Saturday, October 31, 2015

DeShone Kizer's 79 Yard Touchdown Run!



Sophomore, first-year starter DeShone Kizer led the Irish with 342 yards of total offense -- 299 yard passing / 143 yards rushing!

The 79 yard run is the 2nd longest run by a ND QB from scrimmage in history!

Kizer to Fuller -- Game Winning Touchdown!


KeiVarae's Late Interception Seals Irish Victory!



Notre Dame beats Temple 24 - 20 in Philly tonight.

Reigning ACC Champs -- Back to Work Friday!



The three freshmen; Pflueger, Ryan and Burns -- all made their first college field goal attempts last night -- A THREE, A THREE and a TWO!

OT: New Zealand's "All Blacks" Haka Dance



I watched them do this on NBC before the start of the Rugby World Cup Final today against Australia -- WOW!

Phil Steele Makes His "Best Bet" Pick on ESPN


Let's Take a Look at Temple's Football Schedule


Since we have all day to worry about this game -- allow me to shed some light on the undefeated Owls and the "great" defense we will be playing this evening...

Here's a look at who Temple has played so far -- and the offensive rankings of each team.  For a point of comparison -- here's how ND ranks (against all 128 teams in FBS):
  • Rushing Rank:  #15
  • Passing Rank:  #33
  • Offensive Rank:  #17

Penn State
  • Temple 27 -- Penn State 10
  • Penn State's record: 6 - 2
  • Penn State Rushing Rank:  #82
  • Penn State Passing Rank:  #92
  • Penn State Offensive Rank: #111

Cincinnati
  • Temple 34 -- Cincinnati 26
  • Cincinnati's record: 4 - 3
  • Cincinnati's Rushing Rank:  #34
  • Cincinnati's Passing Rank:  #8
  • Cincinnati's Offensive Rank: #7

UMASS
  • Temple 25 -- UMASS 23
  • UMASS's record: 1 - 6
  • UMASS's Rushing Rank:  #120
  • UMASS's Passing Rank:  #24
  • UMASS's Offensive Rank:  #50

Charlotte
  • Temple 37 -- Charlotte 3
  • Charlotte's record: 3 - 5
  • Charlotte's Rushing Rank:  #58
  • Charlotte's Passing Rank:  #112
  • Charlotte's Offensive Rank:  #104

Tulane
  • Temple 49 -- Tulane 10
  • Tulane's record: 3 - 4
  • Tulane's Rushing Rank:  #122
  • Tulane's Passing Rank:  #84
  • Tulane's Offensive Rank: #122

UCF
  • Temple 30 -- UCF 16
  • UCF's record: 0 - 8
  • UCF's Rushing Rank:  #128
  • UCF's Passing Rank:  #90
  • UCF's Offensive Rank: #128

East Carolina 
  • Temple 24 -- East Carolina 14
  • East Carolina's record: 4 - 4
  • East Carolina's Rushing Rank:  #96
  • East Carolina's Passing Rank:  #29
  • East Carolina's Offensive Rank:  #55


NOTE:  When you look at Penn State vs. Cincinnati -- this might be the best argument ever that Defense is more important than Offense -- or, you need to play a BIG TEN schedule...

Brian Kelly on ESPN GameDay This Morning



This was obviously filmed last night when the Fighting Irish did their "shake-out."

Temple Coach on ESPN This Morning


Temple Fans Get Up Early Today for GameDay


   

Friday, October 30, 2015

Photos of ND's Locker Room @ The "Linc"


Here's Notre Dame's locker room set up for tomorrow night's PRIME TIME game with Temple at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. 

Courtesy of @NDFBEquipment -- follow Ryan Grooms on Twitter!

ESPN Anchor Returns Home to Temple


   

Rece Davis and Lee Corso Talk GameDay


   

Philly Excited to Host College GameDay Show


   

Temple Owls Host Pep Rally This Afternoon


Here's a look at Temple's celebration this afternoon in Philadelphia...

LINK:  TEMPLE PEP RALLY

Notre Dame Football's Arrival to Philadelphia



ESPN's Rece Davis Talks ND vs. Temple


ESPN Story: Philly Native Will Fuller


Thought you'd like to read this story written by ESPN's Notre Dame beat writer Matt Fortuna...

LINK:  WILL FULLER

ESPN: Can Temple Upset Notre Dame?


Jack Swarbrick Show: Muffet McGraw Interview


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Domer Joe Montana in California Tourism Ad


Halloween: Brady Quinn's Niece and Nephew


Got to love this!  Former Notre Dame All-American Brady Quinn's niece and nephew dressed as Hillary and "The Donald" for a Halloween party... 

FYI: Brady's sister Laura is married to A.J. Hawk, linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.  That's "Mom & Dad" in the photo below.

 

Temple Week: Coach Kelly Thursday Presser


OT: Our Kids Kara & Conor's Dog and Pumpkin!


Our daughter Kara and son-in-law Conor adopted Bailey as a puppy a little more than a year ago.  She is the most pampered pup in America...

