Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ND's Fischer Talks to Media After NHL Draft



Already enrolled in classes this summer -- Christian Fischer will be wearing the GOLD HELMET for the first time this fall for Jeff Jackson's Fighting Irish...

Notre Dame Roommates Drafted By NHL Teams


This past Friday, two Notre Dame roommates missed classes to make the trek to Florida (of all places) for the 2015 NHL DRAFT...

Christian Fischer (in the photo above) and Dennis Gilbert -- both incoming Notre Dame student-athletes who are already on campus and taking classes were drafted on Saturday by the Phoenix Coyotes (32nd overall) and the Chicago Blackhawks (91st overall) respectively.

Here's the story...

LINK:  DRAFTED


Monday, June 29, 2015

ESPN's Domer Mike Golic Sings "Take It Easy"



Now, you might want to try this in the shower -- not in public...

Mike Golic is fearless -- got to love it!

Jerian Grant Enjoying Being a New York Knick


Notre Dame alum Jerian Grant is enjoying the "honeymoon" of being a pro athlete in the New York market...

LINK:  ALL ACCESS -- DRAFT NIGHT

LINK:  1 ON 1 INTERVIEW

Jerian Grant Getting the Star Treatment in NYC


Here he is throwing out the first pitch at a New York Mets game...

LINK:  PHOTO GALLERY

Pencil In Jerian Grant as a Starter in NYC


The folks in Gotham are pretty excited about Jerian Grant's trade to their Knicks...

LINK:  A STARTER...

Coach Mike Brey's First Pitch at Wrigley Field



Notre Dame men's basketball head coach Mike Brey got to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game -- and the gang at Fighting Irish Digital Media went along for the ride...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Darius Rucker Sings Notre Dame Victory March



Notre Dame Women's Basketball win over South Carolina in the Final Four this past April in Tampa -- led to this version of the Victory March...

Skylar's Emotional Return Home to Notre Dame


Notre Dame fans -- this is a must see -- watch the interview with ESPN's Sage Steele.

"The real me is Notre Dame..."

LINK:  SKYLAR'S HOME

Pro Game Has Not Been Easy for Jewell Loyd


8 games into her first season in professional basketball -- former Notre Dame student-athlete Jewell Loyd has found it to be tough sledding.  Here are her stats:
  • 5.9 points per game avg.
  • 3.4 rebounds per game avg.
  • 1.1 assists per game avg.
  • .347 field goal percentage
  • 0 - 12 from the three-point line
  • 13 - 18 from the free throw line

Jewell and her Seattle Storm teammates take on former Notre Dame All-American Skylar Diggins tonight -- here's how Skylar's doing so far this season:
  • 16.1 points per game avg.
  • 2.9 rebounds per game avg.
  • 4.9 assists per game avg.
  • .365 field goal percentage
  • 10 - 21 from the three point line
  • 37 - 41 from the free throw line

Happy Birthday Jonas Gray!


SES -- the agency that represents former Notre Dame football player Jonas Gray '12 -- presented him with this beautiful piece of art for his birthday...

Saturday, June 27, 2015

New York Knicks Introduce Jerian Grant


Here's a couple of links to videos showing Jerian Grant at his introduction press conference in NYC yesterday -- following his trade from the Washington Wizards to the New York Knicks...

LINK:  PRESS CONFERENCE 

LINK:  ONE ON ONE WITH JERIAN

Friday, June 26, 2015

Portland's GM Neil Olshey Talks Connaughton


Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton is joining an organization with a GM under some pressure -- watch this press conference last night...

LINK:  NEIL OLSHEY

The Mornin' After a Trade to New York Knicks


Here's what the media is saying in New York City about the Knicks making a NBA Draft day trade last night with the Wizards for Notre Dame's Jerian Grant '15.

LINK:  NEW YORK POST

LINK:  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

LINK:  THE BIG LEAD

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pat Connaughton Goes #41 Traded to Portland!


The SEVENTH COLLEGE GRADUATE selected in the 2015 NBA Draft and #41 overall  by the Brooklyn Nets -- and then he's traded to the Portland Trailblazers.

Welcome to the NBA -- Pat Connaughton '15 !!!

A NBA DRAFT PICK and a MLB DRAFT PICK -- quite the "double-double!"

Congratulations Pat!

Jerian Grant Goes #19 Overall - Then to Knicks!


