Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cutler Admits He Wanted to Go to Notre Dame


Former Chicago Bears' QB -- Jay Cutler, admitted today in this podcast that he always wanted to play QB at Notre Dame...

LINK:  CUTLER -- PODCAST

Domer Sheldon Day Focused on Super Bowl

Domer York Talks 49ers Road To Super Bowl


Thought you'd like to see this story about the 49ers CEO and Notre Dame alum, Jed York...

LINK:  YORK ON 49ers

Philly Voice Story on Domer Mike McGlinchey


The 49ers starting right tackle -- and former Notre Dame star -- is a great interview...

LINK:  PHILLY VOICE

Monday, January 27, 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

2020 Reese's Senior Bowl Highlights Today



Notre Dame had four former student-athletes in Mobile, AL this week for the Reese's Senior Bowl; Alohi Gilman, Chase Claypool, Jalen Elliott and Troy Pride Jr.

Alohi did not play in the game due to a hamstring injury earlier in the week.

Key plays by former Notre Dame players:
  • Claypool -- TD catch
  • Pride -- Interception and 33 yard return

OT: Favorite Super Bowl Commercials



As we lead up to Super Bowl LIV -- I'll be posting a favorite Super Bowl commercial every day

Friday, January 24, 2020

Domer Jaylon Smith Competes in Dodge Ball


Former Notre Dame All-American made it to the FINAL TWO in the NFL Pro Bowl's game of Dodge Ball...

You'll have to watch to see how this ends -- the NFL will not allow me to post the video on my blog -- you have to watch it at the link below.

Watch it here:  DODGE BALL

OT: Favorite Super Bowl Commercials



Over the next few days -- leading up to Super Bowl LIV -- I'll share on this site some of my all-time favorite Super Bowl commercials...

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Notre Dame's Early Admits Number 1,540...


Thought you'd like to see what it takes these days to get into the University of Notre Dame!

LINK:  STORY

Brian Kelly Talks ND Players at Senior Bowl


Jaylon Smith Playing in First NFL Pro Bowl


The NFL Pro Bowl is a little more relaxed...

This is former Notre Dame All-American Jaylon Smith in his "practice gear" -- getting ready for Sunday's game.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Reaction to Texans Hiring Domer Weaver



Former Notre Dame football star Anthony Weaver was just named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Houston Texans.  Here's some of the reaction so far...

LINK:  HOUSTON CHRONICLE -- WILSON

LINK:  HOUSTON CHRONICLE -- SOLOMON

LINK:  YAHOO SPORTS

Notre Dame's MLK Prayer Service Last Night


Domer Sheldon Day Talks 49ers Advancing!

 
Notre Dame fans should recognize former Notre Dame star Ian Williams -- interviewing his former teammate... 

49ers Owned by a Domer Family: The Yorks



It was a classy move by Notre Dame alum Jed York (CEO of the San Francisco 49ers) to have Mike Shanahan present the trophy to his son Kyle Shanahan (49ers head coach).

After the game -- Jed gave an exclusive interview.  Read it at the link below.

LINK:  CEO JED YORK

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Dan Patrick & Brady Quinn Talk His NFL Draft



I missed this -- it aired three months ago...

OT: Burrow Confirms Beckham Gave Him $$$



This will be an interesting story to follow -- to see if the NCAA does anything in response...


LINK:  LSU's RESPONSE ON TUESDAY

LINK:  BURROW CONFIRMS HE GOT $$$

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Notre Dame's Winningest Coach of All-Time



Muffet McGraw is a gift.  This season has been difficult -- and you can see that it's getting to her.  That said -- she's a warrior who will compete and compete and compete -- she'll figure this out.  It just might take a little longer than she wants and deserves.

Hang in there Muffet!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

OT: Bill Cowher Receives Surprising News



I've always had a fondness for the Pittsburgh Steelers because of Terry Hanratty and Rocky Bleier.

Domer Mark Baldwin Talks Korn Ferry Tour



Former Notre Dame golf star Mark Baldwin -- begins another season on the Korn Ferry PGA Tour tomorrow when he tees it up in the Bahamas.  You can follow his progress right here beginning at 8:05 AM ET today!

LINK:  LEADERBOARD
 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Jaylon Smith Added to NFL Pro Bowl!



Congratulations Jaylon!

LINK:  STORY

Friday, January 10, 2020

Early Entrants Arrive at Notre Dame...


Eight high school stars will begin their college careers this weekend when they move into Notre Dame for the start of the Spring Semester on Tuesday.  Here's a story about WR Jay Brunelle...

LINK:  JAY BRUNELLE

Thursday, January 9, 2020

OT: Leinert & Bush Talk USC FB Recruiting




Trust me -- this will still be our toughest game next year, outside of Clemson's visit to Notre Dame.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Notre Dame Football Players' Agent Signings

A number of now "former" Notre Dame Football student-athletes have signed with professional agents as they get ready for the upcoming NFL Draft.  Here's a look at where some of them have signed with:
Julian Okwara signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports.


