Her Loyal Sons http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog A Notre Dame Football Blog Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:41:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Recordings from Last Two Weeks of “Inside the Game” Are Here http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/20/recordings-last-two-weeks-inside-game/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=recordings-last-two-weeks-inside-game http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/20/recordings-last-two-weeks-inside-game/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:41:31 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26772 Let’s take a trip back to happier times shall we? Robin Valetutto, the DFW Sports Angel, has just sent me the last two weeks worth of recordings (this past Saturday, Oct 18, and Oct 11) in which yours truly was one of the special guest hosts. Below, you will find embedded players from both weeks […]

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Let’s take a trip back to happier times shall we?

Robin Valetutto, the DFW Sports Angel, has just sent me the last two weeks worth of recordings (this past Saturday, Oct 18, and Oct 11) in which yours truly was one of the special guest hosts. Below, you will find embedded players from both weeks as well as download links. Remember to subscribe to our podcasts via Podbean and/or iTunes!

Also, as I mentioned last week, this has become a weekly thing. So be sure to tune back in to KVCE from 11am – 12pm (right after Lee Corso puts on his head gear) and give us a listen. I want to give a big thanks to everyone that has tuned in, streamed, and listened in podcast form. The desire to have me back this often is in large thanks to each and every one of you.


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HLS TV (Episode 8): This One Hurts http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/20/hls-tv-episode-8-one-hurts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hls-tv-episode-8-one-hurts http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/20/hls-tv-episode-8-one-hurts/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:59:11 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26768 Molly Moran and I return for another episode of HLS TV to cycle through some of the Notre Dame football stages of grief. Yes, we talk about that play and Jimbo’s strange postgame comments, but we do attempt to move on and talk about the game as a whole and what Notre Dame’s playoff chances look like […]

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HLS TV LogoMolly Moran and I return for another episode of HLS TV to cycle through some of the Notre Dame football stages of grief. Yes, we talk about that play and Jimbo’s strange postgame comments, but we do attempt to move on and talk about the game as a whole and what Notre Dame’s playoff chances look like going forward.

Today’s intro and outro is something you may have seen me post on Twitter after a terrible ND loss. A high school friend of mine, Michael Gruber, manned the audio board for the biggest sports radio station in the DFW area (KTCK The Ticket 1310AM/96.7FM). He now runs the music for the Dallas Stars, but one of his lasting Ticket legacies was the mix of Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” with many different audio clips. This was played after any area team suffered a loss that eliminated them from postseason play or failure to even make the postseason.

It’s a perfect mix of pain and humor and has become a required step of healing from sports heartbreak and so I’m happy to share this with you. The song can be downloaded here if you wish to have a copy for yourself.

The latest episode of HLS TV is embedded below in the usual YouTube and Podbean formats. Let’s heal together.


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Notre Dame and Florida State: OPI for the Masses http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/19/notre-dame-florida-state-opi-masses/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notre-dame-florida-state-opi-masses http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/19/notre-dame-florida-state-opi-masses/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:07:51 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26761 Yes, this is a post about that play or, more specifically, that penalty. We have two weeks to digest the entire Notre Dame and Florida State epic. That game shouldn’t be defined by that one penalty nor do I want it to be. However, I’m mad as hell and can’t get that moment out of my head so it’s time to vent. […]

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Yes, this is a post about that play or, more specifically, that penalty. We have two weeks to digest the entire Notre Dame and Florida State epic. That game shouldn’t be defined by that one penalty nor do I want it to be. However, I’m mad as hell and can’t get that moment out of my head so it’s time to vent.

Today, Brian Kelly mirrored my feelings perfectly as to why I’m so full of piss and vinegar right now:

I stand behind Kelly 100% in that statement. I can understand why the refs believe Will Fuller went a step too far in fighting for position with the DB. What I don’t understand is how they believed Fuller’s action actually impeded anyone from making a play.

Let’s take a look at this play from two different angles taken by The Observer and ND Insider (South Bend Tribune):

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Our view of the penalty call that will be debated for quite some time. #NotreDame #FloridaState #NDvsFSU #NDFB

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The two DBs engaged with Prosise and Fuller never make an attempt to go towards Robinson; in fact, they aren’t even looking at him until the ball is in the air and by then it’s far too late to do anything. #26, P.J. Williams, is the only one that makes a move towards Robinson, but even he recognizes what’s going on far too late. He is hopelessly out of position and Golson throws the ball almost immediately.

Simply put, the play call was perfect. Florida State was completely out of position and no DB attempted to switch off in order to try and get Robinson covered. Had either one of the FSU DBs done that, I’d be singing a far different tune. Prosise and Fuller could have just stood there and Robinson would have still scored. That’s how bad FSU botched the coverage here.

So we can talk all day long about who engaged who, who got more contact, and dumb comparisons to the roughing the snapper penalty last week. The Seminoles blown coverage still remains. No yellow flag will ever wipe that out.

If you watch the FSU’s secondary reactions after the play, you can easily see that was their initial reaction too. They all started screaming at each other in frustration for, what they thought, was a game-blowing play. Not a single player motioned for a flag.

What they did do, specifically P.J. Williams, was remove his helmet during the screaming match. Today, Brian Kelly stated that the officials told him that they missed this and blew the call. That wouldn’t have offset the OPI call; however, it would have granted Notre Dame an automatic first down and would have been on the 8.5 yard line instead of the 17–wait, no, the final play was run from the 18 because these refs, paragons of the rules that they are, granted a bonus penalty yard for mysterious reasons.

