Stanford: A Different Reason for Hate

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As I mentioned on this week's episode of HLS TV, I hate Stanford. Well, perhaps I should back up a bit, if I'm being honest with myself, saying that I hate Stanford is probably a bit much. No, the more accurate description is that I hate this lofty pedestal some Notre Dame fans have placed them on. Recently, Stanford somehow became the embodiment of the "right" way to run a football program and that Notre Dame should copy it. Their "old school, physical style" is somehow the … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Sum of All Fears” Edition

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I believe that Notre Dame fans can more or less be classified into two distinct groups: those that prefer the status quo and those that embrace and/or desire change. I think it is a more apt description than "traditionalist" and "non-traditionalist" as all Irish fans certain have their own "thou shalt not touch" list when it comes to certain traditions and even standards at Notre Dame. Debates centering around change at Notre Dame infuriate┬áme. Part of it has to do with my steadfast belief … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Offense: Feast or Famine

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With the first bye week of the season, I finally got some time to crack open the spreadsheets (and populate the whole thing because CFBstats.com is now charging an arm and a leg for their drive/play charts) and do a dive into some stats. Originally, this was going to be an exercise into show the available yards gained by Notre Dame in each game. It was an idea planted in my head with Michigan fans crying about total yardage gained. I figured this would more or less show just how well ND's … [Read more...]

Questions on the Academic Investigation Dominate the Brian Kelly Presser

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The investigation into academic improprieties of five Notre Dame players (as well as several other non-athletes) has been nothing short of a slow, frustrating process. The updates from under the Golden Dome have been few and far between since August. As the calendar prepares to turn to October, Brian Kelly did his level best to update a timeline that he has very little insight into. An academic committee has finally been formed. Should everything proceed according to plan, from what Kelly has … [Read more...]

Irish Blogger Gathering: Somehow We Had Questions About Purdue

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After Notre Dame simply dominated Michigan, I assumed just about everyone in the IBG would ask about that game because seriously, Purdue is next and holy zzzzzzzzzz. However, much like Michigan still failing to score, I have been surprised yet again as the majority of the group actually asked questions about the Shamrock Series opponent. I suppose that makes sense in some way. While I'm sure all of us will rewatch Michigan over and over again with glee, the 2014 season still has 10 more games … [Read more...]