So Things Look a Bit Different Around Here

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As promised, I've working on some changes to the HLS this offseason. We've been long, long overdue for some upgrades, but to do so, I needed to upgrade our theme and clean up quite a bit of the coding. I've done so and, of course, anything that I touch goes straight to hell no matter how much I test things out. I've been able to iron most of the details out tonight, but don't be surprised if you see a few design elements off here and there. However, we've been able to take advantage of a … [Read more...]

Rudy Explains the College Football Playoff

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 That trophy is no more and has been replaced by the following: https://twitter.com/CFBPlayoff/status/488700381656920065 Now, that trophy has been met with all kinds of reactions ranging from positive to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

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Running Back

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

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

Friday Roundup: The “I Hope This Is a Sacrifice for ND Football” Edition

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Those that follow me on Twitter during the offseason quickly become aware of two other major interests in my life outside of football: the WWE and the Texas Rangers. The former is a guilty pleasure that I probably care way too much about (as evidence by the fact I like writing many, many words about it) and the other has always been a part of my life. Think of all those stories you hear about Notre Dame fans growing up and knowing nothing but the love of Our Lady's University and a closet … [Read more...]

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

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

2014 Shamrock Series Uniforms Leaked?

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

2014 Opponent Preview: Syracuse

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

Will Mahone Dismissed from Notre Dame

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Per multiple reports, Will Mahone was dismissed from Notre Dame last night due to his June 14 arrest. The South Bend Tribune reported that Mahone would like to return to ND one day via a statement from his lawyer: James Gentile, Mahone’s attorney, said Monday night that Mahone would like to return to Notre Dame. But, Gentile said, Mahone is of the understanding that he will not be allowed to return to the school as long as the felony charges against him are pending. “That’s what the school … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Defensive Line

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When Notre Dame made its surprising run to the National Championship in 2012, it did so on the strength of a defensive line that shut down the run and got after opposing quarterbacks. With Louis Nix, III, and Stephon Tuitt at the top of their games, 2012 stands out among recent seasons, as the Irish surrendered 1374 rushing yards total, compared to 1806 yards the year before and 1870 the year before. In 2013, Injuries, ejection, and new O-line schemes specifically designed to stymie Nix and … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Independence” Edition

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On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved a now well known document declaring independence from the British Crown. While we celebrate our independence this day to commemorate that act, it's easy to forget that July 4, 1776 was only words on a piece of paper. General Conrwallis didn't surrender until October 19, 1781. The Revolutionary War itself started in April of 1775 well before the Declaration of Independence was even drafted. So why celebrate the date a piece of paper was … [Read more...]