Her Loyal Sons http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog A Notre Dame Football Blog Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:28:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Notre Dame Unmatched On and Off the Field http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/17/notre-dame-unmatched-field/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notre-dame-unmatched-field http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/17/notre-dame-unmatched-field/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:28:07 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26356 Through three weeks, Notre Dame has already blown past expectations for 2014. And they’ve grossly exceeded moral expectations for any football program, professional or college. The 3-0 record may have been foreseen at this point by many Irish fans, but did we know that there would be two 30-plus point victories? Did we know that […]

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Through three weeks, Notre Dame has already blown past expectations for 2014. And they’ve grossly exceeded moral expectations for any football program, professional or college.

The 3-0 record may have been foreseen at this point by many Irish fans, but did we know that there would be two 30-plus point victories? Did we know that we’d have a poor performance against a rival and still find a way to coast to a victory (which is more than we could say at this point in 2012)? Did we know that Michigan would be a part of the former and not the latter?

But more impressive than the record is what is going on behind the curtains at this time regarding the academic fraud scandal.

We all know the narrative by now: DeVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams and Kendall Moore have all been suspended indefinitely from the football team until more information and hearings are held to determine what happened in 2012 and what should happened from this point moving forward.

I know many Irish fans have become upset at the slow pace of justice resulting from this investigation. I understand. But these are events that happened two or three years ago and include tens of people, not just a few. Notre Dame investigations are extremely thorough; they get every drop of data and information they can. They also present their case against the student TO the student before the final hearings. This is the phase that the four suspended players seem to be going through currently. This way the student has the ability to know what they are up against and create a defense of their actions. It’s due process, and although nerve-wracking while involved it is an extremely fair process.

Quarterback Everett Golson knows all about this as well. Following the 2012 season, it came to light that Golson had participated in some form of academic fraud (Notre Dame does not release official charges against students as part of their privacy policy) and was no longer eligible to play as per the University’s guidelines. A common judgement in these cases is for the student to take a year off from the University and reapply for the following school year.

Will Mahone was dismissed from the University of Notre Dame and is currently enrolled at Youngstown State University

This disciplinary result is based on one goal: rehabilitation. They give the student a chance to not only be punished for their mistakes, but also to work on what caused them to make that decision. It gives them motivation to work harder to get back to where they want to be. Golson fought for this. He never once wavered regarding his desire to return to campus and he was readmitted.

Not all students are as lucky as these players, however. Notre Dame has often held to the standard that felonious acts are cause for expulsion and they maintained this policy regarding former RB/WR Will Mahone. Mahone was arrested and charged with five counts after an incident involving vandalism and resisting arrest in his hometown. He was immediately suspended from the team and the school asked him to leave after formal charges were filed. They made it very clear that Mahone would be allowed to reapply after the process was complete or if his felony charges were dropped or changed.

Mahone stuck to his guns and plead not-guilty at first, but as part of a pre-trial plea bargain he ended up pleading guilty to four misdemeanor charges and spent only ten days in jail. To the best of our knowledge, he never attempted to reapply to Notre Dame and now currently attends Youngstown State University.

In all three events, Notre Dame has been extremely consistent. Upon discovery of the event, the students involved immediately lose football privileges. University hearings are slow but fair. The University is open to readmission.

The sports news during the last couple of weeks has been very disturbing: Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald, Adrian Peterson.

What’s even more disturbing is that the NFL and their respective teams have given no consistency despite all of them being in essentially the same hot water. Rice was suspended for two games, then indefinitely, then cut from the Ravens; Hardy wasn’t suspended at all until the Rice situation blew up, then was deactivated for last week’s game and is currently active for his next game; McDonald is being investigated but has not been formally charged yet, and has played in both games so far this year; Peterson has had two stories of child abuse surface and was deactivated last weekend, he was reinstated this weekend but has since been placed on the exempt list after sponsors began pulling their money.

And that last bit there…that’s where things began changing in the NFL — money. When fans and players speak out against these players, the NFL responded with silence and goose chases. When sponsors began speaking out and ending deals, players became suspended.

This is where Notre Dame stands out from the crowd. Notre Dame didn’t give Everett Golson special treatment because he was a star quarterback. He got the same treatment that Will Mahone got: fix your issues, then reapply. Golson did both, and now he’s back on the team and playing some of the best football in the nation. Mahone dealt with his legal issues (it is unclear if his anger and/or substance abuse issues have been addressed) but never reapplied to the University.