So, if we really want to go down the road that this call was “technically right”, we also need to apply the same scrutiny in which the refs were technically wrong. Missing a removed helmet, but managing to focus on the borderline OPI is beyond laughable.

Go back earlier in the game and you will also see a celebration no-call as Florida State high-stepped into the endzone. Normally, I would roll my eyes at such a call as I hate the rule, but ND fans are being lectured about OPI technicalities while that no-call goes largely forgotten and it drives me up the wall.

Make no mistake, that flag was not the sole reason why we lost that game and that will be a topic I will certainly expand upon another time. However, that flag did take away the win on a drive that was absolutely incredible and included a gigantic 4th and 18 conversion.

It’s frustrating. It’s aggravating. And it’ll probably take me another day or two to not be angry by the mere thought of that play and that flag. And the worst part of it all was that the person at the center of one of the most famous no-calls in ND history, the one in which we were all told that no ref should ever throw a flag on to decide the game, tweeted this:

Salt in the freakin’ wound.

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Smooth Seminole: An Auditory Apperitif http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/18/smooth-seminole-auditory-apperitif/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=smooth-seminole-auditory-apperitif http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/18/smooth-seminole-auditory-apperitif/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:55:46 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26759 There are a couple hours left, and if you’re like me, your pumped, waist-deep in your third Ramos gin fizz, and looking for some tunes to get you through until kickoff. Ladies and gentlemen, meine Damen und Herren, mesdames et messieurs, please, if you will, this: Smooth Seminole music by M. Jackson, words by B. Irish […]

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There are a couple hours left, and if you’re like me, your pumped, waist-deep in your third Ramos gin fizz, and looking for some tunes to get you through until kickoff.

Ladies and gentlemen, meine Damen und Herren, mesdames et messieurs, please, if you will, this:

Smooth Seminole

music by M. Jackson, words by B. Irish

As he came into the classroom
It was the sound of a crescendo
He came into the apartment
He left the crablegs on the carpet
He ran under the table
He could see he was unable
So he ran into the bedroom
he was struck down, it was his doom

Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jameis, are you OK?
Are you OK, Jameis?
Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jameis, are you OK?
Are you OK, Jameis?
Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jamies, are you OK?
Are you OK, Jameis?
Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jamies, are you OK,?
Are you OK, Jameis?

(Jameis, are you OK?)
(will you tell us that you’re OK)
(there’s a sign in the window)
(that he struck you a crescendo Jameis)
(you came into your apartment)
(you left crablegs on the carpet)
(then you ran into the bedroom)
(you were struck down)
(it was your doom)

Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jameis, are you OK?
Are you OK Jameis?
Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jamies, are you OK?
Are you OK Jameis?
Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jameis, are you OK?
Are you OK Jameis?
You’ve been hit by
You’ve been hit by
A smooth Seminole

So they came into the Tally
It was that day, it was Game Day
Talk about investigations
Pounding heartbeats no information 

Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jameis, are you OK?
Are you OK Jameis?
Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jameis, are you OK?
Are you OK Jameis?
Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jameis, are you OK?
Are you OK Jameis?
Jameis, are you OK?
So, Jameis, are you OK?
Are you OK Jameis?

(Jameis, are you OK?)
(will you tell us that you’re OK)
(there’s a sign in the crowd now)
(that he paid you to sign the baseball Jameis)
(you came into your apartment)
(you left the crablegs on the carpet)
(then you ran into the bedroom)
(you were struck down)
(it was your doom)

(Jameis, are you OK?)
(so, Jameis, are you OK?)
(are you OK Jameis?)
(you’ve been hit by)
(you’ve been struck by
A smooth Seminola)

OK, I want everybody to clear the area right now!

Aaow!
(Jameis, are you OK?)
I don’t know!
(will you tell us, that you’re OK)
I don’t know!
(there’s a sign in the crowd now)
I don’t know!
(that he gave you his condo Jameis)
I don’t know!
(you came into your apartment)
I don’t know!
(left crablegs on the carpet)
I don’t know why baby!
(then you ran into the bedroom)
I don’t know!
(you were struck down)
(it was your doom, Jameis!)

(Jameis, are you OK?)
Dang gone it, baby!
(will you tell us, that you’re OK)
Dang gone it, baby!
(there’s a sign in the crowd now)
Dang gone it, baby!
(that he gave you a new lambo Jameis)
Hoo! hoo!
(you came into your apartment)
Dang gone it!
(left crablegs on the carpet)
Hoo! hoo! hoo!
(then you ran into the bedroom)
Dang gone it!
(you were struck down)
(it was your doom, Jameis!)
Aaow!

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Notre Dame @ Florida State: Please Sign Your Predictions Here http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/17/notre-dame-florida-state-please-sign-predictions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notre-dame-florida-state-please-sign-predictions http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/17/notre-dame-florida-state-please-sign-predictions/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:35:30 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26746 I think we all need to forget about how terrible this exercise went last week. Despite just about all of us knowing the trap game was upon us, we drank the green koolaid and put on our blue and gold glasses. The result: only four people called the spread correctly (and one was Biscuit who […]

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Time to dethrone King Jameis.

Time to dethrone King Jameis.

I think we all need to forget about how terrible this exercise went last week. Despite just about all of us knowing the trap game was upon us, we drank the green koolaid and put on our blue and gold glasses. The result: only four people called the spread correctly (and one was Biscuit who did this exercise TWO MONTHS AGO). Only one person got both the spread and the over/under total correct. For the first time all season, zero got a combination of the spread, total, and prop.

Much like all the turnovers, time to forget that week and move on.

