Her Loyal Sons http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog A Notre Dame Football Blog Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:16:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 HLS TV (Episode 5): Orange Crush http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/30/hls-tv-episode-5-orange-crush/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hls-tv-episode-5-orange-crush http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/30/hls-tv-episode-5-orange-crush/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:16:01 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26479 Molly and I wanted to try to get this episode to you yesterday; however, life got in the way (pesky thing) and we had to push it back a day. I promise, we are trying to shoot for a regular(ish) schedule one of these days. Anyways, in this episode we chat about the turnover-filled victory […]

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HLS TV LogoMolly and I wanted to try to get this episode to you yesterday; however, life got in the way (pesky thing) and we had to push it back a day. I promise, we are trying to shoot for a regular(ish) schedule one of these days.

Anyways, in this episode we chat about the turnover-filled victory against Syracuse. We give our reactions to Golson’s strange night, the offensive line shakeup, the great play of the defense, and even take a trip back to 1943.

Plus, we take a look at the next Irish opponent, Stanford. Spoiler alert: I hate them.

Finally, because I’ve had multiple demands for this every episode, we now have the show available in podcast form. We still have to go through the iTunes approval process (after we whip up some new graphics for the show), but for now, you can check out our Podbean site for all HLS TV episodes in audio format! Also, we’ll be sure to post the video, audio, and download link for every episode going forward.

Without further ado, here’s episode 5!


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Notre Dame Football vs. Syracuse: A Twitter Summary http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/29/notre-dame-football-vs-syracuse-twitter-summary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notre-dame-football-vs-syracuse-twitter-summary http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/29/notre-dame-football-vs-syracuse-twitter-summary/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:25:44 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26458 The seventh matchup between Syracuse and Notre Dame took place in New York / New Jersey on Saturday, and the Fighting Irish prevailed 31-15 and moved to 4-0 in 2014. Here's a collection of the real-time Twitter reaction & commentary.

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The seventh matchup between Syracuse and Notre Dame took place in New York / New Jersey on Saturday, and the Fighting Irish prevailed 31-15 and moved to 4-0 in 2014. Here’s a collection of the real-time Twitter reaction & commentary.


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Notre Dame Football 2014: Syracuse Highlights http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/29/notre-dame-football-2014-syracuse-highlights/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notre-dame-football-2014-syracuse-highlights http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/29/notre-dame-football-2014-syracuse-highlights/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:03:47 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26453 The word “Highlights” is more of a formality here. It was ugly. Somehow, uglier than Purdue. Just think about that for second. I blame oranges. All of them. The color, the fruit, that terrifying mascot thing they have. I have a new-found distaste for all things Orange. I figured you might have a similar feeling, […]

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orange mascotThe word “Highlights” is more of a formality here. It was ugly. Somehow, uglier than Purdue. Just think about that for second. I blame oranges. All of them. The color, the fruit, that terrifying mascot thing they have. I have a new-found distaste for all things Orange.

I figured you might have a similar feeling, so here’s a highlight video making a mockery of a team who’s mascot is a damn fruit.

Enjoy!

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Notre Dame Offense: The Cost of Turnovers http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/29/notre-dame-offense-cost-turnovers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notre-dame-offense-cost-turnovers http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/29/notre-dame-offense-cost-turnovers/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:45:24 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26447 Typically, when Notre Dame has has five turnover game, we pull our hair out because it cost the Irish a win. This week, we pull our hair out because it cost the Irish a blowout against Syracuse. After updating my drive chart this weekend and again taking some calculations on available yards gained, I am […]

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Via Neon Tommy on Flickr

Via Neon Tommy on Flickr

Typically, when Notre Dame has has five turnover game, we pull our hair out because it cost the Irish a win. This week, we pull our hair out because it cost the Irish a blowout against Syracuse.

After updating my drive chart this weekend and again taking some calculations on available yards gained, I am even more certain of this fact. This past Saturday’s game should have had a storyline of Brian Kelly’s adjustments leading to one of the best offensive nights of his era. Instead, the offense’s performance on this night will forever remind us of the time no one could take care of the ball and rightfully so.

Let’s take a look at just how much those turnovers cost ND. First, let’s compare the available yardage gained for all four games (reminder: junk/garbage drives are removed):

Opponent Available Yards Yards Gained % Available Yards Gained
Rice 621 412 66.34%
Michigan 638 309 48.43%
Purdue 767 383 49.93%
Syracuse 863 500 57.94%

The Irish didn’t just gain more yards than they had all season, they started eyeing the Rice blowout in terms of available yards gained.

