Friday, April 30, 2010

Freekbass and "WE ARE ND"

I've been doing my absolute best to publish "positive" stories on Notre Dame here at the ND GO IRISH BLOG. However, I may have to break from the norm here and let you decide if I'm off "bass" here with my "luke warm" critique of funk bassist Freekbass & Tobotius's rendition of "We Are ND." Brian Kelly, Mike Golic, the Leprechaun, etc. -- all appear in the music video. Maybe I'm just too old! But, when I hear the words from the "greatest college fight song in the land" in this song, it doesn't sit right with me. Other than that -- I'm okay with it. Although it does come off a little like Notre Dame's (PG-13) version of the music video former ND All-American Orlando Woolride's son -- Renaldo Wooldridge performed for the Tennessee Volunteers' Eric Berry's Heisman Trophy campaign last year. Here's a link to the music video released by Notre Dame's Department of Education yesterday and Eric Berry's video -- you decide!



Thursday, April 29, 2010

Regis in Drag!

Regis Philbin, Notre Dame Class of 1953 (and host of Live with Regis & Kelly) -- was walking the streets of New York today in "drag" (that's Regis in the photo) -- as part of a salute to Broadway. The 78 year-old Philbin is a great sport! Click on the link below of the video of Regis in a dress...


SHREK & Notre Dame

Some may be wondering; "what does the movie Shrek have to do with Notre Dame? Well, more than you probably ever imagined! You see, Shrek was produced by a handful of former "Domers." And, these ND Alums took it upon themselves to "sprinkle" in a little Notre Dame humor into the characters and the story. Here are just a few of the Notre Dame references in all of the Shrek movies;

--The Golden Dome worked into the design on the back of Shrek's vest
--Shrek resembles a Professor in Notre Dame's Chemistry Dept. (who will remain nameless) -- Though he knows who he is and I'm sure he just loves this characterization!
--Lord Farquad is a reference to a Notre Dame dorm called Carroll Hall, also known as Far Quad -- since it's located "far away" from the center of campus
--The palace resembles Hesburgh Library
--Dulac, the name of the perfect town in the Shrek movies -- is also part of the University's name; the University of Notre Dame du Lac and also what the student's "rule book" is called on campus

I've also been told that the Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" logo is "hidden" in each movie -- I've yet to verify if this is true or not. Anyway, the "last" Shrek Movie hits the theaters on May 21st. Go see it - and catch a little glimpse of Notre Dame!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Your Chance to Play Like a Champion Today!

Ever dream about slapping the Play Like a Champion Today sign and running out of the Tunnel into Notre Dame Stadium in a ND uniform? Here's your chance -- the 2010 Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp will run from June 7th to June 10th. Just click on the Camp Information Link below -- but, before you do -- everyone must watch the video from the ND Football Fantasy Camps -- Enjoy!



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This Might Be Notre Dame's Most Loyal Fan!

Notre Dame Class of 66' -- Cappy Gagnon, sent me this photograph this afternoon. It was taken of a Notre Dame fan who was walking into Notre Dame Stadium this Saturday for the Blue-Gold Game. If you're like me, you've been accused of wearing your love for Notre Dame on "your sleeve..." -- but, this takes it to a whole new level! I would say he's COMMITTED to the Irish!

ND Football Players Find New Teams

Over the past few days, a number of former ND Football players found a new helmet to wear. In the NFL Draft, Jimmy Clausen was picked by the Carolina Panthers and Golden Tate was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the Second Round, Sam Young went to the Dallas Cowboys and Eric Olsen was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the Sixth Round. Signing Free Agent NFL Contracts; Paul Duncan and Kyle McCarthy with the Miami Dolphins and Sergio Brown signed with the New England Patriots where he'll join his former coach, Corwin Brown. James Aldridge was invited to a tryout at the Miami Dolphins rookie camp, Robbie Parris will attend the Cleveland Browns rookie camp and David Grimes will be joining former coach Charlie Weis at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie camp.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Undertones -- Perform at The Shirt Unveiling

Here's a sampling of songs that the University of Notre Dame's A cappella Choir -- the Undertones -- performed at Friday's unveiling ceremony of THE SHIRT. Click on the Link:


Notre Dame Glee Club at THE SHIRT Unveiling

Here's the Notre Dame Glee Club singing the 'Greatest College Fight Song in the Land' -- the Notre Dame Victory March -- at Friday's unveiling of THE SHIRT 2010. Click on the link and sing-a-long!


