Tuesday, May 31, 2011
And, it's the same George Dohrmann who did all of the investigative work that led to the Sports Illustrated cover story that is credited with moving the Ohio State University's senior leadership team to ask for Jim Tressel's investigation. Here's a link to George's story about Coach Tressel's time in Columbus:
LINK: THE STORY THAT CHANGED THE FACE OF FOOTBALL IN OHIO
Posted by Jim Small at 9:13 PM
CASH THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID!
ND football fans will enjoy this story. It was an eye opener for me!
LINK: FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE CASH -- PLENTY OF IT!
Posted by Jim Small at 8:48 PM
Monday, May 30, 2011
I wonder what the editorial cartoonist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer will be drawing for tomorrow morning's edition in light of the "VEST'S" forced resignation in Columbus?
So, was it the crime or was it the cover up that led to Jim Tressel's problems at Ohio State? It should be both - the question now is how tough will BANK NCAA be on the folks in Ohio?
Will Notre Dame alum and Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith survive?
It is going to make for great internet fodder these next few months!
LINK: COLUMBUS DISPATCH COVERAGE
Posted by Jim Small at 11:05 AM
You would have thought on Memorial Day Weekend in America that race cars sponsored by the NATIONAL GUARD would have fared better than they did yesterday! Now I know this isn't a Notre Dame story, but on MEMORIAL DAY it's a story I couldn't pass up...
In an eight-hour period Sunday -- at the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 -- cars sponsored by the National Guard were comfortably in the lead at both tracks with less than a 1/4 lap remaining in each race. Big leads turned into BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!
At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, rookie driver JR Hildebrand was leading the race on the last lap, all he had to do was finish the final turn and cross the finish line for victory. HIS NATIONAL GUARD CAR HIT THE WALL! See the link below to the video of the end of this race.
And, at Charlotte Motor Speedway last night Dale Earnhardt JR was leading the race on the last lap, all he had to do was finish the final turn and cross the finish line for victory. HIS NATIONAL GUARD CARE RAN OUT OF GAS! See the link below to the video of the end of this race.
Think about it -- both NATIONAL GUARD cars had big leads going into the final turn at both race tracks -- both drivers had JR in their names -- and both cars didn't win on Memorial Day Weekend. Coincidence?
LINK: LAST LAP OF INDIANAPOLIS 500
LINK: JR HILDEBRAND INTERVIEW
LINK: LAST LAP OF COCA-COLA 600
LINK: DALE EARNHARDT JR INTERVIEW
Posted by Jim Small at 9:10 AM
Sunday, May 29, 2011
University of Notre Dame football commitment Ronald Darby -- who's a junior at Potomac High School -- is racing this weekend at the Maryland High School Track & Field State Championship.
You'll find links below to a video of Ronald winning the 100 Meter Dash (10.37 official time) -- it's the third race on the video. A video of his win in the 200 Meter Dash (20.88 official time) -- a video of his anchor leg win in the 4 x 100 Relay and his anchor leg win in the 4 x 200 Relay win.
FYI: Both of these times would be among the top 50 in the current NCAA Division 1 rankings for the 100 Meters and 200 Meters this season. Don't forget he's a junior in high school!
An additional point of reference -- a 20.88 would be the second fastest time ever run by a Notre Dame student-athlete in the 200 Meters. Only one ND track athlete has ever run under a 20.90 in the 200 meters in school history.
- 2011 Big East Championship Time in 200 Meters: 21.05
- 2011 Big East Championship Time in 100 Meters: 10.44
LINK: DARBY WINS 100 METERS
LINK: DARBY DOMINATES 200 METERS
LINK: DARBY'S ANCHOR LEG OF 4X200 METER RELAY
LINK: DARBY'S ANCHOR LEG OF 4X100 METER RELAY
LINK: DARBY INTERVIEW
LINK: NEWS STORY
Posted by Jim Small at 9:45 AM
On this Memorial Day Weekend in America I thought it was fitting to showcase the real FIGHTIN' IRISH of Notre Dame. Thank you for making this commitment to our country!
