Saturday, April 4, 2020

Coach Kelly Joins High School AD in Live Chat

A Custom Notre Dame Mask for COVID-19

Sally Naxera Benson '76 -- a former Notre Dame Cheerleader -- made her own custom mask to protect her from the coronavirus.  I'm told that's Sally at the top of the pyramid in the photo over her right shoulder...

Sally -- you might have a business here!

Special thanks to my former colleague Bob Quakenbush '76 for alerting me to Sally's creation!

Friday, April 3, 2020

The Story of the "Notre Dame Teddy Bear..."

Fr. Bob Simon -- a diocesan priest at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow, PA -- has never been shy about letting his parishioners know that he's a proud Notre Dame alum...

Well, recently one of his parishioners started a business making custom teddy bears with a focus on individuals who are grieving.  A friend of Fr. Bob commissioned this woman to make him a Notre Dame Teddy Bear (photo above) as a surprise gift.  The custom bear is wearing a Notre Dame hat, a priest's cleric collar and has the ND Monogram and Fr. Bob's name on its chest.  You'll also find the Notre Dame Leprechaun on its back...

It was delivered to Fr. Bob the very day that they were ordered to "stay inside" because of the coronavirus -- divine timing.

Fr. Bob recently learned that people around the country -- inspired by the book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen -- were putting teddy bears in their front windows so that families taking a walk could play a game with their children searching for bears in the windows.

So, Fr. Bob shared this story in a recent homily that was livestreamed to the parish.  He's since learned that many parishioners have joined in the fun -- including Fr. Bob, who has placed the Notre Dame Teddy Bear in the front window of the parish rectory.

Now, that's the story of the Notre Dame Teddy Bear!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Message & Video From Fr. Jenkins, C.S.C.

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A Notre Dame Family Dealing With COVID-19

Please keep the Maichin family of Long Island, especially their son Christoper -- suffering from the effects of COVID-19 -- in your prayers.  We all need to do our part to stop the spread of this virus!

Abby Maichin -- second from left in family photo above from National Signing Day -- will be attending the University of Notre Dame this fall and will play for the Fighting Irish's #2 ranked Women's Lacrosse program

Here's a link below to yesterday's Newsday story about the Maichin's and the challenges posed by the coronavirus...

Special thanks to my friend and Notre Dame Dad, Tommy Ruttura (Long Island, NY) for alerting me to this story.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

89 Years Ago Today -- Knute Rockne Killed

Here's the South Bend Tribune headline -- telling the story of TWA Flight 599's crash on March 31, 1931...


Golf Digest: Domer Talks Coronavirus Impact

Notre Dame alum, and Korn Ferry Tour member -- Mark Baldwin, was just interviewed by Golf Digest about the impact COVID-19 has had on them...


Notre Dame's Fr. Jenkins' Latest Message

Monday, March 23, 2020

Notre Dame Day 2020 -- POSTPONED...

We made the decision today to postpone Notre Dame Day 2020 -- in the hopes we can find a way to reschedule it later this year...

We really had some GREAT stuff lined up for this year's broadcast.

It will be worth the wait!

From the ND Day Vault: Theismann with Book

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Notre Dame Wins National Title (Again) on TV

The folks at ESPN2 ran a four hour "replay" of Notre Dame's remarkable 2018 National Championship run last night...

Wasn't that fun!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Notre Dame Alum Provides an Interruption...

James Casto, a Notre Dame alum who hails from the Atlanta area -- just launched an online radio show called; HOME BY DARK "Live in Concert" -- last night...  IT IS LINKED BELOW.

Thought it would provide a wonderful interruption from all of the COVID-19 news -- as we self quarantine over these next few days.  Enjoy!

James also wrote a song called Grateful (video above) that is on the O'Neill Brothers' Spirit of Notre Dame album.  It's available for purchase at the Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore and a number of online music stores.


Relive "The Easter Basket Miracle" on ESPN2!

Replay: The Fighting Irish (of Notre Dame y'all)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

OT: An Old Friend Offers This Advice...

Thirty-five years ago,  I became friends with an aspiring Detroit Free Press sports writer by the name of Mitch Albom.  He was the "third roommate" in a house occupied by my brother Jay and another friend named Ken Droz.  Those were the days...

Mitch has since gone on to do great things. 

Albom penned this piece last week concerning a recent trip to the hospital to meet with his Doctor. Thought it offered up some good advice on "finding the positive" in this unique moment in time...


Forbes: Joe Montana's Investing Prowess...

Thought you'd enjoy reading this story in Forbes about Joe Montana's investing success.  One of his "start-up" investments is Pinterest...

Just click on graphic to enlarge.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Notre Dame Suspends In-Person Classes...