The second college graduate to be selected in the 2015 NBA Draft -- Jerian Grant '18, goes #19 overall in the First Round to the Washington Wizards and then he's traded to the NEW YORK KNICKS.

Congratulations Jerian!!!

Only ND: An Accountant Who Sings Opera...



You're going to want to watch this story about Elizabeth Curtin '15 -- what a talented young lady...

This was produced by my colleagues in the Mendoza College of Business -- the #1 ranked business school in the country for the past five years!

Watch Tonight's 2015 NBA Draft on ESPN


You can watch tonight's 2015 NBA Draft LIVE on ESPN beginning at 7:00 PM ET.  Notre Dame's Jerian Grant is expected to be selected in the First Round and Pat Connaughton in the Second Round.

Sixty players will be drafted this evening.

LINK:  NBA DRAFT

A Father's Day Story -- You Must Read!


Digger O'Brien is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and an Emmy Award winning producer for NFL Films.

This past weekend he shared his very personal story of being the Father of a special kid...

You must read this!

LINK:  A FATHER'S STORY

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Domer Jimmy Small: NASCAR's "43 Questions"


Notre Dame alum Jimmy Small '08, president of Iowa Speedway was a guest this past Friday on NASCAR.COM's "43 questions..."

Here's how he did.

LINK:  SMALL

Fox Sports: "Built for a National Championship"


Get ready Notre Dame fans -- I believe we're going to be seeing this often these next 73 days leading into the 2015 football season opener with Texas...

"This isn't your older brother's Notre Dame..."

LINK:  NATIONAL CHAMPS

NBA Mock Drafts Have Grant & Connaughton...


Here is a look at three different NBA Mock Drafts of the First and Second Rounds of Thursday's 2015 NBA Draft -- when 60 players hope to get their name called...

You'll see where they think Grant and Connaughton will be drafted -- it is going to be fun!

LINK:  MOCK DRAFTS -- ROUND 1

LINK:  MOCK DRAFTS -- ROUND 2

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Last Night Wrigley Field -- Tonight Fenway Park


If you're the Corbett Family Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame -- you can have a 24 hour period like this...

Coach Brian Kelly threw out the first pitch tonight at Fenway Park for the Red Sox's game against the Orioles.

Video: Brian Kelly Singing at Wrigley Field



I feel it is safe to say, the Corbett Family Head Football Coach at Notre Dame will not be "turning any chairs" on NBC's THE VOICE.

Some guys wearing GOLD HELMETS may have some fun with this...

NBA Story on Jerian Grant '15 & NBA Tradition


The 2015 NBA Draft is this Thursday -- how high will Jerian go?

LINK:  GRANT FAMILY

Brian Kelly Throws Out First Pitch at Wrigley


The Corbett Family Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame -- Brian Kelly -- was at Wrigley Field last night throwing out the first pitch for the Dodgers vs. Cubs game...

Not bad form!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Under Armour Creative Director On Notre Dame



You'll enjoy this -- specifically the "555 Design" process...

Notre Dame Alum to Receive Award at ESPYS


Former Notre Dame basketball star Danielle Green will receive the PAT TILLMAN AWARD at next month's ESPYS in Las Vegas.  Here's Danielle's story...

LINK:  ESPY AWARD

Lou Holtz's Family Home -- Struck by Lightning



This happened yesterday morning at their Orlando home...


Boston Globe Story on Pat Connaughton


You'll enjoy this -- the 2015 NBA Draft is this Thursday!

LINK:  CONNAUGHTON

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!!!


That's my Dad, Jim Small on the left and my brother Jay Small on the right -- Happy Father's Day to both of you!

I wake up this Father's Day morning in a camping trailer located along the back stretch of Iowa Speedway -- this is a first in my life-time.  What's great about this is I'm the very proud DAD of three great kids and they are here with me.  Can't beat this!!!

I want to wish all of "us" DAD's a wonderful day and a wonderful year!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

He Got His Coaching Start at Notre Dame


Pat Murphy, the newly minted interim manager of the San Diego Padres -- received his first coaching gig from the University of Notre Dame back in 1988.  Murphy coached the Fighting Irish for seven seasons winning more than 300 games...

LINK:  NEW SKIPPER IN SAN DIEGO

Notre Dame's "National Champ" Looks Back...



You'll enjoy this interview...