For these four players involved in the current academic fraud case, they need only know one thing: Notre Dame stands by you. They may punish you, they may take football away from you — but they stand by you. They give you every resource possible to help you in school, and they give you everything you need to regain your enrollment.

Notre Dame does not put the success of its football team first; Golson was dismissed for a year while other schools may have given only a one or two game suspension for a similar charge.

While we sit back and wait for a decision on these players involved in the fraud case, let us take a moment to remember what that Notre Dame is doing what is best for each individual student. They didn’t wait for the NCAA to force them to punish the kids. They didn’t wait for Gatorade to pull its water coolers from the sidelines.

Remember this the next time a school suspends a kid for just a half of football after being arrested over the weekend. Remember the this the next time you feel like complaining about the school taking too long to decide the fate of the foursome.

Notre Dame does Notre Dame things and at a Notre Dame pace, we all know this. I trust that the students’ well-beings will be put first in their hearings. That’s what this school does. It won’t put the football team first, it won’t cut out cancerous players for no reason.

It is a special place and I’m proud to have an association with the University and the great fans that support it.

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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  – 190+ tweets from 88 contributors, with 39 first-timers making the cut this week. We now have over 320 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 definitely not using the bye week to take measurements for a Jumbotron installation in Notre Dame Stadium.

Brick Helmet Stickers

#HLSrecap Helmet Stickers

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

Well….there was a game. And we won. And I’m not sure much more can be said about that except that every time someone scores against the Irish it’s sure to bring up a really snarky Michigan reference.

What does it say about Purdue that a week later we are all still talking about Michigan? It says that Michigan sucks.

I’m not gonna lie. Except for some early drama that no one really took seriously, this was a ho-hum game and I think most of us saved some good material for a future game. However, there are a couple of folks who tweet like their lives depend on it, bringing it hard every single week for our collective internet enjoyment.

So the takeaway is that these are “must follows.” If they can bring it for Purdue, you don’t want to miss them when we play USC.

  • @PDXIrish — it’s about damn time, Nina. Where have you been hiding your A-game? You can’t lean on BK’s nipples forever, you know.
  • @dapremonster — have I given Dap a sticker before? Does it matter? Follow.
  • @SupermanTDJesus — week after week after week after week……I mean, he works the hell out of his twitter game. We all should be so committed.

#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 Purdue game: @PDXirish with 13 tweets.

Past 2014 #HLSrecap MVPs

  • Michigan@SupermanTDJesus (9)
  • Rice@andrewwinn and @IrishMoonJ (5)

#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: @1stdownMoses, @IrishToddND, @JAK0107, @papaalphakilo…and the aforementioned @PDXirish.

2014 Cumulative Rankings

Rank

Name

Tweet
Data

T.R.O.L.L.
Data

Overall

Previous Rank

1 SupermanTDJesus 25 25 1
2 PDXIrish 16 16 UR
2 andrewwinn 15 +1 16 5
4 IrishMoonJ 14 14 2
5 FakeSwarbrick 12.5 12.5 4
6 FatherSorin 11 11 11
7 OptimisticDomer 10 10 3
8 eTruth_Irish 9 9 19
8 taxbastard 9 9 11
8 oaknd1 9 9 6
11 papaalphakilo 8 8 UR
11 HLS_NDTex 8 8 17
11 PootND 8 8 11
11 HoosIrish 8 8 6
15 JAK0107 7 7 UR
15 dapremonster 7 7 19
15 TomFornelli 7 7 19
18 IrishtoddND 6 6 UR
18 1stDownMoses 6 6 UR
18 awilk 6 6 19
18 Dixie_Domer 6 6 11
18 D_Farmer 6 6 6
18 PaulRRigney 6 6 6
18 WatchND 6 6 6

Also receiving votes: @itsTripp, @KyNDfan, @IDtheMike, @Candice4ND, iRJerrell99, @NDatRivals, @IrishTightness, @JohnGcomedy, @pburnsOFD.

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

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GolsonSSIt wasn’t pretty, it was tough to watch at times, and it was downright frustrating. Notre Dame waltzed into Lucas Oil Stadium expecting to flatten a struggling Purdue team fresh off an embarrassing loss to Central Michigan, riding the high of having shut out Michigan for the first time ever just a week before. Instead, the Irish literally limped out of Indianapolis without just about every Safety on the team, a banged up Amir Carlisle, and a hard-fought W.