The Irish also showed massive improvement in the main area of concern from last week when I did this same exercise: available yards gained on punts.

Against, Syracuse, the Irish went from a then season total of 8.68% available yards gained on punting drives to 15.09% against Syracuse. Additionally, the Irish only had a single three and out the entire game and that was the result of Will Fuller not falling forward/cutting upfield to the sticks like he should have.

Usually, when the Irish get going in that fashion, we’ve seen points as the end result thus far. However, as we are well aware, the turnovers absolutely killed that trend. The fumbles in particular were the most damaging as each came late into a drive as opposed to the INTs which came much earlier in the drives.

Here is the available yardage breakdown for those five drives:

Result Available Yards Yards Gained % Available Yards Gained
Fumble 240 171 71.25%
INT 143 4 2.80%

That’s right, the Irish gained over 70% of all available yards on drives ending in a fumble. At worst, that should be an easy FG for Kyle Brindza as each drive was on the door step of the red zone (and in the case of Golson’s first fumble, he crossed into the red zone). Instead, the Irish missed out on 9-21 points and the potential blowout.

Luckily for the Irish, Syracuse only managed to score 12 points off of those turnovers and each Orange TD came when the Irish were well ahead by three possessions. The damage certainly could have been far worse.

In the end, the Irish offense did manage to take some strides against Syracuse; however, if they fail to protect the ball in this fashion again, we will be talking about much more than just some missed points.

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CFB Week 5: A Tale of Two… http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/28/cfb-week-5-tale-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cfb-week-5-tale-two http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/28/cfb-week-5-tale-two/#respond Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:32:00 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26443 Years 2008: Notre Dame vs. Syracuse, L 23-24 2014: Notre Dame @ Syracuse, W 31-15 In 2008, Notre Dame managed to win the turnover battle (+2), out-gained Syracuse, and had Jimmy freakin’ Clausen at QB, yet still managed to lose against a team that had just fired their coach. There’s a reason One Foot Down […]

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Years

2008: Notre Dame vs. Syracuse, L 23-24
2014: Notre Dame @ Syracuse, W 31-15

In 2008, Notre Dame managed to win the turnover battle (+2), out-gained Syracuse, and had Jimmy freakin’ Clausen at QB, yet still managed to lose against a team that had just fired their coach. There’s a reason One Foot Down named this the worst loss of the Weis era. It all but glued Weis’ rear to the hot seat in 2009.

Last night, Notre Dame lost the turnover battle in a big way (-4) and completely re-shuffled their offensive line, yet somehow managed to both out-gain and comfortably beat Syracuse. I don’t believe that the 2014 version of Syracuse will end up being too much better than their 2008 counterparts, but regardless, it’s quite a jump from 6 years ago.

We are now saying “man, we won, but we need to play better” instead of “no wonder we lost, look how we played”.

QBs

Add to that, Golson had 2 fumbles and Winston had 1 with 21 rushing yards to Winston’s -3.

Even with more turnovers, Golson still managed to put up just as positive a performance as Winston did when all was said and done. An argument could be made that Winston did this against better competition, but the fact that Golson had a wrose game taking care of the ball and still pulled that off is rather impressive regardless of the competition. Also, consider that FSU had a rusher with 126 rushing yards helping Winston out while the Irish had 140 total when you remove Golson’s yards.

Firings

Charlie Weis
Brady Hoke (it’s going to happen)

Weis’ firing has been a looooooooong time coming as he’s led Kansas into a black hole. While Hoke hasn’t been canned yet, the writing is certainly on the wall; however, while Michigan doesn’t want to do their first mid-season firing in their history, they likely have all the ammo to do so after Hoke put an injured and concussed Shane Morris back in the game.

There is simply no excuse for that. I don’t care if Morris was waving off a sub or the third-stringer couldn’t find his helmet. You eat a timeout and protect the kid under your care. Everyone on the sideline from Hoke, the assistants, and the training staff should be held accountable for putting Morris’ health in danger.

Opponents Showing Flaws

Stanford
Florida State

The two toughest Irish opponents for the month of October each had their own unique set of issues.

Stanford needed a late 4th quarter TD (under 5 minutes) to hold off Washington. Their once vaunted rushing attack sits at 70th in the nation while their red zone scoring rate sits at 121st in the nation. They still have the best defense in the nation to this point in the season, but needless to say, holes are starting to show for them.

