Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jeff Samardzija Weighs in On Kyler Murray...


I'm surprised with the advice Samardzija offered up the Heisman Trophy winner -- in light of these facts.

LINK:  ADVICE

Notre Dame Frosh With Some "Razzle-Dazzle"



Friday, February 15, 2019

Three Domer NFL Players Unwind in Ireland...


Three former Notre Dame football players, who now play in the National Football League, traveled to Ireland earlier this month to get away for a week and explore...

Left to right in the photo above that's James Onwualu '17 (linebacker, San Francisco 49ers), Theodore Chapman (James' best buddy from his days growing up in Minneapolis), Romeo Okwara '16 (defensive end, Detroit Lions) and Isaac Rochell '17 (defensive end, Los Angeles Chargers)

It's nice to see these former Notre Dame teammates getting together in their off-season.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Notre Dame Rolls Over BC 97-47...

Muffet emptied the bench with 7:27 to go in the 4th quarter and the Irish up 94-33...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Notre Dame Officially Announces Coach Hiring





First day on the job for new Notre Dame RB coach, Lance Taylor.

Notre Dame Mom Receives Major Honor...


WNDU-TV anchor Maureen McFadden was given the Sagamore of the Wabash award (learn more about the honor at the link below) today by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.  Maureen, a Saint Mary's graduate and the mother of a Notre Dame alum (and two Indiana University alums) has teamed up with her Domer brother Terry McFadden here on the airways in South Bend.

The sister-brother anchor duo has had a long run together -- with just days to go -- as Maureen announced a few months ago that March 15th would be her last day, after nearly 40 years at the station...

That's Maureen in the photo above with her brother Terry...

Congrats Mo!

LINK:  SAGAMORE OF THE WABASH

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Muffet’s Irish Roll Over #25 FSU Today


Notre Dame beat Florida State 97-70 in their first game back after their loss to Miami on Thursday.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Notre Dame's Highest Paid Athletes -- All Time


Here's a look at the TOP 21 former Notre Dame athletes (football, basketball, baseball and hockey) who have been 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 
  • 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
  • Bryant Young:  $44,000,000
  • Justin Tuck:  $43,248,463 
  • Kyle Rudolph:  $41,797,098 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2019  
  • John Sullivan:  $40,050,021 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2019
  • Jerome Bettis:  $35,122,500
  • Jeff Faine:  $34,456,892
  • Golden Tate:  $33,978,849 -- free agent 
  • Kyle Palmieri:  $30,192,154 -- guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • Tim Brown:  $28,432,686
  • Joe Montana:  $26,000,000
  • Ian Cole:  $23,049,694 -- guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • Ronnie Stanley:  $20,484,331 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2019
  • David Phelps:  $19,233,850 -- guaranteed, contract to 2020
  • Michael Floyd:  $19,080,535 -- free agent
  • Rocket Ismail:  $18,000,000

Here's the four former Notre Dame athletes who signed biggest contracts in their era:

Notre Dame's highest paid athlete of all-time, Jeff Samardzija was just asked what advice he would give Oklahoma's two-sport star Kyler Murray -- here's that story. 

Here's what the current former Notre Dame student-athletes are getting paid in their respective sports:

LINK:  NFL CURRENT CONTRACTS -- NOTRE DAME 

LINK:  MLB CURRENT CONTRACTS -- NOTRE DAME 

LINK:  NHL CURRENT CONTRACTS -- NOTRE DAME

Friday, February 8, 2019

Domer Dunne & Masters Champion in 40th...

Notre Dame alum and Trustee Jimmy Dunne is playing with reigning Masters' Champion Patrick Reed this week in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  You'll get a brief glimpse of Jimmy in the last Phil Mickelson highlight above...

They currently stand in a tie for 40th place -- going into Saturday's round.

Dunne & Reed will be playing Pebble Beach Golf Links Saturday with Phil Mickelson and his playing partner Scott Ozanus, the COO of KPMG -- Phil's tour sponsor.  They tee off at 12:39 PM ET.

You can watch them tomorrow on these channels:
  • 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM:  Golf Channel
  • 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM:  CBS

The Top 25 teams make it to Sunday's final round.  Dunne & Reed currently sit 2 strokes out of the Top 20.

Notre Dame alum Condoleezza Rice and her professional partner Trey Mullinax are a stroke behind Dunne and Reed at -9 and ND alum John Baumer and his professional partner John Chin are at -1 -- putting them in a tie for 143rd place.

