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.

A Look Inside the Player's Locker Room...

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The 156 players scheduled to play in this week's 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship began checking in to the locker room this weekend. 

The temporary locker room was constructed "over top" of the putting green -- inside Notre Dame Golf's indoor practice facility on the west end of Warren Golf Course's practice area.  Quite an engineering feat!

Every player has a locker -- if you're a past champion -- like Tom Watson -- your "full size" locker is located in a special row (along the back wall) of all of the former U.S. Senior Open Champions.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

U.S. Senior Open Merchandise On Sale...

The first ever major golf championship ever played on a college campus starts this Thursday at the University of Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Notre Dame Football's Annual "Production" Day

The Fighting Irish gathered inside their locker room at Notre Dame Stadium today for their annual "production shoot."    This is the day they create all of the video board graphics for the 2019 football season.

That's defensive end Ovie Oghoufo in all GOLD for today's event...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The USGA: From Pebble Beach to Notre Dame

Click on image above to enlarge -- a pano of Championship #18 for U.S. Senior Open.

A photo of the Practice Area -- 2019 U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame. 

One of the almost 200 Lexus vehicles -- needed to host the U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame.

A photo of Championship #12 for U.S. Senior Open.

Stopped by the site of the 2019 United States Senior Open -- which begins a week from today -- at the University of Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course.  This will be the very first time a major golf championship has taken place on a college campus!

The tournament will be televised by FOX.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Photos: Inside New Indoor Practice Facility

 View to the south end of facility.
 View to the north end of facility.
 View of video board and doors to practice fields.
View of the hard rubber surface that is laid down over the rock base.
Just "click" on this image to enlarge the pano view of facility.

Toured the new Notre Dame Football indoor practice facility this afternoon.  As you can see they're putting down the "hard rubber" layer over the gravel -- as they get ready to bring in the Field Turf next week.

The inside height of the facility is 85' -- driving by the facility I thought it would be easy to punt a ball and hit the ceiling.  Standing on the floor -- highly unlikely this will ever happen. I believe the indoor ceiling height is the highest in college football.

The Notre Dame Men's & Women's Soccer programs will also be using this facility.

The hope is we'll be ready to use this come August 1st.  The building is not air conditioned -- instead they have a system that recirculates the air.  I can tell you it was at least five degrees cooler inside than it was outside today and the "air machine" was not on.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day to My Dad and All the Dad's

Here's my Dad back in 1956 when he was 19 years-old -- his second season as a center fielder with the Detroit Tigers.

I want to wish my DAD -- a Happy Father's Day -- thanks for showing me the ropes in so many areas.  I am very lucky that you're my Dad! 

It also doesn't hurt that he's a huge Notre Dame fan as well!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Kyle Rudolph's New Contract Moves Him to #4

Here's a look at the TOP 23 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 
  • 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


Friday, June 7, 2019

Notre Dame's Nuguse Wins NCAA's 1500 M !!!

Yared's National Championship in the 1,500 meters is the first for Notre Dame since 1926 -- that's 93 years!!!

Georgia is Already Thinking About Notre Dame

Thursday, June 6, 2019

OT: Seventy-Five Years Ago Today! D-Day!

I can't imagine charging that beach...

Love the Brick Selection on the New Corby Hall

Took this photo last night of the brick going up on the new and improved Corby Hall on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

I was anxious to see what brick was selected for this building -- which is attached to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.  Notre Dame alums know all about the "Notre Dame brick" that was made from the mud around the two lakes on campus in the 1800's and it's familiar "yellowish-white" color...

Well -- as you may be able to tell in this photo -- the brick selected, has some characteristics that should match quite nicely with the Basilica's 149 year-old facade.

That's the legendary "Hand of God" tree -- an enormous Sycamore tree -- in the foreground.

Notre Dame Women's Lacrosse Summer Tour

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Notre Dame's Grotto Beautification Project...

Just a heads up that there will be a major work being conducted in and around the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes -- June 3 to August 12th.

Here's the work schedule:

Double-click on graphic or photos to enlarge.

Took these photos tonight of Notre Dame's Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes -- after day 3.  The Grotto is expected to be back in use on June 29th.

