Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Jaylon Smith's New Contract Moves Him to #7!



With Jaylon Smith's new deal with the Cowboys today -- he's now moved up to 7th on the list of the former Notre Dame athletes (football, basketball, baseball and hockey) who will be paid the most as a professional athlete:
  • Jeff Samardzija:  $127,625,000 -- guaranteed contract to 2021
  • Zack Martin:  $102,308,800 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2024 
  • A.J. Pollock:  $76,397,500 -- guaranteed contract to 2023 
  • Anders Lee:  $75,044,038 -- guaranteed, contract to 2026
  • Kyle Rudolph:  $74,173,950 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2024 
  • Golden Tate:  $71,478,749 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2022 
  • Jaylon Smith:  $69,159,293 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2024
  • Troy Murphy:  $66,000,000 
  • Stephon Tuitt:  $64,760,551 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2022
  • Harrison Smith:  $63,666,546 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • Brad Lidge:  $55,335,000
  • Bryant Young:  $44,000,000
  • Justin Tuck:  $43,248,463
  • John Sullivan:  $40,050,021
  • Jerome Bettis:  $35,122,500
  • Jeff Faine:  $34,456,892
  • Ronnie Stanley:  $33,354,331 -- guaranteed, contract to 2020
  • Kyle Palmieri:  $30,192,154 -- guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • Tim Brown:  $28,432,686
  • Matt Carroll:  $28,437,349
  • Joe Montana:  $26,000,000
  • Ian Cole:  $23,049,694 -- guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • David Phelps:  $19,233,850 -- guaranteed, contract to 2020
  • Michael Floyd:  $19,080,535 -- free agent
  • Rocket Ismail:  $18,000,000

The next big contract negotiation still sits with Ronnie Stanley and the Ravens.  Baltimore picked up Ronnie's "fifth year" option at $12,870,000 -- as they work on a new longer term deal.  STORY

Brian Kelly Talks About Monday's Practice...


Saturday, August 17, 2019

THIS WEEK: Notre Dame Players in the NFL


Took a long lap around the worldwide web this weekend to see what's in the media about a number of former Notre Dame football players in the National Football League.  Just click on the links below:

LINK:  JERRY TILLERY -- CHARGERS

LINK:  DRUE TRANQUILL -- CHARGERS

LINK:  ISAAC ROCHELL -- CHARGERS

LINK:  TYLER NEWSOME -- CHARGERS

LINK:  HARRISON SMITH -- VIKINGS

LINK:  KYLE RUDOLPH -- VIKINGS

LINK:  GREER MARTINI -- VIKINGS

LINK:  BEN KOYACK -- JAGUARS

LINK:  TYLER EIFERT -- BENGALS

LINK:  EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN -- PACKERS 

LINK:  DESHONE KIZER -- PACKERS

LINK:  QUENTON NELSON -- COLTS

LINK:  JOSH ADAMS -- EAGLES

LINK:  KEIVARAE RUSSELL -- BENGALS

LINK:  T.J. JONES -- GIANTS 

LINK:  ALEX BARS -- BEARS

LINK:  MICHAEL FLOYD -- RAVENS

LINK:  BENNETT JACKSON -- RAVENS

LINK:  JAYLON SMITH -- COWBOYS

LINK:  ZACH MARTIN -- COWBOYS

LINK:  ROMEO OKWARA -- LIONS

LINK:  COLE LUKE -- PANTHERS

LINK:  DURHAM SMYTHE -- DOLPHINS

LINK:  RONNIE STANLEY -- RAVENS

LINK:  MIKE MCGLINCHEY -- 49ERS

LINK:  WILL FULLER -- TEXANS 

LINK:  NICK MARTIN -- TEXANS

LINK:  JONATHAN BONNER -- REDSKINS 

LINK:  MATTHIAS FARLEY -- COLTS

LINK:  ALIZE MACK -- SAINTS 

LINK:  THEO RIDDICK -- BRONCOS

LINK:  C.J. PROSISE -- SEAHAWKS

Dexter Williams -- Doing Okay in Green Bay


Highlights: Practice in Notre Dame Stadium


Coach Brian Kelly With Media Today...