Before we do, we need to get to my favorite prediction notes of the week as well as make sure you have the form to enter your predictions for this week’s affair. Because I’m a generous purveyor of predictions, this week everyone that made this cut gets a bonus point.

This is the prototype for the letdown/look ahead sandwich, but with as bad as their D is, and the O probably wanting to rebound from the last 2 weeks, f it, let’s get weird. #BEATEMDOWN – NDEddieMac

Man, you had the sandwich dead on, as well as the terrible defense. We did get weird, but not in the way your 49-17 prediction had it. However, you weren’t the only one that missed the mark, so I can’t hold that against you.

Score is closer than the game actually is. Irish dominate yardage and running game starts to show some signs of life. Still some turnover issues though which will give NC enough short yardage opportunities to score against us. NC backdoor covers near the end. – @NDClock

The only thing that you missed was the yardage domination and the timing of the cover. Everything else, pretty much dead on.

I like pancakes – AmnMontalbano

I mean, I can’t not include this, right?

According to reputable source Wikipedia the exact etymology of the term tar heel is unknown. There are were multiple historical explanations provided ranging from the tall trees and plants that left the ground sticky with tar and sap (somewhat possible?) to them being known as the most loyal soldiers in the Civil War by “sticking to their duties like they had tar on their heels.”

These are wrong. The Tar Heel nickname was actually a prediction…a prophecy…a premonition of the game this Saturday. The Irish will make UNC look so slow that the only logical explanation will be that UNC’s players must have tar on their heels. Wikipedia page to be updated once the prophecy comes true. – @IrishMoonJ

tl;dr, take your point.

Running game finally takes over and one of the backs break a 50+ td run. Also, Elijah hood is mentioned as former nd commit 47 times. #rolltoilet #neverforget – egvvnd

Bringing up #RollToilet alone would’ve gotten you the point. Made me so sad when he decommitted because I wanted to make that my #YESSIR or #WeAreND to celebrate commits since I can’t mention them by name. Stupid booster rules.

Standings

Name Points
Biscuit 20
@IrishMoonJ 19
NDtex 17
Smalls 16
Bayou Irish 15
NDEddieMac 15
Phillykelly 15
SupermanTDJesus 14
Clearwall 13
HLS_Whisky 13
Irishyoder1 13
@ManCaveQB 12
Irish Elvis 10
@NDClock 9
stogiesnbeer 8
@pglass13 6
The Nature Boy 6
@tricerapops 5
@TX-Domer-CA 5
Davie Dave 5
Pglass13 5
@stogiesnbeer 4
AmnDomer 4
AmnMontalbano 4
NDSeattle 4
@taddmike 3
@TheMattyPenny 3
lexieblaire 3
Onthebay 3
SteveinIowa1 3
@ClassicShmosby 2
@jptefft 2
@Sah_ma 2
egvvnd 2
IrishFaninMD 2
Nd_catdog 2
RichNDame 2
TriniND 2
Goldmyer81 1
MS 1
Indiana kid 0

Bonus points this week:

  • Everyone quoted above: 1 point
  • Biscuit, for being one of the few to get the spread and doing it two months in advance: 2 points for the 2 leprechaun confidence.

Staff Picks

Name Winner Score Prop: More tunrovers, Golson or Winston? Notes
Bayou Irish Notre Dame 31-24 Everett Golson It's 2012 all over again. Or 1993. See the score? Fact of the matter is that BK and Everett have a knack for playing up (and down) to the moment, except for maybe the NCG. But setting 'bama aside, we went in to Sparta and burned the place down and then did the same in Norman. This game is going to be about weathering the storm. The storm of media attention and the storm of the Seminole offense. If the Irish lines hold and if EG kicks the turnover bug, the Noles will start to panic and in-fight.
Irish Elvis Notre Dame 27-21 Everett Golson Here's what I can tell you: ND will lead 27-21, FSU will have the last possession and will be driving for the final score…and what comes next is lost in the fog of the future. Send whsikey.
Hls_whisky Florida State 30-38 Everett Golson This will be painful to watch as we'll look back on team mistakes costing the game for Notre Dame
SupermanTDJesus Notre Dame 28-20 Jameis Winston I'm gonna be so drunk and excited at this game, that its a win NO MATTER WHAT!
Biscuit Florida State 17-30 Whoooaaa-whoa-whooooooa. Whooaaaa, whoooooa….YOU SUCK!
Okay, so no, they don’t suck. But the freaking 1-chant-only thing, much like USC, does. FSU is legit, and they’ll still be legit when this battle kicks off. ND has plowed through a pretty challenging schedule and has come out largely unscathed, but FSU is rolling through a weak schedule by comparison (playing OK State, Citadel, NC State with only Clemson a legit contender) and feeling good. I would love to call an upset here, but I don’t think we’re there yet, and FSU is just reaching the pinnacle of their turnaround.
   
ND isn’t back to this level yet. But we’ll get there.
NDtex Notre Dame 34-24 Jameis Winston As Moons pointed out earlier today, Florida State is terrible at holding on to the ball. For me, that's what this game all comes down to: turnovers.
Winston has more more INT than Golson despite playing in one less game. When I watched him at the title game last year, he looked like a dear in the highlights when he got sacked. This FSU O-Line isn't living up to that same performance from last year so I'm expecting Winston to cough it up.
As for Golson, I think he has another gear in big games. In 2012, he had two huge games on the road (Oklahoma and USC) and was perfect. Against Alabama, he had only one turnover and that was in the second half when the game was all but over.
I think we see this second gear from Golson and both him and the Irish run a clean sheet leading to the huge victory in Tallahassee.

