Rudy Explains the College Football Playoff

Via @CFBPlayof

This has been a rather busy morning for the powers-that-be of the new College Football Playoff. First, all college teams can put their crystal football dreams to rest. That trophy is no more and has been replaced by the following: https://twitter.com/CFBPlayoff/status/488700381656920065 Now, that trophy has been met with all kinds of reactions ranging from positive to vulgar female anatomy comparisons; however, the bigger reveal had to be Sean Astin reprising his role as Rudy and … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Running Back

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 14: Cam McDaniel #33 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 14, 2013 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The running game is the magic elixir for all that ails a football program. With strong-legged ball carriers who are fleet-of-foot, sure-of-hand, who run north and south and downhill, an offense is guaranteed a cloud of dust and four yards. Running the ball strips the game to its pure essence and credits the strong, the smart, the well-rehearsed. While football, and the running game in particular, is by no means as simple as that, a solid running attack is a necessary element to any offense, … [Read more...]

Irish Archives: “Comeback” out of the “Rip” Formation

Comeback from RIP Mich

In September 1990, Chicago Tribune columnist Joseph Tybor wrote a featured article about Notre Dame flanker Adrian Jarrell titled "Big Plays Becoming Jarrell's Trademark." The article recounts Jarrell's game-winning touchdown reception in the season opener against Michigan and his improbable reception on the "Immaculate Deflection" the following week in East Lansing. According to Tybor, both of these clutch receptions came on a play known as "Comeback" out of the "Rip" formation in the Irish … [Read more...]

2014 Shamrock Series Uniforms Leaked?

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Get your annual Shamrock Series rage/anger/joy/horror/trolling/enthusiasm ready, because it appears that Notre Dame Football's secret might be out. According to the UniWatch Twitter account, one of their commentators got a sneak peak at both the traditional home and 2014 Shamrock Series uniforms: https://twitter.com/UniWatch/status/486920782421819393 As promised, Under Armour left the class home uniform alone. The only real change comes with the base (aka, the undershirt) that has a … [Read more...]

2014 Opponent Preview: Syracuse

Credit: The Helmet Project

We've had quite a bit of a break since our last Notre Dame opponent preview. The way I see it, Notre Dame has a bye week before Syracuse, so I'm completely justified in taking a break! Anyways, Syracuse will be the first ACC opponent that the Irish will face as ND eases into the scheduling relationship with the ACC. While technically an away game, Syracuse will be hosting the Irish at a neutral site, MetLife Stadium. Depending on the turnout, this could very well be a home crowd for the … [Read more...]