Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Notre Dame's two-time All-American linebacker -- Manti Te'o -- spent the afternoon today with his own press conference (link below), followed by an award presentation ARA'S SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD during the Irish's game with Kentucky and a live "in-game" interview with the ESPN crew -- also linked below...
I suspect we'll see a pretty good run of Manti stories over the next week as we lead up to next Saturday's Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City.
LINK: MANTI'S PRESS CONFERENCE
LINK: MANTI'S ESPN IN-GAME INTERVIEW
Posted by Jim Small at 10:52 PM
Mike Brey's Fighting Irish played tonight like we thought they would this season...
They DOMINATED the defending National Champions -- after overcoming a slow start when the Wildcats took an early 12 - 6 lead. The Irish led by as many as 20 points in the second half -- finishing with a 64 - 50 win.
IT'S ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN JOHN CALIPARI'S FOUR SEASONS AT KENTUCKY THAT HIS TEAM HAS BEEN BEAT BY DOUBLE DIGITS!
Notre Dame's back court tandem of Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant led the Irish -- combining for 29 BIG points, 10 assists and 4 steals!
Here's what the media had to say about Notre Dame's big win - along with a link to Coach Brey's post game press conference and game highlights!
LINK: COACH BREY'S PRESS CONFERENCE
LINK: GAME HIGHLIGHTS
LINK: ESPN BLOG
LINK: SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
LINK: LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER
LINK: GAME BLOG -- HERALD LEADER
Posted by Jim Small at 10:17 PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I suspect they're just might be a few more members of the current Notre Dame football program being honored that night as well!
Congratulations Coach Parseghian!
LINK: ARA TO BE HONORED
Posted by Jim Small at 10:38 PM
Posted by Jim Small at 7:48 PM
Notre Dame's game this past week with "un-ranked" USC drew a television audience of 16 million viewers -- the most watched SATURDAY NIGHT football game in ABC history! Here's some other "fun facts" as it relates to the size of this TV audience:
- The largest TV audience ever for a non #1 vs. #2 college football game since 1991 -- 21 YEARS -- that game was ND vs. FSU...
- The largest TV audience for a regular season college football game on any network since 2006
LINK: NOTRE DAME TV AUDIENCE
Posted by Jim Small at 7:35 PM
I'll let Jim Rome tell the rest of the story...
LINK: JIM ROME ON RICK REILLY
Posted by Jim Small at 8:05 AM
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Simonson took it upon himself to then talk about Notre Dame, how they "do things the right way," and -- how they "would beat Ohio State by two touchdowns..."
Special thanks to long-time ND GO IRISH BLOG regular R.J. Doyle for alerting me to this story! That's "Uncle R.J." to me!
LINK: NOTRE DAME BEATS OHIO STATE
Posted by Jim Small at 9:07 PM
Never thought I'd hear Skip Bayless promote a Notre Dame player -- for anything that had a POSITIVE outcome...
The world must be changing!
You'll enjoy reading Bayless' case as to why Manti Te'o is deserving of the Heisman Trophy.
LINK: MANTI DESERVES THE HEISMAN
Posted by Jim Small at 3:43 PM
If you're a regular to the ND GO IRISH BLOG you'll know that a common theme has been -- "when will someone talk about graduating student-athletes in the sports media..."
Well, it looks like that day has come!
LINK: NOTRE DAME SHOULD BE CELEBRATED
Posted by Jim Small at 11:19 AM
The story talks about a fictional coach, by the name of COACH KELLY, who in his third year coaching the IRISH would lead them to a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!
You can't make this up!
Here's a link to the ABC-TV story on Bob and his book!
LINK: THE GIPPER'S GHOST
LINK: THE GIPPER'S GHOST FACEBOOK PAGE
LINK: BUY THE KINDLE VERSION!
Posted by Jim Small at 10:07 AM
Sports Talk Radio -- was filled with conversation about the Fightin' Irish of Notre Dame yesterday. Here's a sample of what you might have missed!
LINK: MIKE & MIKE -- ESPN
LINK: MIKE & MIKE #2 -- ESPN
LINK: COLIN COWHERD -- ESPN
LINK: JIM ROME -- THE JIM ROME SHOW
LINK: JIM ROME #2 -- THE JIM ROME SHOW
LINK: SCOTT VAN PELT -- ESPN
LINK: DAN PATRICK -- THE DAN PATRICK SHOW
LINK: JT THE BRICK -- FOX SPORTS
Posted by Jim Small at 9:49 AM
Monday, November 26, 2012
A 12 - 0 season cures a lot of ills...
One of them was the All-Time Winning % lead which Notre Dame relinquished to Michigan during the Ty Willingham era...