Florida State has now had two consecutive weeks of dodging bullets. Last week, they could have the excuse of not having Jameis Winston. This week, Winston (as shown above) did a poor job of taking care of the ball and put Florida State in a hole early. Even the Seminoles defense, considered one of the best in the nation, gave up two 75 yard TD drives to start the game.

While both of these games are far from easy, they are certainly looking more winnable than they did before the season started.

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Prediction-work Orange http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/26/prediction-work-orange/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prediction-work-orange http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/26/prediction-work-orange/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:39:04 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26438 Loyal readers and Irish fans, it’s that time of the week again: predictions! This week’s form is now live, so be sure to get your picks in and join the fun. Please be sure to use that Google form and not a comment/tweet/Facebook comment because I will only be going off the resulting spreadsheet for […]

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Loyal readers and Irish fans, it’s that time of the week again: predictions! This week’s form is now live, so be sure to get your picks in and join the fun. Please be sure to use that Google form and not a comment/tweet/Facebook comment because I will only be going off the resulting spreadsheet for my sanity.

As a reminder, you will be picking the winner, the spread, the over/under, and a prop every week. Bonus points are given for precise predictions and hilarious GameDay comments. Speaking of, let’s get to my favorites from the Purdue game and see which ones win the top honors:

The Irish strike early and often. They want their pick 6 back from the Michigan game so Redfield, in a tribute to Shumate, takes it to the house. Golson has another solid game and still doesn’t give a shit about Heisman talk. – @TX-Domer-CA

Sorry, but Max Redfield gave us a tribute to Stephon Tuitt terrible/maddening/I hate targeting ejection tribute instead. Nice try though.

Irish are undefeated in the shamrock series and covered the spread each time. That streak will continue as we bang on that big ass drum all day long. – Irishyoder1

So you’re the one to blame for the Irish failing to cover!

Purdue is too boring to think of anything funny. – stogiesnbeer

I mean, this isn’t wrong.

More like Purdon’t amirite?! – NDEddieMac

As you would say, sir: low-hanging fruit, still tasty.

In the Subway Domer’s honor (this should be brought back in the IBG), I’ve written a haiku for the game:

z-z-z-z-z
z-z-z-z-z-z-z
fifty-five to seven

-@IrishMoonJ

Your prediction is off, but your haiku game is strong. One point for you, sir!

Standings

Name Points
NDtex 10
@IrishMoonJ 8
Biscuit 8
Smalls 8
Bayou Irish 7
NDEddieMac 7
stogiesnbeer 7
SupermanTDJesus 7
Clearwall 6
Irish Elvis 6
Phillykelly 6
The Nature Boy 6
HLS_Whisky 4
Irishyoder1 4
@TheMattyPenny 3
clearwall 3
lexieblaire 3
@jptefft 2
@Sah_ma 2
@TX-Domer-CA 2
IrishFaninMD 2
mancaveqb 2
Nd_catdog 2
RichNDame 2
TriniND 2
Goldmyer81 1
MS 1
Indiana kid 0

Bonus point notes:

  • Biscuit – 2 bonus points for damn near nailing this three weeks in advance
  • Smalls – 1 bonus point for being the closest to the pin
  • IrishMoonJ – 1 bonus point for the above Hikau

HLS Staff Picks

Name Winner Score Comments
HLS_Whisky Notre Dame 38-10 Running game finally gets going as Greg Bryant eclipses 100 yards (two touchdowns).
SupermanTDJesus Notre Dame 48-23 Syracuse will over 20 score points just to re-emphasize the point that even the ACC duck butter is better than the B1G. Other than that, the Irish don't ever really sweat them. Oh, and Folston scores a rushing TD. We all drink screwdrivers because jokes about oranges, booze, drives, and being screwed are all in play with that one. So yea.
Bayou Irish Notre Dame 42-19 We're ranked 8 with a bullet. For a reason. O-line does better and we pull away in the 3rd quarter.
PhillyKelly Notre Dame 38-10
Biscuit Notre Dame 28-15 Time to hang with the HEY-CC a bit! The ‘Cuse are orange, the ‘Cuse are ready, the ‘Cuse are gonna Lose. Syracuse wasn’t some horrible squad last year, winning 6 games and a few against ‘decent’ competition. But they are over-matched here in talent, and it’s not really close.

   A safety against ND is the only real intrigue in this ACC victory. Orange you intrigued?

