The Sidelines Reborn

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You might remember that here at HLS, MQ launched our own forum called The Sideline. We've tried to update it and freshen it up as much as possible, but the fact of the matter was that no matter what we did, we were stuck with a clunky, terrible interface that people hated. With all kinds of other great ND forum communities out there, the Sidelines turned into a ghost town. So I made the decision to take the forums down and try to rebuild from scratch. My plans were going to result in one hell … [Read more...]

Notre Dame 2014 Opponent Preview: Northwestern

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Well, after Friday's events, it's a bit interesting to take to the preview realm once again, but the show must go on. Today, we take a look at the standard of B1G mediocrity: Northwestern. Previous Opponent Previews: Rice Michigan Purdue Syracuse Stanford North Carolina Florida State Navy Arizona State Vitals Offense The Wildcats return practically their entire offense, but I'm not entirely sure that's a great thing beyond consistency. And consistency … [Read more...]

Podcast: Author Jerry Barca & NDtex on TNNDN!


Note: This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. This was prior to any announcements regarding the ongoing Notre Dame investigation into academic improprieties. You can listen below, download in iTunes, or even load an mp3 on our BlogTalkRadio site. Enjoy! Find Additional Sports Podcasts with TNNDN Network on BlogTalkRadio Look - I'm well aware that it's been a frustrating week in the world of Notre Dame Football. Instead of getting psyched up about the rapidly approaching … [Read more...]

Notre Dame, Academic Fraud, Accountability, Narrative, and You

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On the list of things that I was concerned about for the 2014 season, academic fraud ranked somewhere around the same level as a meteor strike in South Bend. Academic issues? Sure, based on recent history, that was definitely in the back of my mind, but seeing Fr. Jenkins and a bearded Jack Swarbrick announce to the world that Notre Dame was investigating serious academic fraud? Not a chance in hell. Make no mistake, I'm absolutely furious. Not at DaVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Notre Dame Fall Camp 2014 Catch-Up” Edition

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Once WatchND started pumping out Notre Dame football fall camp practice videos, I was all in for breaking each one down. It worked great for the first two practices, but then practice #3 happened and saw the video breakdown was a position profile for the CBs. Don't get me wrong, the feature was great, but a basically started at my title of "Fall Camp Practice Report #3: CB Report" for about an hour and realized there was no way that I could even drag 100 words out of the topic. So I passed … [Read more...]

Notre Dame 2014 Opponent Preview: Arizona State

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Our next Notre Dame opponent preview moves back west to the Pac-12. Last year's Shamrock Series opponent, Arizona State, is a team that is still on the rise. Todd Graham has, shockingly, stayed in the same place for three years and it's clear that he can actually do some good things for a program if he hangs around (sorry, Pitt). Let's take a closer look at the Sun Devils to see what's in store for the Irish for their first trip out west in 2014. Previous Opponent … [Read more...]

One, Two, Three … Ginx!!


I had a chance to sit down with former Notre Dame strong safety Gerome Sapp this week about the new app he just released … *#Ginx . Oh, and some football talk, too! Q: How did you become interested in the social media industry? A: "It started when I was playing football in the NFL and I realized that social media gave non-professional athletes or the “average everyday Joe” an equal platform from which they could be heard. ESPN was my platform as a professional athlete but with the rise of … [Read more...]

The Official Notre Dame Football Primer is Here!


While, we definitely had fun with our own version of the Notre Dame Football Primer, I must say, there is nothing like the original. The fine folks at Fighting Irish Digital Media (aka the folks behind ND's social media and WatchND) have put together their annual football primer to get us all hyped and ready for the season. I absolutely love the way Brian Kelly fires up his troops. I am so happy cameras are allowed to go inside and film now … [Read more...]

Understanding O’Bannon

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On August 8, 2014, a United States District Court Judge, The Honorable Claudia Wilken, issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law that held the NCAA to have illegally restrained "trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities." The purpose of this article is to provide you, our loyal reader, with a helpful analysis of Judge Wilken's 99-page Order and give you some understanding as to what the case, Edward O'Bannon, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, … [Read more...]