Animal Picks

Here we go again…

So my cat, Gulliver, has been doing this game picking thing and hasn’t gone a great job at picking winners. He’s 1-5 straight up, with the lone Notre Dame pick coming against Michigan. I figured, hey, maybe he’s going for the spread, but he’s 3-3 there. So, I’m convinced he’s trolling me.

Let’s see what he doesn’t this week.

Wait…WHAT?! OH HO HO!

Well, let’s forget about the small sample size and mention that when Gulliver picks the Irish, the other team never scores. SCIENCE!

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Friday Roundup: The “Something I’ve Never Had” Edition http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/17/friday-roundup-something-ive-never-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=friday-roundup-something-ive-never-edition http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/17/friday-roundup-something-ive-never-edition/#respond Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:32:56 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26712 In the fall of 1993, at just eight years old, my football obsession started in earnest. However, the college game remained off the radar. Like most kids in the DFW area, I lived and breathed Cowboys football. My grandfather, father, and uncle worked as ball boys on the Texas Stadium sidelines for years. Sundays were […]

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Friday RoundupIn the fall of 1993, at just eight years old, my football obsession started in earnest. However, the college game remained off the radar. Like most kids in the DFW area, I lived and breathed Cowboys football. My grandfather, father, and uncle worked as ball boys on the Texas Stadium sidelines for years. Sundays were for football.

That isn’t to say the occasional college game would come on the family TV on Saturdays, but it certainly wasn’t a priority and I most certainly never understood the importance of what was going on. I had a vague idea of what Notre Dame was, even though I wouldn’t watch Rudy for another couple of years, but I certainly knew they were the team with the gold helmets. I could probably recognize Florida State based on their helmets as well, but probably more for their fans tomahawk chopping.

I had no idea the game of century would go down in 1993. It could have been on my TV that fateful Saturday afternoon and I wouldn’t have realized the significance or probably cared. After all, my family had no college allegiance, save for a loose one with Texas, a fandom that I would drop a few years later once my mind focused on college and I learned of the wonders of Aggieland.

So, as I mentioned in the IBG, 1993 remains more of a history lesson than a memory. The same could be said for the 2002 victory. I got in to Notre Dame in the spring of 2003 and quite honestly, it was the last school in the world that I thought would accept me. I spent more time arguing with my mom about which applications to fill out than watching college football. Notre Dame topped the list of schools in which I felt filling out an application was a waste of time and money.

Shows what I know.

This is all a very long way of saying that my college football consciousness started in the spring of 2003, shortly after I purchased NCAA Football 2002. I learned everything I could about Notre Dame Football before campus. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to this school that had all this rich history in a program. Not only that, Notre Dame was on a Return to Glory™!

The fall of 2003 quickly killed that illusion. The game against Florida State was beyond miserable. I grew to hate the tomahawk chop because it was the only thing you could hear in that stunned Stadium…well, save for one brave student willing to do pushups for first downs in lieu of points screaming “BRADY, I BELIEVE IN YOU!” while in the pushup position. That belief was terribly misplaced. The Irish went three and out.

However, since those dark times of Irish football, I have had many things to be happy about. In fact, I have now seen many a hated opponent fall at the hands of the Irish on multiple occasions: Southern Cal, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, and even Miami. However, there has been one team that I have not yet had the pleasure of watching lose: Florida State.

I can’t think of a better stage than Saturday night to change that. It’s as close to the “game of the century” matchup that I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing–a top five matchup at the home of the defending national champs and Heisman winner.

I want to party like it’s 1993* and experience something new. Let’s get weird, Notre Dame.

*Minus the BC thing.

The Roundup

Here’s your weekly Savin’ Aven update. I want to give a big thanks to the ND Club of Dallas as we raised $350 in raffle sales (a high for the year) for Savin’ Aven. 100% of that goes directly to this fund and with that, we are now up to $5,852 of the $15,000. Keep it up!

Not all stats are created equal. In fact, when it comes to the playoff committee, it appears that some can’t even be discussed.

Remember that theory that I had in last week’s Roundup? You know, the one in which I thought that Gurley got ratted out because he cut into someone’s profits. Turns out, I was right.

The SEC needs a new commish. Mike Slive is stepping down and will be battling prostate cancer. I know we like picking on the SEC a bit here, but we definitely hope he recovers fully.

Lots of ND linkage this week. We lead off with Ishaq’s father making us all feeling a little bit better about a terrible situation. Then, we have an awesome piece about Joe Schmidt (cue a Molly swoon!). A great piece about student-athlete life at Notre Dame by someone that’s been through it. Finally, we have Zibby going from boxer to the NFL to firefighter.

And now your moment of Nix… Sad, sad things are happening at Michigan, but this might be the saddest:

Yeah, the vertical recording wasn’t the worst part about that…

(h/t @oakerland)

The Booze

So considering that Florida State will throw a flaming spear into their field, I figured that fire needed to be a part of the booze this week. Further, this beverage will combine both beer and liquor:

The Flaming Dr. Pepper

  • Fill a pint glass (or solo cup) with enough beer to complete submerge a shot glass (light beer recommended for the flavor mixing that’ll go down)
  • Fill a shot glass, leaving a little bit of room on top, with amaretto liquor
  • Top the shot with 151-proof rum
  • Light it on fire
  • Cheer, toast, etc.
  • BLOW THE SHOT OUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
  • Drop the shot into your beer
  • Chug and enjoy

Don’t ask me how beer and amaretto manages to taste like Dr. Pepper, but I swear to you, it does. This drink will also destroy you, so consume wisely.