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Brian Kelly With Jack Nolan After Practice


OT: The Los Angeles Coliseum's Makeover



The next time the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame visit the Los Angeles Coliseum -- it will have 15,500 fewer seats...

Incoming Irish Star Advances to "Round of 8"


Palmer Jackson -- will be rolling into town next week as a member of Notre Dame's Class of 2023...

But, until that happens -- he's on a roll at the U.S. Amateur!

Palmer (yes, he's named after Arnold Palmer) won his two matches today to advance to the Round of 8 -- meaning there's only 8 players left out of the thousands who tried to qualify for amateur golf's greatest event.

This afternoon, Palmer upset Stanford's Isaiah Salinda -- the recent grad was an All-American for the Cardinal golf team. Salinda, one of the favorites this year -- advanced to the semi-finals of last year's U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Palmer advances to play Vanderbilt's John Augenstein -- who has been ranked as high as #20 in the world amateur rankings (he's currently ranked #38)...

You can watch the U.S. Amateur on FS1 tomorrow -- beginning at 4 PM ET.




Notre Dame FB's New Indoor Practice Facility

This is GREAT, Love This Look at Notre Dame!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Domer Arike "O" Puts Up 35 Points Tonight!

 

A career night for the former Notre Dame star...

Gold & Blue Company's 2019 Concert Series!



Notre Dame's Gold & Blue Company's first stand-alone concert is set for Friday, September 13th.

If you're coming to campus for the New Mexico football weekend -- get your tickets ASAP!

Their concerts are FREE -- just reserve your tickets at the link below:

LINK:  GOLD & BLUE TICKETS

Manti Te'o Talks About His Current Status...



This is one of Notre Dame's finest people -- period!

Domer Mathias Farley -- Back Home at ND



I missed this...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dexter Williams' Highlight Reel -- 1st Action...



The Notre Dame grad played his first NFL Exhibition game this past week and he produced these results:
  • 14 carries for 62 yards -- led the Packers!
  • 1 pass reception for 18 yards

Coach Kelly Happy With Today's Practice


Quenton Nelson "Bussin With The Boys"


Coach Lou Holtz Talks to Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Football's "Throwback Uniform"



The Fighting Irish will wear this special uniform for the game against Boston College in November...

Julian Love "Mic'd Up" For First NFL Action...



The former Notre Dame All-American -- got the "star treatment" in his first NFL Exhibition game...

Anonymous Coaches Talk About ND Football


Thought you'd like to see this...

LINK:  STORY

Monday, August 12, 2019

Domer Named GM of USA's National Team



Former Notre Dame soccer star Kate Markgraf (not the individual pictured above) was given the keys today to drive the USA Women's National Soccer Team to the next level...

LINK:  STORY

SORIN: A Notre Dame Story -- 3 Shows at ND



If you haven't seen this one-man-play about the founding of the University of Notre Dame -- by the man himself; Fr. Sorin, C.S.C. -- you are missing out!

We will have three (3) more performances on campus in 2019:
  • Friday, August 23rd
  • Saturday, August 24th
  • Friday, September 27th

We will be announcing an October performance in Orange County, CA in the next few days .

Tickets are FREE -- just click on the link below to reserve your seats:

LINK:  SORIN PLAY TICKETS

Coach Brian Kelly With Jack Nolan Today...


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Julian Getting Some "Love" from NY Media


Thought you'd enjoy this story about former Notre Dame All-American Julian Love...

LINK:  LOVE

Friday, August 9, 2019

Miles Boykin's First NFL Pre-Season Action


Not a bad start for the former Fighting Irish wide receiver -- four catches for 39 yards...  He also caught a 31 yard TD pass that was called back due to penalty...

Coach Kelly Talks Last Day at Culver Academy


Notre Dame Football in the NFL -- Pre-Season


A number of former Notre Dame football stars made some things happen last night -- in their opening NFL exhibition games.  Click on their names below.  That is Drue Tranquill (#49) in the photo above.

LINK:  MILES BOYKIN -- RAVENS

LINK:  DEXTER WILLIAMS -- PACKERS

LINK:  EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN -- PACKERS

LINK:  DESHONE KIZER -- PACKERS

LINK:  DRUE TRANQUILL -- CHARGERS

LINK:  T.J. JONES -- GIANTS


Notre Dame Club of Orange County -- WOW!