NDtex Notre Dame 34-13 Despite the bye week, the new ND O-Line will take some time to gel properly. The first quarter will be another slow start, but the Irish will gain their footing by the end of the half to dominate throughout the remainder of the game.
Also, Everett Golson will manage yet another 3 total TD performance.
@ManCaveQB Notre Dame 31-14 No need to show much to the teams on our October schedule and style points when you're in the Top 10 in September are overrated. Irish let Orange hang before pulling away in 3rd without running up the score. Pundits and always critical fans will leave disappointed by a 4-0 team that is ranked in the Top 10 because … THINGS!
Irish Elvis Notre Dame 34-17

HLS Cat Picks

Ok, so I’m really trying to figure out what, if any logic my cat, Gulliver, is using here. He’s 1-2 in picking winners right now because we proved that all animals hate Michigan. HOWEVER, maybe he’s picking against the spread in which case he’d be 2-1 instead. I mean, we can all forgive him picking Rice in that case with the huge spread that game offered, right?

Or perhaps we are reading too much into this and he’s just going after his favorite treats. WHO KNOWS!

Let’s see what he did this week:

I give up. I don’t even know what you are doing any more, Gulliver.

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HLS Makes Its Live Radio Debut This Saturday http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/26/hls-makes-live-radio-debut-saturday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hls-makes-live-radio-debut-saturday http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/26/hls-makes-live-radio-debut-saturday/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:00:12 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26433 No, not a podcast, but an honest to goodness. solid. strong AM radio signal over the DFW airwaves! I will be a special guest on KVCE 1160 AM this Saturday from 11 AM – 12 PM central time on their sports special “Inside the Game” hosted by the lovely Robin Valetutto, dubbed the “DFW Sports […]

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I will be joining Robin Valettuto on "Inside the Game" LIVE on KVCE 1160 AM this Saturday.

I will be joining Robin Valetutto on “Inside the Game” LIVE on KVCE 1160 AM this Saturday. (Photo credit: KVCEradio.com)

No, not a podcast, but an honest to goodness. solid. strong AM radio signal over the DFW airwaves!

I will be a special guest on KVCE 1160 AM this Saturday from 11 AM – 12 PM central time on their sports special “Inside the Game” hosted by the lovely Robin Valetutto, dubbed the “DFW Sports Angel”. Not it in the DFW area? No worries, the wonders of the internet will allow you live stream. Check out their site and look for the streaming options at the top of the page (NB: I had issues using their site with Chrome, IE worked fine).

Robin, a DFW native, is a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader and manager for the The Roar, the Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleading squad, totaling over 13 years in NFL entertainment. She has been hosting “Inside the Game” since 2004 and has recently brought this show to her hometown.

The show will cover the NFL and other top sports stories in the first half, but the second half will focus on Notre Dame football as KVCE is now the radio home for the Irish in the DFW area. The Notre Dame Club of Dallas has had some members join the show in the past and want me on as (and these are their words) “the club’s most knowledgeable ND Football fan AND analyst” who “has thought through and researched many aspects of Notre Dame and Notre Dame football that us mere mortals would never create the time to do.”

No pressure! Thanks y’all.

This show takes calls so feel free to call in at 214-787-1160 and pepper me with questions. I’d love to hear from y’all.

So please, tune in and marvel that someone is trusting me with a live mic. If you can’t tune in live, you will be able to find the show in podcast form and we will make sure to make another post here on HLS once that is up.

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Friday Roundup: The “Moment for Jack” Edition http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/26/friday-roundup-moment-jack-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=friday-roundup-moment-jack-edition http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/26/friday-roundup-moment-jack-edition/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:12:51 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26429 No, not Jack Daniels–although to be fair, I can’t really blame you for thinking booze first in a Roundup post–but I’m talking about taking a moment here for Jack Swarbrick. I feel that, based on recent events, instead of attempting to make fun of Syracuse, I should highlight the wonder of the Athletic Director is […]

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No, not Jack Daniels–although to be fair, I can’t really blame you for thinking booze first in a Roundup post–but I’m talking about taking a moment here for Jack Swarbrick. I feel that, based on recent events, instead of attempting to make fun of Syracuse, I should highlight the wonder of the Athletic Director is Savvy Jack.

I’m not sure who coined the term “Savvy Jack”, but I do remember the first time that I heard it. The same week that I resurrected the Friday Roundup, its previous author, co-founder of HLS, MQ, threw the phrase out on Twitter and accompanied it with one of my favorite Photoshops to date:

Do you think he plans it all out, or just makes it up as he goes along?

