Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Niele Ivey's Introduction to the Team's Alumnae

Monday, April 27, 2020

It's Muffet McGraw Monday Today on ESPNU

From Noon ET to Midnight ET -- ESPNU will replay six (6) of Notre Dame Women's Basketball games during Muffet's career:
  • NOON ET:  ND vs. UCONN -- 2012 Final Four
  • 2 PM ET:  ND vs. UCONN -- 2013 Season
  • 4 PM ET:  ND vs. South Carolina -- 2015 Final Four
  • 6 PM ET:  ND vs. UCONN -- 2018 Final Four
  • 8 PM ET:  ND vs. Mississippi State -- 2018 National Championship
  • 10 PM ET:  Muffet's Last Home Game at Notre Dame 2020

Check it all out on ESPNU.

McGlinchey Voices Over Staley Tribute Video

Former Notre Dame football captain, Mike McGlinchey -- played just two seasons with 49ers left tackle Joe Staley -- however, their friendship will last forever...

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Cole Kmet's Home Town Celebrates NFL Draft

No College Has Sent More Players to the NFL!

Notre Dame -- NFL Free Agent Tracker


Khalid Kareem's First NFL Media Session

Bengals's GM talks with media about Khalid Kareem...

Troy Pride Jr.'s First NFL Press Sessions

Alohi Gilman Drafted by LA Chargers!

The former Notre Dame safety was just selected by the "Los Angeles Fighting Irish" -- AKA the Los Angeles Chargers!

He'll join a roster with these former Notre Dame teammates:  Isaac Rochell, Jerry Tillery and Drue Tranquill.

Congrats Alohi!

Pittsburgh Beat Writers Talk Chase Claypool

Here's how the Pittsburgh beat writers reacted to the Steelers' selection of Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool...




Chicago Beat Writers Talk Cole Kmet Pick

Took a lap around the Chicago media sites to see what they're thinking about the Bears' selection of Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet...

That is Cole in the black shirt reacting to being selected by the Bears.  Click on photo to enlarge.




Detroit Lions' Beat Writers Talk Julian Okwara

Here's a look at the local media's reaction in Detroit to the Lions' selection of Notre Dame defensive end / linebacker Julian Okwara...




Chicago's "The Audible" Talks Cole Kmet Pick

The Brothers Okwara Talk About Lions' Pick

Lion's GM Talks Julian Okwara Selection

Replay: Steelers' Selection of Chase Claypool

The Chicago Bears' Making Their Call to Kmet

Bears's GM & Kmet Talk 2nd Round Selection

Chase Claypool Meets the Pittsburgh Media

Friday, April 24, 2020

Chase Claypool Reacts to Steelers' Selection

Replay: Cole Kmet Receives Bears' Call

Replay: Julian Okwara Receives Lions' Call

NBC's Tirico Interviews Julian Okwara

Chase Claypool's NFL HYPE VIDEO -- YEAH!

NFL Draft Rounds 2 & 3 Tonight -- Who Goes?

At 7 PM ET tonight -- the 2nd and 3rd Rounds of the virtual NFL DRAFT will begin on ESPN...

There are a few former Notre Dame football players who could get that "ZOOM" opportunity this evening:
  • Cole Kmet, tight end
  • Julian Okwara, defensive end
  • Khalid Kareem, defensive end
  • Troy Pride, Jr. defensive back
  • Chase Claypool, wide receiver


Brady Quinn Talks QB First Round Draft Picks...


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Muffet McGraw: All-Time Win Leader at ND!

Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw made the decision today to retire -- after 33 years of WINNING BIG with the Fighting Irish. 

No one has ever won more games for Notre Dame -- no one!

Muffet, you've left a trail...

Swarbrick Talks Football, Virus, Muffet, Etc.

Meet Notre Dame's Newest Head Coach!

Niele Ivey is returning home -- after a one-year stint as an assistant coach with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies -- to replace her former coach, mentor and friend...

Congrats Niele!

Love This Video From Fighting Irish Media...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Can You Name All of Jarron Jones' Teams?

Former Notre Dame "defensive tackle" Jarron Jones -- just signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday -- as an "offensive tackle."

Here's all of the helmets that Jarron Jones has received a paycheck from since his graduation from Notre Dame in 2018...

Friday, April 17, 2020

HERE IT IS -- The Shirt 2020's Unveiling!

Click on images above to enlarge.

