Monday, December 31, 2018

Two Days After "Defeat in Dallas" -- The Media


Took a lap around the worldwide web -- couldn't get myself to do this yesterday...

Here's what our friends in the media have to say about our loss to Clemson:

LINK:  USA TODAY

LINK:  WASHINGTON POST

LINK:  CBS SPORTS

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

O' Holy Night -- From The Grotto at Notre Dame



I am going to take a few days away from the ND GO IRISH BLOG -- you'll see me back here the day after Christmas.

The group above is a brand new student performance group at the University of Notre Dame called the Gold & Blue Company -- our team put them together to perform at events on campus this past Fall.  I hope you enjoy!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Took a Walk Around the Notre Dame Campus


Thought you'd enjoy these photos -- just got back from a walk around the most beautiful college campus in the world...

Mornin' After a Crossroads Win Over Purdue



The Fighting Irish were not expected to win this game...

Here's the media's reaction:

LINK:  INDY STAR

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

LINK:  JOURNAL & COURIER

LINK:  SPORTING NEWS

It Wasn't Meant to Be: Valdosta 49 - Ferris 47



What a crazy game...

Proud of the fight in our Ferris State Bulldogs.  A failed two-point conversion with 1:37 left in the game -- left Ferris on the short end of a 49 - 47 score.  Next year!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Brey & Mooney Talk Win Over Purdue Today




More Notre Dame Player Interviews Today




Clark Lea and Chip Long With Media Today...



Brian Kelly Talks With Media After Scrimmage


Today: Notre Dame Football Player Interviews



ESPN Picks the "Top 50 Players" of 2018...


Today -- Do Me a Favor -- Root for Ferris State!


My two favorite college football teams will be playing in the Dallas area these next two weeks..

Today, Ferris State University -- will be playing for a NCAA Division II National Championship in McKinney, TX.  The game will be held at a $70 million "high school" football facility (video below) -- a mere 45 minute drive from AT&T Stadium -- where our Fighting Irish begin their run at a NCAA Division I National Championship in two weeks.

So, here's my TV plans for today:
  • 1:30 PM ET -- Purdue vs. Notre Dame on CBS
  • 4:00 PM ET -- Valdosta State vs. Ferris State on ESPNU

This is the day that Notre Dame fans root for the Bulldogs of Ferris State!  Go Dawgs!


All You Need to Know About Valdosta vs. Ferris


The Fighting Irish on TV Today at 1:30 PM ET



Mike Brey's Irish take on the Purdue Boilermakers today at 1:30 PM ET on CBS...

Ferris State Plays for National Championship!

My alma mater, Ferris State University plays for a NCAA Division II National Championship this afternoon at 4 PM ET on ESPNU -- Ferris goes for a rare "back to back" as the Bulldog's men's basketball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship back in April.

Today -- we're all BULLDOG FANS!

A Story You Must Read Today...


You'll become a Charles Barkley fan today -- if you read this story...

LINK:  THE ODD COUPLE

The Ferris State Bulldogs Take Over McKinney!



My people, the Ferris State alumni -- have turned out in McKinney, TX to see our Bulldogs play for a National Championship today at 4 PM ET!

Ferris State's Jayru Campbell Wins Harlan Hill!



The Harlan Hill Trophy is the NCAA Division II's "Heisman Trophy" -- Ferris State has now won 3 of the last 5!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Get To Know Clemson: Dabo Swinney Presser


Domer Kyle Rudolph Stars In Pepsi TV Spot


First Look at a Photo From Practice Facility...


The Fighting Irish's men's and women's basketball team have a new practice home at Notre Dame...

Here's the first photo I've seen -- other than the practice courts -- of the new facility.  I love this!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Domer Dad "Dickie V" Hall of Fame Induction


Proud Notre Dame Dad, Dick Vitale -- a legendary broadcaster with ESPN -- is being inducted this evening into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.  Dick goes in with ten others, a group that includes Jim Nantz (CBS), Bob Costas (NBC) and Gary Bettman (NHL).

Congrats Dick!!!

LINK:   HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Geno Auriemma Talks Win Over Notre Dame



I didn't want to post this -- and I waited until now.

They cleaned our clock, I hope we get another shot at them in Tampa at the Final Four...

OT: My Bulldogs Play for National Title Saturday



Since it's a quiet week for our Fighting Irish (FINAL EXAMS) -- I thought we might check in on the 15 - 0 Ferris State Bulldogs who play Valdosta, GA for a NCAA Division II National Championship...

A Notre Dame Man & Saint Mary's Woman...



Are doing great things in their new hometown...

I posted a similar story a couple of days ago about the work Kyle & Jordan Rudolph are doing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Notre Dame Football Coaches' All-Time Wins!


Here's a look at the TOP TEN Notre Dame head football coaches as it relates to all-time career wins. 

*Please note: I'm not going to take the 21 wins away from Coach Kelly -- that the NCAA did earlier this year...

So here's the TOP TEN:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

OT: Ferris State Plays for Division II Title!!!


My alma mater, Ferris State University (AKA "the Harvard of Mecosta County) -- will play Valdosta State next Saturday for the NCAA Division II National Championship!

Ferris' men's basketball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship a few months ago!

Quite the year for Ferris State Athletics!

The Bulldogs are now 15 - 0 -- after winning their third playoff game today!!!

LINK:  GAME STORY

Coach Kelly Talks With Media After Practice...



Notre Dame Football began Goodyear Cotton Bowl prep today...

The Official Notre Dame Cotton Bowl Party!