Credit to @IDtheMike (aka MQ)

Back then, the college football playoff was a certainly, but Notre Dame’s place at the table most certainly wasn’t. The deal with the ACC wasn’t in place and we still had Michigan on the schedule as a regular opponent. Yet in that Roundup, I stated that I wasn’t at all worried as were a good section of Irish fans.

At that point in time (April 2012), other sections of Irish fandom weren’t quite sold on my same confidence on Swarbrick. To be fair, at that point, especially in regards to football, a valid argument could be made that, while he had certainly made an impact on the athletic department as a whole, beyond the Brian Kelly hire (remember, this is pre-title run so the jury was still out for many), the list of things that he did for football was quite small.

That list, however, grew by leaps and bounds in 2012. He not only got ND a good spot at the table for the College Football Playoff, but also preserved Notre Dame’s independence along the way. He made a scheduling deal with the ACC that was far better than anything that we had with the Big East, including access to bowl games that weren’t terrible. He had the foresight to can the Michigan series so the Irish wouldn’t be saddled with a B1G/ACC schedule that offered no flexibility. He even helped Notre Dame weather a potentially disastrous PR storm when the Manti Te’o catfishing news came to light.

Swarbrick, however, has gone moved beyond “great AD” status to “troll master that you best not f**k around with” this season. Of course, we are all well aware of the masterful move of announcing the scheduling of Ohio State during the final Michigan week; however, somewhat lost in the shuffle of the Texas A&M announcement was this:

So why does this new cancellation add to Swabrick’s trolling legend? Look no further than new Texas athletic director, Steve Patterson.

Back in 2013 while the dominoes of the new ACC deal were falling into place, it became clear that the original scheduled date for the Irish’s visit to Tempe simply wasn’t going to work. Therefore, Notre Dame reached out to Arizona State with a desire to cancel the game. Arizona State and Patterson was, understandably, upset with the sudden switch. Instead of taking up a contract dispute directly with Notre Dame though, Patterson decided to be a dick and let everyone willing to listen that he was SO MAD at Notre Dame:

“The school didn’t have the courtesy to have the athletic director (Jack Swarbrick) call the athletic director at ASU to discuss it,” Patterson said. “They had their PR guy call (ASU’s media relations office) to give us a message Friday afternoon while everybody was out of town at the Final Four.

“At least in the little Catholic town I grew up in — Beaver Dam, Wis. — the good nuns wouldn’t have thought that was a very appropriate way to honor your word.”

Thus far, ASU has not received anything in writing from Notre Dame about the potential scheduling change. That’s a required action for any change in the contract, which was signed in 2008, that also includes a game between the teams in South Bend in 2017. So as Patterson sees it, nothing has changed.

Quick note: the cancellation was not official at this point because, at the article stated, ASU had yet to receive anything in writing. This was supposed to be stage one of the discussion, but nooooooo, we gotta play this out in public.

“Our position is ‘Hey, we’ve got a contract,’ and we expect Notre Dame to live up to it,” Patterson said.

“What people don’t understand is you do this 18 months before a game,” Patterson said. “Virtually every other university in the country’s got their teams scheduled until 2014. So who do you get as a replacement even if you wanted to do it?

“If you act in a professional way and you want to talk about three years down the line or four years down the line where somebody’s got a chance to make an adjustment in their schedule, that’s a different thing, but when it’s 18 months out, everybody’s got their season booked.”

“Look, our position is we’re playing the game,” Patterson said. “On Oct. 25, Notre Dame is going to be here and we’re going to play football.”

Patterson knew his out of conference schedule would be total trash without ND (Weber State and New Mexico were their other OOC opponents this season). So with all his eggs in the South Bend basket, so he made this huge stick to ensure the Irish would still come to Tempe on October 25 November 8.

So when Patterson replaced Deloss Dodds at Texas, a man many considered to be a great friend and ally to Swarbrick, many wondered how Patterson’s relationship would be. With two Texas games cancelled and Texas A&M on the schedule, Jack more or less told Patterson: “Hey, remember that BS in 2013? You have a check on the way for $150k to cancel the games, that in the contract, I promise. You don’t have to go on radio this time. By the way, I’m scheduling a rival of yours that you no longer play because they crawled under your skin when they refused to kiss the Texas ring and went to the SEC. That’s right, I just messed with Texas. Have a nice day, asshole.”

