Notre Dame and Michigan: The End


I'm not used to storybook endings for Notre Dame football. That might sound a bit strange for a program full of feel-good lore, legends, and even a movie about a walk-on that managed to record a sack on his only defensive snap. That was all "back then" as many people that love to hate the Fighting Irish will consistently remind me. Recently, the script for Notre Dame football ends in nightmares. The 2012 season, and the events that followed after it, serves as a perfect example. After an … [Read more...]

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

Friday Roundup

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 Fall Camp Practice #2 Report (August 5, 2014)

via South Bend Tribune

Another day, another practice for Notre Dame football. With the media now locked out of practice, all we have are our small morsels of Jack Nolan and the Fighting Irish Digital Media crew giving us a peak into practice. And, yes, we will happily devour it and attempt to over-analyze it because we have signs of football and we are starving for it, dammit. And now to wring some analysis out of sub-five minute clip: Jack Nolan opened with a … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Brian Kelly Hates the Goal Line” Edition

New ND Tunnel View

So last week, I spent a lot of time discussing how the change were good and the new FieldTurf is just one example of progress. This week, I realize that I have failed you. Just watch the final time lapse of the FieldTurf installation. Let's see if you notice it: Did you see it? You probably missed it. The distraction of plastic cancer-causing grass, kickoff shamrock logos, and midfield monograms likely distracted you from the truth. Let's try … [Read more...]

Notre Dame 2014 Opponent Preview: Rice

Credit: The Helmet Project

The summer months are officially here and that means the kickoff for Notre Dame football is creeping ever closer. To celebrate, I'm going to start a weekly preview of each of our opponents. After all, during the season, my energy will be devoted to making fun of our opponents in the Friday Roundup, so the least I can do is give each team some legitimate analysis. First up, the Rice Owls. Vitals Offense Rice's offense is easily the biggest question mark heading into the 2014 … [Read more...]