LINK:  LEADERBOARD

"Stupid Humans" -- Something You Must See!



Jorge "Jay" Rivera-Herrans is a "once-in-a-generation" type talent here at the University of Notre Dame.  Stupid Humans -- a musical that he's written about a "med school dropout" debuts later this month. 

Here's a video of Gold & Blue Company performing "Won't Give Up" -- one of the 20+ songs that Jay wrote for Stupid Humans....




LINK:  GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Notre Dame Students -- Doing the Right Thing


Notre Dame in the NFL -- Super Bowl Party


ESPN's Tom Rinaldi on "The Riding Irish..."


Domer Update -- AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am


Here's a look at the Notre Dame alums who are playing in this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The players with Notre Dame connections:
  • Jimmy Dunne -- ND alum and Trustee, playing with Patrick Reed
  • Condoleezza Rice -- ND alum, playing with Trey Mullinax
  • John Baumer -- ND alum, playing with John Chin

You can catch them on TV on the Golf Channel today and tomorrow -- and then on the Golf Channel and CBS on Saturday and Sunday.


LINK:  NOTRE DAME LEADERBOARD

Tough Night for Brey's Fighting Irish...


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

Domer Ruth Riley Gets Hall of Fame Call!


The former All-American, National Champion and Ring of Honor member at Notre Dame -- will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on June 8th.

Congrats Ruth!

LINK:  STORY

Muffet McGraw's Radio Show...


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Fighting Irish Beat Another Top Ranked Team!




This was the match point that clinched another Notre Dame Men's Tennis win over a ranked opponent...

Here's what has happened the last fifteen days:
  • Beat #14 Texas A&M -- today
  • Beat #12 Virginia -- February 1
  • Beat #13 Oklahoma -- January 27
  • Beat #29 Kentucky -- January 19

The Global Reach of Notre Dame Athletics...


You may have heard that Notre Dame football was recruiting in Europe this past week -- well, that is becoming more prevalent for the Fighting Irish as Notre Dame team rosters currently include 23 student-athletes from 15 countries beyond the United States of America...


MEN'S BASKETBALL
  • Canada

CROSS COUNTRY / TRACK & FIELD
  • Canada

FENCING:
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China 
  • France
  • Germany 
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Singapore

FOOTBALL:
  • Canada

MEN'S GOLF:
  • China 

HOCKEY:
  • Sweden
  • Canada (2)

MEN'S SOCCER:
  • Japan
  • Scotland
  • Canada

WOMEN'S SOCCER:
  • Canada
  • England 

SWIMMING & DIVING:
  • Mexico 
  • Hungary

MEN'S TENNIS:
  • Peru 

The image above is the colorful globe that is part of the official mark for Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs.

Rooting for the Guy With Notre Dame Tattoo


The Notre Dame Monogram (AKA the interlocking N-D) will be worn on the field today -- on the left upper arm of Los Angeles Rams' John Sullivan...

Sullivan, in his 11th year in the NFL -- will be playing in his first Super Bowl today.

GO RAMS and GO IRISH!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Djogo Has the Game of His Life! ND Over BC!



Julian Love Wins "Hands Competition"


This was at the State Farm All Star Football Challenge -- Notre Dame's Julian Love finished in first place in the "Hands Competition."  Here were the final results:
  1. Julian Love, NOTRE DAME -- 16.3 seconds
  2. N'Keal Harry, Arizona State -- 16.5 seconds
  3. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo -- 17.5 seconds
  4. A.J. Brown, Ole Miss -- 18.1 seconds
  5. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State -- 18.1 seconds

LINK:  ALL RESULTS

Three Wins Over Top 30 Teams in Two Weeks!


The hottest team going right now at Notre Dame is our Men's Tennis Team!  Over the last two weeks they've beaten:
  • #12 Virginia
  • #13 Oklahoma
  • #29 Kentucky

Ryan Sachire's Fighting Irish are sure to move up from their current #13 ranking with the win over #12 Virginia last night.  ND had lost 3 of the first 4 matches -- only to win the LAST THREE to beat the Cavaliers!

Next up for Notre Dame -- #14 Texas A&M comes to town tomorrow.

In the photo above, that's Notre Dame sophomore William Howells (Boca Raton, FL) after winning the decisive final match 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 last night.

LINK:  CURRENT TOP 20 RANKINGS

Mike Brey's Weekly Radio Show...