Friday, June 19, 2015

An Inside Look at Kelly Cares -- Football 101



ND Sports Blogger Laura Thomas gives Football 101 a shot...

First Look at the Notre Dame Freshmen...

 Cole Luke on left and Ashton White on right.

 Durham Smythe on left and Alize Jones on right.

Malik Zaire on left and Brandon Wimbush on right.

Only Seven Days Away From the NBA...


The 2015 NBA Draft is less than seven days away for Notre Dame alums Jerian Grant '15, and Pat Connaughton '15.

Here's the latest rumors on where they might end up...

LINK:  JERIAN GRANT

LINK:  PAT CONNAUGHTON

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Only the Eleventh Notre Dame Athlete in History



How is that for a bullet point on a resume...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Another "Summer With Stanley" for Bowman


Notre Dame alum and General Manager of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks Stan Bowman '95 -- just won his third championship in seven seasons leading the hockey operation in the Windy City!

LINK:  HE DOES IT AGAIN

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Media Is Taking Notice of Notre Dame FB!


Look at this AP Bowl Game projection...

Now, I think they got this HALF RIGHT.

One Start -- National Magazine Cover -- Only ND


Just goes to show you the power of the Gold Helmet -- and the highest profile position in college sport, the Notre Dame Quarterback -- up front and center!

Cover #1 for Malik Zaire!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

OT: Luxurious Doomsday Resort for Billionaires


You won't believe what is hidden inside here...

LINK:  GOING OUT IN STYLE

Domers in Major League Baseball -- Update


Here's a quick update on the former Notre Dame student-athletes and current parent currently playing / managing in Major League Baseball...

LINK:  JEFF SAMARDZIJA

LINK:  A.J. POLLOCK

LINK:  DAVID PHELPS

LINK:  JOHN AXFORD

LINK:  CRAIG COUNSELL

LINK:  TORII HUNTER, SR.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Notre Dame's "Motor City Hitman" Highlights



Sergio Perkovic put on a show in the 4th quarter of Notre Dame's NCAA Semi-Final game against Denver -- worth watching again!

Replay Last Few Laps of Molly's National Title!



Molly wins going away!!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

By Golly Miss Molly! A National Championship!


Junior Molly Seidel (Hartland, WI) won Notre Dame's FIRST EVER INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Women's Track & Field yesterday!

Molly won the 10,000 meter event at the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field National Championship in Eugene Oregon!  It's only the third time she's ever competed in this event!

I'm guessing the track world will now be calling Notre Dame "Distance U" -- since ND alum Molly Huddle '09, is the current American record holder in the 5,000 meters and now Molly Seidel '16, is the current National Champion in the 10,000 meters -- and the reigning two-time High School Cross Country National Champion Anna Rohrer '19 will be arriving on campus in August!!!

LINK:  VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

LINK:  RECAP WITH QUOTES FROM MOLLY

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Notre Dame Law School #4 -- On This List !!!


If you're looking to get a job after Law School...

LINK:  BEST LAW SCHOOLS

Someone Has Had a Busy Off-Season...


That is Notre Dame pre-season All-American linebacker Jaylon Smith on the left in this photo from the Football 101 event held last night at Notre Dame.  That's Sheldon Day on the right...

"Games The Irish Play" -- A Must Read!


Dave Brown, the long-time Assistant Director of Club Sports at the University of Notre Dame will be retiring July 10th -- yet, he's resurrected memories that will last forever for ND alums and their families alike...

Dave has just published a book (after eight years of research) called GAMES THE IRISH PLAY -- and it's a look back at the 173 year history of Non-Varsity and Recreational Sport at the University of Notre Dame.  This publication is the first-ever to capture the history of Notre Dame's legendary Rec Sports program.

If you're a Notre Dame alum who competed for your Residence Hall's Interhall team or a non Varstiy sport -- this is a "must-have."

LINK:  BUY IT HERE!

NYC AP Football Writer Has ND in the Playoffs!


You'll like Ralph Russo's prediction that Notre Dame will be in the Playoffs -- not the outcome... 

Let's look at the positive!!!

LINK:  ND TO PLAY AUBURN IN PLAYOFFS

Brian Kelly Pleased With What He's Seeing...

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The Corbett Family Head Football Coach at Notre Dame -- Brian Kelly, met with the media last night during the Kelly Cares Foundation's Football 101 event.