As of this very moment -- here's the "math" on the All-Time Winning % Lead in College Football -- less than ONE THOUSANDTH OF A POINT separates Michigan and Notre Dame:
- MICHIGAN: 903 Wins -- 314 Losses and 36 Ties = .73503%
- NOTRE DAME: 865 Wins -- 300 Losses and 42 Ties = .73405%
So, here's the math: Michigan has a TWO GAME LEAD on the Fighting Irish. Here's how I see it: when Notre Dame wins the BCS Championship game and Michigan loses their bowl game -- we'll roll into Ann Arbor next fall looking to beat Michigan to regain the All-Time Winning % lead.
In the All-Time Wins department -- Notre Dame is currently #3:
- Michigan: 903 wins
- Texas: 866 wins
- Notre Dame: 865 wins
Posted by Jim Small at 3:33 PM
Sunday, November 25, 2012
If you run into a SEC fan, Oregon fan, etc., over these next forty days or so, and they say "Notre Dame doesn't deserve to play in the National Championship game -- just share the following with them...
LINK: PAT FORDE -- NOTRE DAME PLAYED A TOUGHER SCHEDULE
Posted by Jim Small at 8:39 PM
USC coach Lane Kiffin met with the media -- along with QB Max Wittek -- after losing to Notre Dame 22 - 13. Some of the key comments from Kiffin:
- "We only ran 48 plays on offense -- which is unheard of..."
- "We were 1 for 8 on third down..."
- "They're the number 1 goal line defense in the country for two years now -- they did this to everybody..."
- "Notre Dame showed me they have phenomenal senior leadership..."
- "They (Notre Dame) are not very exotic -- they're old school..."
LINK: LANE KIFFIN POST GAME
Posted by Jim Small at 7:52 PM
USC Network's Dan Weber and Johnie Freatman talked about their game with the Fightin' Irish -- and they shared that the Trojans' admitted Notre Dame was the BEST TEAM THEY HAVE PLAYED this season...
Found it interesting they chose the backdrop of the Notre Dame Equipment truck!
LINK: USC NETWORK ANALYSIS OF GAME
Posted by Jim Small at 7:30 PM
Just let this sink-in for a few seconds:
Notre Dame allowed ONE TD or LESS to
NINE OF THEIR TWELVE OPPONENTS THIS SEASON!
Now let's look at how dominant this defensive unit was this season. Here's how ND's defense stacked up against each of the offensive units they played this season.
- Navy: Gave up 10 points -- 15.5 points less than Navy's average for the season. Navy is bowl-eligible.
- Purdue: Gave up 17 points -- 12.9 points less than Purdue's average for the season. Purdue is bowl-eligible.
- Michigan State: Gave up 3 points -- 17.3 points less than Michigan State's average for the season. Michigan State is bowl-eligible.
- Michigan: Gave up 6 points -- 24 points less than Michigan's average for the season. Michigan is bowl-eligible.
- Miami, FL: Gave up 3 points -- 28.4 points less than Miami's average for the season. Miami is bowl-eligible.
- Stanford: Gave up 13 points -- 15.6 points less than Stanford's average for the season. Stanford is bowl-eligible.
- BYU: Gave up 14 points -- 15.2 points less than BYU's average for the season. BYU is bowl-eligible.
- Oklahoma: Gave up 13 points -- 28.7 points less than Oklahoma's average for the season. Oklahoma is bowl-eligible.
- Pittsburgh: Gave up 26 points -- 1.5 points less than Pittsburgh's average for the season. Pitt wins their game next week and they will be bowl-eligible.
- Boston College: Gave up 6 points -- 13.8 points less than Boston College's average for the season.
- Wake Forest: Gave up 0 points -- 18.5 points less than Wake Forest's average for the season.
- USC: Gave up 13 points -- 21.2 points less than USC's average for the season.
Posted by Jim Small at 12:58 PM
Here's what the media's sayin' this morning about Notre Dame's 22 - 13 win over USC last night to finish a PERFECT SEASON!
LINK: BILL PLASCHKE -- LOS ANGELES TIMES
LINK: GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI -- ESPN
LINK: GARY KLEIN-- LOS ANGELES TIMES
LINK: MATT FORTUNA -- ESPN
LINK: GARY PASKWEITZ -- ESPN
LINK: KEITH ARNOLD -- NBC
LINK: STEWART MANDEL -- SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
LINK: FRANK SCHWAB -- YAHOO
LINK: RICH HAMMOND -- ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
LINK: MARK WHICKER -- ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
LINK: DENNIS DODD -- CBS
Posted by Jim Small at 12:25 PM
The Fightin' Irish returned to the campus of the University of Notre Dame around 6 AM ET this morning -- and the cameras were rolling when the buses parked at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. Special thanks to WSBT-TV for posting this video!
LINK: NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL RETURNS HOME
Posted by Jim Small at 9:29 AM
I couldn't wait to get up this morning for MASS at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart -- and to watch the videos coming out of last night's PERFECT WIN over USC. Thank you Fightin' Irish Digital Media!