Kareen Khalid signed with Tom Condon and CAA


Tony Pride Jr. signed with Jason Bernstein & Clarity Sports


 Cole Kmet and Chase Claypool signed with Kyle McCarthy & AthletesFirst


Friday, January 3, 2020

Notre Dame Law Grad Now Leads the Big Ten



Kevin Warren '90 J.D.,  takes control of the Big Ten Conference today!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

My Favorite Story with the NBA's David Stern


I was saddened to learn last night that the legendary Commissioner of the National Basketball Association -- DAVID STERN -- had passed away after suffering a brain hemorrhage a couple of weeks earlier.

I had the great honor (it was an honor) of working with David Stern for a few years.

My David Stern story began with an idea I had to create a magazine for disadvantaged youth in the inner cities all over America.  I had been observing horrid high school graduation rates among kids in the Detroit Public Schools -- and I thought that famous athletes (who graduated from high school and went on to college) could reach these kids by telling their stories and motivating them to stay in school and get an education.

So, I created a magazine mock-up that I named WINNERS -- that would profile famous athletes who had "walked in the same shoes" as these kids in these inner-city public schools across the country.  I first pitched this idea to execs at Nike and Reebok -- the two dominant shoe brands of that era -- unfortunately, I got nowhere with this effort...

Not one to quit easily -- I decided to reach out next to the NBA's David Stern. He was the "big thinker" in professional sports at the time and I thought he might like this idea if I could get in front of him.

Unfortunately, I knew absolutely no one with the NBA.  So, I decided I'd start with the home team Detroit Pistons.  Their president at the time was Tom Wilson -- I had never met Tom before, but I thought I'd give him a call to see if he would be kind enough to give me an introduction to David Stern.

Tom agreed to meet and a  few days later I was sitting in his office at the Palace of Auburn Hills with my magazine mock-up (WINNERS) and a story.  When I was done Tom asked "all you want from me is an introduction to David Stern?" -- my reply "that's all I want."

Well, wouldn't you know it -- the following week I was in a conference room in the NBA's Olympic Tower offices in Midtown Manhattan with that same magazine cover mock-up and story -- pitching it to the one-an-only David Stern!

Stern liked the idea, so much so, that he told me in this meeting "I want to do this -- I just don't know if I want to do it with you, when I can go down the street and work with Time Inc., Hearst or Hachette (the world's largest magazine publishers at the time).

Then he looked me straight in the eye and said "so, why would I want to do this with you?"

I confidently replied, "because I'll be more passionate about this than they will..."

Well, about six months later we published our first issue of what would forever be called NBA INSIDE STUFF.  David Stern liked this name better than WINNERS and so did I...


NBA Inside Stuff was sold on newsstands all over the country and distributed FREE to kids in public schools in NBA cities.  NBA Inside Stuff then became a NBC Saturday morning TV show -- starring Ahmad Rashad and Willow Bay...


But, that's not my favorite David Stern story -- this is...

NBA Inside Stuff had been rolling along nicely when one day my phone rings and it's David Stern.  He says; "Jim, I'm tired of walking into bookstores and only seeing books about baseball. football and golf -- and no books about basketball...  Have you ever published a book before?"

Well that call led to our team creating a book titled; NBA JAM SESSION A Photo Tribute to the NBA Dunk.  

Once the book was finished (we had yet to publish it), Stern called and asked me to come to New York to meet with him.  This meeting is one I will never forget...

We met in his spacious office on Fifth Avenue -- Stern asked me to move to a smaller round table in his office.  Once we sat down he says this to me, "I'm going to share with you my business plan for the NBA... (long pause) -- MULTIPLE REVENUE STREAMS.  I don't start anything or get into any business that does not have multiple revenue streams."

Then Stern throws a pen on the table that bounces up and hits me in the chest and falls back on the table.  He then says "there is my business plan" -- as he looks down at the pen.  Then he looks up at me and says "You don't f----ing" get it, do you?"

A little startled -- I looked back it him and said; "no, I don't"

And then Stern proceeds to give me a little lesson on multiple revenue streams and how it manifests itself at the NBA...

"If we were going to make a pen at the NBA, (as he picks up that pen from the table) -- I would ask my team to leave the room and not come back until they had at least ten more revenue streams that we could create from a pen..."

"Now, they might only come back with three or four (revenue streams) -- but, it's more than one -- and I will not get into a business that has only one revenue stream."

"So, now -- you and I are going to come up with at least ten ways we can take this NBA JAM SESSION book and create revenue streams from it for the NBA..."

What a lesson.

Within 29 minutes -- the two of us created 13 additional revenue stream ideas from the content we had created for the NBA Jam Session book; trading cards, posters, t-shirts, etc., --  even a CD and a Bobby Brown song and music video...

With these additional revenue streams in place -- Stern gave me the go ahead to publish NBA Jam Session and put it into bookstores -- and the NBA Jam Session brand was off to the races.


David Stern was brilliant, tough and intimidating -- a man who saw opportunities before others...

I have many more David Stern stories that I'll leave for my own book someday;
  • Stern introducing me to Gary Bettman
  • Mark Cuban asking me to introduce him to David Stern -- which I did...
  • Etc.

David Stern -- I'll never be able to thank you enough for sharing your time, intelligence and experience with me.  You taught me much.  You left a trail.  

Rest in peace.






Notre Dame's Latest Football Commit



Ben Skowronek  (Fort Wayne, IN) announced last night that he will play his final year of eligibility -- as a graduate transfer -- for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Skowronek played the last four years for Northwestern.

LINK:  SKOWRONEK BIO