Irish Blogger Gathering: Getting Back in the Saddle


When it rains, it pours. As if the Notre Dame loss to Northwestern wasn't enough to kick off a rough week, my work week too a serious hard turn into awful as the impending Thanksgiving holiday, plus a load of other things, caused me to bow out from both HLS posting as well as Twitter for most of the week. To say that I am ready for another Notre Dame football game is an understatement. While I'm more terrified than I would like to be, I'm ready to get back in the saddle and I'm hoping the … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: Moving the Goalposts

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Goalposts define space. They give us something to shoot for, to aim at. They represent a known, often set against a sea of uncertainty. This week has me thinking about goalposts, both real and perceived. Mississippi State yanked a scholarship offer from Chason Virgil, a three-star quarterback, who had been committed since May. Apparently, State has a "numbers issue" with its scholarships for the incoming class, so it makes sense that they'd pull one back from a … [Read more...]

Opponent Watch: Whoa Nellie Edition


Who To Watch USC at UCLA (Sat 8:00pm ET ABC) Following the conclusion of ND-Louisville, head out to the Rose Bowl to hear Keith Jackson Brent Musburger Chris Fowler call this game. If the tradition (there's that word again!) from the last few years holds, you'll see a color-vs-color matchup of the two Los Angeles Pac-12 teams. The Bruins came into 2014 with some national championship hype and expectations (whatever happened to that Lee Corso fellow?), but spotty quarterback … [Read more...]

All the Podcasts! Four Horseman History, Figuring Out Notre Dame Turnovers, and the Friday Roundup


I meant to get this post last night, but I didn't get home from work until after 11pm and just passed out. Anyways, you may have already seen (or heard) the episodes I'm about to embed below if you are already subscribed to our podcast channel on iTunes or follow or Podbean channel, but if you aren't, (1) do that and (2) waste all the time at work with the embedded audio below. I have two recordings from KVCE AM 1160, Dallas/Ft. Worth. One is an older recording from before the Arizona State … [Read more...]

TCB Poll: Week 12 Reactions

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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. … [Read more...]

Northwestern Review: Defense


It's a hard knock life. I never imagined after sitting in Notre Dame Stadium for a very cold Notre Dame - Northwestern football game that I would walk out of there having witnessed a Notre Dame loss. I still have no words, no rational explanation for what happened on Saturday, so let's get right to it. How did our defense look on Saturday? Notre Dame now has at least one interception in each of its last 13 games. This is the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind only Ole Miss' 15 … [Read more...]

HLS TV (Episode 11): Well…THAT Happened


I don't really have much to say to lead into this. Molly and I were both beside ourselves with Notre Dame's loss to Northwestern and more or less just vented about it for about 45 minutes. Oh, we also get a surprise return from Molly's dad this episode. No, seriously, it surprised us both and neither of us had any idea it was coming. Poor Molly was the victim of "burn of the year" thanks to her father as well. This weekend was weird. Anyways, the video and audio is below. As a note, … [Read more...]

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way, Everett


In the wake of Notre Dame's shattering loss to Northwestern, the short-comings and failures of the 2014 Fighting Irish touch every position group and go all the way up the coaching tree. But it is with Number Five that I find the most fault, for he has failed to lead the team in any manner that comes across on the field. While Brian Kelly was highly complimentary of his quarterback's leadership following last week's Arizona State loss, I did not see any on display yesterday. There's something … [Read more...]

#HLSrecap Top 25: Arizona State Recap

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Here are your @andrewwinn stats for this week's #HLSrecap  -- 300+ tweets from 112 contributors, with 24 first-timers making the cut this week. We now have nearly 420 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 Be sure to read about this week's #HLSrecap Celebrity Guest Editor. Here now is our Athletic … [Read more...]