Man, do I feel sorry for our seniors and their families...

This afternoon, Fr. Jenkins announced that the University was suspending all in-person classes for the rest of the Spring Semester at Notre Dame.

Here's the official release:  NOTRE DAME

First Notre Dame Student Diagnosed...

The University of Notre Dame just announced that a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19.   The student was studying abroad in London.   Here's a copy of the official press release.


Notre Dame's "Father Pete" -- Nice Profile!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Notre Dame to LIVESTREAM Mass Daily!

The University of Notre Dame will livestream the 11:30 AM ET Mass from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the following days:
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

You can watch this MASS LIVE -- at this link:  MASS FROM BASILICA

In addition -- SUNDAY MASS at 10:00 AM ET from the Basilca of the Sacred Heart can be watched LIVE on Catholic TV or watched online right here: 


Domer "Moon Walks" Out of Sand Trap...

Notre Dame Announces Hiring of New Provost!

Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda -- a former Provost at Rice University, was just appointed the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Miranda is the fifth Provost in Notre Dame's history.

Provost Miranda has a family connection to the University -- her father, Constancio Miranda earned his masters degree in civil engineering from Notre Dame in 1962.


My Favorite Irish Girl this St. Patrick's Day!

This is my granddaughter Kinley -- celebrating her 2nd St. Patrick's Day...

Chloe Agnew Singing Danny Boy at ND Event

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from Notre Dame!

This is a photo of our friend, Chris Baumann's dog "MAIZEY" dressed up for Saint Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Public Safety: Coronavirus Symptoms Chart

Just click "once" on the chart above to enlarge.
Thought this was a very effective way to share the symptoms of more than 55,000 individuals who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus...

OT: Replay of Falcon 9 Aborted At Lift-Off...

You can advance the video forward to the 14-minute mark to watch the LIVE countdown and the aborted lift-off of SpaceX's Falcon 9 this morning.  The rocket was to launch 60 StarLink satellites...

Friday, March 13, 2020

NCAA to Grant Spring Sports Athletes...

An additional year of eligibility will be granted to all NCAA Spring Sports student-athletes.  I'm going to assume it will be in effect for all student-athletes, not just the seniors...

Here are the sports;  baseball, lacrosse, golf, rowing, softball and tennis

No decision has been made on winter sports...

I'm also going to assume the NCAA scholarship limits will have to be expanded.


Domer Trey Mancini Has Colon Cancer...

The former Fighting Irish baseball star had successful surgery yesterday to remove a malignant cancer tumor from his colon.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

The NCAA Cancels All Championships...

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The NCAA has just cancelled all remaining Winter and Spring Championships...

Atlantic Coast Conference Suspends Athletics

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The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic contests, practices and recruiting -- period.

Notre Dame Football Suspends Spring Practice

Just click on statement to enlarge...

In addition to this announcement -- the University has also announced that Notre Dame Football's Blue Gold Game has been cancelled. 

ACC Conference Cancels ACC Tournament

The announcement to cancel the ACC Tournament was made two hours after this interview of ACC Commissioner Harold Swofford.

It goes to show you how fluid this situation is.

Notre Dame Beats BC in ACC Tournament

Tonight's Notre Dame's quarterfinal game vs. Virginia -- has been cancelled...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Notre Dame Announces Coronavirus Plan...

In just the last few minutes -- the University of Notre Dame announced that the earliest date students would be allowed to return to campus would be April 13th.  Over this four-week period, students will take their classes online...


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Knute Rockne Was Born On This Day in 1888

The greatest college football coach of all-time was born on this day -- March 4, 1888 in Voss, Norway...

Rockne's winning percentage of .881 is still the highest in big-time football history!

The video above is of the unveiling of the Knute Rockne Stamp!

Domer Manti Te'o Got Engaged Last Night...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Domer Cal Peterson's Road to the NHL

13 former Notre Dame hockey players have played in the National Hockey League this season...


Sunday, March 1, 2020

A Notre Dame Student-Athlete -- Alohi Gilman

Muffet's Irish Just Beat #19 Florida State!

Always Fighting.  Always Irish.

How about that -- the Notre Dame Fighting Irish just went on the road and beat the 19th ranked Florida State Seminoles 70 - 67, to finish the regular season!


Domer's First Marathon, Makes Olympic Team!

Notre Dame alum Molly Seidel ran her first ever marathon yesterday -- and you know what -- she made the US Olympic Team with that run!

Here's a New York Times story on Molly's first ever...




Saturday, February 29, 2020

Alohi Gilman -- NFL Scouting Combine...

Yared Nuguse Wins Mile at ACC Championship

Domer Molly Seidel Makes US Olympic Team!

