Friday, May 30, 2014
Former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen is rehabbing from shoulder surgery this past September -- and looking for a NFL team who will give him a shot at a back-up role on their roster.
The folks at USA Today caught up with Jimmy a few weeks ago -- here's the story:
LINK: CLAUSEN LOOKING FOR A JOB
Posted by Jim Small at 3:24 PM
Thursday, May 29, 2014
What a game for former Notre Dame All-American and San Antonio Stars rookie Kayla McBride!
She scores 30 -- including the game winning three-pointer with 13.4 seconds left in her team's 82 - 79 win over Skylar Diggin's Tulsa Shock. Skylar scored 17.
Kayla's the 15th rookie in WNBA history to score 30 points in a game -- and it's the most points ever scored by a Notre Dame alumna in a WNBA game!
LINK: SAN ANTONIO NEWS
LINK: WNBA STORY
LINK: ESPN STORY
Posted by Jim Small at 9:44 PM
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Former Notre Dame linebacker Dan Fox was one of three players singled out today for fine play at today's OTA at the New York Giants training facility. The other two have played in the NFL Pro Bowl and own a few Super Bowl rings between them.
Fox intercepted a pass and ran it back towards the endzone...
Posted by Jim Small at 10:10 PM
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Earlier today, the Detroit Lions -- who already have Golden Tate, Theo Riddick, T.J. Jones and Joseph Fauria (Fauria transferred out of ND to UCLA) on their roster -- extended a try-out to former Notre Dame defensive tackle Derek Landri.
Landri, an eight year NFL veteran -- was released earlier this year by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here's the story:
LINK: LANDRI TO LIONS?
Posted by Jim Small at 8:01 PM
Just last week, former Notre Dame center fielder A.J. Pollock was named National League Co-Player of the Week -- well the hot-streak continued yesterday...
With the Diamondbacks tied in the bottom of the ninth -- Pollock hit a dramatic two-run homer to beat the San Diego Padres 7 - 5. It's the first walk-off homer of the Domer's major league career -- here's the story and the video proof:
LINK: VIDEO REPLAY!
Posted by Jim Small at 7:50 PM
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The sixteen game winless streak is over! Former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver Jeff Samardzija notched his first win of the 2014 season yesterday in an 8 - 4 Cub's victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Samardzija pitched seven innings -- striking out TEN -- while doubling in the tying run and scoring the winning run himself! His ERA "ballooned" to 1.68 on the season...
Here's the story:
LINK: FIRST WIN!
Posted by Jim Small at 11:39 AM
Monday, May 26, 2014
A couple of writers over at ESPN just released their "way to early" college football bowl predictions for the upcoming 2014 season.
Notre Dame's season kicks off 96 days from today -- when the Rice Owls come to play the first football game on field turf at Notre Dame Stadium.
You'll have to click on the link below to see "where and who" (they think) the Fighting Irish will be playing in a bowl game:
LINK: BOWL PREDICTIONS
Posted by Jim Small at 10:38 PM
The Fighting Irish will play the Duke Blue Devils today at 1 PM ET on ESPN2 for the National Championship!
Notre Dame played Duke earlier in the season and the Blue Devils beat our IRISH 15 - 7 -- but not today!
Today is the day the Fighting Irish will win its first-ever National Title in Men's Lacrosse!
LINK: USA TODAY
LINK: GAME NOTES
LINK: DUKE SITE
LINK: NEW YORK TIMES
LINK: WASHINGTON POST
Posted by Jim Small at 8:31 AM
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame beat the "home team" Maryland Terrapins 11 - 6 this afternoon to earn a trip to Monday's National Championship game against #1 Duke!
Sophomore sensation Matt Kavanagh led the Irish with five goals and two assists!
It's the second trip to the National Title game for Notre Dame -- first time was in 2010 -- as Kevin Corrigan and his IRISH seek their first ever National Championship...
Can't wait to Monday -- game starts at 1 PM ET on ESPN 2!!!
Posted by Jim Small at 6:15 PM
Former Notre Dame All-American football player, centerfielder on the baseball team -- and now Detroit Lion -- Golden Tate, took a little batting practice at the Tiger's Comerica Park yesterday afternoon...
And, Golden smashed one over the fence in a pre-game hitting exhibition before the Tiger's win over the Rangers last night.
In the photo above, that's Golden talking with DOMER DAD and Tiger's starting right fielder Torii Hunter, Sr. -- father of ND wide receiver Torii Hunter, Jr.
LINK: GOLDEN'S HOMER
Posted by Jim Small at 9:25 AM
Kevin Corrigan's Fighting Irish play the Maryland Terrapins today in the NCAA National Semifinal Game -- LIVE on ESPN -- beginning at 3:30 PM ET. It's the third time these two teams will play this season -- Maryland one the first contest 12 - 8 while Notre Dame took the second 6 - 5 in the ACC Championship Semi-Final...
It will be a "pro-Maryland" crowd as the game will be played in the Baltimore Raven's 71,000 seat stadium -- should be fun!
To get you ready for today's game -- here's what the media is saying:
LINK: BALTIMORE SUN
LINK: JERSEY JOURNAL
LINK: SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
Posted by Jim Small at 9:00 AM
Friday, May 23, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
When you watch the video -- you'll see in the upper right hand corner the reps of a number of the players just drafted into the NFL earlier this month -- that Nelson betters...