This photo was a team effort -- Kara "styled" Bailey and Conor carved her face on the pumpkin.

Happy Halloween!

ACC Media Day -- Zach Auguste Presser


Here is Notre Dame student-athlete Zach Auguste in front of the media assembled in Greensboro, NC yesterday at the ACC Media Day...

LINK:  ZACH AUGUSTE

ACC Media Day: Demetrius Jackson Presser


Here is Notre Dame student-athlete Demetrius Jackson in front of the media yesterday at the ACC Media Day...

LINK:  DEMETRIUS JACKSON

ACC Media Day: Mike Brey's Media Session


The reigning ACC Coach of the Year Mike Brey -- stood in front of the media yesterday to talk about this year's Fighting Irish...

LINK:  MIKE BREY

Coach Brey Goes "Nae Nae" at ACC Media Day


OT: Now This is a Creative Way to Get Attention


Nice Story on Notre Dame's Leprechaun


Found this story at Sports Illustrated's Campus Rush...

LINK:  NOTRE DAME LEPRECHAUN

Matich & McShay Talk Notre Dame vs. Temple


Kirk Herbstreit Talks Notre Dame vs. Temple


ESPN's Chris Low Picks ND vs. Temple Winner


The Four Horsemen Shall Ride Again...


Jerian Grant -- Off to a Good Start in NYC!


Here's a nice story about former Notre Dame All-American Jerian Grant and his relationship with NBA veteran and New York Knick teammate Jose Calderon.

Jerian made his NBA debut last night against the Milwaukee Bucks and produced these numbers in 24 minutes of action in the Knicks 122 - 97 road win:
  • 10 points
  • 5 assists  (tied for most on the team)
  • 3 steals

GREAT START!!!

FYI:  Pat Connaughton did not see action in the Portland Trail Blazers' opening game loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

LINK:  SOAKING IN ADVICE

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ESPN: "Can Temple Hang With Notre Dame?"


Temple Week: Temple Players Talk Notre Dame


Here's a few Temple football players with the media yesterday -- talking about Notre Dame...

LINK:  TEMPLE PLAYERS

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Temple Week: Temple Coach Talks Notre Dame


Here's a link to Temple Head Coach Matt Rhule talking about Saturday's game with Notre Dame...

LINK:  PRESS CONFERENCE

Temple Week: Coach Kelly's Press Conference


Domer Dad Torii Hunter, Sr. -- Retires from MLB



Notre Dame Dad Torii Hunter, Sr. (father of Fighting Irish wide receiver Torii Hunter, Jr.) called it a career yesterday as he announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after 19 years in the big leagues...

What a career it was!
  • 19 seasons
  • 9 Gold Gloves
  • 5 All-Star Game selections
  • 309 home runs
  • 195 stolen bases

How's this -- he turned 40 years-old this past July and he still produced these types of numbers for the Twins in his final season:
  • 22 home runs
  • 81 RBI

To put Torii Hunter's career in perspective -- there's only one man in the history of baseball who has more than 9 Gold Gloves, 309 home runs and 195 stolen bases -- WILLIE MAYS.

Torii Hunter was a great teammate -- a class act -- Major League Baseball loses a gem today.

It will be nice seeing him around Notre Dame a little more often! 

Temple University Readies for Notre Dame


   

Monday, October 26, 2015

OT: Third Graders Mimicking the Jackson Five



Students from Baldwin Hills Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA -- got to love it!

ESPN's 30 For 30: "Catholics vs. Convicts"


Here's the back story about the film producer that ESPN hired to tell the story about Notre Dame's 1988 National Champions -- and their battle with Miami...

LINK:  CATHOLICS vs. CONVICTS

ESPN's College GameDay Going to Philadelphia

#9 Notre Dame vs. #22 Temple -- the biggest football game in Temple's history...

LINK:  INDEPENDENCE MALL

Must See: There is a Game at Notre Dame



Heywood Banks performing "There is a Game at Notre Dame" -- on the Bob & Tom Radio Show in Indianapolis.

OT: I Have Never Seen This on a Football Field


I made the trek up to Big Rapids Saturday to see the #3 ranked Ferris State Bulldogs host the #16 ranked Huskies of Michigan Tech.

Ferris won 24 - 14 to remain undefeated!

What caught me off guard was the photo above -- this is Ferris State's "standard" punt formation.  TWO PUNTERS -- one a right-footed kicker, the other a left-footed kicker.

Ferris makes the call at the line of scrimmage as to which punter will take the snap...

Maybe that school in Ann Arbor should have tried this...

Episode 7: A Season With Notre Dame Football


Episode 6: A Season With Notre Dame Football


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Connaughton & Grant Make NBA Rookie Top 10



Notre Dame Moves Up to #9 in Both Major Polls


The Fighting Irish move up in the polls this week.  Still have three games on the schedule --- ALL ON THE ROAD --- against team ranked in the TOP 25:
  • Temple
  • Pittsburgh
  • Stanford

LINK:  COACHES POLL

LINK:  AP POLL