Here's a great story about Notre Dame alums in California doing the right thing in their community!

LINK:  STORY

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Notre Dame's 43 Football Players in the NFL


The folks at Spotrac do a great job of tracking the earnings of all professional athletes.

Here's a look at everyone of the 43 former Notre Dame football stars currently under contract with a NFL team.  You'll find their current contracts and 2019 compensation at the link below...

LINK:  NFL FOOTBALL -- NOTRE DAME PLAYERS

Theo Riddick Signs With Denver Broncos...


Domer Ivey Leaves Notre Dame for NBA Gig



Niell Ivey leaves the Notre Dame Women's Basketball for the NBA -- joining the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff.

Congrats!

Coach Kelly With Jack Nolan After Practice #2


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

OT: Jaguars' CB Sending a $$$ Message...



 

Domer Leads Team USA to Historic Win!


Our former Notre Dame colleague Gerek Meinhardt -- led TEAM USA yesterday to its first World Championship in Foil!  The three-time Olympian and former Notre Dame All-American, won the key matches to clinch the title for America!!!

Photo above:  That's Gerek third from left.

LINK:  STORY

"Most Anticipated Home Game of the Decade"



This is what Notre Dame Football -- being on Georgia's home schedule -- means to the folks in Athens...

LINK:  STORY

The New "Indoor" Home of Notre Dame Football



The Fighting Irish had their first workout inside their new indoor practice facility...

ESPN's College Football's 150 Years...


CFB 150: Trailer from ESPNFrontRow on Vimeo.

This football season marks the 150th anniversary of college football in America.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Baton Twirlers at Notre Dame for 50th Year!



More than 8,000 twirlers and family members have arrived to Notre Dame -- for the annual America's Youth on Parade twirling competition.  This is their 50th anniversary at Notre Dame!

The best baton twirlers in the world are at Notre Dame these next five days.

LINK:  MORE INFO

Domer Jaylon Smith's "Cowboy Experience"


Got a feeling this will be the year Jaylon Smith becomes a NFL force...

Must See: Golden Tate Plays Royal Portrush



Got to love his golf ball!!! 

The former Notre Dame wide receiver played the course that just held The Open in Northern Ireland.


Here's a link to where you can buy these Shamrock Callaway golf balls:


LINK:  GET THEM HERE

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Mike Lee '09 Fights Tonight on FOX at 7 PM ET



The press conference begins at the 6:09 mark -- advance the video to that point.

The Notre Dame alum fights for the Super Middleweight Championship -- the folks at FOX will be talking about the Fighting Irish tonight!

Watch it LIVE at 7 PM ET on FOX.

A Fun, Hot and Memorable Notre Dame Night

 
 
The Liverpool Football Club has a "team song" that Jerry Lewis made famous at his annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon...

It was a cool moment, when their fans sang this before the start of the match.

We need something like this for Notre Dame Football.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Liverpool's Klopp Talks Notre Dame's Facilities


Just Hours Away From a "Football" Game at ND



Liverpool will take on Dortmund tonight in a "soccer" match inside Notre Dame Stadium -- the fun begins at 8 PM ET.

You can watch it LIVE on TNT. 

LINK:  OTHER WAYS TO WATCH

Mike Lee '09 -- "Pain to Purpose..."



Watch Mike fight for a World Championship -- LIVE -- tomorrow night (Saturday) at 7 PM ET on FOX!

LIVE:  FIGHT DETAILS

Thursday, July 18, 2019

FOX Interview: Mike Lee '09 & Caleb Plant



The Domer fights for a world title -- this Saturday night at 7 PM ET on FOX!

You'll want to watch this.

Mike Lee's World Title Press Conference...



Mike Lee '09, fights for the Super Middleweight World Championship this Saturday night -- LIVE on FOX beginning at 7 PM ET!

Know Thy Foe: Louisville's New Head Coach



Louisville's Bob Satterfield -- jumps from Appalachian State to a Power Five program...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

This Saturday -- Lee '09 Fights for World Title!