THE SHIRT Unveiling at Notre Dame

On Friday, ND GO IRISH BLOG was in attendance at the unveiling ceremony of THE SHIRT 2010. Brendan Doyle (Holland, MI) is pictured here with a ND Cheerleader and "Diz" the new ND Leprechaun at the unveiling of THE SHIRT. Here's a number of videos of all of the activities involved leading up to the unveiling of THE SHIRT. Enjoy! Click on the links below:





Video of Golic Wearing USC Jersey

Just got back from Blue-Gold Weekend at Notre Dame. Had a wonderful time with the family -- if only the weather was better! Mike Golic was in town signing his book at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and wearing Anthony Munoz's USC jersey -- to pay off a bet with his ESPN Radio partner, Mike Greenberg. Here's a video of Golic's Saturday at Notre Dame. Click on the Link:


Friday, April 23, 2010

Clausen & Tate Go In Second Round

The wait is over for Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate -- and they ended up a "country apart" as Clausen was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 46th pick and Tate went to the Seattle Seahawks and our "Pal Pete" with the 60th pick. Clausen ended up in a pretty good spot, with head coach John Fox who's a good friend of Charlie Weis and an offense similar to what the Irish ran in South Bend. Congratulations!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jimmy Clausen Not Drafted in First Round!

Well, three years ago he stood at a podium at the College Football Hall of Fame (on Blue-Gold Weekend) as the consensus #1 player, at his position. in America. And he committed to play THEE POSITION IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Quarterback at Notre Dame. This past season he played most of the year with torn ligaments in his toe (which required surgery) and he still threw 28 TD passes and only 4 interceptions. He left Notre Dame with one year of eligibility -- because he was convinced that he was a First Round pick -- a high First Round pick. That didn't happen. It's become painfully obvious, he should have stayed and played one more year at Notre Dame. The threat of a "Rookie Salary Cap" had something to do with this -- unfortunately, when you don't go in the First Round -- your concern isn't a salary cap. Who gave these two boys the advice that led them to leave ND early? I thought watching Brady Quinn drop to the 22nd pick was brutal -- it pales in comparison to what's transpired today. I guess it's a fitting end to Notre Dame Football these past few years. By the way, the drop to a 2nd Round Pick is a significant hit to the pocketbook. Clausen, at best can expect to receive a $2 million signing bonus. Compare that to what's expected to be a $50 million bonus for Bradford and $10 million or so for Tim Tebow. To add insult to injury, Golden Tate didn't get drafted either... What a shame.

Coach Kelly on ESPN'S "The Herd" This AM

Notre Dame Head Football Coach was on the radio this morning with ESPN's Colin Cowherd. You'll enjoy the interview. Here's a link to ESPN Radio and then click on the Brian Kelly interview:


In Town for Blue-Gold Weekend?

Here's what you might want to do on Friday:

Noon: Head over to the Courtney Tennis Courts (on campus) and Cheer on the Irish at the Men's & Women's Big East Tennis Championships

4:00 PM: The Shirt Unveiling in front of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

6:30 PM: Irish Sports Daily Event at Backstage Grill in South Bend (Former ND Football Players and Coaches being interviewed on Stage)

8:00 PM: Bookstore Basketball -- games will start around 7 PM and run for a few hours at the courts just west of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore

Have Fun!

Will We Hear "The University of Notre Dame?"

