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Notre Dame, Our Mother: The Most Legendary ND Coach You’ve Never Heard Of

May 10, 2013Comments (3)

Notre Dame, Our Mother: The Most Legendary ND Coach You’ve Never Heard Of

If you’ve ever tuned into the end of an NBC broadcast of a Notre Dame football game, like most of America you’re at least vaguely familiar with “Notre Dame, Our Mother”


The Andrew Hendrix Experience

December 5, 2011Comments (105)

The Andrew Hendrix Experience

After the Stanford game, the Notre Dame message boards understandably lit up with talk of Andrew Hendrix. Some were quick to anoint him the Second Coming. Others did their best Lee Corso impersonation (albeit minus the tight-lip cussing) and said, “Not so fast, my friend.”  The rest pretty much did what they always do: said [...]


Dissecting the Big Least

September 23, 2011Comments (297)

Dissecting the Big Least

I’m not just saying this because I’m a bitter Colts fan, but leave it to a Steel Town sportswriter to be a total freaking idiot. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook recently took issue with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick calling out Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg and athletic director Steve Pederson for jumping ship to [...]


Irish Stewed: Catholics, Convicts, and the Return of the Spectacle

December 21, 2010Comments (14)

Irish Stewed: Catholics, Convicts, and the Return of the Spectacle

When Sun Bowl officials announced that the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami had accepted invitations to play one another in El Paso, Texas on December 31, 2010, my initial reaction was muted. I was notified of the invitation by a text from a friend. At the time I was sitting in [...]


Irish Stewed: Please, call them “Southern Cal”

November 24, 2010Comments (7)

Irish Stewed: Please, call them “Southern Cal”

The year was 1988. And Notre Dame was winning football games. All of them. It started with the home opener versus Michigan. A diminutive walk-on kicker by the name of Reggie Ho kicked four field goals, including one with 1:17 left in the game. Dad and I were seven rows up in the south end [...]


Irish Stewed: The Not-so-Metrosexual Offense

October 6, 2010Comments (78)

Irish Stewed: The Not-so-Metrosexual Offense

Pitt week is upon us. Yawn. “But Mac, it’s Notre Dame’s longest rivalry outside of Navy, USC, Purdue and Michigan State.” So what? If we’re really committed to re-establishing a national schedule with a diverse set of teams, Pitt would be the first team I’d dump. I haven’t cared for the Panthers since ’82 when [...]


Irish Stewed: Tying One for the Gipper and Choking on Applesauce

September 16, 2010Comments (230)

Irish Stewed: Tying One for the Gipper and Choking on Applesauce

There was a time when the Notre Dame-Michigan State rivalry was the only thing that mattered to the entire country, let alone just to fans in South Bend and East Lansing. The date was November 16, 1966. ND hadn’t won a National Championship since 1953 and was ranked #1 in one poll and #2 in [...]


Irish Stewed: The Road Less Traveled from 1887

September 8, 2010Comments (18)

Irish Stewed: The Road Less Traveled from 1887

The date was November 23, 1887. Geronimo had just surrendered. Coca-Cola and the Statue of Liberty were one-year-old. The population of Los Angeles was 50,000. Neither the University of Southern California nor Ohio State University had football teams. And never mind a football team or even a university, the actual city of Miami, Florida did [...]


Irish Stewed: Deconstructing Marve and Beating the Boilers

September 2, 2010Comments (22)

Irish Stewed: Deconstructing Marve and Beating the Boilers

Let me be upfront about a couple things. First off, I probably like Purdue more than most Notre Dame fans; at the very least, I’m not as relentlessly condescending and pompous as some of my Irish peers when it comes to discussing the Boilermakers . My sister is a Purdue alum—two sisters actually attended, one [...]


Irish Stewed: Waking Up the Echoes and Shutting Up the Idiots

June 17, 2010Comments (120)

 Irish Stewed: Waking Up the Echoes and Shutting Up the Idiots

Chicago Tribune sportswriter David Haugh recently penned an almost obscenely ill-informed editorial on Notre Dame football that I feel requires a slightly more informed response. His article rehashes the same tired arguments the Notre Dame family has heard for years: the conferences are passing us by, we’ve become irrelevant, we haven’t won a national championship [...]


Repost – Irish Stewed: Fun with Numbers

December 10, 2009Comments (450)

Repost - Irish Stewed: Fun with Numbers

The follow post was written in the middle of the season by UHND’s own McSweeney.   Originally posted on November 13, the entry ended up be prophetic as Kelly was named the head coach at Notre Dame 27 days later.  Here is a run down of some impressive statistics from Kelly has amased over the past [...]


Irish Stewed: Intro to Brian Kelly 101

December 10, 2009Comments (22)

Irish Stewed: Intro to Brian Kelly 101

In the early 1980s, Brian Kelly was a political science major and starting linebacker at Assumption College, a Worcester-based Catholic liberal arts school with an enrollment of just over 2,000 students. He also moonlighted as a budding politico, mingling with Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor John Kerry, working on the staff of Senator Gary Hart as a [...]


Irish Stewed: Blood in the Water, Idiots at the Microphone

November 25, 2009Comments (77)

Irish Stewed: Blood in the Water, Idiots at the Microphone

As the curtain was drawn on the ND-UConn game—on yet another late-game collapse by a Charlie Weis-coached team—the sports media talking heads prepared to feast on some pre-Thanksgiving Irish leftovers. “Coach Charlie Weis’ tenure is all but certain to end after five mercurial seasons of unmet expectations Weis himself was largely responsible for creating,” said [...]


Irish Stewed: Anchors Aweigh! (But watch out for those knees.)

November 6, 2009Comments (139)

Irish Stewed: Anchors Aweigh! (But watch out for those knees.)

If you don’t know the story behind the Notre Dame-Naval Academy rivalry, I’ll give you the Cliffs Notes version. In the spring semester of 1943, Notre Dame’s total enrollment declined to 2,623, just six students more than the 1933-34 Depression-era total and nearly a 20% reduction from the fall semester enrollment of 1940. By July [...]


Irish Stewed: Sean Astin, David Gordon, and Jesuit Butt Kicking

October 22, 2009Comments (28)

Irish Stewed: Sean Astin, David Gordon, and Jesuit Butt Kicking

Neither Jim nor I was what you’d call in great physical shape. We curled around the south side of the stadium and sprinted west across campus. I crossed myself as I passed under Touchdown Jesus. The Notre Dame marching band approached the north end of the stadium, snare and base drums echoing across the campus. [...]


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