Bye weeks are awesome when they come at the right time, and man is this the right time.

Here’s a little throwback to let you enjoy reliving the game recording that will likely be first off your DVR this season.

Go Irish!

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TCB Poll: Week 3 Reactions http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/16/tcb-poll-week-3-reactions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tcb-poll-week-3-reactions http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/16/tcb-poll-week-3-reactions/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:30:30 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26320 Beginning in 2014, a playoff selection committee will determine which four college football teams play for the national title. Some are skeptical of the committee, so we — the Elvii of college football — have joined together to present our weekly playoff nominations. We call it the T.C.B. Poll. Playoff Rankings: Week 3 Each week, the T.C.B. Poll […]

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Beginning in 2014, a playoff selection committee will determine which four college football teams play for the national title. Some are skeptical of the committee, so we — the Elvii of college football — have joined together to present our weekly playoff nominations. We call it the T.C.B. Poll.

TCB Elvis Presley College Football Poll logo

Image courtesy @AuburnElvis

Playoff Rankings: Week 3

Each week, the T.C.B. Poll is an aggregate of all our inputs. Scroll down to see individual selections and opinions.

Rank

Team

Record

Weekly Change

1 Oregon 3-0
2 Florida State 3-0
3 Alabama 3-0
4 Oklahoma 3-0 +1

Also receiving votes: Auburn, Texas A&M.

TCB Committee Member Comments

@TheLSUElvis

Elvis Presley’s last movie was about a Doctor who was in charge of a clinic in a poor neighborhood. The movie was titled “Change of Habit.” Well there was no ‘change of habit’ in my top 4 over the weekend so it remains the same…

  1. Florida State
  2. Alabama
  3. Oregon
  4. Oklahoma

@AuburnElvis

  1. Oregon – Every week their path to a perfect regular season seems easier.
  2. FSU – Every week, their path to a perfect season seems harder.
  3. Auburn – We’ll find out on Thursday is this pick is smart, or just homer-ism.
  4. Texas A&M – Has to win at least 3 of these games: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Missouri. I think they will.

@HawkeyeElvis

Just like when I give my kids money to buy something, no change for Hawkeye Elvis.

  1. Oregon – They actually trailed! Wyoming 7-0 after the first quarter. And still scored 48 points. Their Pac-12 competition seems to be vanishing every week.
  2. Florida State – Will the Seminoles truly be tested this week with Clemson coming to town? Or will the Tigers get mollywhopped again?
  3. Alabama – The Gators barely held off Kentucky this week. What will the Tide do them? Hide the women and children.
  4. Auburn – A stern test for Auburn Elvis on a Thursday night. Be wary of that old wizard in Manhattan. They win this game and it looks really good on a resume.

This morning I’m just thankful there isn’t a Cyclone Elvis.

@IrishElvis

This job gets easier as the number of undefeated teams dwindles. It’ll get harder once we need to start differentiating between one-loss teams…

  1. Oregon - stays put for another week
  2. Oklahoma – moving them up a bit since their schedule strength is virtually identical to Oregon
  3. Florida State – Clemson test this week should help an atrocious schedule thus far and hopefully test the defending champs
  4. Alabama – I think they’re still the SEC team to beat, but like most, they have their flaws

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Purdue Review: Defense http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/16/purdue-review-defense/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=purdue-review-defense http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/16/purdue-review-defense/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:00:56 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26295 After the Michigan game I was feeling pretty confident in our defense … but there’s always “that” game, after a big win, that you still need to make sure you are “up” for. When our defense came out against Purdue, I was afraid maybe they weren’t “up” for this game, but in the second half […]

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Notre Dame vs. Purdue, Shamrock Series Game (Matt Cashore USA TODAY Sports)

Notre Dame vs. Purdue, Shamrock Series Game (Matt Cashore USA TODAY Sports)

After the Michigan game I was feeling pretty confident in our defense … but there’s always “that” game, after a big win, that you still need to make sure you are “up” for. When our defense came out against Purdue, I was afraid maybe they weren’t “up” for this game, but in the second half they definitely proved me wrong. Lets take a look at how the defense performed against Purdue.

The Notre Dame defense forced three turnovers against Purdue (while only committing one on offense). These three turnovers consisted of two interceptions and one fumble. However, against Purdue, Notre Dame only scored three points off turnovers.

The Irish defense has forced seven turnovers so far in the first three games of 2014 and are now +8 in the turnover margin.

