Monday, May 30, 2016
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Former Notre Dame assistant coach Martin Ingelsby '01 -- was introduced this week as the men's head basketball coach for the Delaware Blue Hens.
He was hired by a "Michigan grad" -- who leads the Blue Hens athletic program.
Posted by Jim Small at 12:03 AM
Friday, May 27, 2016
The Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers asked "Mr. Cavalier" -- Domer Austin Carr to accept their trophy tonight!
That's the Notre Dame All-Time great in the suit!
Carr, the Cavaliers TV analyst, teams up every night with my good friend and Cavalier's TV play-by-play guy Fred McLeod. Enjoy the NBA Finals Freddie -- I hope you get that ring!!!
Posted by Jim Small at 11:30 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2016
If you're a pet owner -- you'll understand what my family went through this afternoon...
About 2:30 PM ET today our dog Muffet (yes, she's named after Coach McGraw) came up missing. She's a three year-old Sheltie -- photo above of her on the day we brought her home in August of 2013.
Well, after a drive and walk around the ND campus -- a trip to the Grotto -- and many car searches around the area just south of the Notre Dame campus, it appeared she was a goner.
Until -- my cell phone rang at 9:43 PM ET and on the other end was my neighbor Polly Pajakowski with this news; "Come on down to the outside bar at Brother's Bar & Grill, they've found Muffet !!!"
Well, I made a beeline for Brother's -- only to see a group of people standing around and no Muffet -- I have to admit for a second I thought I must have not heard Polly correctly...
However, I was soon introduced to my four newest super heroes;
- Will Nord
- Susan Nord
- Stephanie Nijak
- Polina Guimaraes
The four of them were part of a "group of about 12" who cornered Muffet out on Angela Boulevard at the Eddy Street intersection -- around 2:45 PM ET today. They caught Muffet -- which is a miracle in itself since she's quicker than Rocket Ismail -- and immediately took her up to Will's apartment in the Foundry on Eddy Street.
Here's where the story gets interesting. Will was moving out of his apartment today. He's a junior at IUSB -- on their golf team --- from Newport Beach, CA. Susan, Will's Mom was in town to help facilitate the move.
They immediately called Animal Control to report that they had found a dog -- the guy who answered the phone said "we're too busy, we'll come by tomorrow." Susan didn't like this reaction so she started having thoughts about taking Muffet back to California with her -- instead of putting her in the dog pound. Will immediately called the folks at the Foundry to see if he could stay an extra night (they said YES) so he would have time to post photos of Muffet in spots on Eddy Street in the morning...
Then fate struck -- three of our neighbors; Chris and Polly Pajakowski and Charlie Hayes and his Sheltie "Reggie" -- were sitting at a table at the outside bar area at Brother's when Susan, Stephanie and Polina walked by and saw Reggie -- who looks a little like Muffet.
Susan Nord stopped and said "we found a dog today that looks a lot like your dog..."
Well --- that little news nugget set off a quick train reaction and three minutes later, I'm in Will's apartment being reunited with Muffet.
I can't thank Will, Susan, Stephanie, Polina, Chris, Polly, Rocky Geans, Charlie and "Reggie" for the roles they played in this seven hour search and rescue mission. And, I must thank the guy at Animal Control who was too busy to pick up Muffet today.
Charlie Hayes -- upon hearing the news that Muffet was missing -- headed out on his own to find her. Chris Pajakowski and Rocky Geans took off on their bikes and searched the Notre Dame campus. What great friends and neighbors we have.
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!
Now I can sleep!!!
Posted by Jim Small at 11:05 PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly was in Toronto, Canada today talking to a group of Alumni and fans -- and found some time to meet with The Sports Network's Sports Center show -- see link below:
LINK: BRIAN KELLY
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
At 86 years old, this ND fan learned she's going to her 1st @NDFootball game.— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) May 18, 2016
Her reaction to the news?
She's an 86 years-old Fighting Irish fan from Los Angeles -- and her grand kids just surprised her with a trip to see her first Notre Dame game!!!