Mike Lee -- a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, will step into a boxing ring this Saturday night in a fight for the IBC Super Middleweight World Championship!

The fight will be broadcast LIVE on FOX beginning at 7 PM ET!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Photo of the Day: Raising Them Right in Iowa!


My two month-old cousin Arthur McCombs (pictured above) -- is wearing his very first (of many to come) NOTRE DAME T-SHIRT!

A momentous occasion for any young man or family!

Looks Like Golden Has a Deal with Callaway


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Refurbishing Update: Notre Dame's Grotto

Click on photo to enlarge.

 View from Grotto towards Saint Mary's Lake

 Railing and kneelers yet to be installed at Grotto.

New steps (east side) down to Grotto.
 

Construction Update: The New Corby Hall

Click on photo to enlarge

Very impressed with the brick they selected -- click on photo to enlarge
 

Construction Update: New Indoor FB Facility

Click on photo to enlarge
 
Video Board -- click on photo to enlarge


South End Zone -- click on photo to enlarge


Looks like Notre Dame's Football team and Men's and Women's Soccer teams will be able to use this new indoor facility in the very near future.

My Dad & Brother Win "The Prestige" Saturday!


My 82 year-old Dad Jim Small (former Detroit Tiger) and my brother Jay (Denver, CO) won the Turnberry Flight at this weekend's The Prestige -- Tullymore's member/guest tournament at Canadian Lakes, MI.

Both played quite well -- Jay carded a 76 on Saturday and Dad carded a 89 to team-up to win their flight!

And, you should know they're both huge NOTRE DAME FANS!

Today's Detroit Free Press had a story about a Tiger fan who had two favorite players; Charlie Maxwell and my Dad... 

LINK:  FREE PRESS STORY

This Domer Fights For A World Title July 20th!



Notre Dame alum Mike Lee '09 -- will fight for the IBF Super Middleweight World Championship this Saturday (July 20th) on FOX.

Golden Tate Travels to Northern Ireland to Golf


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Former Notre Dame Football Stars on NBC...


The annual American Century Celebrity Golf Classic is taking place this weekend on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe -- and a few former Notre Dame stars are playing in the tournament.  69 year-old Joe Theismann is leading the "much younger" Fighting Irish contingent...

Here's their scores in this modified Stableford format -- heading into tomorrow's final round.

28th:  Joe Theismann, 16 pts.
38th:  Golden Tate, 8 pts.
44th:  Jerome Bettis, 5 pts.
47th:  Tyler Eifert, 3 pts.
55th:  Tim Brown, -6 pts.
73rd:  Kyle Rudolph, -20 pts.

We can watch Sunday's final round on NBC at 3 PM ET.


LINK:  LEADERBOARD

USA's Top College Town to Start Your Career!


Guess which town in America ended up #1...

LINK:  TOP COLLEGE TOWN...

The Notre Dame Centre at Kylemore Abbey...

This is the Notre Dame Centre at Kylemore Abbey

 Kylemore Abbey -- click on photo to enlarge
Kylemore Abbey


Here's a few more photos from my trip to County Galway, Ireland -- earlier this week...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

An Interesting Ride Back to Dublin Airport...

Order of British Empire

Sovereign Military Order of Malta

Order of The House of Orange
 
 
If you follow my blog you'll know that I traveled to Ireland this past Sunday to meet with the Benedictine Nuns at Kylemore Abbey in County Galway...

During my time at Kylemore I met an individual by the name of Paul Smithwick.  Beer drinkers may recognize the last name -- yes, he's "beer royalty."  Paul's family began brewing Smithwick beer in 1702 in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Two years ago, Paul and his son Dan launched another brewery in Kilkenny -- Sullivan's Brewing Company.

Paul was kind enough to drive me from Kylemore Abbey to Dublin Airport (a four hour drive) on Tuesday.  During that time together -- I learned a great deal about Paul's career and some of the honors he's received...

I even convinced him to show me some of the "medals" that went with these honors (photos above).

I don't believe there are too many people walking around the planet who have been honored with the:

I can't thank Paul Smithwick enough for the hospitality he extended me -- driving me four hours to Dublin.  He didn't have to do that.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Notre Dame's "Shared Mission" In Ireland...