OT: My Next Back Yard Landscape Design...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Domer Named Big Ten Commissioner

Kevin Warren, a graduate of Notre Dame's Law School -- will take over as the sixth Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference in September...

Coach Kelly's First Interview Since Blue Gold

Domer "Walk-on" A Guest on the Today Show

Jesse Bongiovi '18 -- son of Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi -- was a guest on the Today Show yesterday.

Jesse played football for the Fighting Irish!

Monday, June 3, 2019

If You Saw the Movie -- The Sequel is Better!

If you've seen the movie Extraordinary Measures -- you'll know the story of the Crowley family and their quest to save their children...

Well, Megan Crowley '19 graduated this past month from the University of Notre Dame -- you're going to want to read this story...


Friday, May 31, 2019

Domer Huffer Wins Colorado Open's $50,000!

What a payday for LPGA Tour player and former Notre Dame golf star Becca Huffer '12!

You won't believe how she won the tournament.  See story below...


Monday, May 27, 2019

Domer Gets First Hit, First Homer in MLB!

Former Notre Dame 2nd baseman, Cavan Biggio -- goes 3 for 4 in his third game in the Big Leagues!!!

You'll see Cavan's Dad -- Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and his sister Quinn (to Craig's right) -- a freshman softball player at Notre Dame -- in the Toronto stands...

A Memorial Day Tribute to All Who Have Served

Jackie Young and Marina Mabrey Make Debuts

The two former Fighting Irish stars went a combined 6 for 8 from the floor in their WNBA debuts last night in the Las Vegas Aces win over the Los Angeles Sparks.

Jackie Young was Jackie Young -- she only took four shots and made EVERY ONE OF THEM!

Oh, by the way -- the Las Vegas Aces have a couple more "Domers" -- head coach Bill Laimbeer and star guard Kayla McBride.  Kayla scored 20 points in the win!


Sunday, May 26, 2019

WNBA Opening Night for Former Irish Stars

Jewell Loyd gets her WNBA Championship ring and scores 17 points in the Storm's win.

Jessica Shepard grabs 13 rebounds in her WNBA debut last night!


Notre Dame's 1st Ever -- LPGA Tour Player

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Notre Dame Football Studying Abroad in Brazil

I'm guessing Chase Claypool took this photo of the members of Notre Dame Football who are in Brazil on a study-abroad trip between Spring and Summer semesters.

Left to right in photo above:  Daelin Hayes, D.J. Brown, Jalen Elliott, Jonathan Jones and Troy Pride, Jr.

Heaven's "Notre Dame Section" Has One More

Jody Bailey (Dallas, TX) -- loved Notre Dame more than most, as you can see by the pictures above.  Unfortunately, Jody lost his battle with cancer earlier this week. Tomorrow morning at 10 AM CT -- Jody's family and countless friends will gather at St. Pius X Catholic Church, to celebrate a life well lived.

Fittingly, Jody asked to be buried in his favorite Notre Dame shirt.

I want to thank Jody's good friend Tim Mathews -- who just retired after 32 years of service in the Military -- for reaching out to me to share his buddy's love for Notre Dame.

Heaven's "Notre Dame Section" just got a good one today!

Top photo:  Jody and his loving wife Angie.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Domer Mike Lee Fights for World Boxing Title!

On Saturday, July 20th -- Notre Dame alum Mike Lee '09, will finally get his chance to fight for a world title.  The three-time Bengal Bouts champion will take his undefeated professional record (21-0) into the ring against the reigning and undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb Plant (18-0).

The fight will be televised from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on FOX at 7 PM ET.

Pro Football Focus' Power Rankings College FB

Just double-click on graphic to enlarge.

Two ND Students' Novel New Business Idea!

President of NBC Sports Talks Notre Dame...

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Peggy Noonan Gives Commencement Address

The Pulitzer Prize award winning writer -- gave the Commencement Address at the University of Notre Dame this morning...

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Domer Connaughton: Two Games from Finals!

One of the classiest and kindest Notre Dame professional athletes you'll ever meet...

His Milwaukee Bucks are now just two games away from the NBA Finals and what looks like a series against the Golden State Warriors

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

NCAA National Champs With Joe Theismann

A walk-on, a student manager, a transfer and a scholarship athlete -- sounds like a great Notre Dame movie script...

