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...