Sunday, June 12, 2016

Broadway's Hamilton -- Patrick Vassel '07

Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards tonight -- further proof of the greatness of this Broadway show.

Notre Dame alum and Associate Director of Hamilton -- Patrick Vassel '07 is interviewed here by fellow Domer Anne Thompson (NBC News) during our recent Notre Dame Day broadcast...

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Biggio Drafted by Blue Jays -- Not the Astros...

I was hoping the Houston Astros would have drafted Notre Dame's Cavan Biggio -- son of Baseball Hall of Famer Craig Biggio -- but the Toronto Blue Jays beat them to the punch, taking Cavan in the Fifth Round yesterday...


ND Football Players With the Fantasy Campers

What Happens at ND Football Fantasy Camp...

A Young Irish Fan Gets a Notre Dame Helmet!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Michigan vs. Notre Dame -- Sooner Than Later

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly spoke with a Sports Illustrated reporter about efforts to renew the rivalry with Michigan...

It has been 1,008 days since Michigan last scored a point against Notre Dame.


My Friend David and His Friend Muhammad Ali

David Chaudoir grew up playing in the backyard at Muhammad Ali's long-time home in Berrien Springs, MI -- just 29 minutes from the University of Notre Dame.  He later worked 12 years for Muhammad Ali Enterprises as their Director of Marketing.

That's David a number of years ago with Ali -- please know it pains me to post a photo of Ali wearing this shirt...

For the last three years -- David has been my teammate here at the University of Notre Dame.

Today -- David is in Louisville with Ali's family and former colleagues celebrating the life of his friend.

David wrote this reflection -- the night of Ali's death.  He's allowed me to share this with all of you today.

“After me, there will never be another.”

One of Muhammad Ali’s famous lines. He had an endless supply of them. He had an endless supply of everything: fun, talent, mischief, justice, audacity, humor, peace, energy, faith, and most of all, love.

When I first met Muhammad in the mid-1980s I had no understanding of who he was beyond the fun guy with a playground in his backyard down the street. A decade later, I went to work in his office when I started college and for years beyond. Only then did I come to realize the magnitude of his impact.

Muhammad’s awe and appreciation of the world and people around him was met only by his ability to harness them for good. This was due both to his abiding faith in God and his authenticity as a human being living out that faith.

Muhammad was a supreme athlete, an activist, a trickster,  an iconoclast, a humanitarian, a titan, but I knew him as a confidant, a mentor, a calming presence. He was a philosopher-poet who lived in the real world, shaking and brightening it along the way. His uncanny ability to sense people’s moods extended from society in general to the few of us who worked with him every day.

He was aware of his effect on people which accounts for so many missed airplanes and appointments—from the beginning of his career and for as long as he was able to, he would stop for photos, autographs, hugs. He loved to surprise people; even on the highway he’d roll down the window and stare at unsuspecting drivers. It seems anyone you meet has a Muhammad Ali story. There are literally millions of them.

Muhammad treated everyone with the same level of dignity: celebrity, president, king, sheikh, the people who worked with him. He didn’t give preferential treatment to anyone. He loved his family. He loved his friends. In the same hour he could give you a belly laugh and say something inspirational that would reduce you to tears. Muhammad was a happy person and a perpetual source of joy for everyone who knew him and for the millions who only knew him from the media. Such was the range of his aura.

This man was comfortable anywhere and everywhere. Yet small-town Michigan was his home for nearly thirty years after he retired from boxing. I was so fortunate and blessed to have spent many of those years with him. A boy from Berrien Springs who was able to walk this earth in his company, bearing witness to untold moments of grace and compassion the likes of which I will surely never see again.

Muhammad Ali was and is exactly who he said he was: The Greatest of All Time.

Muhammad, you were the King of the World and the Prince of our Hearts.

There will never be another.

-- David Chaudoir


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Good Stuff: Broadway Car Pool Karaoke

Notre Dame alum Patrick Vassel is the Assistant Director of Broadway smash hit Hamilton -- look for him on stage this Sunday night at the Tony Awards!

Another Day With "The Program" for ND FB!

Wednesday with THE PROGRAM for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

WNDU-TV: Pat Connaughton Interview

What Notre Dame Football Is Up To This Week

"The Program" is back working with the Notre Dame football this week on teamwork and leadership...

Domer Ian Cole Scores 1st Stanley Cup Goal!

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 3 of the first 4 games of the Stanley Cup Final series with the San Jose Sharks.

In games 1 and 4 -- the first goal scored (Pittsburgh Penguins) was by former Notre Dame hockey stars Bryan Rust and Ian Cole -- respectively.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Domers Bruton & Harris at White House Today

Domer Harrison Smith -- NFL's Highest Paid...

Former Notre Dame team captain, Harrison Smith is now the HIGHEST PAID SAFETY in all of professional football!

Congratulations Harrison!


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Billy Crystal's "15 Rounds of Muhammad Ali"

Jennifer Hudson's Tribute to Muhammad Ali

"The Greatest Of All Time" and His Irish Roots

Muhammad Ali, at one time the most recognized person in the world, lived much of his life just 29 minutes from the campus of the University of Notre Dame in the town of Berrien Springs, MI.

Yet, what many might not know about Muhammad Ali is his IRISH roots.  He was the Fighting Irish...


Friday, June 3, 2016

Urban: "LeBron Would Have Come to ND"

So says former Notre Dame assistant football coach -- now Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer...


Sneak Peek at ND Football Equipment for 2016

Notre Dame Football's Equipment Manager Ryan Grooms (@NDFBEquipment) tweeted out these photos this week...

I'm going to guess the bottom photo is of a WHITE FOOTBALL CLEAT with gold laces for the Fighting Irish this fall.  Maybe this is what we'll wear on the road?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Further Proof the ACC Made a Great Deal...

This has been happening in football stadiums all over the ACC since Notre Dame's arrival on the schedule in 2014 -- big crowds!

Here's the latest proof point -- NC STATE has Notre Dame on its football schedule this season...