Announced from the podium by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, during tonight's "First Round" of the 2010 NFL Draft? I believe Jimmy Clausen and family is counting on it - and Golden Tate and family are hoping for it. Lots of rumors floating around about what the Steelers are going to do with Ben Roethlisberger -- if they trade him away today, some think the Steelers could be looking to draft Clausen. A few "experts" say he'll fall all the way to #30 and the Minnesota Vikings. All I hope for Jimmy is he doesn't get the "Brady Quinn" treatment tonight -- sliding down that Draft Board. The smart decision was to stay home in California - and not face the potential humility of waiting in that room (with all the cameras on you) for your name to be called. I believe Golden Tate has to hope that a team will decide to "trade up" late in the first round to draft him. If he doesn't go in the first round, I believe he'll be among the first ten picks in tomorrow's Second Round. It's going to be "good TV" tonight -- here's the TV Schedule for the 2010 NFL Draft:

Thursday, April 22
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: “Path to the Draft” (NFL Network)
1-7:30 p.m.: “Total Access Pre-Draft” (NFL Network)
3-4 p.m.: “SportsCenter Special: On the Clock” (ESPN)
4-4:30 p.m.: “NFL Live” (ESPN)
4:30-7:30 p.m. “SportsCenter Special: On the Clock” (ESPN)
7:30-11 p.m.: NFL Draft, Round 1, (ESPN / NFL Network)
11 p.m.-midnight: “Total Access Post-Draft” (NFL Network)

Friday, April 23
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: “Path to the Draft” (NFL Network)
1-6 p.m.: “Total Access Pre-Draft” (NFL Network)
3-4 p.m.: “SportsCenter Special: On the Clock” (ESPN)
4-4:30 p.m.: “NFL Live” (ESPN)
4:30-6 p.m. “SportsCenter Special: On the Clock” (ESPN)
6-10:30 p.m.: NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3 (ESPN / NFL Network)
10:30-11:30 p.m.: “Total Access Post-Draft” (NFL Network)

Saturday, April 24
9-10 a.m. “SportsCenter Special: On the Clock” (ESPN)
9-10 a.m.: “Total Access Pre-Draft” (NFL Network)
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7 (ESPN / NFL Network)
6-7:30 p.m.: “Total Access Post-Draft” (NFL Network)

Sunday, April 25
1-3 p.m.: “SportsCenter Draft Wrap-Up Special” (ESPN)
6-7 p.m.: “Path to the Draft” (NFL Network)
7-8 p.m.: “Total Access Draft Recap” (NFL Network)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Notre Dame Announces 2010 Pep Rally Locations

Locations for the first four pep rallies for the 2010 University of Notre Dame football season have been determined – and include multiple locations around the campus. The traditional, season-opening Dillon Hall pep rally will be held on Friday, Sept. 3, in front of Dillon Hall on the South Quad of the University of Notre Dame campus. That rally comes prior to Notre Dame’s first game of the 2010 football season on Sept. 4 at Notre Dame Stadium against Purdue. The Sept. 10 rally prior to the Irish home game against Michigan the following day will be held at Irish Green, south of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the very south edge of campus. The Notre Dame-Stanford rally on Sept. 24 will be held indoors at Purcell Pavilion in the Joyce Center. A Notre Dame-Boston College students-only rally Oct. 1, prior to the Irish road game at Boston College, will be held at Stepan Center. The sites for four other Friday home-game pep rallies – Oct. 8 (Pittsburgh), Oct. 15 (Western Michigan), Oct. 29 (Tulsa) and Nov. 12 (Utah) – will be determined at a later date.

