Monday, December 31, 2012
It took him to week 17 and his last professional game of his rookie season -- but former Notre Dame All-American Michael Floyd '12, finally performed like a First Round Draft Pick catching eight balls for 166 yards and a TD!
LINK: MICHAEL FLOYD'S BREAK OUT GAME
LINK: MICHAEL FLOYD'S 53 YARD CATCH AND RUN
Posted by Jim Small at 7:05 PM
The New York Post reported the story today -- click on the link below:
LINK: HANNAH STORM BACK TO WORK
Posted by Jim Small at 5:09 PM
A Toledo Blade story yesterday makes the claim that the "launching pad" for Notre Dame football took place 110 years earlier in downtown Toledo, OH.
I won't ruin the story for you -- click on the link below...
LINK: THE BIRTH OF MODERN DAY FOOTBALL FOR ND
Posted by Jim Small at 8:23 AM
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Former Notre Dame QB's Rick Mirer, Brady Quinn and Tony Rice will headline an event on January 5th at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, FL from 1 PM to 4 PM for IRISH FANS!
Sounds like great fun! Click on the link below:
LINK: IRISH PLAYER CHARITIES RALLY
Posted by Jim Small at 12:45 PM
It's a matchup of the #5 IRISH vs. the # 11 Boilermakers -- should be a good one!
LINK: WATCH IT LIVE -- RIGHT HERE!
Posted by Jim Small at 12:38 PM
Many will remember the tornadoes that ripped through the state of Alabama in 2011 -- they were devastating. What many didn't know was a number of Notre Dame students made the trek down to Tuscaloosa to help out. Here's the story:
LINK: DOING THE RIGHT THING
Posted by Jim Small at 9:49 AM
A story ran in the Detroit News yesterday about a Notre Dame fan who is looking to sell some carpet from the locker room inside Notre Dame Stadium. He's looking for at least $15,000.
Here's the story:
LINK: NOTRE DAME CARPET
Posted by Jim Small at 9:44 AM
Friday, December 28, 2012
Thank you YP team!!!
Unfortunately, I can't make it down the for the game -- so, here's what I've done with the two tickets:
- First, I surprised my son Jimmy '08 with one of the tickets as a Christmas present -- he was heading to MIAMI anyway in hopes he could find a way into Sun Life Stadium to see the IRISH...
- Then I reached out to ND Parent and Super Fan Tommy Ruttura to see if he needed an extra ticket to the game. The Ruttura's were kind enough to allow me to rent their condo (here in South Bend) this fall while our home was being built. Come to find out, they've been searching for a ticket so their daughter Samantha could go to the game -- so the second ticket went to the Ruttura family...
Yesterday morning -- Jimmy, who will be driving from Charlotte to Miami for the game -- downloaded the YP Local Search & Gas Prices to his iPhone (it works with Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, iPad, etc.) -- it's really a cool app. What's perfect is Jimmy can now find the cheapest gas prices on the eleven hour drive to Miami and find the best restaurants along the way -- from his iPhone!
I have to admit I've been a "Google guy" for sometime now -- but after spending some time at the YP SITE -- I now have a new resource to find restaurants, theaters, where to get a hair cut and who's offering deals. The YP gang has found a way to present the information in a fast, friendly format -- it's really smart. Google could learn something from these guys.
Check these out for yourself:
LINK: YP FACEBOOK PAGE
LINK: YP SITE
Posted by Jim Small at 9:22 AM
ESPN's Rick Reilly is spending many a moment these days writing about Notre Dame. His story last night centered on Louis Nix -- the self proclaimed "Irish Chocolate" nose guard for the Fightin' Irish.
LINK: IRISH CHOCOLATE
Posted by Jim Small at 8:35 AM
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The IRISH defense has not allowed a TD on a play originating outside of the Red Zone in the last 628 plays -- think about that! The next longest streak in college football is Vanderbilt at 387 plays.
Take a look at these defensive statistics racked up by the FIGHTING IRISH!
LINK: THE #1 DEFENSE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Posted by Jim Small at 11:30 AM
The legend of the "Little Blue Nun" began back in 1977 when some Alabama radio station wrote a song about how they "lost the National Championship to Notre Dame because a LITTLE BLUE NUN voted for the IRISH..." -- leapfrogging ND over Alabama to win the mythical national championship.