As an added bonus, we need to give a hat tip to FoxSports.com’s Katie Nolan for teaching Madison Bumgarner that his Stone Cold-style chugging of beer is a complete waste. Katie will show you how you should properly chug 6 beers at once:

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#HLSrecap Top 25, brought to you weekly during college football season.

Here are your @andrewwinn stats for this week’s #HLSrecap  – 100+ tweets from 84 contributors, with 17 first-timers making the cut this week. We now have over 335 unique contributors to at least one #HLSrecap this year. As you know, each week we present the following highly-coveted (and yet totally arbitrary) accolades:

  • Brick Helmet Stickers
  • #HLSrecap Top 25
  • #HLSrecap MVP

Here now is our Athletic Director, @FakeSwarbrick, who is purchasing all of the shellfish in the Tallahassee area for pre-game meals and tailgates.

Brick Helmet Stickers

#HLSrecap Helmet Stickers

#HLSrecap Helmet Stickers. Awarded weekly. Brought to you by @FakeSwarbrick.

Welcome to the Admiral Ackbar edition of Brick Helmet Stickers!

If you were a fan of almost any other powerhouse college football program, you’d look at a school like North Carolina and briefly entertain the idea of a trap game. But then you’d immediately dismiss the idea because while trap games DO exist, they almost always happen to “the other guy.”

Notre Dame is “the other guy.” That’s why smart fans had stocked up on booze and prescription narcotics well before kickoff, and the more seasoned fans had a defibrillator charged just in case. It took days to get the word “CLEAR!” out of my mind……

So what did we learn from this game? Folston is a beast, Fuller should have his hands bronzed, and “Everett nooooo!” is replacing “Tommy nooooo!” in the Notre Dame lexicon.

I’m getting tired of saying “an ugly win is still a win” but undefeated is better than not. And I’m comforted that no matter how sick you were feeling during that game, always remember — we still shutout Michigan. Thanks be to God.

Now onward to Florida State and to our Brick Helmet Sticker recipients. It was a thin week….clearly most of you were drunk, medicated or teetering near death (like me).

  • @CBusIrish — isn’t this two in a row for him? Can’t wait to see what Boba Fett has in store for us this Saturday.
  • @Danny_Concannon — this is the first time I’ve awarded a sticker to a fictional character. Danny was an ok guy in “The West Wing” but a real dick in “Field of Dreams.” This is the same guy, right?
  • @Candice4ND — a rookie sticker recipient but veteran ND twitter observer. Last Sunday she brought it in for the real thing.

#HLSrecap MVP

Indiana Whiskey

Indiana Whiskey, official #wHLSkey of #HLSrecap.

Now, onto the quantitative measures. This is just as it sounds — each week, whoever has the most number of tweets that make the final cut will be awarded the #HLSrecap MVP Award and the recipient of a jug and a couple drinking glasses from Indiana Whiskey.

Your MVP winner for the North Carolina game is…!

Oh dear.

Join me in congratulating the following FIVE co-MVPs for the UNC #HLSrecap with three tweets apiece:

  • @Danny_Concannon (3)
  • @WatchND (3)
  • @PDXirish (3)
  • @Subway_Sprout (3)
  • @HoosIrish (3)

Who would be stupid enough to create a fake online competition and is thereby forced to distinguish among a fictional character, an official ND account, a married couple, and and a co-MVP who got robbed of his shot at Indiana Whiskey a few weeks back?!?!

Ok, let’s take a look at this trollifically systematically.

  • Sorry @Danny_Concannon, you’re a fictional character *and* you were awarded a Brick Helmet Sticker above — congratulations! And you’re now in this season’s Top 25! That’s great and totally a satisfactory award all by itself!
  • @WatchND, I’m not sure how I can give whiskey to an anthropomorphic Twitter account of a YouTube channel that posts highlight videos…that’s gotta be a NCAA violation of some sort. Plus, I don’t have a history of giving out alcohol to fictional characters associated with Notre Dame… FatherSorin> well this is going to be awkward. Little help, Padre? Keep up the good highlight videos, though @WatchND…you’re doing great!
  • @PDXirish, you’ve already won some sweet whiskey swag, and granting you another this year would just seem unhealthy for your future employment prospsects. (Plus, see the “#wHLSkey Fine Print” below)
  • @Subway_Sprout, since Nina’s out vote Sprout…err, have you two ever tried combining forces…assets…twitter accounts? That just seems sensible at this point. Why are you dragging me into this when it is clearly a marital conflict between you two?!
  • And that leaves us with but one contestant to award delicious Indiana Whiskey to @HoosIrish THIS WEEK’S CLEAR-CUT WINNER KTHANKSTHAT’SALLFORNOWBYE

Past 2014 #HLSrecap MVPs

#wHLSkey Fine Print

You’re only eligible to win #wHLSkey once per season. If you’ve already won, this week’s most prolific #HLSrecap contributor who hasn’t won will receive the Indiana Whiskey swag. In case of a tie, it will go to the highest-ranked in the overall season rankings.

#HLSrecap Top 25

As a reminder, @andrewwinn awards one point for each tweet that makes it in; 1/2 point if someone else retweets/quotes/modifies your tweet and it’s included. The Twitter Ranking Of Leprechaun Legion (T.R.O.L.L.) Scale is awarded arbitrarily. Please welcome our newcomers to the Top 25: @taddmike, @WatchND, @CBusIrish, @Danny_Concannon, and @Subway_Sprout.