BLUE-GOLD WEEKEND -- Official Events

Last year, the University of Notre Dame launched a ND GAMEDAY website -- and it was really well done! Well, they've just updated the ND GAMEDAY site for the BLUE-GOLD WEEKEND on campus. Click on the LINK below:



For many, this is one of the best weekend's of the year -- and it definitely is for my family. We started the tradition five years ago to make the trek to South Bend for the Blue-Gold Game. The gang has come from as far away as; Florida, Colorado, Tennessee, New York, etc., to join in the festivities. We typically arrive on Friday and stay til' Sunday morning. The oldest to attend would be our Grandma Barb, who attended two years ago, at the age of 93! Here's a shot of Denny Doyle and Kevin Sweeney "running out of the tunnel" into Notre Dame Stadium -- at one of our Blue-Gold Weekend trips. These two Irish fans will be in attendance this weekend along with our "Official Photographer" Mike Doyle -- and a number of others from our Clan. You'll find us at THE SHIRT unveiling on Friday afternoon at the Bookstore -- then on to the Backstage Grille for Irish Sports Daily's "shin dig" (which begins around 6 PM) and then we'll probably head back to campus to see a few Bookstore Basketball Games. Saturday morning means breakfast at South Dining Hall and then you'll see us in the parking lot - tailgating prior to "kick-off." Denny and Kevin have agreed to an "autograph session" at our tailgate from 10 AM to 11 AM. Hope to see a few of you this weekend!

ND Students to Shave Heads Today!

Starting today at 4 PM @ LaFortune (Notre Dame's "Student Union") and running to 10 PM, for the next three days-- Notre Dame students will make a $10 donation to have their HEADS SHAVED to support the St. Baldrick Foundation and it's work with children stricken with cancer. Last year Notre Dame raised $26,500 from this event. Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist announced yesterday that he will be having his head shaved as will a number of his teammates. Crist also challenged other ND athletes to do the same. Here's a link to their website:


Golic To Wear USC Jersey to Pay Off Bet

It was announced this morning that former ND Football Player and Co-Host of ESPN's "Mike & MIKE" -- Mike Golic, will be wearing a USC Trojan Football Jersey at the University of Notre Dame's Blue-Gold Weekend. Each year, hosts Greenberg and Golic, place a fun wager on their NCAA basketball brackets. And, Golic lost. So, if you see Golic on Saturday, walking around campus with a USC jersey on -- you'll know why. Also, Mike Golic will be at the Notre Dame Bookstore at 9:30 AM on Saturday, signing copies of their book: "Mike & Mike's Rules for Sports and Life."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Did Clausen and Tate Leave Too Early?

The 2010 NFL Draft is two days a way and I'm sure the families of Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate are anxiously wondering if their sons names will be called during Thursday night's First Round. I found this article this morning, on the site -- and I don't think it's a story Jimmy Clausen will want to read. I don't want to believe Clausen's talent will translate into "out of the First Round." Yet, it begs the question -- did Clausen and Tate both leave too early? See the story:


Recruiting Rankings -- Do They Pan Out?

Found this story yesterday at and it speaks to a subject I believe is often overlooked. Ever "really listen" to the player introductions on Sunday Night and Monday Night Football? If you do, you'll be surprised at where many of the NFL "starters" played their college ball. You'll hear schools like; Alcorn State, Troy, Idaho State, Western Michigan, etc. -- not schools typically recruiting "five and four star" talent. Yet, these talented athletes, made it to the NFL. Well, with two days to go to this year's NFL Draft -- looked at the "recruiting rankings" of the top projected players. Click on the link:


Monday, April 19, 2010

Robotic Blue-Gold Game This Friday at ND

If you're looking for something 'unique' to do on Friday evening in South Bend -- you should head over to the Stepan Center and attend the second annual "Robotic Blue-Gold Game." Kick-off is set for 7 PM. If you check the PHOTO OF THE DAY on this site -- you can see, Coach Kelly is already looking at whether or not a Robot QB has any eligibility left. Click on this link for more information -- and to see video of last year's game:



