Football 101: Tales from a Fifth-Year Senior

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Tuesday, June 9th, marked the Kelly Cares Foundation's sixth annual "Football 101" event. Paqui Kelly, two time breast cancer survivor and wife of head football coach Brian Kelly, started the event as a way to raise money and awareness for early breast cancer detection and treatment. "Football 101" draws 600 women to the Notre Dame campus each year not only to support the cause of breast cancer awareness, but also to participate in football related activities that make you feel as though you're … [Read more...]

Officer Tim McCarthy: A Notre Dame Football Legend Retires

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The end of an era has come. Officer Tim McCarthy of the Indiana State Police is stepping down from his post as driving safety liaison for Notre Dame home football games according to a post from WNDU. McCarthy, the man who makes Mo Rocca blush with witty quips and puns during his late-game safety advisories has ended a 55 year run in the press box. The former Indiana State Trooper also served as a traffic cop, helping to alleviate congestion from the post-game exoduses away from Notre Dame … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Beating the Conundrums

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It’s an upside down world lately.  I feel like Ferdinand and Isabella when Columbus came back.  I mean I feel bewildered, not greedy and despotic.  If I wanted a comparison for greedy and despotic, I’d use ESPN.  I am bewildered at the odd inversions and reversals of these times.  The football team had a mediocre season, while the basketball team is in the top ten.  The Joyce Center picks up its 600th victory, while the Stadium ended the season with two wrenching losses.  The Stadium is becoming … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Still Squarely in Playoff Picture

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I know. Being the second-ranked football team this week would make us all feel a lot more comfortable about our chances of making the inaugural edition of the College Football Playoffs. We are one silly offensive pass interference away from "hosting" a first round playoff matchup. Now that we're all done throwing our remotes, replacing our flat screens, and replenishing our liquor cabinets, it's time to look at the playoff picture. The whole picture. We don't know what exactly the 12-person … [Read more...]

Notre Dame’s Playoff Chances Better Than You Think

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The top four or five teams seem fairly set for now. In the only poll that matters, The TCB Poll, Oregon, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Florida State (and throw in Texas A&M as the surefire next-team-in) have solidified their positions, but seemingly by default. For the first time in recent seasons, there seems to be a complete lack of dominance at the top of the rankings. In years past, there have always been one or two teams that went out and completely demolished their opponents week after … [Read more...]