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:

CHASE CLAYPOOL:
  • 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

LINK:  SPORTING NEWS STORY ON CLAYPOOL 


COLE KMET:
  • 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.

LINK:  SPORTS ILLUSTRATED STORY ON KMET

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

JULIAN OKWARA:
  • 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.


TONY JONES, JR:
  • 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

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

ALOHI GILMAN:
  • 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

TROY PRIDE, JR:
  • 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..."

LINK:  STORY

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.

LINK:  MONTANA

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?

LINK:  WILLIS

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...

LINK:  STORY

OT: The Secret: DARE TO DREAM



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!

LINK:  LEADERBOARD

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:

TAMPA BAY VIPERS -- TAREAN FOLSTON, RB

NEW YORK GUARDIANS -- JARRON JONES, OT & SCOTT DALY, LS

SEATTLE DRAGONS -- NYLES MORGAN, LB

DALLAS RENEGADES -- GREER MARTINI, LB






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...

LINK:  LEADERBOARD


THAT'S JIMMY HOLDING THE MICROPHONE...

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...

LINK:  MICKELSON ON DUNNE

Friday, February 7, 2020

Notre Dame Trustee Playing at Pebble Beach


The annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is underway this week on some of the most beautiful real estate in the world...

Notre Dame alum and Trustee -- Jimmy Dunne (photo above) is playing in the tournament with PGA Professional Troy Merritt.  Jimmy and Troy are currently in a tie for 31st at -11 -- halfway through Round 2.

Troy is -3 on his own ball -- so Jimmy has contributed -8 to their total.  GREAT PLAYING!

Teams that are in the TOP 25 after Round  Three make the cut to play in Sunday's Final Round.

You can watch the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the Golf Channel and CBS.

LINK:  LEADERBOARD

Muffet's Gang Gets an ACC Road Win!


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Pat Connaughton Talks NBA Slam Dunk...

Notre Dame Moves to #6 TIE in ACC With Win!




ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE STANDINGS:

1.  LOUISVILLE:  10 - 1
2.  DUKE:  9 - 2
2.  FLORIDA STATE:  9 - 2
4:  VIRGINIA:  7 - 4
5:  SYRACUSE:  6 - 5
6:  NOTRE DAME:  5 - 6*
6:  NC STATE:  5 - 6
8:  BOSTON COLLEGE:  5 - 7
8:  CLEMSON:  5 - 7
8:  VA TECH:  5 - 7
8:  PITTSBURGH:  5 - 7
8:  GEORGIA TECH:  5 - 7

*NOTE:  Five of Notre Dame's Six ACC losses came by a combined total of just 12 points:
  • Boston College 73 - Notre Dame 72
  • NC State 73 - Notre Dame 68
  • Louisville 67 - Notre Dame 64
  • Syracuse 84 - Notre Dame 82
  • Florida State 85 - Notre Dame 84

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Domer Pat Connaughton in NBA Dunk Contest



This is going to be fun!

The 2020 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest is scheduled for Saturday, February 15th
  • 9 PM ET
  • Chicago's United Center
  • Televised LIVE on TNT

Some of you will remember that Pat recorded the 2nd highest EVER, vertical jump at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago a few years ago, when he posted a 44" jump!


My Favorite Super Bowl TV Spots Yesterday!






Sunday, February 2, 2020

Will The Domers Have the Last Laugh Tonight?



I will share with you -- I'm rooting for the Notre Dame 49ers this evening!
  • Owners:  Denise DeBartolo York (Saint Mary's College Grad) and John York (ND grad)
  • CEO:  Jed York (ND grad)
  • Players:  Mike McGlinchey (ND grad) and Sheldon Day (ND grad)

Go 49ers!

LINK:  FORBES STORY ON SUPER BOWL OWNERS

Lou Holtz & Joe Theismann Talk Super Bowl



Their segment starts at the 20:00 minute mark.

OT: Today Hasn't Happened in Over 900 Years!


February 2, 2020 is a day of perfect symmetry.  The last palindrome date happened on November 11, 1111...

It won't happen again until December 12, 2121.

Frank Tripucka's Grandsons' First Visit to ND


Nicholas and Shane Tripucka -- grandsons of former Notre Dame and Denver Broncos QB Frank Tripucka (Frank is in the Broncos' Ring of Fame) -- made their first ever trip to the University of Notre Dame yesterday for their Uncle Kelly's Ring of Honor induction.

Nicholas and Shane, sons of Chris Tripucka (who played football at Boston College) grew up in Texas.  Shane was an All-American punter at Texas A&M -- unfortunately we didn't recruit him. 

The top picture (Shane on left and Nicholas on right) is of them holding their Grandpa's actual game jersey #8 outside Notre Dame Stadium.

A special moment during a special weekend for the Tripucka family.

Saturday Night Live Spoofs Rudy Last Night



The language is "bleeped out" -- just watch your volume levels around your kids.

Tripucka With Media Before Ring of Honor