Notre Dame Baseball Players on MLB Rosters

The University of Notre Dame has placed a number of its student athletes onto Major League Baseball rosters over the years. Probably the most successful would be Carl Yastrzemski (even though he attended Notre Dame on a basketball scholarship), who played for the Boston Red Sox and was an 18 time American League All Star. Yaz's best season was in 1967 when he was named the American League's MVP after becoming the last hitter to achieve the "Triple Crown" -- leading the American League in; batting average, home runs and runs batted in that season. He retired with more than 3,000 hits and 400 home runs -- the first to achieve that mark in Major League history. A "first ballot" Hall of Famer, Yastrzemski's uniform #8 was retired by the Red Sox. Of the four former ND student athletes on Major League rosters -- Craig Counsell, infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers -- had the best day yesterday, hitting a GRAND SLAM in the Brewers 11 - 7 win over the Nationals (LINK TO VIDEO BELOW). Here's the list of former Notre Dame student athletes currently in the Major Leagues right now:

-Brad Lidge (Pitcher), Philadelphia Phillies
-Jeff Samardzia (Pitcher), Chicago Cubs
-Craig Counsell (Infielder), Milwaukee Brewers
-Aaron Heilman (Pitcher), Arizona Diamondbacks


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Terry Hanratty Talks Ara, Recruiting & ND

I find it ironic that next weekend, Conor Hanratty (Conor on right)-- son of former ND All American Terry Hanratty, will be visiting the University of Notre Dame with a scholarship offer in hand. Some believe Conor, one of the top OL on the East Coast, might commit this next weekend (Blue-Gold Game) to his Dad's Alma Mater -- here's hoping he does! Back in 2008, Conor's Dad spoke to a gathering in Milwaukee honoring Ara Parseghian -- and while doing so, he talked about his own recruiting process. Click on the Link:



Saturday, April 17, 2010

Coach Kelly "Mic'd Up" at Practice Today

Found this at -- it's six minutes long and it's good stuff. Coach Kelly agreed to wear a microphone at today's practice. You'll see him in action working on "footwork drills" with his QB's. Click on the link to the video:


Blue-Gold Game to be Televised LIVE

It was announced today that next Saturday's Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game -- kickoff at 1:30 PM EST -- will be televised live on the web, for the first time ever. You can find the game at Notre Dame will debut it's "ACTION CAM" -- an overhead camera that will provide a unique perspective "above the field" of the game action. Reggie Brooks, Mirko Jurkovic and Jack Nolan will provide the commentary.

Notre Dame to Test Skycam at Blue-Gold Game

If you're planning on attending the Blue-Gold Game next Saturday you will witness a "first" at Notre Dame Stadium -- a Skycam. ND's Official Athletic Website,, will be "testing" the use of a Skycam (photo above) -- a camera suspended by a series of cables over the field -- during the game. NBC is expected to have some technical advisors in attendance -- looking to see if they want to use the camera for their telecasts this fall. Ironically, NBC was the first to use a Skycam for a football broadcast when they had the XFL television contract in 2001.

Notre Dame Releases Hockey Arena Plans

Construction's already started on the University of Notre Dame's (on campus) $53 million dollar Hockey "Cathedral." NOTRE DAME GO IRISH BLOG published an artist rendering of the facility a couple of weeks ago -- now, Notre Dame has released this video that showcases what will become the finest college hockey building in America. Click on the link below -- and then click on the Hockey Video:


Friday, April 16, 2010

Coach Brian Kelly to Visit a Few ND Clubs

The Notre Dame Alumni Association announced that Brian Kelly would be attending a number of ND Alumni Association Events over the next six weeks. If you're a ND Fan in one of these areas, but not a ND Alum - please contact the respective Notre Dame Alumni Clubs about attending -- they're usually quite accommodating. Here's the schedule:
-April 26th: ND Club of Cleveland - Luncheon
-May 11th: ND Club of St. Louis - Dinner
-May 18th: ND Club of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City - Luncheon
-May 18th: ND Club of Denver - Dinner
-May 19th: ND Club of Fresno(Central CA) - Luncheon
-May 23rd: ND Club of Jersey Shore - Dinner
-May 24th: ND Club of Staten Island - Luncheon
-May 24th: ND Club of Mid-Hudson Valley - Dinner

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Clausen Attends "Gruden's QB Camp"