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The ND Day Effect -- Mirer Scores Four Goals!

Morrison Mirer -- the son of former ND All-American QB Rick Mirer -- scored FOUR GOALS tonight in Notre Dame's NCAA Tournament win over Johns Hopkins!

Here is Morrison and his Dad being interviewed by Joe Theismann on Notre Dame Day -- two weeks ago!

Mother's Day -- Inspired by a Notre Dame Alum!

Back in 1904 -- February 7th to be exact -- Francis Earle Hering (a Double Domer) proposed the idea of setting aside a day each year as a nationwide memorial to Mothers and Motherhood.  Double-click on document above.

In 1898, Hering earned a bachelors in English (Litt.B.) and a bachelors in Law (L.L.B.) in 1902 from Notre Dame.  He taught English from 1898-1902 and later served Notre Dame for many years as a Lay Associate of the Board of Lay Trustees and as President of the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Rocco Mediate Talks US Senior Open at ND...

Our Guy Joe Theismann Okays Use of #7...

The former Super Bowl Champion, NFL MVP and Notre Dame All-American was back home at Notre Dame this week for Notre Dame Day.

How Big is Notre Dame's Offensive Line?

This big -- missing is RT Robert Hainsey...

L to R: 
  • Jarrett Patterson: 6'-5" -- 300 lbs.
  • Aaron Banks:  6'-6' -- 325 lbs.
  • Tommy Kramer: 6'-6" -- 319 lbs.
  • Chloe Agnew -- of Celtic Woman fame
  • Liam Eichenberg: 6'-6" -- 309 lbs.
  • Josh Lugg: 6'-7" -- 310 lbs.

They average: 6'-6" and 312 lbs.

Money Magazine: Notre Dame #1 for Business

It's always nice to see Notre Dame on top of a list like this...


All-Time Record # of Donors to Notre Dame Day

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Fighting Irish Forty -- Tonight at 9:51 PM ET

You don't want to miss this -- we moved the race inside to Loftus, because of the rain...


Sunday, April 28, 2019

#NDday--What You Won't Want to Miss Tonight

The 29 hours that is NOTRE DAME DAY -- begins today at 6:42 PM ET.  As someone who knows a "little bit about what will be on the show" -- here's some tips on what you won't want to miss during the first six hours tonight:

6:42 PM ET HOUR:
  • The Cast of Stupid Humans -- insane talent (all Notre Dame students)
  • Notre Dame Glee Club -- only the best at what they do!
  • A student story that you'll never forget
  • Three Notre Dame legends
  • Clark Lea -- Notre Dame's defensive coordinator
  • John Mooney -- the "double-double" machine

8:00 PM ET HOUR:
  • Ian Book -- the Notre Dame QB
  • Chloe Agnew -- singer / songwriter formerly with Celtic Woman
  • Gold & Blue Company -- Notre Dame's new performance group
  • The Notre Dame Leprechauns -- meet all three!
  • Fighting Irish Forty Prelims -- Women
  • The Undertones -- always entertaining
  • Patrick Creadon and Jerry Barca -- Hesburgh the documentary

9:00 PM ET HOUR:
  • Fighting Irish Forty Prelims -- Men
  • Chloe Agnew -- performs many songs this hour
  • The Notre Dame Offensive Line
  • Bill Rosemann -- "Mr. Marvel"

10:00 PM ET HOUR:
  • Josh Adams -- Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Cast of Pirates of Penzance -- performance
  • Martha MacCallum -- Fox News anchor
  • Anders Bjork -- Boston Bruins
  • Notre Dame Chorale -- performance 

11:00 PM ET HOUR:
  • Terrell Buckley -- College Football Hall of Famer
  • Lip Sync Battle -- five teams competing
  • Zahm House -- renovation

  • Five great Notre Dame student stories
  • Debbie Tucker -- Hollywood actress 
  • Todd Rundgren -- Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer 

Here is a link to the "minute by minute" TV GUIDE for every interview and performance during the entire 29 hours of Notre Dame Day!


NOTRE DAME DAY Starts at 6:42 PM ET !!!

Here is the broadcast schedule for all 29 hours for Notre Dame Day -- you can click on the link below to WATCH IT LIVE!