2014 Cumulative Rankings

Rank

Name

Tweet Data

T.R.O.L.L. Data

Overall

Previous Rank

1 SupermanTDJesus 34 34 1
2 FatherSorin 26 26 2
2 IrishMoonJ 26 26 3
4 PDXIrish 25.5 25.5 4
5 andrewwinn 22 +1 23 5
6 HoosIrish 21 21 7
7 OptimisticDomer 20 20 6
8 HLS_NDTex 17 17 8
9 FakeSwarbrick 16.5 16.5 9
10 dapremonster 13 13 10
10 IDtheMike 13 13 13
10 oaknd1 13 13 11
13 eTruth_Irish 12 12 11
14 PaulRRigney 11 11 14
14 TheSubwayDomer 11 11 18
16 1stDownMoses 10 10 18
16 awilk 10 10 14
16 ItsTripp 10 10 14
16 jdford 10 10 25
16 taddmike 10 10 UR
16 taxbastard 10 10 14
16 WatchND 10 10 UR
23 bridgetandbruce 9 9 18
23 CBusIrish 9 9 UR
23 Danny_Concannon 9 9 UR
23 Dixie_Domer 9 9 18
23 PootND 9 9 18
23 Subway_Sprout 9 9 UR

Also receiving votes: @LluckoftheIrish, @Candice4ND, @D_Farmer, @JAK0107, @papaalphakilo, @TomFornelli, @tricerapops.

Click here for the Complete Game-by-Game #HLSrecap Recap Appendix.

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With the match-up against Notre Dame and Florida State this weekend, I thought it might be fun to revisit the sit down I had with Kevin McDougal.

Where are they now? Kevin McDougal

All Kevin McDougal ever wanted at Notre Dame was a chance to prove himself as a quarterback. McDougal sat for three years behind star quarterback Rick Mirer, then watched as Coach Lou Holtz named incoming freshman Ron Powlus the starter even though he’d never thrown a pass in college. McDougal felt he had earned his shot after leading more than a dozen scoring drives in a backup role and soaking up the offense for three years. Powlus suffered a broken collarbone and McDougal stepped in to lead the Irish on a Cinderella journey that some believe should have resulted in a national championship. McDougal completed 105-of-174 passes that season for 1,646 yards and seven touchdowns and five interceptions. (Stats from http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/kevin-mcdougal-2.html) After leaving Notre Dame, McDougal played in the World League of American Football for the London Monarchs, the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the XFL’s Chicago Enforcers, and for Milwaukee and Georgia in the Arena Football League. He retired as a player in 2002 and returned to his home state of Florida, where he and Marci Dorsey are proud parents of a new daughter, Haven Dorsey McDougal.

Q: Being from Florida you obviously had other college choices. Why did you go with Notre Dame?

Kevin McDougal, Notre Dame quarterback.

Kevin McDougal, Notre Dame quarterback.

A: “Throughout my entire life, everything revolved around the Florida Gators. Everyone in my family was a Florida Gator fan, and so as far as I was concerned I was going to be a Gator as well. When I got to high school, I discovered that there were lots of other choices. During my sophomore and junior years, I started getting communications from several different schools that were interested in me, and then my senior year it just exploded.”

“Vinny Cerrato, who was the football recruiting coordinator under Lou Holtz, did an outstanding job of recruiting in the late 1980’s, early 90’s, and brought many talented players to Notre Dame, but they really hit the Florida area hard. Just in my class alone he recruited Tommy Carter, John Covington, Clint Johnson, Oscar McBride and I out of Florida. To convince a Florida kid to leave the warmth of Florida, the close proximity to home and attend a school in South Bend, Ind., is quite an accomplishment. We were all actively recruited by Florida schools and yet we all left and went to Notre Dame.”

Q: What impacted you the most during your recruiting visit to Notre Dame?

A: “Once Notre Dame started recruiting you, it made you much more attractive to other schools as well. When I was looking at schools, I was not only looking at football programs, but I was also looking at basketball and golf since I was a three-sport guy. I took five official visits: West Virginia, Syracuse, Penn State, Notre Dame, and Michigan (where his recruiting host was Desmond Howard). Back then, Notre Dame brought all of the top recruits in the nation to campus for the weekend that the team was preparing for its bowl game. There we were watching the top Notre Dame players get ready for their bowl game the following weekend. To see Rocket Ismail, Chris Zorich and Tony Rice out there on the practice field had me in such complete awe because they were such high-profile players. Notre Dame was bigger than just about any pro team, and watching them made me think that this might be too much for me … maybe I should go play basketball. Notre Dame had just gotten the big NBC contract and they were on TV and in the national spotlight every week, which was pretty much unheard of at the time. Fast forward to my freshman year at Notre Dame … after I was the backup quarterback behind Rick Mirer in 1990 and went to Miami for the Orange Bowl, the next weekend I flew back to Notre Dame to play with Coach Digger Phelps and the basketball team in the Christmas basketball tournament. I had badly hurt my ankle during my senior year in high school and I had struggled with bone spurs all of freshman year. After I completed the Christmas basketball tournament, I made the decision to give up basketball and focus on football. I called Coach Phelps and told him that I was going to have to give up basketball and have surgery done to remove the bone spurs. Playing football was not nearly as hard on my ankles as basketball was, I just couldn’t take the constant jumping. It was too much pounding on my ankles.”

Q: Can you talk a little bit about the relationship that you had with your teammates?

