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Irish Stewed: The Florida University – South Coast Edition

The day was unseasonably cool, but the sun had finally come out, warming the air just enough so I could mow the lawn. I threw on my favorite pair of ratty old jeans, a long-sleeve shirt, and then I saw ...

Irish Stewed: U-Dub, Jake Locker, and Why I’m Sick of Blaming Ty

Trying to summon genuine rancor for the upcoming Washington matchup is next to impossible. Washington is a reputable school situated on a beautiful campus. They have a reasonably storied football program that has already embarrassed USC this season (always a ...

Irish Stewed: The Spoilermakers

I have a confession to make: I don’t hate Purdue. Both my sisters attended the school, as well as at least a dozen of my high school friends. I still cherish my tattered “Go Ugly Early” sweatshirt from Harry’s Chocolate ...

Raising the Bar

I’m not going to sit here and play Monday morning quarterback. Suffice to say, if you told me before the Michigan game Notre Dame’s offense would account for almost 500 total yards and Jimmy Clausen would boost his three-game totals ...

The Centennial Celebration You Don’t Know About

On November 23, 1887, there were 38 states. Grover Cleveland was president, the first Democrat to hold the office since before the Civil War. The population of Los Angeles was 50,000. Geronimo had just surrendered, but the Indian Wars would ...

Bowl Bull: The Myth of Notre Dame’s Preferential Treatment

As I watched Ohio State lose to Texas in the Fiesta Bowl, putting the finishing touches on the Big Ten’s current six-game BCS Bowl losing streak, I got to thinking. And when I get to thinking, that’s never a good ...

WANTED: Has-been dynasty seeks I-AA teams, preferably sub-.500

Is this a joke, Bobby? On Friday, February 8, Florida State released its 2008 football schedule. The mighty Noles will be opening their season with back-to-back home games versus–drum roll, please–Western Carolina and Tennessee-Chattanooga. Both I-AA teams, the WCU Catamounts ...

ESPN’s Recruiting “Experts” Are Agenda-Driven Idiots

So I woke up yesterday morning expecting to thoroughly enjoy National Signing Day. Most recruiting analysts projected Notre Dame as having one of the top classes in the country, its best in well over a decade, with an outside shot ...

Irish Players Define 2007-08 NFL Playoffs

AP Photo/Eric Gray Here we are, less than 24 hours from National Signing Day. Coach Charlie Weis is on the verge of landing arguably Notre Dame’s best recruiting class since 1991. Meanwhile, the Urban Meyers of the world are still ...

Ryan Grant: A Game for the Ages

Photo from NY Times The date was October 11, 2003. Julius Jones had just run wild on the 15th-ranked Pitt Panthers defense, calling to mind the earlier game in September when he had almost singlehandedly orchestrated a comeback win against ...

How many guys have run the spread and made it past college to the next level?

“Tell me how many guys have run the spread and made it past college to the next level.” –Ryan Mallet, former UM QB, Detroit News, 1/10/2008 Take these words to heart all you high school QBs, especially those with visions ...

Trevor Laws not an All-American? The AP can kiss my Irish ass!

For those who haven’t been paying attention, on December 11 the Associated Press announced its All-Americans for 2007. To quote the AP article, When it comes to being an All-American, Darren McFadden doesn’t have to settle for second. The Arkansas ...

Urban Meyer Is a Lying Sack of Crap

What’s it going to take to shut this guy up? First he bashes the BCS system only to quietly backtrack when his Gators end up in the Championship game. Then he decries the recruiting process when in fact he’s the ...

2001-2002: The last “great” Notre Dame defenses?

I believe new defensive coordinator Corwin Brown will resurrect the the Irish defense. Name me another college DC who can list as references on his resume Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini. Paying attention recruits? That would ...

I hereby retract my comments regarding the Gators and the SEC

No smartass commentary here, folks. Coach Urban Meyer and his Florida Gators earned this one. They outhustled, outmuscled, outplayed, outcoached, and outhearted Ohio State in every facet of the game, and quite possibly turned a Heisman-winning quarterback into a NFL ...

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