The photo is from this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. Here's a link to their official website:
LINK: THE FIGHTIN' IRISH BATTALION
Posted by Jim Small at 9:06 AM
LINK: LUKE ZELLER BACK HOME
LINK: ZELLER'S PRO STATS
Posted by Jim Small at 8:46 AM
Saturday, May 28, 2011
This photo is being routed around the internet as Notre Dame's rumored helmet for the September 10th "throw back" game at Michigan. While it's not exactly what the IRISH wore during the Kuharich years -- it's close enough. I have to admit I'm not a big fan of the green facemask... Looks like what Baylor wears.
Posted by Jim Small at 3:36 PM
LINK: CHANGIN' THE IRISH
Posted by Jim Small at 3:12 PM
I've spent much of my career telling stories for brands.
A marketing campaign for ESPNU -- ESPN's college sports network -- called "NEVER GRADUATE" caught my attention. Its intent is to tell alums and fans of college sports team that they can always feed their passion for their school at ESPNU.
I get it.
Yet, my first reaction to the campaign was this; "Why would a TV network that is devoted exclusively to college athletics, create the tagline; NEVER GRADUATE?
Then I realized ESPN doesn't care if student-athletes ever graduate from college -- they just care if these entertainers (excuse me, student-athletes) provide them with great programming while they're on campus over a one to five year period of their life. They could care less about the next forty to fifty years of the lives of these student-athletes.
I get it.
While I fully understand it's not ESPN's role in life to make sure student-athletes graduate from college -- that's up to the universities and the NCAA they send checks to. I would have thought there might be one senior executive in Bristol, CT who would have determined this isn't the best message to associate with college athletics: NEVER GRADUATE.
Unfortunately, they don't "have" to get it -- they just have to get you to tune-in.
Posted by Jim Small at 1:31 PM
Posted by Jim Small at 9:44 AM
Catholic Charities honored legendary University of Notre Dame president Father Hesburgh at their annual event in Boston. Father Ted couldn't make the event, so Father Jenkins accepted the award on his behalf. Here's a link to the story:
LINK: CATHOLIC CHARITIES HONORS FATHER TED
Posted by Jim Small at 9:27 AM
Drawing a comparison between Declan Sullivan's tragic death and Ohio State's knowingly breaking the rules -- AN ALL TIME LOW IN JOURNALISM. If you still call it that in Ohio.
I trust Notre Dame fans will do the right thing with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Friday, May 27, 2011
It hasn't taken Brian Kelly and crew very long to garner some national respect. Today, Athlon Sports listed the University of Notre Dame as the 6th best college football team in America in their pre-season ranking of the 2011 season. Here's a link:
LINK: ATHLON SPORTS
Posted by Jim Small at 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2011
LINK: THOMAS NOBLE WINS AWARD!
Posted by Jim Small at 11:29 PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
LINK: NCAA DENIES USC'S APPEAL
Posted by Jim Small at 5:58 PM
LINK: BRIAN KELLY TALKS MIKE FLOYD
Posted by Jim Small at 5:25 PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
There are rumors that ND alum Mike Lee 09' and Top Rank Boxing are in conversations with the University of Notre Dame about scheduling a fight at Purcell Pavillion the night before the Michigan State football game. Wouldn't that be cool!
We just need to put the ex-MSU football player who planted the flag in Notre Dame Stadium in the ring with Mike that night!
Lee, who's 5 - 0 as a pro boxer has a fight coming up on July 9th at the Home Depot Center outside of Los Angeles. The ND GO IRISH BLOG will stay on top of this story. Here's a link to Mike's website:
LINK: MIKE LEE'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Monday, May 23, 2011
LINK: SUBSTITUTE TEACHING DURING LOCKOUT
Posted by Jim Small at 8:37 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2011
In a rematch of last year's National Championship game -- the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame take on the Duke Blue Devils at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA with the winner advancing to the Division 1 Men's Lacrosse FINAL FOUR next weekend in Baltimore. The game will be televised LIVE on ESPNU. The Irish beat Duke earlier this season 12 - 7. Here's a link to a preview of today's matchup: GO IRISH!
