Winning In The Trenches

Casualties 5 Oct 1914

In case you forgot, 2014 is the centenary of the start of the First World War. By this date in that fateful and terrible year, the Belgians, French, and the tiny British Expeditionary Force had checked the rampant Hun at the Marne River and the collected masses of men became moles, digging and tunneling, ever to their flank, in a desperate race to turn the other side and end the slaughter. Mars' machines married Napoleon's principles in an orgy of horror that killed men on a soaring scale and … [Read more...]

Turnovers: They’re Not Just for Breakfast Anymore


But they are so tasty. And let's face it, as Autumn descends down along the bayou, my thoughts are turning to warm pastry crust and piping hot, pumpkin-spiced coffee. 2014 has, thus far, been a season of surprises. Thought you'd see a lot more of DaVaris Daniels than Phillip Daniels? Surprise! Thought you'd be swooning over the O-line and sweating over the D-line? Surprise! You get the idea. Something that might not be a surprise is the result of putting Everett Golson under center and … [Read more...]

Farewell, Fat Man

Hokey Hoke

Goodbye, Brady Hoke. Goodbye, Wolverines. You will not be missed. Whatever hate-piece I had in mind, whatever cheap, ad hominem jokes I had to write at Brady Hoke's expense, were completely one-upped yesterday through the epic, comedic brilliance of our AD, Jack Swarbrick. To announce home-and-home games with The Ohio State University, Michigan's historic rival, Notre Dame ended its on-again off-again relationship with the Maize and Blue with a vengeful flourish of which David Chase would … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Coach

via @LTorbin

Fittingly, I hope, we end this year's installment of Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy with the position that defines an era: Coach. Years, if not decades, are defined by the men at the helm of the program. Rockne connotes herky-jerky newsreels and chamiponships. Leahy, Parseghian, Holtz, Devine, Willingham, and Weis each conjure images or feelings. Entering his fifth year at the head of Fighting Irish, the big fig himself, Brian Kelly's name is beginning to define the times. One ignores the … [Read more...]

Kelly Speaks: Rice, the Two Deep, and “Limited Democracy”

Kelly Presser

Brian Kelly addressed the media today in a press conference that covered the waterfront that is Notre Dame football. Of course, all eyes, and ears, were on the four players currently suspended as the investigation into academic misdeeds continues, but the kickoff against Rice, the vacant captaincies, and the newly-released Two Deep got as much, if not more, attention. And, if his comments today were any indication, Coach Kelly wants to focus on the players available to him and not on those who … [Read more...]