A Journey Worth Following: 271 Miles

Photo Credit: Elli Thatcher

Today, Elli Thatcher’s life changes forever. The Columbus, Ohio resident will undergo an 11½ hour procedure to remove a 6-centimeter tumor that sits in a space of her neck and extends all the way to her skull. Thatcher is scared. She has lost sleep fretting about the unknowns: Is this mass cancerous? Will the doctors be able to reach the entire tumor, which is adjacent to the vagus nerve, essential to the body’s nervous system? There have been seemingly endless tests, scans and minor … [Read more...]

Morning Roundup: April 22, 2015


Good morning! Here are your headlines from the last 24 hours in Notre Dame football: FROM OUR SITE Running the damn ball: Weren't we already? RECRUITING - COMMITTED Irish Sports Daily (F): Shannon enjoys spring game (✰✰ IL long snapper) RECRUITING - OFFERED 'Bama Mag (F): Davis the next Dont'a at Alabama? (✰✰✰✰ AL LB Ben Davis) 'Bama Mag ($): S300 DE Kareem 'liked Alabama a whole lot' (✰✰✰✰ MI Khalid Kareem) Bleacher Report: Notre Dame football recruiting offers of the … [Read more...]

Running the Damn Ball: Weren’t We Already?

Screencap via @SupermanTDJesus

If we can take away one thing for sure from the Blue Gold game this past Saturday, it's that the Irish ran the damn ball. A lot. While this could certainly have been pandering to the Members Only-crowd who comprised the approximately four thousand lucky/incredibly wealthy/generous spectators (it certainly was not), it most likely reflected a recognition by Head Coach Brian Kelly and his staff that what worked against LSU in the Music City Bowl would keep on working with a darn good O-line, a … [Read more...]

Morning Roundup: April 21, 2015

TJ Jones jet sweep

Good morning! Last week, we brought you the story of Elli Thatcher, who was undergoing a complicated procedure to remove a tumor from her neck and ear. While Elli's blog hasn't been updated since early Friday morning, Elli's boyfriend - Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer - provided a brief glimpse of the recovery Monday on Twitter. https://twitter.com/DKizer_14/status/590170958364860417 All of us at Her Loyal Sons are praying for Elli to have a speedy recovery. Go Elli. Beat … [Read more...]

The Annual Quarterback Shoot Out

Photo: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

A quarterback competition is nothing new when you're talking about almost any Division I college football team, and Notre Dame is no different. When it comes to Everett Golson, the camp is pretty well divided. You either really love him, or you really don't. Will he stay for his final year at ND? Or will he graduate in the spring and do a grad school transfer to another school and finish his career elsewhere? And Malik Zaire, he most definitely has something big to prove. Does he have what it … [Read more...]

Rent Like a Champion Goes Nationwide


This year, the fine folks at Rent Like a Champion are once again partnering with HLS to spread the news of affordable weekend rentals in South Bend during football season and major events like commencement. The ND alumni-founded business has saved over 3,000 Notre Dame football fans serious cash from the hotel gouging in the area, as well as making South Bend homeowners over $3 million in extra income. Now, they are expanding their rental business nationwide. While Rent Like a Champion has … [Read more...]

Assorted Thoughts from the 2015 Blue/Gold Game

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Notre Dame Football graced us with their annual teaser of football season with the Blue/Gold Game this past Saturday. Of course, this means that it is time for every ND blog in existence to throw out some reactions from the practice game. HLS, of course is no different (save for the fact that I think everyone else already has theirs up), so it is time for me to play my role in this annual rite before we enter the long summer of counting down the days until fall camp breaks. Note: the assorted … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Football Highlights – Spring Game 2015

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HAPPY SPRING BALL Y'ALL! Ya boi SupermanTDJesus is back in the saddle, and I'm kicking off my first installment of NDFB Highlights in 2015 with the Spring Football Game. Pretty straight forward stuff, a performance from which analysis should be taken with a grain of salt. Doesn't hurt to watch the fun parts tho! Get it! GO IRISH! (WARNING: Music contains some explicit lyrics. Gotta look out for you parents out there.) … [Read more...]

Morning Roundup: April 20, 2015

Sea of Green

Good morning! The Blue-Gold spring game is officially in the books, with the defense prevailing by a score that really doesn't mean anything. What did we learn? I'd imagine the HLS staff will have some analysis later in the week. But for now, let's whip around the Internet to get everyone else's take: BLUE-GOLD GAME: AP: Blue-Gold game recap Bleacher Report: Notre Dame football 2015: Winners and losers from spring practice, game Blue & Gold Illustrated: Gold beats Blue in spring … [Read more...]

Morning Roundup: April 18, 2015

2015 Spring Game Attendance

It's here! After 109 long days, the Notre Dame football team takes the field again. OK, ok. It's a scrimmage. But it's the closest thing we'll have to real action for the next 140 days. So tune in at 12:30 p.m. to NBC Sports Network (a totally different channel than NBC) and enjoy it. While we await kickoff, here's a multitude of links to get you ready for the game. FROM OUR SITE Friday Roundup - Episode 24 (April 17, 2015) BLUE-GOLD GAME PREVIEWS CSN Sportsnet Chicago: Five … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup – Episode 24

Friday Roundup

Tonight on the Friday Roundup, there's a lot of Notre Dame football talk on this Blue/Gold eve. I may get to call a play for the Irish, some non-QB battle things to look out for, and some talk on Elli Thatcher and 271 miles. Finally, I mention Jim Delany's ideas on how to "fix" the academic issues in college football. Also, fill out this survey for a chance at a $25 Amazon gift card. This will be the last week! … [Read more...]