A: “There was an extremely strong bond between the guys on that team. Notre Dame was a school that brought kids in from all over the country … California, Florida, Ohio, New York… and Lou Holtz and his recruiters, in particular Vinny Cerrato, did a great job at bringing a certain type of kid to Notre Dame. We had just an outstanding group of guys who really cared about football, and each other and really worked hard.”

“We still have tight bonds today. My senior year, when Coach Holtz told me that I was not going to be the starter, my teammates immediately got behind me to fight for me to be the starter and their leader. The camaraderie we had was indescribable. I really felt the love when the guys stuck up for me, because they felt that it was the right thing to do.”

Q: Was that your biggest challenge during your time at Notre Dame?

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Kevin McDougal, Notre Dame vs Florida State game.

A: “I think my whole college football career was a challenge. When people recruit you they tell you that you will have the opportunity to play. They tell you, “We only have this one person at your position so if you work hard you can be a starter.” I had no idea how good Rick Mirer was and after seeing him play I thought I was never going to get the chance to play. Recruiting me, they told me that they were expecting Mirer to leave early, so I always felt I was going to get two good years. It was a huge blow to me when he decided to stay for his senior year. Once I was finally a senior and thought that my time was finally there, that’s when the Ron Powlus Era started. In comes this phenom whom everyone was touting as the best quarterback to ever come out of high school, and he got the start over me. I was devastated. I had played tremendously well up to this point and really felt that it was my turn to be in the spotlight.”

“During my junior year, every time I would get into the game with the second team we would score, so I thought I would be the next starter. It was definitely a hurtful time for me once Lou decided to start Powlus. Then after he suffered an unfortunate injury, I finally got my chance to start and we did really well that year … we almost won the national title. That senior year was tough for me though, because I always felt like I wasn’t wanted, especially by the coaching staff.”

Q: What is your favorite Notre Dame Football memory?

A: The Florida State game was unbelievable for so many reasons. For starters, we had just become the No. 1 team in the nation, so for a week I quarterbacked the No. 1 team in the nation and not many quarterbacks can say that. There was so much media hype surrounding that week. It was the first ESPN Game Day ever. So many big people were there, including Costas. Very surreal. My breakout game was the Michigan game my senior year. We were expected to get clobbered and instead we upset them (27-23). It was the second game of the year and we had just beaten Northwestern at home. Huge win.

ND/Michigan intro ABC sports:

Q: How shocked were you when you found out the day after the Cotton Bowl that Notre Dame ranked second in the polls?

A: “Immediately after the game, we definitely felt we would at least share the national title. We beat Florida State, and even though we lost to Boston College the next week, we still beat Florida State. How can they give the title to them (Florida State) when we beat them during the regular season? If they (the voters) didn’t want a shared title between Notre Dame and Florida State, they should have given it to someone else. It just didn’t make sense. The whole thing was very upsetting to us. I was on my way back to the airport with Coach Holtz to go back home when we found out and it was really sad. We could taste it, and then to have it taken away like that was devastating. At a minimum we thought we’d share it.”

Q: You were drafted by the Los Angeles Rams but did not survive the final roster cut. You played in several other professional leagues, so what was that experience like?

WATNlogo1A: “Of course I was hurt. I didn’t get invited to the NFL combine. I didn’t get invited to any senior bowl games. Half of our coaching staff had left at the end of that season and they really didn’t follow up with the NFL scouts to help us find our way to the NFL. Once I got to the Rams they were going through a transition as well, and unfortunately they decided that I was not part of their plan moving forward. When I got to the Canadian Football league, I just fell off the radar. Back then TV was not like it is today where you can pretty much watch everything, and the CFL games were not televised in the U.S. The way the system worked was that you had to play a few years in the CFL and prove yourself before you could get the chance to come back to the NFL. I was very unhappy in Winnipeg. When you have to go backwards in order to move forward, you really need to be in a good state of mind to stay motivated. I got to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and got stuck behind a Canadian football legend Matt Dunigan, and at the time he was the second-best player in the whole league. They loved me but I never got a chance to play.”

“There were positive aspects of my time playing in the CFL, World League and Arena Football. I’m still friends with a lot of those guys, and we still talk quite often. The friendships that I took away from all those years of playing football are something that I’ll always treasure. It never was about money. It was about the fun of the game and being able to continue to play, meet people and grow in life. You learn so much about how to live your life from sports; especially teamwork and camaraderie.”

Q: Where did life take you after football?

A: “I was heavy into real estate and I did that for a few years. Right now I own a transportation company, KCD NonEmergency Transport Corp., and I’ve been doing that for a few years. We transport people in wheel chair vans and regular vans to their doctor appointments. We do a lot of work through rehabilitation facilities and we are looking to expand and grow our business. We have big plans for our road ahead, and being in Florida we have a booming market.”

Q: What advice do you have for current college athletes?

A: “Never give up. No matter how successful you are, sports only lasts for a short period of time. You may feel like you’ve been in it forever, but when you are done your life is just beginning. I’ve been out of sports for 10 years and I’m 40 and I feel like I have my whole life ahead of me. Definitely enjoy playing sports, practice hard and soak up every moment but know that it’s only a temporary thing. Prepare yourself for life afterwards. I think a lot of athletes think they are going to play for a long time and they are going to make it to the pros and that is so false. Even while you are still playing, (you) always need to be thinking about what you are going to do when you get out because you are still going to be a young man. Enjoy every day.”

Q: What is your favorite Lou Holtz memory?

A. “The quarterbacks spent so much time with him you get tons of stories. Clint Johnson was lined up at receiver and the corner backs were pressing him and the other receivers so as to not let him off the line. The defensive back fell down and I didn’t even read the defense and I just threw it to Clint (or maybe Lake Dawson) because they were wide open, but Coach kicked me out of practice because I did not make the read. All I could hear was him yelling, “GET OUT, GET OUT, GET OUT.”