The fun begins at 6:42 PM ET --- TODAY!


Friday, April 26, 2019

2019 ND DAY CONCERT: Monday at 7 PM ET

Folks, if you live in the South Bend area -- you can come out and watch the Notre Dame Day Concert LIVE for FREE!  Just go to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center's Ticket Office -- there are 600 Tickets available -- we'll start giving them away at 5:30 PM ET, Monday!

If you can't see it in person -- you can watch it LIVE online at our ND LOYAL Facebook page.  Here's a link to that page.  7 PM ET to 9 PM ET -- Monday!


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sneak Peek at a Notre Dame Day Performance

The cast of Stupid Humans will be performing LIVE -- twice in the first hour of Notre Dame Day this Sunday night.  The fun begins at 6:42 PM ET -- you can watch all 29 hours at:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Other Football" Inside Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame Stadium will be returned to 'natural grass' this summer as Liverpool Football Club will play here on July 19th.  Liverpool will play three games in America this summer at iconic venues;  Notre Dame Stadium, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.

This will be the first soccer game ever played inside Notre Dame Stadium.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Meet the Notre Dame Day Broadcast Team!

The fun begins this Sunday at 6:42 PM ET -- just click on this link to watch all 29-hours LIVE:

It's going to be great!

Here's a look at the BROADCAST GUIDE for Notre Dame Day.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019


Just scroll down through the document -- or click on the black box in the upper right corner to enlarge.

Here's your first look at the stories we'll be telling during Notre Dame Day 2019!

The fun begins Sunday, April 29th at 6:42 PM ET -- just go to; -- and you will be able to watch 29 straight hours of Notre Dame stories and performances -- LIVE!

Dexter Williams' On Good Morning Football...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

ESPN's Football Power Index's TOP 10 for 2019

No one has a schedule like NOTRE DAME, playing TWO TEAMS on the ROAD in the TOP 10 this season... 
  • #3 Georgia on September 21st in Athens, GA
  • #5 Michigan on October 26th in Ann Arbor, MI

Muffet's CBS This Morning Appearance Today!

Notre Dame Women's Basketball Head Coach -- Muffet McGraw was a guest today on CBS This Morning...

Monday, April 15, 2019

OT: Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral on Fire...

Construction began on Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral in 1163 -- 856 years ago...

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Domer Williams a Candidate to Coach Lakers...

90th Blue Gold Game Highlights / Presser

90th Blue Gold Game: NBCSN at 12:30 PM ET

For the first time in Notre Dame's long relationship with NBC -- the network did not bring a production truck to campus...

Today's game will be produced for the first time from Notre Dame Studios in the Martin Media Center on the first floor of Corbett Family Hall.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

47 Hours Later, Young Goes #1 in WNBA Draft

Former Notre Dame student-athlete Jackie Young just went #1 overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft tonight to the Las Vegas Aces -- just 47 hours after declaring to leave school a year early...

The head coach of the Las Vegas Aces is former Notre Dame basketball player Bill Laimbeer.

The greatest scoring STARTING FIVE in college basketball history -- all were drafted among the first 19 picks, in tonight's WNBA Draft.

#1:  Jackie Young
#5:  Arike Ogunbowale
#11:  Brianna Turner
#16:  Jessica Shepard
#19:  Marina Mabrey

Notre Dame Day Concert Line-up Announced!

The 2019 Notre Dame Day Concert -- will be Monday, April 29th at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center from 7 PM ET to 9 PM ET.

If you can't get there in person -- TICKETS ARE FREE! -- you can watch the show online at

Going to be fun!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Muffet's Biggest Coaching Challenge in 10 Yrs.

Last night -- the greatest scoring starting five in college basketball history, ended their college careers with a combined 10,228 points.