The former Notre Dame track star took 2nd place today in the Marathon at the US Olympic Trials!

Congrats Molly!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Irish Close Home Season Win Win Over NC

Muffet's Fighting Irish beat North Carolina -- quite handily last night...

Rankings (By Position) NFL Draft Combine

Here's a look at how the former members of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football team -- are doing at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, in their respective position groups:

  • 40 Yard Dash:  4:42 -- 6th / WR
  • Vertical Jump:  40.5" -- 4th / WR
  • Bench Press:  19 -- 5th / WR
  • Broad Jump:  126" -- 6th / WR
Special note:  Claypool's 40 yard dash is the 2nd fastest all-time at the combine for a wide receiver taller than 6'-4" and weighing more than 235 lbs.  2nd only to Calvin Johnson's 4.35 back in 2007


  • 40 Yard Dash:  4.70 -- 4th / TE
  • Vertical Jump: 37" -- 1 / TE
  • Broad Jump:  123" -- 2 / TE 
  • 3-Cone Drill:  7.44 -- 12th / TE
  • 20 Yard Shuttle:  4.41 -- 9th / TE
Special note:  Kmet will do his bench press at Notre Dame's Pro Day.


  • 40 Yard Dash:  4:57 / 28th / WR
  • Vertical Jump:  40" -- 5th / WR
  • Bench Press:  7 -- 33rd / WR

  • Bench Press:  27 -- 10th / DL 
Special note:  Julian is still recovering from his ankle surgery.  This is the only NFL Draft Combine event he'll compete in.  Okwara expects to run and jump at Notre Dame's Pro Day.

  • 40 Yard Dash:  4.68 -- 27th / RB
  • Vertical Jump: 32.5" -- 23rd / RB
  • Bench Press:  13 -- 22nd / RB
  • Broad Jump:  119" -- 20th / RB
  • 3 Cone Drill:  7.80 -- 7th / RB
  • 20 Yard Shuttle:  4.21 -- 5th / RB

  • Bench Press:  15 -- 13th / S
  • 40 Yard Dash:  4.80 -- 20th / S
  • Vertical Jump:  32" -- 20th / S
  • Broad Jump:  125" -- 7th / S

  • Bench Press:  17 -- 11th / S
  • 40 Yard Dash:  4.60 -- 12th / S
  • Vertical Jump:  34" -- 15th / S
  • Broad Jump:  119" -- 16th / S
  • 20 Yard Shuttle:  4.08 -- 1st / S

  • Bench Press:  13 -- 13th / DB
  • 40 Yard Dash:  4.40 -- 4th / DB 
  • Vertical Jump:  35.5" -- 14th / DB
  • Broad Jump:  119" -- 22nd / DB
  • 3 Cone Drill:  6.94 -- 4th / DB
  • 20 Yard Shuttle:  4.26 -- 7th / DB

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Claypool Goes "Officially" 4.42 in 40 Today!

It goes down as the 2nd fastest "all-time" for a wide receiver taller than 6'-4" weighing more than 235 lbs.  The only one faster -- Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, back in 2007!

Pretty good company.  Mr. Claypool made some money today!

March "Sadness" -- NO, IRISH WIN LATE!!!

Gibb's bucket with a TENTH OF A SECOND LEFT -- keeps the Fighting Irish's hopes alive for a NCAA bid....

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

NFL Combine Performances Begin for IRISH


Looks like Chase Claypool put up 225 lbs. 19 times.  Here's how that would have ranked last year among WR's and also TE's:
  • 19 would have placed Claypool 6th among WR's at the 2019 NFL Combine
  • 19 would have placed Claypool 7th among TE's at the 2019 NFL Combine

"FATIMA" -- Produced by John Carney's Wife

Origin Entertainment is producing Fatima.  It's Executive Producer is Holly Carney -- wife of Notre Dame alum, and the NFL's fifth leading scorer of all-time, John Carney.

Fatima will be in theaters beginning April 24th.

Fr. Ted Left for Heaven -- 5 Years Ago Today...

I Missed This: Chase Claypool at Senior Bowl

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Notre Dame Colleague's Photo with "Planet Pat"

One of my Notre Dame colleagues -- Geoff Stookey was in Milwaukee last night to see the Bucks play and he had his photo taken with my favorite NBA player Pat Connaughton before the game!

Chase Claypool: NFL Draft Combine Interview

Our friends at Irish Illustrated posted this video on YouTube...

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Cole Kmet: NFL Draft Combine Interview

This was posted by the Cleveland Browns -- are they in the market for a Tight End in the 2020 NFL Draft?

