The 2015 HLS Charity Ticket Auction

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We are now just a little over a month away from the return of Notre Dame Football. Of course, this means that it is time to fire up our annual charity ticket auction once again. This year, we have an incredible slate of games available for bidding: Texas (2) Section 1, Row 44, Seats 11 & 12 Georgia Tech (2) Section 17, Row 58, Seats 17 & 18 Southern Cal (4!) Section 13, Row 43, Seats 13 & 14 Section 23, Row 11, Seats 1 & 2 Boston College … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Wide Receiver

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Good morning, loyal readers. Today, I am happy to bring you the next installment of our internationally acclaimed series, Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy. Today, we turn our focus to the fleet of foot and the supple of hand: the wide receivers. Given the quality of Notre Dame's opponents in 2015, if the Irish are to live up to expectations this season, whether those are 12-0 expectations or 8-4 expectations, they'll need strong performances from the receiving corps. Fortunately, there's a lot of … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Declaration of iNDependence” Episode

Friday Roundup

Yes, I used "ND" in the middle of a word. I don't care. Eye-roll away. Anyways, after yet another week full of hot takes on why Notre Dame's independence is the worst thing ever and should bar them from the college football playoffs, I felt it was time to devote a whole episode of the Friday Roundup to the topic. If you want a singular thing to pass on to someone that wonders why ND thinks it's so special and is independent, share this episode. If you want to show someone that a strong … [Read more...]

Two Lists to End July

The five-star gun show won't appear until the season is well under way. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin)

Earlier today Matt Brown of Sports on Earth dropped his updated list of the Top 100 Players for the 2015 Season. This seemed to dovetail quite nicely with HLS’s “Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy” series (which will return next week after a brief hiatus). Obviously, this is prime time for making lists, “getting on the record,” and making sweet predictions. The blogger/writer/pundit glory that comes with pointing to something you wrote in June or July knows no bounds. However, I find myself oddly … [Read more...]

Most Have to Play Thirteen to Get to Twelve

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As we head into the second season of the college football playoff, a number of coaches took shots at the Irish, arguing that Notre Dame needs to be in a conference with a playoff in order to be considered for a spot in the sport's final four. Yesterday, Dan Wetzel crushed those "intellectually lazy opinions" by pointing out that the Irish play a twelve game schedule that is every bit as tough, if not tougher, than any of the conference pretenders. In case you haven't heard, Missouri's Gary … [Read more...]

Four-Down Territory: Notre Dame’s 2015 Schedule

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Tex did an admirable job breaking down the opponents by fear index, but I'm going to take a slightly different tack. This is the first in a series of posts that break down aspects of Notre Dame Football into four major storylines. In this installment, we'll look at one opponent for each month of the 2015 schedule to see if we can find key inflection points that will help us determine how the season is trending. … [Read more...]

Recruiting Roundup: Mid-July links

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at BCS Championship Media day Jan. 5. (Courtesy of Matt Velazquez, via Flickr)

Good morning! Recruiting just went through a "dead period," but you would never know it by the amount of stories that have been produced in the last two weeks. I've collected them all and present them to you as one giant post. If you've been slacking on your recruiting reading, this is a great opportunity to catch up. 4-star DE MCTELVIN AGIM (ARKANSAS) Scout (F): The Opening: McTelvin Agim evaluation 4-star WR/RB DAMIAN ALLOWAY (CALIFORNIA) Slap the Sign (F): Notre Dame leads for … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Football: Fear Factor

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Traditionally, Biscuit will peruse the upcoming Notre Dame schedule and give his predictions, rating his confidence via dancing leprechaun GIFs. Today, I am taking a slightly different spin on that process. I will examine the schedule and rate how terrified I am of each game. Let's be honest--as Notre Dame fans we are, at some level, panicking and fear inevitably take hold before every game. So this exercise is more than fitting. Anyone remember the show Fear Factor? The concept was to … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Chat with Tyler” Episode

Friday Roundup

Every now and then, the Friday Roundup will go Notre Dame football-heavy and this was one of those episodes. In this episode, I have a good chat with Tyler James of the South Bend Tribune and NDInsider.com. We talk about the NDInsider.com preview magazine, thoughts on the upcoming Notre Dame season, and I turn the tables on him and ask some of the questions that they asked the incoming freshman. Also appearing in this episode: the latest on the Ohio State QB situation, a nice little rant on … [Read more...]

Where Are They Now? Tim O’Neill

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Some kids instinctively know they are going to become a teacher, or a doctor, or a fire fighter; and some kids instinctively know they are going to one day play football at the University of Notre Dame. Tim O’Neill was one such kid. He dreamed of playing football at Notre Dame and all of the rituals that accompany the mystique that is Notre Dame … tapping the famous “Play Like A Champion Today” sign on the way out of the locker room, running out of the tunnel into Notre Dame stadium, and of … [Read more...]