Well, I wonder what the BAMA fans will say after watching this classic video...
LINK: THE LITTLE BLUE NUNS SINGING THE NOTRE DAME VICTORY MARCH
Posted by Jim Small at 11:04 AM
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
My first Christmas morning a few blocks from the campus of the University of Notre Dame. We celebrated Christmas Vigil Mass last night at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart -- the photo above is the nativity scene in the Lady Chapel.
Here's a few more Christmas songs performed by students at the University of Notre Dame -- courtesy of the DAILY DOMER.
LINK: VOICES OF FAITH
Posted by Jim Small at 8:29 AM
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Notre Dame wide-receiver T.J. Jones lost his father Andre Jones this past off-season. Andre was a member of Notre Dame's 1988 National Championship team -- and here we are 24 years later and another member of the Jones' family is playing for a championship.
You'll enjoy this interview:
LINK: T.J. JONES
Posted by Jim Small at 6:36 PM
It's quite possibly the most famous sign in all of American sport and the woman who painted it the first time is not that well known...
Her name is Laurie Wenger and she retired from the University of Notre Dame in 2009...
ND GO IRISH BLOG regular Mike Doyle alerted me to this Rick Reilly story about the Play Like A Champion Today sign:
LINK: THE MOST FAMOUS SIGN IN SPORT
Posted by Jim Small at 10:53 AM
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Folks, Tim Brando has been down on the IRISH all season -- and his view on Notre Dame's chances against Alabama should come as no surprise. On his radio show today he talked with former Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins about the game.
LINK: TIM BRANDO
Posted by Jim Small at 11:02 PM
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Click on the link below to learn more:
LINK: NFL BOOT CAMP AT NOTRE DAME
Posted by Jim Small at 10:51 PM
The BCS National Championship game will be the LARGEST TV AUDIENCE in the history of cable television -- and to celebrate, Notre Dame has created a special 30 second TV SPOT just for this game!
If you'd like to be one of the first to see Notre Dame's TV spot -- click on the link below and sign-up!
LINK: NOTRE DAME'S BCS TV SPOT
Posted by Jim Small at 6:19 PM
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I met this young man this past April -- just weeks before his graduation from the University of Notre Dame. Matt Swinton '12, is someone you'll never forget -- and his story is a NOTRE DAME STORY for the ages.
This story is what Notre Dame is all about...
LINK: MATT SWINTON'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Posted by Jim Small at 4:39 PM
The University of Notre Dame Football Team and the Kelly Cares Foundation -- "gave back" on Monday night taking 100 South Bend elementary students on a shopping spree at a local Meijer's and dinner after...
Very nice story!
LINK: ND FOOTBALL -- GIVING BACK
Posted by Jim Small at 4:32 PM
Notre Dame fans are going to LOVE this video of Coach Kelly with Lou Holtz and Ara Parseghian -- click on the link!
LINK: NOTRE DAME COACHES ON VIDEO
Posted by Jim Small at 4:23 PM
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The folks at ESPN's Pardon The Interruption produced a THREE-PART SERIES showing all of their discussion on Notre Dame football since Bob Davie's departure in 2001...
Tune in here to the TWELVE YEAR HISTORY of Notre Dame Football through the lens of ESPN's PTI:
LINK: ND FOOTBALL HISTORY
Posted by Jim Small at 11:37 PM
Are coming back to wear the GOLD HELMET next season! Just like this year when Manti Te'o and Tyler Eifert bypassed a NFL paycheck to come back to Notre Dame -- the same can be said for Martin and Nix. This is huge news!
(Photo above of Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame shaking hands with Zach Martin in Dublin, Ireland)
See their interviews!
LINK: MARTIN AND NIX -- HERE COME THE IRISH!
Posted by Jim Small at 11:13 PM
Monday, December 17, 2012
This was Coach Brian Kelly's main message to the media today as he discussed Notre Dame's preparation for the BCS National Championship game.
To catch the media session in its entirety -- click on the video below!
LINK: MEDIA SESSION -- BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Posted by Jim Small at 9:50 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Now, we need to do something about Coach Kelly's choice of tie and suit for photos like these!
The South Bend Tribune's Eric Hansen caught up with Alabama alum and ESPN personality Rece Davis to talk about the BCS National Championship...
LINK: DAVIS ON THE IRISH
Posted by Jim Small at 8:17 AM