Terry Hanratty Talks About Surviving COVID-19

Thursday, April 16, 2020

OT: Great TV Spot from the Folks at Budweiser

Colin Cowherd Interviewed Coach Kelly Today

A Photo I Took Today at Notre Dame's Grotto

Just click on the photo to enlarge...

I stopped by the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes today to light a candle for a member of the Notre Dame family.  I always love to get this view with the Golden Dome in the background.  The cross you see (on the roof line) to the right is "new" to this view -- it's part of the new Corby Hall that is nearing completion. 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Notre Dame Alum's Vatican Replica Build...

Fr. Bob Simon, a diocesan priest at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow, PA -- took ten months and used more than 500,000 LEGO pieces to build this replica of the Vatican...

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Looks Like Drew Brees Will Be Working @ ND

New Orleans Saints' QB Drew Brees is getting his "ducks in a row" for when he calls it quits on a brilliant career...

Looks like he'll be going to NBC and working Notre Dame football games.


ND Alumnae Danielle Rose: "Crown of Thorns"

Notre Dame's Folk Choir: Day is Done

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Brian Kelly Interviewed by NBC's Mike Tirico

This program was on the NBC Sports Network today...

Coach Kelly's interview begins at the 28:00 minute mark.

You may have to sign in to your cable provider to watch this online show:


A Holy Week Rosary with Fr. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Heaven's Baseball League's Newest Outfielder

Was caught off guard last night when I learned that my "second favorite Detroit Tiger of all-time" -- Al Kaline -- left for Heaven.  He played the game with such grace and class.

I feel like a just lost a little of my childhood...

The photo above is of Kaline sitting between Harvey Kuehn on the left and my Dad, Jim Small on the right.  It's a photo from Opening Day 1956 in the Tiger's dugout, Kaline was 21 years-old playing right field and my dad was 19, playing center field for the Tigers.  (You can tell who the California kid is in this picture -- all bundled up.)

Both (Kaline and my Dad) were "bonus babies" for the Tigers -- they are among the very few in baseball history who went straight from high school to the big leagues as 18 year-olds. 

Kaline did it in 1953, joining the Tigers immediately after his high school graduation from Southern High School (Baltimore, MD) -- and my Dad did the same thing in 1955, right after his high school graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose, CA).

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Coach Kelly Joins High School AD in Live Chat

A Custom Notre Dame Mask for COVID-19

Sally Naxera Benson '76 -- a former Notre Dame Cheerleader -- made her own custom mask to protect her from the coronavirus.  I'm told that's Sally at the top of the pyramid in the photo over her right shoulder...

Sally -- you might have a business here!

Special thanks to my former colleague Bob Quakenbush '76 for alerting me to Sally's creation!

Friday, April 3, 2020

The Story of the "Notre Dame Teddy Bear..."

Fr. Bob Simon -- a diocesan priest at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow, PA -- has never been shy about letting his parishioners know that he's a proud Notre Dame alum...

Well, recently one of his parishioners started a business making custom teddy bears with a focus on individuals who are grieving.  A friend of Fr. Bob commissioned this woman to make him a Notre Dame Teddy Bear (photo above) as a surprise gift.  The custom bear is wearing a Notre Dame hat, a priest's cleric collar and has the ND Monogram and Fr. Bob's name on its chest.  You'll also find the Notre Dame Leprechaun on its back...

It was delivered to Fr. Bob the very day that they were ordered to "stay inside" because of the coronavirus -- divine timing.

Fr. Bob recently learned that people around the country -- inspired by the book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen -- were putting teddy bears in their front windows so that families taking a walk could play a game with their children searching for bears in the windows.

So, Fr. Bob shared this story in a recent homily that was livestreamed to the parish.  He's since learned that many parishioners have joined in the fun -- including Fr. Bob, who has placed the Notre Dame Teddy Bear in the front window of the parish rectory.

Now, that's the story of the Notre Dame Teddy Bear!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Message & Video From Fr. Jenkins, C.S.C.

(Click on message to enlarge.)

A Notre Dame Family Dealing With COVID-19

Please keep the Maichin family of Long Island, especially their son Christoper -- suffering from the effects of COVID-19 -- in your prayers.  We all need to do our part to stop the spread of this virus!

Abby Maichin -- second from left in family photo above from National Signing Day -- will be attending the University of Notre Dame this fall and will play for the Fighting Irish's #2 ranked Women's Lacrosse program

Here's a link below to yesterday's Newsday story about the Maichin's and the challenges posed by the coronavirus...

Special thanks to my friend and Notre Dame Dad, Tommy Ruttura (Long Island, NY) for alerting me to this story.