Coach Kelly's halftime speech and post game speech -- had me in tears, big time! OH WHAT A NIGHT!
Be sure to check out Joe Theismann using his iPhone to catch all the locker room action...
LINK: COACH KELLY'S POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE
LINK: PRE-GAME ON FIELD AND POST GAME LOCKER ROOM!!!
Posted by Jim Small at 8:50 AM
This is going to be fun to read!
Took a lap around at 1 AM on Day #8 of Notre Dame being atop of the college football world -- to see what our "friends" are now sayin' about our UNDEFEATED FIGHTING IRISH!
ENJOY THIS NOTRE DAME!
LINK: LOU HOLTZ
LINK: ESPN -- ND'S BALANCED ATTACK
LINK: ESPN -- COACH KELLY AFTER WIN
LINK: ESPN -- WILL IRISH WIN IT ALL?
LINK: ESPN -- HIGHLIGHTS
LINK: ESPN -- NOTRE DAME BLOG
LINK: NBC'S NOTRE DAME CENTRAL
LINK: SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
LINK: SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
LINK: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
LINK: LOS ANGELES TIMES
LINK: LOS ANGELES TIMES #2
LINK: NEW YORK TIMES
LINK: ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Posted by Jim Small at 1:10 AM
Folks, it wasn't pretty it was PERFECT!
For only the second time in the 125 year history of Notre Dame football an IRISH team is 12 - 0 on a season. Think about that!
Here's some video I took of Notre Dame students celebrating on campus -- just minutes after the IRISH beat USC tonight!
LINK: STUDENTS CELEBRATING #1
LINK: STUDENTS CELEBRATING #2
Posted by Jim Small at 12:33 AM
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Folks, I have a GREAT FEELING about tonight's game between our Fightin' Irish and that school in Los Angeles. Around 11:42 PM ET -- I expect to be watching a number of Notre Dame students gathered at North Quad's "Stonehenge" celebrating PERFECTION!
This is the sixth time we've gone to the LA Coliseum #1 to play USC and the IRISH are 3 - 2 in those contests.
Now, there's a few media types who don't agree with me -- so, to get you fired up for tonight's game -- here's what's being said:
LINK: SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
LINK: THE SPORTING NEWS
LINK: PACIFIC TAKES
LINK: THE OBSERVER
LINK: ESPN NOTRE DAME BLOG
LINK: ESPN USC BLOG
LINK: ESPN'S DESMOND HOWARD
LINK: ESPN'S DARRELL REVELL
LINK: ESPN'S KIRK HERBSTREIT
LINK: NBC'S NOTRE DAME CENTRAL
LINK: LOS ANGELES TIMES
LINK: LOS ANGELES TIMES #2
Posted by Jim Small at 8:24 AM
Friday, November 23, 2012
The following Notre Dame football coaches BEAT USC in their third-year running the IRISH football program -- Ara Parseghian in 1966, Dan Devine in 1977 and Lou Holtz in 1988 -- and all three won the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP that season!
Note to the Notre Dame Family -- this is Coach Kelly's THIRD SEASON at the helm of the Fightin' Irish!
1966: ARA PARSEGHIAN'S IRISH ROLL USC
1977: DAN DEVINE'S IRISH ROLL USC
1988: LOU HOLTZ'S IRISH ROLL USC
Posted by Jim Small at 7:10 PM
ND fans will find this enlightening!
LINK: THE RETURN OF NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL
Posted by Jim Small at 10:03 AM
Lane Kiffin is under the microscope right now with the performance of his football team this season -- so what does he do a little more than 48 hours before kick-off against Notre Dame?
Kiffin "plays the Brian Kelly card" -- talking to the media yesterday -- sending a message to USC Athletic Director Pat Haden...
LINK: LANE KIFFIN
Posted by Jim Small at 9:02 AM
At 11:38 PM last night -- a Notre Dame fan from Charleston, SC became unique visitor #500,000 to the ND GO IRISH BLOG!
I am very thankful that so many members of the Notre Dame Family have chosen to follow the positive news about our favorite university at this site. Seems appropriate that this milestone would be achieved on THANKSGIVING DAY.
As has become custom here at the ND GO IRISH BLOG -- I compare the visitor count to the size of an American city. At 500,412 (where we're at at the moment of this post) the ND GO IRISH BLOG would be the 34th largest city in America -- just ahead of three "California towns" -- could be a good omen for Saturday night!
- #33 Tucson, AZ: 520,116
- #34 ND GO IRISH BLOG: 500,412
- #35 Fresno, CA: 494,665
- #36 Sacramento, CA: 466,488
- #37 Long Beach, CA: 462,257
Thank you Notre Dame Family!
Posted by Jim Small at 8:44 AM