM vs. ND

It’s happening!

The Michigan vs. Notre Dame just got a little bigger...

Going to be fun!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Brian Kelly Met with the Media Today at ND


Notre Dame Ranked #11 in a Couple Polls


The Amway Coaches Poll came out today -- along with the ESPN FPI rankings...

This is also the first year -- in many -- that Notre Dame will go into a season not playing a team ranked higher than them in the Coaches' preseason poll.

LINK:  COACHES POLL

LINK:  ESPN FPI

Skylar Diggins-Smith's Talks Puma's Return...


The former Notre Dame "All-Everything" -- sat down with a writer from The Undefeated...

LINK:  PUMA'S RETURN

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The National Champs Inside the Colosseum!


Photos taken today of the National Champions (the Fighting Irish) inside the Colosseum in Rome.  

Why do I believe this is the first time a NCAA National Championship trophy has been inside this edifice!

It's Finally Happened -- We Wear Green for ND!


Those who follow this blog know I've been rallying for this -- for years...

I've been frustrated that we've never united as a Notre Dame fan base around wearing one color when we go anywhere (home or away) to root on the Fighting Irish.

That changes the first Saturday in September -- we all WEAR GREEN!

IT'S TIME!

Here's my post from 2015:

LINK:  WEARING "FIGHTING IRISH GREEN"

McGlinchey Getting the "Rookie Treatment"

NFL Training Camp Updates: Notre Dame

Took a lap around the worldwide web this morning to see what's being said about the thirty-eight (38) former Notre Dame football players on National Football League rosters this morning.  Click on the links below:

LINK:  QUENTON NELSON -- Colts

LINK:  MATHIAS FARLEY -- Colts

LINK:  ZACK MARTIN -- Cowboys

LINK:  JAYLON SMITH -- Cowboys

LINK:  SCOTT DALY -- Cowboys

LINK:  RONNIE STANLEY -- Ravens 

LINK:  BENNETT JACKSON -- Ravens

LINK:  HARRISON SMITH -- Vikings

LINK:  KYLE RUDOLPH -- Vikings

LINK:  JAMES ONWUALU -- Chargers

LINK:  ISAAC ROCHELL -- Chargers

LINK:  JOHN SULLIVAN -- Rams

LINK:  SHELDON DAY -- 49ers

LINK:  MIKE MCGLINCHEY -- 49ers

LINK:  C. J. PROSISE -- Seahawks

LINK:  TYLER EIFERT -- Bengals

LINK:  KEIVARAE RUSSELL -- Bengals

LINK:  STEPHON TUITT -- Steelers

LINK:  GOLDEN TATE -- Lions

LINK:  T.J. JONES -- Lions

LINK:  THEO RIDDICK -- Lions

LINK:  DESHONE KIZER -- Packers

LINK:  GREER MARTINI -- Packers

LINK:  EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN -- Packers

LINK:  ANDREW TRUMBETTI -- Bears

LINK:  JARRON JONES -- Giants

LINK:  ROMEO OKWARA -- Giants

LINK:  GEORGE ATKINSON -- Jets

LINK:  JOSH ADAMS -- Eagles

LINK:  MANTI TE'O -- Saints

LINK:  MICHAEL FLOYD -- Saints

LINK:  DURHAM SMYTHE -- Dolphins

LINK:  SAM YOUNG -- Dolphins

LINK:  J.J. JANSEN -- Panthers

LINK:  COLE LUKE -- Panthers

LINK:  WILL FULLER V -- Texans

LINK:  NICK MARTIN -- Texans

LINK:  BEN KOYACK -- Jaguars
 

More From the National Champs' Trip to Rome!