Folks, if you have three minutes, this is worth the look. Jimmy Clausen was one of four QB's that ESPN set up with Jon Gruden to spend a day with him and talk about playing the QB position in the NFL. Gruden, now an Analyst on Monday Night Football, led the Tampa Bay Buccanneers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. A huge fan of Notre Dame, Gruden was generally regarded as one the top developers of QB's in the NFL. Jim, his Dad, was on Dan Devine's coaching staff at ND when Jon was student at South Bend's Clay High School. The other QB's Gruden met with were; Tebow, McCoy and Bradford. Here's a link to the video -- watch it!


ND Valedictorian deftly handles MSNBC "hack"

I'm very proud today of Katie Washington, Notre Dame's Class of 2010 Valedictorian. Katie, who just happens to be the first African American Valedictorian at Notre Dame -- is a 'WORLD CLASS' representative of her family and our Lady's University. Yesterday, MSNBC interviewed Katie in front of the Golden Dome -- and after about 30 seconds of "you must be excited..." -- they go for the "lack of minorities question" at Notre Dame. It was very obvious that MSNBC was looking to create a "news story" out of Katie's moment. As you'll see in the video (link below), Katie didn't take the bait. Shame on MSNBC and that reporter. Unfortunately, our media has turned to the news creation business, not the news reporting business. Katie, that MSNBC reporter could learn a thing or two from you!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Knute Rockne -- Greatest Motivator of All Time

His name is often used to describe the quality of a locker room pre-game speech - a "Knute Rockne Speech." Here's one of Rockne's famous pre-game speeches from the Notre Dame Archives. Click on link to video:


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Judge Napolitano -- Notre Dame Law Grad

If you watch the Fox News Channel -- you'll often see "Judge" Andrew Napolitano, who just happens to be a graduate of Notre Dame's Law School and a best selling author. He's written five books with the most recent being "Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History." Besides his TV gig with Fox, you can also hear Judge Napolitano on Fox News Radio with his daily radio show "Brian and the Judge."


Monday, April 12, 2010

The Shirt -- Unveiling on April 23rd!

In 1990 it began as a simple fund raising project for a ND student in need. Since then it's become the #1 selling item in any college bookstore in America. Typical sale totals will run upwards of 135,000 to as many as 150,000 t-shirts sold. It's color is the subject of chat room and message board debate -- and it's only at Notre Dame. The Shirt 2010 Project will be unveiled on Friday, April 23rd in front of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Coach Brian Kelly will be the featured speaker along with Mike Golic, Sr. -- from ESPN's "Mike & Mike" show. The fun begins at 4:00 PM with the unveiling set for 5:45 PM. Here's a link to the official website of THE SHIRT along with history and a link to pre-order a shirt or two:




Sunday, April 11, 2010

CommUniversity Day

Yesterday the University of Notre Dame gave back to the South Bend community in their second annual "CommUniversity Day" -- as more than 700 Notre Dame students volunteered to work on 40 projects throughout the city. There were also activities on the Notre Dame campus for the community. See the South Bend Tribune story:


Friday, April 9, 2010

Katie Washington, Notre Dame's Valedictorian

Katie, a senior from Gary, IN was selected as Notre Dame's Class of 2010 Valedictorian. In 161 years of graduating students, Washington is the first African American to receive this honor at Notre Dame. A 4.0 GPA in Biology, Washington will pursue a M.D./Ph. D degree from John Hopkins University. Congratulations Katie! Here's a link to the story:


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Clausen's on ESPN the Magazine Cover

The cover says he throws the "perfect spiral." I'm sure he, his family and his agent hopes he throws well tomorrow morning at his NFL Pro Day. Here's a link to an interview on with Clausen -- and what he does to throw the perfect spiral -- click on the link below.