Kevin McDougal (Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images)

Kevin McDougal (Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images)

And the look on his face as he was screaming at me to get out was the look of a crazy man. As I’m walking off the field and he’s still yelling at me, I’m thinking to myself, does he want me to stay and fight or does he want me to go to the locker room? These things happened all the time with Coach Holtz at practice. Another time, Clint Johnson fumbled the ball during a run at practice, right before we played Michigan, and he made Clint go stand on the Michigan side of the field and move the first-down marker during practice. Humiliation was something he used often. Clint Johnson and B.J. Hawkins were also quarterbacks, and our playbook was so big that it was often hard to remember all of the plays. We were having a particularly bad day at practice, and Coach Holtz got so mad at us that he combined all of our names together when yelling at us … ‘Clint McHawkins!’”

“Michael Miller was returning punts one day at practice, and he kept fumbling the ball. Holtz is so frustrated that he goes out there and says ‘let me do it.’ The wind was blowing particularly hard that day, and he caught the ball, but the force of the ball hitting his hand broke his finger! He sure showed us.”

A big thank you goes out to Kevin McDougal for stopping by and walking down memory lane with me a bit. Stay tuned for more interviews in the WATN series!

Cheers & GO IRISH!

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Ever since I first saw it on the mouldering screen of the Snite’s cinema, I have been enamored of Kenneth Branagh’s version of the immortal Band of Brothers speech. For what it’s worth, I think it better done, and better shot, than Sir Laurence Olivier’s version from 1944. But think of what those words must have meant to an audience in England straining at the fetters of bombings and deprivations under the German’s guns. To be among those chosen to return to France, to sail across the same Channel as Harry’s host centuries before, perhaps to one day occupy a field that would be forever England.

This Saturday marks a moment of destiny of sorts for Brian Kelly’s Irish as they face Florida State’s Seminoles. Amid the whirl of now-hyperbolic meaning given to the game, a dichotomy of good versus evil set up by Jameis Winston’s presence on the field and Florida State’s failure to do anything about it, I think it fair to point out that with the loss of Russell, Daniels, Williams, and Collinsworth, Notre Dame is not exactly walking into the game at full-strength.

I don’t think that Jameis should play. But that’s just me. That the ‘Noles reinstated their then-tofore suspended linebacker, Matthew Thomas, adds a karmic insult to Collinsworth’s injury. FSU gets stronger because it wants to, while the Irish step into the ring, having tied a hand behind its collective back. To shake up the world.

Attrition is part of the game and great teams deal with it. Notre Dame’s losses, though, are largely self-inflicted. It’s amazing to me that we are 6-0 at this point. Like in 2012, we’re winning games. Sometimes we do it comprehensively (Michigan) and sometimes we just kind of YOLO-it (UNC). I don’t know that having Daniels to throw to would have prevented any of Golson’s turnovers, but I wonder how much better we would be at this point.

Our secondary is now on empty. If they were a record and it were 1977, they’d be Running on Empty. How much more confident would you be if we had Russell back there? Wasn’t this the year Ishaq was going to match his 4:30 a.m. potential?

Regardless, if it’s not wrong to want Jameis to play, it’s not wrong to wish but one man more.

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Podcast! Kevin McDougal & Oscar McBride Preview FSU! http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/16/podcast-kevin-mcdougal-oscar-mcbride-preview-fsu/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=podcast-kevin-mcdougal-oscar-mcbride-preview-fsu http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/16/podcast-kevin-mcdougal-oscar-mcbride-preview-fsu/#respond Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:54:59 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26729 Note: This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. You can listen right now below, download in iTunes, or even load an mp3 on our BlogTalkRadio site. Enjoy! Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with TNNDN on BlogTalkRadio Hope you’re ready for A LOT of highlights this Saturday that include the guy […]

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Note: This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

You can listen right now below, download in iTunes, or even load an mp3 on our BlogTalkRadio site. Enjoy!

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Hope you’re ready for A LOT of highlights this Saturday that include the guy we interviewed this week on Down the Line. None other than Kevin McDougal, quarterback of the incredible 1993 Notre Dame Football Team! McDougal’s place in Fighting Irish lore remains entrenched for those that remember the magical run put on by Lou Holtz’s squad that fall. Rick Mirer was off to the NFL, All-Word QB recruit Ron Powlus was going to win 2 Heisman trophies in South Bend, and the athletic 5th year senior from Florida was headed to the final year of a career mostly spent on the bench. A late August injury to Powlus thrust McDougal into the starting role and what transpired is nothing short of remarkable.

Also joining us is Oscar McBride, starting tight end on the 1993 squad and routine road grader for Lee Becton and the Irish running attack.

Nothing captured the 1993 season quite like the Florida State V. Notre Dame game that November. ESPN packed up its bags for the first ever College Gameday live on a campus in a contest that lived up to its “Game of the Century” moniker. As you can imagine, both McDougal and McBride have fond memories of the game and Coach Holtz’s notes and messages to the team. They are shared on this podcast.

Both alums also have paid keen attention to the 2014 Irish Football team and took stock on what they think are the keys to winning this game and making a 2nd half run. McDougal spoke at length regarding what he’s seeing in Everett Golson and what he expects the message for him to be from Brian Kelly. All-around amazing stuff! Enjoy!

Twitter: @ManCaveQB

Email: herringbonesports@gmail.com

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