I mean, I’m pretty much to the point in which I believe the conversion that I made up in my head between Dave Brandon and Jack actually happened.

The lesson here? Don’t screw with Jack. He will make you look a fool.

The Roundup

Speaking of looking like fools, HI MICHIGAN! Oh man, the dumpster fire in Ann Arbor is in full blaze. The ill-conceived Coke/ticket promotion wasn’t even the worst thing that happened to them this week. One of their biggest football alumni stars ripped them a new one on the radio. Someone also had to ask Mark Hammon of NCIS fame what he thought about Michigan football since his father’s number is now being worn by a potentially benched QB. This is Michigan football in 2014.

Want to laugh at Texas some more? Let’s look no further than Longhorn puppet Texas insider, Chip Brown. Chip, whose scoops are uniformly dead wrong, had an incredible whopper about Roger Goodell wanting to met with Texas because reasons. Like most of his BS, Chip had his scoop behind a paywall; however, he is now sticking to his story on a freely available piece because in just a few hours the “scoop” was shot to hell.

We still may have very little clue on how the playoff committee will make their decisions. However, Barry Alvarez decided to give us a peek behind the curtain on his methodology.

Uh, College GameDay, what are you doing? Seriously, how in the blue hell does this guest picker make any sense?

And now, your moment of Nix… Let’s laugh at Jim Delany, shall we?

The Booze

Much like Purdue week, we’re sticking with the obvious: Mimosas and Screwdrivers for everyone! For beer, I guess Shock Top and Blue Moon are some citrus-inspired choices that are rather easy to make; however, I am also sure that you can find much better beers if you try.

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Tommy Rees Podcast! http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/25/tommy-rees-podcast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tommy-rees-podcast http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/25/tommy-rees-podcast/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:53:45 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26395 Note: This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, September 23, 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 Tommy Rees joined our show for the first time this week and was extraordinary. […]

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Note: This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, September 23, 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

Tommy Rees joined our show for the first time this week and was extraordinary. Rees is a player that has every right to be somewhat defensive and guarded when it comes to his time in South Bend. From media and fan frustrations to QB controversies with multiple higher rated teammates to last second thrills and late game heartbreak  - Tommy Rees saw it all over four years in South Bend. For all he endured, Tommy came off as extremely personable and open during our first interview.

Yes … he possibly dropped an F-Bomb when asked about his first game experience and interception against Michigan in 2010, but that only makes the interview better!

Tommy also shared his thoughts on Everett Golson’s continued development as a quarterback and if coaching football is the next step for him. Great stuff all around!

Thanks to all our loyal listeners and we’re hoping to build more each and every week!

Contact me:

Twitter: @ManCaveQB

Email: herringbonesports@gmail.com

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Notre Dame and Texas A&M Agree to a Home and Home in 2024 and 2025 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/25/notre-dame-texas-agree-home-home-2024-2025/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notre-dame-texas-agree-home-home-2024-2025 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/25/notre-dame-texas-agree-home-home-2024-2025/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:20:57 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26422 Howdy, Aggies. Welcome to the future Notre Dame schedule. Thank you for joining Texas, Georgia, and Ohio State in the “teams we’ve replaced Michigan with” club. Notre Dame has just announced they will play Texas A&M at College Station, TX in 2024 and in South Bend, IN in 2025. pic.twitter.com/CuI2hV1dnx — Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) […]

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Howdy, Aggies. Welcome to the future Notre Dame schedule. Thank you for joining Texas, Georgia, and Ohio State in the “teams we’ve replaced Michigan with” club.

Some of you might be aware, but if you are not, full disclosure: I am a Texas A&M fan. If I had stayed in Texas, I would’ve spent my college years in College Station.

My best friends are a mixture of Domers and Aggies. The best man at my wedding: Aggie. He and another Aggie groomsman conspired to have me dunk my ND and wedding ring during the best man speech. I’ve been to two bachelor parties that have involved copious amounts of alcohol at Northgate. I know the words to the Aggie War Hymn.

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS SERIES.

Sure, by the time it actually happens, I’ll be trying to figure out what to do with my future kids on those weekends, but I don’t care. These are two of the most tradition-laden schools in all of college football and putting both of these fan bases in the same stadium is going to be nothing short of magic.

And I can’t wait to claim bragging rights on my Aggie friends forever with two Irish wins.

Get here soon, 2024!

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