Playing the Numbers: How do the Irish Stack Up?

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With National Signing Day in the rear-view mirror, and with the popularity, and proliferation, of shows about "the haul," shows like Deadliest Catch, Lobster Wars, Alaska Fish Wars, Swords: Life on the Line, and Wicked Tuna, it struck me that it might be interesting to compare Notre Dame's recruiting hauls under now sixth-year Head Coach Brian Kelly with our 2015 competition. Then, I threw LSU into the mix, for a little flavor, a little lagniappe. So, without further ado, let's look at the … [Read more...]

National Signing Day So Far: The Irish at 24

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Well, it's been a good day, so far, for the Notre Dame Figthing Irish, with twenty-four recruits, including early-enrollees, in the bag. Once again, Coach Kelly and his staff trolled far and wide to land this class, pulling athletes from what appear to be thirteen (13) states, giving Brian Kelly 224 votes in the Electoral College. But the biggest troll of the day, so far, was the (tragically-incorrect) news that Brady Hoke had joined the Irish coaching staff as a defensive coach. This would … [Read more...]

National Signing Day Week: A Primer

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Well, loyal readers, this is it. This is the week of National Signing Day. You thought Sunday was big? Katy Perry? She was big, no doubt, but nothing that happened Sunday will match the nervous excitement, the energy, the spectacle of fax machines churning out paper on Wednesday. February 4, 2015, is Opening Day, if you will, of the end of the college football recruiting period, and the day on which the nation's elite athletes will use a fax machine for the first, and likely last, time of their … [Read more...]

So Why Go? The Importance of Going Bowling

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Last week, one of our newest writers, Moons, wrote a solid and well-received piece on whether or not bowl games serve as a "springboard" for success the following season.¬†Moons suggested that a bit of micro-analysis or team-specific inquiry could flesh out his general theory and add a little nuance. In today's piece, I decided to look specifically at the Irish. What I found was that while there was no correlation between a bowl appearance, much less a win, for that matter, and a better record … [Read more...]

Men’s Hoops Update: Irish In The Top Ten

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With heaping helpings of "dunks dulac" and "small-ball," the Notre Dame men's basketball team is 17-2 overall and 5-1 in the ACC as they round into the final twelve games of the regular season and they've cracked the nation's Top Ten, coming in at number eight in the most recent AP rankings. With wins over North Carolina and Michigan State, 15th-year head coach Mike Brey's cagers have steadily risen through the Top Twenty-Five since first breaking in back in week five. With upcoming games … [Read more...]