Friday Roundup: The “Game of Titles” Edition

Brace Yourself Blank ND

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SyTCWjjarw A song of wins and losses shall resume its tune next week. The weekly battles shall resume as shall the feasts, drinking, joy, and pain. Brace yourselves, football is coming. Lord Brian Kelly is looking to lead his once proud house back to its former glory. The house of DuLac was once an undisputed king of the north and their influence extended across the realm. The game has changed and Lord Kelly is trying to change with it in the face of a … [Read more...]

Notre Dame’s Strength of Schedule Visualized

via BCF Toys

Strength of schedule is by far one of our favorite topics to discuss here at HLS. With conference's becoming more insular in their scheduling, the need to trumpet the gauntlet of a schedule that Notre Dame plays in becomes incredibly important to break the conference narrative. Enter Brian Freamau, member of the advanced statistics site, Football Outsiders, who came up with the  efficiency rating, FEI, that is an essential competent of the F/+ rating, which is another favorite of ours to use … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Childs’ Play

HLS EFS CSC Little Irish

I am hailed as the Founder of Notre Dame; also the first Postmaster (go figure).  These are great honorifics of which I am proud.  But the title closest to my heart has always been Father.  I consider all of you to be my loyal sons – and thanks to Ted’s innovations, loyal daughters.  Indeed, you are all my children.  I’m told there was a beautiful opera by that title, though I don’t recall it in Verdi’s or Wagner’s repertoire. However, though I am called Father, I have never had children of … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Wide Receiver

Via AP

This is one of those posts where past is prologue. Or something. It's also demonstrative of the frustrations that come from following recruiting. I say this because this episode of Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy features a player, USC's Nelson Agholor, who once set ND-fan's heart aflutter. And, looking back on it, it would be phenomenal to have him alongside DaVaris Daniels. Think of this column, then, as an exercise in "What Could Have Been." IRISH PLAYER TO WATCH: DaVaris Daniels, Senior, WR, … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “I Hope This Is a Sacrifice for ND Football” Edition

Friday Roundup

Those that follow me on Twitter during the offseason quickly become aware of two other major interests in my life outside of football: the WWE and the Texas Rangers. The former is a guilty pleasure that I probably care way too much about (as evidence by the fact I like writing many, many words about it) and the other has always been a part of my life. Think of all those stories you hear about Notre Dame fans growing up and knowing nothing but the love of Our Lady's University and a closet … [Read more...]