I arrived at the beautiful Kylemore Abbey (County Galway, Ireland) Sunday afternoon -- with a couple of my colleagues from our storytelling team at the University of Notre Dame.  We are meeting with the Benedictine Nuns -- who have lived here since 1920 -- on Monday and Tuesday.

I will post more photos over the next two days.

Click on photo to enlarge.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Anders Lee's New Contract Moves Him to #4!


Here's a look at the TOP 24 former Notre Dame athletes (football, basketball, baseball and hockey) who will be paid the most as a professional athlete:
  • Jeff Samardzija:  $127,625,000 -- guaranteed contract to 2021
  • Zack Martin:  $102,308,800 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2024 
  • A.J. Pollock:  $76,397,500 -- guaranteed contract to 2023 
  • Anders Lee:  $75,044,038 -- guaranteed, contract to 2026
  • Kyle Rudolph:  $74,173,950 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2024 
  • Golden Tate:  $71,478,749 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2022
  • Troy Murphy:  $66,000,000 
  • Stephon Tuitt:  $64,760,551 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2022
  • Harrison Smith:  $63,666,546 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • Brad Lidge:  $55,335,000
  • Bryant Young:  $44,000,000
  • Justin Tuck:  $43,248,463
  • John Sullivan:  $40,050,021 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2019
  • Jerome Bettis:  $35,122,500
  • Jeff Faine:  $34,456,892
  • Ronnie Stanley:  $33,354,331 -- guaranteed, contract to 2020
  • Kyle Palmieri:  $30,192,154 -- guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • Tim Brown:  $28,432,686
  • Matt Carroll:  $28,437,349
  • Joe Montana:  $26,000,000
  • Ian Cole:  $23,049,694 -- guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • David Phelps:  $19,233,850 -- guaranteed, contract to 2020
  • Michael Floyd:  $19,080,535 -- free agent
  • Rocket Ismail:  $18,000,000

The next big contract negotiation sits with Ronnie Stanley and the Ravens.  Baltimore just picked up Ronnie's "fifth year" option at $12,870,000 -- as they work on a new longer term deal.  STORY


LINK:  ANDERS LEE SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION


Notre Dame is Ranked a Little Low On This List


Monday, July 1, 2019

2019 U.S. Senior Open -- Payouts Per Player


If you're looking to see who made what -- Sunday afternoon at Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course -- here's the payout for the 59 players who made the cut and finished the 2019 U.S. Senior Open golf tournament...

LINK:  U.S. SENIOR OPEN -- PAYOUT

Saturday, June 29, 2019

U.S. Senior Open Photos From Notre Dame

Click on photo to enlarge
Photo of Tom Watson and Jerome Bettis
 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

"Game Day" Surprise at U.S. Senior Open Today

 

All 156 players in today's first round of the U.S. Senior Open -- received a little surprise this morning when they arrived at the Locker Room.  A Notre Dame Football jersey with their name on the back.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame -- Stories

Took a lap around the worldwide web to see how the media and players are reacting to Notre Dame and its Warren Golf Course -- as the "first ever major golf championship played on a college campus" gets ready for its Thursday start...

LINK:  GOLF DIGEST

LINK:  LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL

LINK:  BERNHARD LANGER

LINK:  TOM LEHMAN

LINK:  COREY PAVIN

 

 

Domer Dad Playing in 2019 U.S. Senior Open


Something I didn't know -- Kirk Triplett, who's won 16 professional golf tournaments -- just happens to be the father of Notre Dame alum; Conor Triplett '18.

Kirk won the PGA Champion Tour's Hoag Classic in March -- firing a (-10), winning in a playoff over Woddy Austin.  See his winning "eagle" below...



Here's a GolfWeek story about Kirk playing in this week's U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame.

LINK:  TRIPLETT

Monday, June 24, 2019

"Notre Dame Experience" -- U.S. Senior Open


Sunday, June 23, 2019

OT: Tornado Rips Through South Bend Tonight





This hit on the south side of South Bend around 9 PM this evening -- plenty of damage...  The photo above is from the Ireland Road area, where a kids day care facility was destroyed. The Ironwood Road area between Ireland and Lincoln Way was heavily damaged.