Friday Roundup: The “Declaration of iNDependence” Episode

Friday Roundup

Yes, I used "ND" in the middle of a word. I don't care. Eye-roll away. Anyways, after yet another week full of hot takes on why Notre Dame's independence is the worst thing ever and should bar them from the college football playoffs, I felt it was time to devote a whole episode of the Friday Roundup to the topic. If you want a singular thing to pass on to someone that wonders why ND thinks it's so special and is independent, share this episode. If you want to show someone that a strong … [Read more...]

Two Lists to End July

The five-star gun show won't appear until the season is well under way. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin)

Earlier today Matt Brown of Sports on Earth dropped his updated list of the Top 100 Players for the 2015 Season. This seemed to dovetail quite nicely with HLS’s “Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy” series (which will return next week after a brief hiatus). Obviously, this is prime time for making lists, “getting on the record,” and making sweet predictions. The blogger/writer/pundit glory that comes with pointing to something you wrote in June or July knows no bounds. However, I find myself oddly … [Read more...]

Most Have to Play Thirteen to Get to Twelve

"Gary-Pinkel-Mizzou-vs-Nevada-Sept-13-08" by Jim Ross; cropped by User:Blueag9. - Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

As we head into the second season of the college football playoff, a number of coaches took shots at the Irish, arguing that Notre Dame needs to be in a conference with a playoff in order to be considered for a spot in the sport's final four. Yesterday, Dan Wetzel crushed those "intellectually lazy opinions" by pointing out that the Irish play a twelve game schedule that is every bit as tough, if not tougher, than any of the conference pretenders. In case you haven't heard, Missouri's Gary … [Read more...]

Four-Down Territory: Notre Dame’s 2015 Schedule


Tex did an admirable job breaking down the opponents by fear index, but I'm going to take a slightly different tack. This is the first in a series of posts that break down aspects of Notre Dame Football into four major storylines. In this installment, we'll look at one opponent for each month of the 2015 schedule to see if we can find key inflection points that will help us determine how the season is trending. … [Read more...]

Recruiting Roundup: Mid-July links

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at BCS Championship Media day Jan. 5. (Courtesy of Matt Velazquez, via Flickr)

Good morning! Recruiting just went through a "dead period," but you would never know it by the amount of stories that have been produced in the last two weeks. I've collected them all and present them to you as one giant post. If you've been slacking on your recruiting reading, this is a great opportunity to catch up. 4-star DE MCTELVIN AGIM (ARKANSAS) Scout (F): The Opening: McTelvin Agim evaluation 4-star WR/RB DAMIAN ALLOWAY (CALIFORNIA) Slap the Sign (F): Notre Dame leads for … [Read more...]