Posted by Jim Small at 9:56 AM
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Charlie Leonard '20 (pictured above) -- who will be wearing the Notre Dame gold LAX helmet next season -- and his #3 ranked Arapahoe Warriors High School Lacrosse Team beat #2 ranked Mountain Vista 9 - 8 last night in the Colorado State Semi-Finals of the Boy's Lacrosse State Championship.
Arapahoe HS now earn the right to play #1 ranked Regis Jesuit at Denver's Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High tomorrow night at 7 PM local time.
LINK: GAME STORY
LINK: DENVER POST STORY
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Folks, I often find myself feeling quite inadequate when I compare my story with the stories of many of our students here at the University of Notre Dame...
Jake Drysdale '20 -- will be enrolling at Notre Dame this August. Here is Jake's story:
LINK: JAKE DRYSDALE
Posted by Jim Small at 11:58 AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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Posted by Jim Small at 8:37 AM
These were taken by my ultra-talented Notre Dame colleagues Matt Cashore and Barbara Johnston -- at last night's Baccalaureate Mass at the University of Notre Dame.
You can purchase these photos -- and more from Commencement Weekend 2016 at the University of Notre Dame -- at the link below:
Posted by Jim Small at 7:59 AM
Saturday, May 14, 2016
The three former Fighting Irish hoops stars were together again tonight in Indianapolis -- as Skylar Diggin's Dallas Wings won their first game in franchise history over Devereaux Peters and Natalie Achonwa's Indiana Fever 90 - 79.
Skylar didn't play -- as she works to get back on the floor after her major knee surgery...
The bottom photo took place after the game -- as the three former Notre Dame stars met with the crowd.
LINK: BOX SCORE
Posted by Jim Small at 10:13 PM
Tony Pride Jr., who has committed to play for the Fighting Irish this fall -- finished his high school sports career today in GREAT fashion!
In a little more than 3 hours this morning -- Tony won all four of his races at the South Carolina High School Track & Field State Championship:
- 100 Meters: 10.55
- 200 Meters: 21.28
- 400 Meters: 48.28
- 4 x 100 Meter Relay: 42.20 (team time -- ran anchor leg)
Posted by Jim Small at 6:38 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Posted by Jim Small at 6:13 PM
The University of Notre Dame announced the start times for its SIX home games for the 2016 football season. Here's the detail:
- September 10th -- NEVADA -- 3:30 PM ET
- September 17th -- MICHIGAN STATE -- 7:30 PM ET
- September 24th -- DUKE -- 3:30 PM ET
- October 15th -- STANFORD -- 7:30 PM ET
- October 29th -- MIAMI -- 3:30 PM ET
- November 19th -- VIRGINIA TECH -- 3:30 PM ET
In addition, Notre Dame announced its 2017 football schedule. See the link below:
LINK: FOOTBALL SCHEDULE INFO
Posted by Jim Small at 2:37 PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Posted by Jim Small at 8:25 AM
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Greg Bryant -- a former Notre Dame running back who transferred to University of Alabama at Birmingham, was found shot in a car he was driving (photo above) this morning -- in West Palm Beach, FL. on I-95.
Greg is going to need our prayers...
LINK: PALM BEACH POST STORY
Posted by Jim Small at 1:30 PM
You will find more in-depth coverage of Ronnie Stanley, Will Fuller and Jaylon Smith's first day in a NFL Mini-Camp -- on the ND GO IRISH blog...
Nick Martin #66 Texans -- standing to the left of red jersey
C.J. Prosise -- Seahawks
KeiVarae Russell -- Chiefs Rookie Dinner
Sheldon Day -- Jaguars (still rockin' his ND shoes!)
Chris Brown #10 Dallas Cowboys -- next to Jaylon
Elijah Shumate #41 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Posted by Jim Small at 8:55 AM
Nice to see him wearing a NFL jersey...
Look over his left shoulder in the video linked below --- that is his brother's locker Ron Smith (right next to Jaylon's), who is also on the Cowboy's roster...
LINK: JAYLON SMITH -- COWBOYS' MINI CAMP
Posted by Jim Small at 8:17 AM