LINK: NOTRE DAME vs. DUKE
Posted by Jim Small at 11:38 AM
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Pacheco family in Sarasota is struggling today -- their eight year old daughter was hit and killed in a car accident Monday evening -- trying to cross a street. One of the first on the scene was Notre Dame football coach Tony Alford, who was in town recruiting for the Fighting Irish. I'm going to leave the rest of the story to the South Bend Tribune -- here's the link:
LINK: THANK YOU COACH ALFORD
Posted by Jim Small at 2:42 PM
LINK: LEMMING TALKS NOTRE DAME
LINK: SEMPER FIDELIS ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
Posted by Jim Small at 10:12 AM
If you're looking for something "engaging" on the worldwide web this weekend you just might want to tune in to the University of Notre Dame's live web stream of events taking place this 2011 Commencement Weekend. If you have never seen the Commencement Mass at Notre Dame -- you just might want to tune-in today at 4:40 PM. IT IS THAT SPECIAL. Here's the schedule of live events:
Today / Saturday Schedule:
- 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM -- Graduate School Commencement Ceremony
- 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM -- ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
- 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM -- Service Send-off Ceremony
- 4:40 PM to 6:30 PM -- Commencement Mass and Academic Procession
HERE'S THE LINK TO TUNE-IN TODAY: LIVE WEB STREAM
Tomorrow / Sunday Schedule:
- 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM -- University Commencement and Academic Procession, LIVE from Notre Dame Stadium
HERE'S THE LINK TO TUNE-IN SUNDAY: LIVE WEB STREAM
Posted by Jim Small at 9:07 AM
Friday, May 20, 2011
Jeff Grabosky became the 43rd individual to ever run from "coast to coast" this afternoon at 1:50 PM EST. The 3,709 mile run took 120 days for this member of the ND Class of 2005 -- ending on Long Island, NY at the Atlantic Ocean!
Here's a link to Jeff's website: JEFF RUNS AMERICA
Posted by Jim Small at 11:08 PM
I was told by a friend close to Michigan AD David Brandon that he was not very happy (an understatement) with Coach Kelly and Notre Dame that they scooped the Wolverines.
Here's what their jerseys might look like -- there is a NCAA rule that you must have an 8" inch number on the jersey front.
Posted by Jim Small at 11:28 AM
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I find this discussion to be the final leap by Athletic Directors and College Presidents to the "dark side."
Should athletes be paid over and above their scholarship?
How can schools in the Big East, Mid American Conference, Conference USA, etc., financially justify paying their athletes over and above the scholarships, coaching salaries, travel, etc., when they don't fill their stadiums every Saturday? Is BANK NCAA coming to the rescue? Here's a link to the conversation:
LINK: IS THIS GOOD FOR COLLEGE ATHLETICS?
Posted by Jim Small at 9:27 PM
Pat Connaughton committed to play for Mike Brey and the Fighting Irish this past recruiting season -- and he's been picked by ESPN experts as one of the BIGGEST SURPRISES out of the Class of 2011. (Pat is also an ALL-STAR baseball pitcher). Here's a link to the story:
LINK: ONE OF THE BIGGEST SURPRISES
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Jeff has now appeared in seventeen games for the Cubs this season -- giving up zero runs in 13 of those appearances! His ERA is now at 2.96 for the season. Here's a link to Jeff's updated season stats:
LINK: JEFF SAMARDZIJA STATS
Posted by Jim Small at 11:03 PM
Former Notre Dame running back and current Green Bay Packer, Ryan Grant, fulfilled a promise he made to Burlington Catholic Central High School that he would pay for their high school prom. Here's a link to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story and the deal he cut with the school:
LINK: RYAN GRANT'S A MAN OF HIS WORD
Posted by Jim Small at 1:05 PM
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
LINK: THIS DECISION WAS MADE TEN YEARS AGO
Posted by Jim Small at 9:46 PM
Monday, May 16, 2011
Lou's convictions (as you'll see in this South Bend Tribune story) makes Notre Dame -- NOTRE DAME, to many. Enjoy!