The hard reality is Notre Dame Women's Basketball will return only 10.6 points per game for the 2019-20 season -- with the announcement this evening that Jackie Young will be leaving early to purse her dream of playing in the WNBA.  Here's the returning roster along with the two incoming recruits -- and their points per game average:
  • Katlyn Gilbert -- 5'-10" guard
  • Mikayla Vaughn -- 6"-3" forward
  • Daniella Patterson -- 6'-2" forward
  • Jordan Nixon --5'-8" guard
  • Abby Prohaska -- 5'-10" guard
  • Danielle Cosgrove --6'-4" forward
  • Nicole Benz -- 5'-8" guard
  • Kaitlyn Cole -- 5'-10 guard
  • Anaya Peoples -- 5'-10" guard
  • Samantha Brunelle -- 6"-2" forward

With a projected roster of only eight scholarship players -- and two walk-ons -- I've got to believe that Muffet & Company are looking hard at transfer candidates.

Early guess as a starting five next year:
  • Jordan Nixon -- McDonald's All-American, ranked #38
  • Mikayla Vaughn -- ranked #56
  • Samantha Brunelle -- McDonald's All-American, ranked #4
  • Abby Prohaska -- ranked #73
  • Danielle Patterson -- McDonald's All-American, ranked #30
This projected starting five has a combined 477 points in their college careers...

First two off bench:
  • Katlyn Gilbert -- McDonald's All-American, ranked #27
  • Anaya Peoples -- McDonald's All-American, ranked #21 

Trust me -- many college coaches would love to have FIVE McDonald's All-Americans on their roster.  

It's going to be FUN to watch how this in-experienced team comes together.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

UConn Talks Loss to Notre Dame...


With 7:55 PM left in the game -- Notre Dame trailed UCONN, 64-55.  Here's what transpired over those last minutes of the 4th quarter. 

Bottom line:  Notre Dame scored on 12 of it's last 14 possessions -- think about that!

  • Jackie Young hits 3 pointer  
  • UCONN leads -- 64-58 / 7:33

  • Samuelson misses layup
  • Brianna Turner rebound

  • Arike misses jumper
  • Shepard rebound
  • Brianna Turner makes 2 free throws -- 64-60 / 6:42

  • Nelson-Odoba misses layup
  • Brianna Turner rebound

  • Brianna Turner misses layup
  • Jackie Young rebounds
  • Jackie Young's shot is blocked
  • UCONN rebounds blocked shot

  • Dangerfield misses jumper
  • Collier rebounds miss
  • Collier makes layup -- 66-60 / 5:11

  • Arike Ogunbowale makes 3-pointer -- 66-63 / 4:57

  • Samuelson misses wide open layup 
  • Jackie Young defensive rebound

  • Arike Ogunbowale misses 3-point jumper
  • Brianna Turner rebounds
  • Marina Mabrey makes 3-point jumper -- 66-66 / 4:29

  • Samuelson turnover

  • Arike Ogunbowale makes jumper -- 66-68 / 3:57

  •  Walker makes layup -- 68-68 / 3:52

  • Jackie Young misses jumper
  • UCONN rebound

  • Marina Mabrey called for foul
  • Williams makes one of two free throws -- 69-68 / 3:04

  •  Jessica Shepard makes layup -- 69-70 / 2:41

  • Walker makes jumper -- 71-70 / 2:24

  • Arike Ogunbowale makes jumper -- 71-72 / 2:09

  • Samuelson makes layup -- 73-72 / 1:45

  • Jessica Shepard makes jumper -- 73-74 / 1:30

  • Dangerfield misses layup
  • Arike Ogunbowale rebound 
  • Arike fouled after rebound

  •  Arike makes both free throws -- 73-76 / 0:59

  • Collier's shot blocked by Brianna Turner
  • Turner rebounds -- passes to Arike
  • Arike fouled

  • Arike Ogunbowale makes both free throws -- 73-78 / 0:40

  • Samuelson misses 3-pointer
  • Brianna Turner rebound
  • Brianna fouled

  • Brianna Turner makes 1 of 2 free throws -- 73-79 / 0:25

  • Samuelson misses 3-pointer
  • Jessica Shepard rebounds 
  • Brianna Turner fouled

  • Brianna Turner makes both free throws -- 73-81 / 0:07

  • Williams makes 3-pointer -- 76-81 / 0:03


Notre Dame Locker Room Celebration!!!

Watch Muffet Dance During Turner's Interview!

WOW -- Could Not Believe We Won This Game!

Here's What Twitter Did After Notre Dame Win!

Thursday, April 4, 2019