Watch Jimmy Clausen's Pro Day at ND Tomorrow -- Live on the Web

Former Notre Dame QB, Jimmy Clausen, will have his "Pro Day" workout for NFL teams tomorrow morning at the University of Notre Dame. Representatives of every NFL team are expected to be on campus tomorrow to see Clausen throw for the first time since his off season foot surgery. Jimmy will be throwing to a few of his former teammates; Golden Tate, Robby Parris, James Aldridge and David Grimes. If you'd like to watch it LIVE -- you can at Here's a link to where you can watch his workout -- it begins at 11:30 AM, Friday April 9th. Good Luck Jimmy!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ND Grad and "Mascot" Artist

His work received some publicity today when's Mark Schlabach wrote about Brian Kelly's purchase of a print entitled "Original Fighting Irish." The artist is none other than ND Alum; Revere La Noue. Revere was a former ND Lacrosse player and a large piece from his "Original Fighting Irish Print Series" is hanging in Arlotta Stadium (the new home of the ND Lacrosse program) at Notre Dame. La Noue's latest work is a series devoted to the unknown history of the college mascot. Here's a link to his website:


Original Fighting Irish

Notre Dame Head Football Coach, Brian Kelly -- has this painting hanging in his office. The print is entitled "Original Fighting Irish" and it's the work of former ND Lacrosse player; Revere La Noue -- an award winning artist. reporter, Mark Schlabach penned this article today on the changes Coach Kelly is making to the "habits" of Notre Dame football -- click on the link below. You can also click on the link to a YouTube video that shows the actual steps involved in the painting of the Original Fighting Irish.



Top Florida OT commits to Notre Dame

Jordan Prestwood, a 6'-6" 270 lb. student athlete out of Plant City, FL held a press conference Monday afternoon, at his high school, to announce his commitment to the University of Notre Dame. Prestwood, chose the Irish over schools such as; Florida, USC, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, etc. He played TE for the majority of his junior season -- leading many schools to recruit him at that position. The Irish have other plans for Jordan -- and he's in agreement that his best position will be at the offensive tackle position in college. Prestwood is the second commitment from the Class of 2011 -- as high school athletes continue to commit earlier and earlier. Here's some info on Jordan:


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Economic Impact of your Birthday

Notre Dame Professors Dan Hungerman and Kasey Buckles have been studying the economic impact of when you were born -- and have determined that if you are born in the winter months you are going to have lower wages and less education than most. Pretty controversial -- watch it for yourself:


Monday, April 5, 2010

What are they doing now? -- Adrian Dantley

Former Notre Dame All-American, Adrian Dantley is currently the interim head coach of the Denver Nuggets -- while head coach George Karl deals with his cancer treatments. Dantley has been an assistant for the Nuggets for the past four seasons. The Nuggets are 9 - 7 since Karl had to leave the bench to deal with his neck and throat cancer.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Irish Recruit Matt James Dies From Fall

Matt James, a senior at St. Xavier High School, died yesterday from a fall from a hotel balcony in Panama City, Fl. James, a high school All American offensive tackle, was one of the top rated recruits in Brian Kelly's first recruiting class at Notre Dame. A memorial prayer service is about to begin at Xavier High School in Cincinnati. Our prayers go out to the James family.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Barlow Finishes Second in Three-Point Contest

Notre Dame senior, Ashley Barlow, competed last night in the State Farm Three-Point contest in Indianapolis -- finishing in second place to University of Detroit's Bridig Mulroy. Mulroy was the NCAA leader this season in three pointers made, with a .515 shooting percentage. Barlow scored 19 points in the first round to Mulroy's 20 -- and in the Finals, Barlow went first and struggled, scoring only 11 points. Mulroy surpassed Barlow with one rack of balls to go.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

No ND Football Players in Bookstore Basketball

Coach Kelly announced yesterday that his football players would not be playing Bookstore Basketball this year -- meaning the defending champions "Hallelujah Holla Back" (Dayne Crist and Jonas Gray) will not be able to "re-peat." Kelly made it very clear that his players need to concentrate on football this spring. Probably a good idea! Coach Kelly said he would revisit this subject again next year. Games start this Saturday.