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Domer John Sullivan's "Super Bowl Shot"


The former Notre Dame football player will be playing in his first Super Bowl this Sunday.  It's nice to see the L.A. Rams' center getting some media attention:

LINK:  MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

LINK:  GREENWICH SENTINEL


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Notre Dame Man Doing the Right Thing!


Here's Why Notre Dame is Closed Today!


It is expected that we'll record the coldest low temperature -- EVER -- at the University of Notre Dame this evening...

Top photo taken by Notre Dame's Matt Cashore -- he's good at what he does!

OT: A Unique Snow Day Message...


Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Cold Calm Before the Polar Vortex at ND


It was 3 degrees Farenheit after Mass this morning -- here at Notre Dame.  Word on the street is we'll feel the full effect of what they call a "polar vortex" this Wednesday with wind-chills close to -40 below zero...

Thursday, January 24, 2019

#1 Notre Dame vs. Tennessee Tonight on ESPN



Muffet's #1 ranked Fighting Irish travel to Knoxville tonight to take on the Volunteers.  The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 PM ET and will be televised on ESPN.

GO IRISH!


Domer Pollock Off to Dodgers for $55 Million!


The former Notre Dame outfielder just signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers...

Congrats A.J.!

Here's the detail:

LINK:  POLLOCK

ND Football Helmet in the Baseball Hall of Fame


Here's the story behind a Notre Dame Football helmet -- and its journey to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

LINK:  HALL OF FAME

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Jaylon Smith in the NFL Network Studio

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000001011702/Jaylon-Smith-Rams-defense-needs-to-contain-Alvin-Kamara

Here's a look at the former Notre Dame All-American getting some studio time with the folks at the NFL Network on Sunday...

LINK:  JAYLON SMITH #1

LINK:  JAYLON SMITH #2

Coney, Tranquill & Williams at Senior Bowl...


Here's how the former Notre Dame football stars "measured up" at the Reese's Senior Bowl...

LINK:  MEASUREMENTS

LINK:  EAGLES' TOP TARGETS

Monday, January 21, 2019

NFL Network's Interview of Golden Tate...


Domer Sullivan Talks About Big Win Sunday!



The former Notre Dame football star and eleven-year NFL vet is going to be playing in his first Super Bowl in two weeks!

Congrats John!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

John Sullivan to Rep Notre Dame in Super Bowl


Very happy for the Los Angeles Rams' center John Sullivan -- he'll be the sole Notre Dame alum playing in Super Bowl LIII.

Got to love the ND tattoo on his shoulder in the photo above!

44 former Notre Dame football players have won a Super Bowl ring -- here's hoping John is #45!

Go Rams!


OT: Doing the Right Thing...



Our youngest son Brady did something like this during his freshman year on the swim team at Detroit Catholic Central High School.  It was the Detroit Catholic League Championship -- and a senior on the team had swum a relay leg for Catholic Central in the prelim heat -- only to see Brady take his spot on the relay team in the Championship final.

This senior had been dealing with the failing health of his Dad -- who was dying from cancer -- all season long.

Well Brady's relay team won the 400 Free Relay in the Catholic Championship Final -- his first high school "gold medal" -- I remember when we got home I asked "where's your medal?"

He replied -- "I gave it to ____ (this was the senior, whom he swam for in the Final) -- he deserved to have this, I know he wanted to give it to his Dad. I'll have more opportunities in the future..."

A very proud moment for this Dad.


Domer Clements Hired by Arizona Cardinals


Tom Clements, the former Fighting Irish National Champion QB -- was just hired to be the Arizona Cardinals Passing Game Coordinator and QB Coach...

LINK:  CLEMENTS

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Wanted: Pure Shooters Wearing Gold & Blue!



We're missing a "pure shooter" or two in our line-up -- we just don't have that...

Our Fighting Irish missed many open shots and missed too many free throws in a 77 - 73 loss today to #17 North Carolina State.

45 Years Ago Today -- This Happened at ND!


Domer Vic Lombardi is Colorado's Best!



Our good friend Vic Lombardi '91 -- was just named Colorado's Sportscaster of the Year!


Vic, has been kind enough to return "home" to Notre Dame these past two years to join our Notre Dame Day broadcast team -- and he zipped down to Dallas last month to co-host our Cotton Bowl Party.

That's Vic in action on Notre Dame Day in the video above...

He's very good at what he does (he has won 30 Emmys) -- and he's fun to work with.

Congrats Vic!


LINK:  DENVER POST

Friday, January 18, 2019

Domer John Sullivan's Super Bowl Chance...