LINK: WALKING THE WALK
Posted by Jim Small at 10:22 PM
LINK: BOEHNER AND COACH FAUST
Posted by Jim Small at 6:21 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Here's a video of Ronald Darby's winning the 200 meters at the New Balance Indoor Nationals -- the win makes him National Champion in this event! Darby, who has already verbally committed to play for the Fighting Irish after his upcoming senior season, has one of the fastest times in the world in this event. Here's the link to the video:
LINK: DARBY'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUN
Posted by Jim Small at 6:04 PM
His name is Rich Forrester and he lives in Buchannan, MI -- sixteen miles from his workplace at the University of Notre Dame. A route he'll bike from time to time. The South Bend Tribune caught up with Rich and his bike, here's the story:
LINK: RICH FORRESTER AND HIS BIKE
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Brian Kelly & Company have definitely changed Notre Dame's approach to recruiting. Charlie Weis typically offered 35 to 40 kids and never until after their junior season. Well, there's a new sheriff in town and he's offering every talented football player in the country whether they're in ninth, tenth or eleventh grade.
Trey Johnson, a sophomore linebacker out of Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrencevill, GA -- is the latest underclassmen to be offered by the IRISH. Here's a link to his highlight video from this past season:
LINK: TREY JOHNSON -- IRISH OFFER!
Posted by Jim Small at 12:45 PM
The fourth seeded Fighting Irish of Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse team kicks off action in the NCAA Division 1 Men's Lacrosse Championships against unseeded Penn at 2:30 PM EST on ESPNU. The First Round game is a "home" game for the Irish at Arlotta Stadium. Here's a link to the media notes on today's game:
LINK: NOTRE DAME vs. PENN -- NCAA TOURNAMENT
Posted by Jim Small at 12:30 PM
The University of Notre Dame dominated the 2010 NCAA Graduation Success Rate -- National Rankings -- AGAIN!
MEN'S TEAMS -- NINE ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!
-- Baseball at 100 tied for first with Boston College, Stanford, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Virginia and Wake Forest.
-- Men's basketball at 100 tied for first with BYU, Illinois, Marshall, Utah State, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.
-- Men's cross country/track and field at 100 tied for first - with Central Florida, Miami (Fla.), Rice, Stanford, Tulane and Virginia Tech.
-- Men's fencing at 100 tied for first with Boston College, North Carolina, Rutgers and Stanford.
-- Men's golf at 100 tied for first with 39 other schools.
-- Men's lacrosse at 100 tied for first with Duke.
-- Men's soccer at 100 tied for first with Northwestern.
-- Men's swimming at 100 tied for first with nine other schools.
-- Football at 96 finished first - ahead of Duke and Northwestern at 95.
-- Hockey at 95 ranked second - behind the U.S. Air Force Academy at 96.
WOMEN'S TEAMS -- ELEVEN ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!
-- Women's basketball at 100 tied for first with 29 other schools.
-- Women's cross country/track and field at 100 tied for first - with10 other schools.
-- Women's crew/rowing at 100 tied for first with Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, USC and Stanford.
-- Women's fencing at 100 tied for first with Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, Northwestern, Rutgers, Stanford and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
-- Women's golf at 100 tied for first with 62 other schools.
-- Women's lacrosse at 100 tied for first with Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Northwestern, Ohio State, the U.S. Naval Academy, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
-- Women's soccer at 100 tied for first with 25 other schools.
-- Softball at 100 tied for first with 17 other schools.
-- Women's swimming at 100 tied for first with 28 other schools.
-- Women's tennis at 100 finished tied for first with 67 other schools.
-- Women's volleyball at 100 ranked tied for first with 42 other schools.
Here's a link to the story: NATIONAL CHAMPS IN THE CLASSROOM!
Posted by Jim Small at 9:02 AM
Friday, May 13, 2011
You can't make this stuff up! A Californian by the name of Dan Adler hired Sean Astin (Rudy) to help him in his run for the U.S. Congress. You've got to wonder why this former Creative Artists and Disney executive is using "Notre Dame" to sell Los Angeles area voters in the 36th District.
Is he brilliant?
Thought Irish fans would get a kick out of this:
LINK: PLAYING THE RUDY CARD
Posted by Jim Small at 9:43 PM
LINK: RONALD DARBY -- NATIONAL CHAMPION
Posted by Jim Small at 9:07 PM
Besides Notre Dame -- Florida State and Miami, FL have already made offers. Here's a link to highlights of his eighth grade football season and his recent freshman football season.
LINK: SONY MICHEL AS AN EIGHTH GRADER
LINK: SONY MICHEL AS A NINTH GRADER
Posted by Jim Small at 5:54 PM