Running the Damn Ball: Weren’t We Already?

Screencap via @SupermanTDJesus

If we can take away one thing for sure from the Blue Gold game this past Saturday, it's that the Irish ran the damn ball. A lot. While this could certainly have been pandering to the Members Only-crowd who comprised the approximately four thousand lucky/incredibly wealthy/generous spectators (it certainly was not), it most likely reflected a recognition by Head Coach Brian Kelly and his staff that what worked against LSU in the Music City Bowl would keep on working with a darn good O-line, a … [Read more...]

Better than Gerry: Brian Kelly after Five Seasons

Knute Rockne bust

With the Spring Game looming Saturday and kickoff against the Texas Longhorns mere months away, Notre Dame's head football coach, Brian Kelly, is heading into waters that have not been tested since Lou Holtz, now late of ESPN, was at the helm under the Dome. Not since the 1996 season have the Irish had a coach make it to his sixth year. These historical comparisons are almost by their very nature flawed. Today's coaches are spoiled for post-season options, whereas coaches of yore were limited … [Read more...]

Rockne’s: A Restaurant Review

Rockne Hus

After depositions in Cincinnati last week, I decided to change my flight home to leave out of O'Hare, rented a car and drove to South Bend to spend a little time on campus and breathe some new life into these weary bones. Eschewing my usual haunts, I wanted to try a new place making ripples, if not waves, on the foodie circuit: Rockne's. Frankly, I wasn't enamored with the name, as it suggested, and still does, peanut shells on the floor and kitschy spellings of common words, e.g. "overstuff't." … [Read more...]

Sometimes The Bad Guys Win: Dealing with Defeat

Notre-Dame-Mike-Brey

"HAVE you news of my boy Pat? " Not this tide. "When d'you think that he'll come back?" Not with this wind blowing, and this tide. "Has any one else had word of him?" Not this tide. For what is sunk will hardly swim, Not with this wind blowing, and this tide. "Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?" None this tide, Nor any tide, Except he did not shame his kind--- Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide. Then hold your head up all the more, This tide, And every … [Read more...]

Rolling In The Deep: Do We Have It All This Spring?

Everett-Golson

With all the hullabaloo surrounding the post-season success of the men's basketball team and the annual march by the women's basketball team, you'd be forgiven, some, for missing out on the start of Spring practice for Brian (Kelly) and the boys. That said, the sense of excitement surrounding the football team, at least insofar as you can glean from practice snippets and press conferences, is palpable. Coming off an electrifying win over LSU in the Music City Bowl, the Irish are healthy and the … [Read more...]