In 2014, Notre Dame’s defense has now stopped its opponents on fourth down four of six times this season.

The Notre Dame defense held Purdue to 290 total yards of offense, which marked the second consecutive game the Irish held its opponent to under 300 yards of offense.

The Irish shutout the Boilermakers in the second half after allowing them 14 points in the first half. Notre Dame held Purdue to just 121 yards in the second half after giving up 169 yards in the first half.

Devin Butler made his first career interception during the fourth quarter.

Senior captain Joe Schmidt also recorded his first career interception during the fourth quarter.

Isaac Rochell recorded his first career sack or tackle for loss when he split a sack with Jarron Jones on the opening drive of the second half.

The Irish defense had a total of three sacks for 37-yards.

Jarron Jones has at least a half of a tackle for loss in each of this season’s first three games.

Romeo Okwara surpassed his previous career high for tackles in a game (11). He had five against both Navy and Stanford in 2013.

After a rocky first half start for the second week in  a row the Irish came out in the second half and dominated their opponent.

Here are some Notre Dame player quotes from the post game interviews:

Romeo Okwara - Jr. – Defensive End

On preparing for the game…
“All week, the defense worked very hard. We played fast this game. In the second half, we came out and played very well.”

On the defense improving throughout the game…
“Going into halftime, we got together as a defense and talked about needing to execute better. When we came out in the second half, we executed a lot better.”

On first half struggles…
“We were not executing like we wanted to. We had to correct those errors.”

Jaylon Smith - So. – Linebacker

On Purdue’s adjustments…
“As far as motions, trying to confuse us on every play — we prepared for those things, but in the first half, we didn’t execute on some of it and that just opened up the window.”

On Purdue challenging Notre Dame…
“They always give us a battle. We understand that going into the week. It’s not just an easy week off. Purdue is a Big Ten school. They love to play us. It is the best of Indiana. The winner owns that title. We really just had to come prepared and after that first half we really controlled it.”

On being a leader…
“It’s all about the next man in. We had a guy that went down for targeting and things like that, so it’s all about rallying. Drue Tranquil is my guy. I took him under my wing a couple of years ago. We’re from Fort Wayne. So, obviously, it’s all about executing and making sure that we can do well.”

Cody Riggs - Gr. – Cornerback

On feeling like the last man standing…
“Max went down early with that penalty, and then Cole went down and Nick went down. It was just a lot going on, but, no, I didn’t because I had Shumate back there with me, and Devin came in and played well. Drue came in and played great as always.”

On facing adversity…
“It just shows the amount of talent we have back there. I said that a long time ago in camp that we have so much talent back there, and it shows that when you got so many guys down and then new guys come in and make a big play.”

On being 3-0…
“There are no easy wins in college football. I know that. It just shows that we have accomplished something in these past few weeks. No matter how you get there, as long as you get there, what matters is that the win comes.”

On his first time playing Purdue…
“Yeah, they came out and ran some stuff that we have never seen before. They were playing hard with a lot of emotion and that just showed that this game meant something to them. It meant something to us as well, and they gave us their best shot.”

On his first Shamrock Series game…
“What I got from that is that the fans travel well. They are very supportive and stay until the end. It was a really good experience. I love the uniforms, and it was very cool.”

I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about the Max Redfield ejection. Redfield got ejected in the second quarter for targeting. My seats were not close but after rewatching the game it looks to me as though the refs got this one right.

I think our defense looks pretty good after three games. And a bye week is always good to rest up the team and heal some injuries as we look forward to Syracuse. If they keep improving each week, this season is starting to show a great deal of promise! What say you?

Cheers & GO IRISH!

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Notre Dame Football vs. Purdue: A Twitter Summary http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/15/notre-dame-football-vs-purdue-twitter-summary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=notre-dame-football-vs-purdue-twitter-summary http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/15/notre-dame-football-vs-purdue-twitter-summary/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:24:54 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26310 The 86th meeting between Notre Dame & Purdue was played Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Irish prevailed 30-14, and moved to 3-0 in 2014. Here's a collection of the real-time Twitter reaction & commentary.

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The 86th meeting between Notre Dame & Purdue was played Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Irish prevailed 30-14, and moved to 3-0 in 2014. Here’s a collection of the real-time Twitter reaction & commentary.