LINK: QUENTON NELSON
Posted by Jim Small at 8:44 PM
The grass was taken away yesterday -- today the bulldozers, excavators and dump trucks took main stage inside Notre Dame Stadium as they ready the field for a new playing surface.
Watch the video linked below:
Posted by Jim Small at 6:52 PM
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Former Notre Dame student-athlete and current Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder -- A.J. Pollock was named Co-Player of the Week in the National League! Pollock -- the Diamondbacks' first-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2009 -- led the NL in batting average .500 (11 for 22), slugging percentage (.909) and total bases (20) -- for the week that ended May 18th.
LINK: POLLOCK CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Posted by Jim Small at 4:59 PM
Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, May 20th) the process of removing the grass playing surface inside Notre Dame Stadium will commence...
So, if you'd like to own a piece of this grass -- you can buy it right now for $149.95! The grass will arrive at your home this FRIDAY -- if you place the order in the next 24 hours.
The ordering information is linked below:
LINK: NOTRE DAME GRASS
Posted by Jim Small at 4:25 PM
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Irish Chocolate left the Houston Texans' Rookie Mini-Camp -- head coach Bill O'Brien approved the trip (see him talk about that below) -- to walk down the "tunnel" one more time into Notre Dame Stadium for today's 169th Commencement.
The photo above shows Louis with a number of his football teammates -- left to right; Justin Utopo, Bennett Jackson, Louis Nix, Kona Schwenke, Kendall Moore and Lo Wood.
LINK: CSN HOUSTON STORY
Posted by Jim Small at 9:01 PM
I have to admit I did not see this LIVE on ESPN2 yesterday -- I was attending the Commencement Mass on the 169th graduation weekend here at the University of Notre Dame...
Boy, did I miss something special!
The Fighting Irish were down 12 - 7 with nine minutes left in their NCAA Regional Final game with Albany -- yet, they somehow tied the game 13 - 13 at the three minute mark! And, they withstood the late offensive charge by the "Thompsons" of Albany to push the game into overtime where sophomore Matt Kavanagh (photo above) scored the game winning goal -- see replay below.
The win moves the IRISH to the Lacrosse National Championship Weekend next Saturday against Maryland. It's the third Final Four appearance for Notre Dame's Men's Lacrosse in the past five seasons!
LINK: INSIDE LACROSSE
LINK: GAME HIGHLIGHTS
LINK: GAME WINNING OT GOAL!
Posted by Jim Small at 8:25 AM
The University of Notre Dame will be celebrating its 169th Commencement this morning beginning at 9 AM ET from Notre Dame Stadium. And, you can watch it LIVE at the link below. The ceremony is scheduled to run until 11:30 AM ET.
LINK: COMMENCEMENT -- HIGHLIGHTS
LINK: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
LINK: FR. JENKINS
Posted by Jim Small at 8:02 AM
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Kevin Corrigan's #6 ranked Fighting Irish take on the Great Danes from Albany and the talented Thompson's (brothers Lyle and Miles and their cousin Ty) from the Onondaga Nation Reservation -- today in the NCAA Championship Quarterfinal -- LIVE at 2:30 PM ET on ESPN2.
The Thompson brothers (Lyle and Miles) have had a lacrosse season -- like none other -- in the history of the game. The two brothers are now 1 and 2 on the all-time single season scoring record books.
This is going to be a great test for Notre Dame -- should be fun!
LINK: THOMPSON BROTHERS
LINK: ABC STORY
LINK: INSIDE LACROSSE
Posted by Jim Small at 10:04 AM
Friday, May 16, 2014
Took a lap around the worldwide web this evening to see what's being reported from NFL Rookie Mini-Camps about former Notre Dame football players -- that is T.J Jones wearing #13 for the Detroit Lions in the photo above...
LINK: DALLAS COWBOYS -- ZACK MARTIN
LINK: PITTSBURGH STEELERS -- STEPHON TUITT
LINK: ARIZONA CARDINALS -- TROY NIKLAS
LINK: HOUSTON TEXANS -- LOUIS NIX
LINK: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS -- CHRIS WATT
LINK: ATLANTA FALCONS -- PRINCE SHEMBO
LINK: DETROIT LIONS -- T.J. JONES
LINK: NEW YORK GIANTS -- BENNETT JACKSON
LINK: WASHINGTON REDSKINS -- TOMMY REES
LINK: OAKLAND RAIDERS -- GEORGE ATKINSON III
Posted by Jim Small at 7:38 PM
The "house that Rock built" is preparing for its last event ever on "real grass" -- as the crews here at Notre Dame set-up the Stadium for Sunday's Commencement.
The installation of field turf -- which will take many weeks -- begins Monday.
There is a web-cam located inside Notre Dame Stadium -- updating photos every 15 minutes of the set-up progress. Click on the link below to take a look:
LINK: LIVE WEB CAM
Posted by Jim Small at 9:29 AM
Thursday, May 15, 2014
NASCAR CEO Brian France met with the media today -- on the eve of their first weekend of racing at Iowa Speedway -- to talk about the purchase of the race track and his selection of Notre Dame alum Jimmy Small '08 to run this operation. Here's the story:
LINK: FRANCE ON SMALL'S HIRING
Posted by Jim Small at 8:55 PM
The Dallas Cowboys released Frank Kearse -- clearing the way for former Notre Dame student-athlete to wear his familiar jersey #70. See the story below...
I wonder if they'll be issuing refunds to the Cowboy fans who bought the Zack Martin jersey #71?
LINK: ZACK MARTIN'S NEW NUMBER
Posted by Jim Small at 8:30 PM