Notre Dame's 2020 Commencement Speaker

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew -- seen above in an interview at the most recent DAVOS 2020 -- was announced this morning as the University of Notre Dame's Commencement speaker.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Golf Channel Interviews ND Coach Handrigan

Thought you'd enjoy hearing the head coach of the #8 ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame!

NFL Draft Buzz: Position Switch for Claypool?

Plenty of noise from Indianapolis today at the NFL Draft Combine -- that the Notre Dame wide receiver might be looking into a position switch to Tight End...

Claypool added nine (9) pounds to his frame since the Reese's Senior Bowl -- leading some pundits to say "he won the day..."


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Speed Painting: Halftime Today at Notre Dame

Thought you'd like to see this -- was painted in less than five minutes, during halftime of the Notre Dame Women's basketball game vs. Syracuse.  It was their annual #PinkZone game -- honoring breast cancer survivors.

That's the artist who painted this -- just to the right of the painting, as you look at it.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Joe Montana Dishes on Brady & Brees...

The former Notre Dame National Champion and Super Bowl MVP -- was speaking this week to a group in the Palm Springs, CA area..

He had plenty to say.


Friday, February 21, 2020

"King of Country" -- In Concert at Notre Dame!

It was announced today that George Strait -- along with Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne will be performing August 15th inside Notre Dame Stadium!

Tickets go on sale March 6th

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A "Notre Dame" Hamburger Bun at Legend's!

I'm going to have to order one of these!

Now being served at Legend's on the campus of the University of Notre Dame!

Domers' Son -- Princeton's O-Coordinator!

Mike Willis -- the oldest son of Notre Dame grads, neighbors and good friends Tim & Sue Willis -- was just named the Offensive Coordinator of Princeton Football.  Here's the story linked below.

Maybe we'll see him walking the Notre Dame sidelines someday?


Monday, February 17, 2020

15 Down with 9:09 To Go -- Irish Win Game!

Nate Laszewski's 3 pointer with 1.8 left -- gives the Fighting Irish a MUCH NEEDED WIN over North Carolina tonight!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Robbed! Pat Connaughton Deserved Better!

Pat's first dunk -- scored way too low!!!

#BringPatBack for NBA SLAM DUNK 2021

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day from Notre Dame!

 Notre Dame Club of Atlanta -- @NDAtlanta
The University of Notre Dame -- @NotreDame

These are just a couple of the photos posted today on Twitter that I thought I'd share on this blog...

And, then there was this demand placed on a female Notre Dame fan by her "former" boyfriend about the "eight things he would change about her..."

Thursday, February 13, 2020

New York Times Feature on Pat Connaughton

Great recognition for the former Fighting Irish star...



A Notre Dame parent, long-time friend and former colleague of mine here at the University of Notre Dame -- Joe Gelchion and his company Tri-G Films financed, own and produced this film.

It debuts this April 17th at a theater near you!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Connaughton's Dunks -- What Will He Do?

In six days -- Notre Dame alum, Pat Connaughton will have the eyes of the world on him as he competes in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest...

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Domer Jimmy Dunne in 10th at Pebble Beach!

Notre Dame alum and Trustee, Jimmy Dunne and his playing partner Troy Merritt (PGA Tour Player) -- have made the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am!

They are at -20 after the third round in 10th place...

Merritt is -3 on his own ball -- meaning Jimmy has contributed -17 to their team score -- including a hole out LIVE on #10 (from the bunker) for a birdie on CBS!


The XFL Starts Today -- the Teams & Helmets

A number of former Notre Dame football players will be playing this weekend as XFL gets started on Fox.  Here's the four XFL teams and their helmets -- that you can find our former Fighting Irish:





Domer Dunne in 16th Place at Pebble Beach!

Notre Dame alum Jimmy Dunne (also a member of the Board of Trustees) is in 16th place going into today's Third Round of the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro Am.  Jimmy is playing with PGA Tour member Troy Merritt.

Through the first two rounds Merritt and Dunne are at -14, five srokes off the lead.  Merritt is at -4 on his own ball -- meaning Jimmy (a five handicapper) has picked up another 10 strokes to par for their team.  That's great playing.

They tee off today at 12:17 PM ET on #1 at Pebble Beach -- you can watch the tournament LIVE beginning at 1 PM ET on the Golf Channel -- then at 3 PM ET you will have to switch over to CBS for the rest of the coverage.

The low 25 amateur team scores make the cut to play in Sunday's Final Round.  You can follow Jimmy's progress LIVE at the link below...



Mickelson Talks About Domer Jimmy Dunne

Phil was interviewed by a writer from the Monterey Herald at this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.  During the interview he spoke about University of Notre Dame alum and Trustee, Jimmy Dunne who is also playing this week in the tournament.

You'll want to read what he says about Jimmy...