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HLS TV (Episode 3): Notre Dame’s a Survivor http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/15/hls-tv-episode-3-notre-dames-a-survivor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hls-tv-episode-3-notre-dames-a-survivor http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/15/hls-tv-episode-3-notre-dames-a-survivor/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:31 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26291 Molly Moran and I are back with another episode of HLS TV! In this episode, we discuss Notre Dame surviving against Purdue in a crazy week of college football. Molly gives us an insight into what the atmosphere was like in the game and if the mood match ours as we were losing our minds […]

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Molly Moran and I are back with another episode of HLS TV!

In this episode, we discuss Notre Dame surviving against Purdue in a crazy week of college football. Molly gives us an insight into what the atmosphere was like in the game and if the mood match ours as we were losing our minds on Twitter. And we cover the good, the bad, the frustrating, and wonder just how upset we should be about the Irish’s performance in this year’s Shamrock Series.

You can check out this week’s episode below:

Finally, as next week is the bye week, we want to hear from you. Fire questions away in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #AskHLSTV. We’ll pick our favorite questions and answer them in next week’s episode!

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Purdue Review: Using the “Slash” Concept in the Red Zone http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/14/purdue-review-using-the-slash-concept-in-the-red-zone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=purdue-review-using-the-slash-concept-in-the-red-zone http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/14/purdue-review-using-the-slash-concept-in-the-red-zone/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:37:28 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26244 With Notre Dame clinging to a three-point lead late in the third quarter against the Boilermakers, Everett Golson connected with Corey Robinson for a 15-yard touchdown. The touchdown was Robinson’s first of the season and is a good example of how Notre Dame uses the “Slash” concept in the red zone. What is the Slash concept? Slash is a two-man route […]

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Corey Robinson

With Notre Dame clinging to a three-point lead late in the third quarter against the Boilermakers, Everett Golson connected with Corey Robinson for a 15-yard touchdown. The touchdown was Robinson’s first of the season and is a good example of how Notre Dame uses the “Slash” concept in the red zone.

What is the Slash concept?

Slash is a two-man route combination. The outside receiver runs a seven-yard hitch approximately one yard from the sideline while the inside receiver runs a “Bow” route, i.e., an angled seam route, 15 yards deep and five yards from the sideline. The quarterback reads the boundary corner. If the corner drops to cover the Bow route, the quarterback should throw the hitch; if the corner plays shallow, the quarterback should throw to the inside receiver on the Bow. Like the “Smash” concept, Slash is particularly effective against Cover 2 defenses because it vertically stretches the corner.

Let’s take a look at Robinson’s touchdown.

Slash 1-1

On 1st & 10 from the Purdue 15, the Irish line up in a 3×2 empty formation with Robinson and running back Greg Bryant lined up to the boundary. The Boilermakers line up in a two-high shell with soft corners. Given the defensive alignment, Golson’s pre-snap read is likely Cover 2 or Cover 4.

Slash 2

Slash 4-1

Purdue drops into a two-deep, five-under zone defense. The boundary corner is playing soft and gets caught momentarily leaning toward the hitch route underneath as Robinson heads for the goal line.

Slash 5

Golson recognizes that Robinson has the corner beat and makes a back-shoulder throw to keep the safety from making a play on the ball. The safety is late breaking on the ball, and the 5’11″ corner is no match for the 6’4″ Robinson. Strike up the Victory Clog.

Conclusion

Slash is a great concept that fits Brian Kelly’s philosophy of attacking the boundary. It allows big targets like Robinson or Ben Koyack to run fade routes without having to beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage, and it can create favorable mismatches for the Irish offense. Look for Notre Dame to continue using Slash in the red zone as the season progresses.

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Good morning, Irish fans! It’s that time of the week once again for us to try to gaze into the future and predict Notre Dame and Purdue.

To enter this week, head on over to the entry form.

But first, let’s see how you did last week. Let’s start with the quotes because I’m giving out some bonus points this week:

Is Devin Gardner like an 8th year senior? – Philly Kelly

I wanted to frame the quote as soon as I saw it last week. Point!

When I think of Michigan, I think of Morrie in “Goodfellas” when he says “Fuck ‘em in the ear.” I believe ND will do some ear-banging this weekend. Not much to say. We have a better team, more weapons, and baring turn-overs and old fashion ass cramming by the Big 10 officials, I think they should win this handily. As Lou would say, “It doesn’t have to be close…..” – The Nature Boy

My God, I love this. All of this. ND indeed ear-banged Michigan, and you even called some B1G referring tom-foolery. Point, Natch! WOOOOOOO!