Tickets will go on sale Monday for The Official Notre Dame Goodyear Cotton Bowl Party -- a three hour celebration filled with; food, drinks, fun -- and entertainment from Chloe Agnew (of Celtic Woman fame) and Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers, the band Chicago!

Chicago is going to put on a 75 minute concert to end the party!!!

If you live in the Dallas area this evening -- you're going to want a ticket to this event!!!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Coach Kelly Shares Press Conference Stage



The four head coaches of the participants in the 2019 College Football Playoff were in Atlanta tonight for the Home Depot Awards Show -- prior to the event, they held a joint press conference.


A Notre Dame Man -- Doing the Right Thing!

Former Notre Dame All-American Kyle Rudolph and his wife Jordan (Saint Mary's grad) -- are changing lives in Minnesota...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Introducing Kinley Joan Walsh -- to the World!


This afternoon at 3:04 PM ET -- I witnessed a miracle, the birth of our first grandchild.

What a moment.

The photo above is of my son-in-law Conor Walsh holding his little girl, Kinley Joan for the very first time.

I want to thank my colleagues at Notre Dame for allowing me the opportunity to get down to Vero Beach, FL to experience this -- how special.

Kinley measured 22" long and weighed 9lbs-3oz. -- a healthy baby girl.  Her Mom, my daughter Kara is doing just fine -- thank the Lord!

I hope tomorrow to post a photo of Kinley wearing her "custom" Grandpa Tells Me onesie.

Brian Kelly Named "Home Depot Coach OTY!



He's the only coach to win this award more than once -- and he's won it THREE TIMES!

Congrats Coach Kelly!

LINK:  SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE STORY

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

My Gift of "Notre Dame" to Our First Grandchild


My daughter Kara and son-in-law Conor leave for the hospital tonight, in Vero Beach, for the birth of their first child...

The sex of this child -- is unknown -- what isn't unknown is what this boy or girl's favorite college will be.

Please keep the "three" of them in your prayers.

I had these custom "onesies" made -- four different sizes, so my grandchild will be wearing these for many months.  It's a process!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Notre Dame Football -- Talking CFB Playoff!



Notre Dame to Play Clemson in Cotton Bowl


Bring it!

Today UConn Will Face "All of Notre Dame"


For the first time in the last six meetings -- Muffet McGraw will have her roster's FIVE BEST PLAYERS in the line-up to take on Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies...

Think about that!


2018 NCAA Semi-Final Game:  ND 91 - UConn 89
  • Brianna Turner missed game due to injury

December 3, 2017:  UConn 80 - ND 71
  • Brianna Turner missed game due to injury

December 7, 2016: UConn 72 - ND 61
  • Taya Reimer missed game for personal reasons

December 5, 2015:  UConn 72 - 61
  • Brianna Turner and Taya Reimer missed game due to injury

April 7, 2015:  UConn 63 - ND 53
  • Natalie Achonwa missed game due to injury

December 6, 2014:  UConn 76 - 58
  • Brianna Turner missed game due to injury

Your Notre Dame Television Guide for Today!


The University of Notre Dame will be the subject of many a TV broadcast this day -- so, get ready for everything we love about being a fan of the Fighting Irish!  Here's what you'll want to be tuned in to and when:

NOON ET:  College Football Playoff Selection Show on ESPN
  • This is a four-hour show...
  • 2 PM ET -- the College Football Playoff Rankings are released
  • 3 PM ET -- the "New Year's Six" bowl games (where ND will be playing) are announced -- locations and times

4 PM ET:  #2 UConn vs. #1 Notre Dame on ESPN
  • The top rivalry in all of women's team sports

8 PM ET:  Garth Brooks LIVE at Notre Dame on CBS
  • The first concert in the 88 year history of Notre Dame Stadium

The photo above is courtesy of Notre Dame photographer Matt Cashore.  Matt took this photo Thursday night on campus.  You can purchase Matt's photos at: photos.nd.edu

Saturday, December 1, 2018

He's "Addicted to Notre Dame Football..."


You've got to see this story.

Griffin's Dad Jeff -- a Domer, is a good friend of my cousin Mike Doyle.

LINK:  GRIFFIN

Ferris State Bulldogs Advance to Final Four!


Hey, my two schools Notre Dame (my employer) and Ferris State (my alma mater) are a combined 26 - 0 this football season!

The Ferris State Bulldogs -- beat Ouachita (Wah-shi-tah) Baptist today 34 - 17 -- to advance to the FINAL FOUR of NCAA Division II Football!!!

The Bulldogs are still alive to win a rare "basketball / football" back-to-back National Championship!  

Ferris' men's basketball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship in March!

The Notre Dame Nation -- Votes Julian Love #1


This is the final online voting for the Jim Thorpe Award which will be awarded to the nation's top defensive back.  As you can see, Notre Dame's Julian Love -- won the fan voting!

The winner will be announced on December 6th.

George Herbert Walker Bush at Notre Dame


Here's the statement from the Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame -- on the passing of President Bush.

LINK:  STATEMENT

I Am Rooting For This to Happen Today...


As we await Sunday afternoon's "final rankings" and the bowl selections -- I thought I'd share who I will be rooting for today...
  • Alabama vs. Georgia -- I'm hoping they will handle Georgia today, in a big way.
  • Clemson vs. Pittsburgh -- I'll be rooting for a close game.
  • Texas vs. Oklahoma -- I'll be rooting for a close game
  • Northwestern vs. Ohio State -- I'll be rooting for a close game

Did anyone watch the PAC 12 Conference Championship game last night?  Had to be between 20,000 and 30,000 people at the game...