I'll be rooting for the one-time college roommate of my son Jimmy '08 -- they were roommates on paper before Jimmy showed up for his first day in Dillon Hall and he was moved to another room, leaving Sullivan and Trevor Laws in a room alone...  

The interview above took place before the season started.

John Sullivan, in his eleventh year in the NFL, is the starting center for the Los Angeles Rams -- and one of two Notre Dame alums left in the NFL Playoffs with a chance to play in the Super Bowl.

Manti Te'o -- is on the Saints' roster -- though he was a healthy scratch for their NFL Playoff game last week...

Thus, I'm all in for Sullivan and the Rams -- here's some recent stories about John;

LINK:  CBS SPORTS

LINK:  $1 MILLION BONUS 

LINK:  ANOTHER CHANCE



Thursday, January 17, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ND Students, Faculty & Staff to March in D.C.


This Friday -- the University of Notre Dame will have 800+ students along with 75+ faculty, staff and grad students, and president Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C. -- participating in the 2019 MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington D.C.

No other college or university sends a contingent this large every year...

LINK:  STORY

Monday, January 14, 2019

It's Official / Autry Denson Hired as Head Coach



The all-time leading rusher in Notre Dame history -- has agreed to become the head football coach at Charleston Southern.  His introductory press conference will be this Wednesday at 10 AM ET.

It will fun to watch who replaces Autry on the Notre Dame Football staff.


LINK:  STORY



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

OT: This Guy Gets It -- He Understands People


Only Six Available & Notre Dame Beats BC!



T.J. Gibbs suffering from migraine headaches -- left building 20 minutes before game time and Juwan Durham was out with a sprained ankle...

This left Notre Dame with six scholarship athletes to take on Boston College today.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Game Highlights: Notre Dame 82 - Louisville 68


Muffet's Irish Beat #2 Louisville Despite...




The top ranked Irish played a C+ game tonight -- 18 turnovers, 10 missed free throws, and 23% shooting from the field in the first half...

And, they still beat the #2 team in the country!

LINK:  ESPN STORY

LINK:  COURIER-JOURNAL

ESPN: #2 Louisvillle vs. #1 Notre Dame Tonight



Here's what's being said about tonight's contest between the two top ranked teams in the country -- from the media covering the Louisville Cardinals...

Louisville's coach is reminding everyone how they blew us out last year and won the ACC Tournament -- yet ND went on to win the national title -- in an attempt to damper the significance of tonight's game.

Going to be fun!

LINK:  LOUISVILLE COURIER

LINK:  WDRB - Louisville

LINK:  INSIDER LOUISVILLE

LINK:  CRUNCH ZONE

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Chloe Agnew Reppin' Notre Dame in TEXAS!


The former member of Celtic Woman -- has adopted the University of Notre Dame as her school.  Chloe flew in from Dublin (Ireland) the day before the Cotton Bowl to perform at a couple university events...

Just a couple of hours before game time, Chloe jumped up on stage at Texas Live, the sports bar adjacent to AT&T Stadium and got the ND fans in the house "fired up" with her a cappella rendition of HERE COME THE IRISH!

I love how the crowd joined in...

Chloe will be back on campus during Notre Dame Day 2019 -- April 28th and 29th -- and will perform a few times over the weekend.

Here's a video of Chloe performing Here Come The Irish at last year's Notre Dame Day celebration:

Defending ACC Champs Come to ND Thursday



The #2 ranked Louisville Cardinals play our #1 ranked Fighting Irish tomorrow night at Purcell Pavilion.

Some may remember what happened between the Louisville head coach and Muffet the last time they met.  Something tells me they're not pen pals...

Going to be fun tomorrow night -- a few tickets are still available!

LINK:  MUFFET & WALZ

Lone Star Films: Jaylon Smith's Comeback


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

ND Football Getting Some Early Respect...


ESPN came out this morning with their WAY TOO EARLY TOP 25...

Looks like someone had been doing their homework about our Fighting Irish!

LINK:  WAY TOO EARLY

Monday, January 7, 2019

Rocket Ismail is Heading Into the Hall of Fame!


The former Notre Dame "all-everything" finally got word that he's going to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame!!!

Congrats!

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

Notre Dame Back on Top of National Rankings!



Muffet's Fighting Irish are now back atop the women's college basketball rankings...

Notre Dame hosts #2 Louisville this Thursday -- should be fun!

LINK:   RANKINGS

Tuesday, January 1, 2019