Michigan gets off to a fast start, Golson leads ND back only to lose in some strange horrific fashion that mirrors 4 of last 5 years. Bad Mojo. Hope I’m wrong. – IrishFaninMD

As the lone person to pick Michigan, you were indeed wrong, but I’m sure you don’t care.

1816: Arguably the last year Michigan was a respectable university (Wikipedia that for greater context). Also, in a closest to the pin competition, that would be the number closest to the margin of victory for the Irish. Irish win. Big. – @IrishMoonJ

Point!

Fuck Michigan – NDEddieMac

Well, I mean, obviously.

Utter domination, beginning to end. Break them. - stogiesnbeer

Request heard. Request granted.

No chicken dance tonight – Indiana Kid

More impressive was your perfect 31-0 prediction. Hold on…

/checks timestamp

/sees you did this on Monday

Well, that isn’t how this works. But hey, I appreciate the effort. For this reason I will add -6 bonus points to your score of 6 for a grand total of 0!

Standings

Name Points
NDtex 8
Clearwall 6
The Nature Boy 6
@IrishMoonJ 5
Bayou Irish 5
NDEddieMac 5
SupermanTDJesus 5
Biscuit 4
Irish Elvis 4
stogiesnbeer 4
@TheMattyPenny 3
clearwall 3
Phillykelly 3
Smalls 3
@jptefft 2
@Sah_ma 2
IrishFaninMD 2
Irishyoder1 2
Nd_catdog 2
TriniND 2
Goldmyer81 1
HLS_Whisky 1
MS 1
Indiana kid 0

Staff Picks

Name Winner Score Notes
NDtex Notre Dame 48-13 Who's up for another 30+ point victory? I KNOW I AM! I except nothing less than an Irish blowout.
Biscuit Notre Dame 31-9 Sooooooo glad we’re saving this most restful of a rivalry. I have crushed Purdue for being boring for years. Yes, many, many times. This year, things are no different. World’s Biggest Drum still isn’t actually the biggest. The ZZZZZZ’s come easy, and Purdue continues to flail around in football. Things aren’t improving at our southern neighbor any time soon coming off 1-11, and this should be a nice walk in the park for the Irish.

   Feeling pretty certain here – certain of sleep.
SupermanTDJesus Notre Dame 62-13 I feel like all Jaylon Smith Murder Train references this week will just be that much more poignant.
Irish Elvis Notre Dame 44-13 The visage of Tom Hammond will frighten the ND offense into a below-average first half performance. Purple Face Kelly will frighten the team at half, and ND rolls late.
Bayou Irish Notre Dame 63-17 We've all been surprised. The defense has been better than we hoped, Golson, even more so. The romp over Michigan was a surprise in how comprehensive it was. So, I predict no hangover and no close call a la 2013 or 2012. Purdue is terrible. Golson watched Kiel last night and wants to pick up the gauntlet. He will throw 5 TDs and run for 2 more. Let the hype begin.
HLS_Whisky Notre Dame 45-10 Golson to Fuller. Twice.
Phillykelly Notre Dame 42-10

Animal Picks

Apologize in advance for the poorer quality of video this week. My wife, the usual camera operator, is out of town this weekend, so I had to roll solo.

Will Gulliver improve on his 1-1, record?

Maybe he’s picking against the spread and I just don’t know it yet. I don’t understand you, Gulliver, but at least you hate Michigan.

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Can’t Make It to the Shamrock Series? Let WatchND Take You There! http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/12/cant-make-shamrock-series-let-watchnd-take/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cant-make-shamrock-series-let-watchnd-take http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/09/12/cant-make-shamrock-series-let-watchnd-take/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:11:54 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26230 For those lucky enough to attend the Shamrock Series this year, I am jealous. The entire weekend in Dallas last year was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again someday. If you are like me, though, WatchND can give you a taste of the weekend events. Check out the pep-rally below (direct link): […]

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For those lucky enough to attend the Shamrock Series this year, I am jealous. The entire weekend in Dallas last year was amazing and I can’t wait to do it again someday.

If you are like me, though, WatchND can give you a taste of the weekend events.

Check out the pep-rally below (direct link):

On Saturday, be sure to check out a live stream of the Fan Fest which will include the Shamrock Series pregame show at 6:30pm ET (direct link):

WatchND has been absolutely killing it as of late and being able to deliver these events into our homes is amazing. Be sure to check them out and GO IRISH!

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