Monday, June 26, 2017

A "Notre Dame Man" with Georgia Connections


Thought you'd enjoy reading this story about a former Notre Dame fullback -- turned Doctor -- and his relationship with the University of Georgia...

LINK:  SWEENEY

Sunday, June 25, 2017

OT: Some Family Fun at Iowa Speedway!


Received a belated Father's Day surprise when all of our kids made it to Iowa Speedway this weekend for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Xfinity Series races this weekend...

Our son Jimmy -- Notre Dame Class of 2008 is the President of Iowa Speedway.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Notre Dame Football's Away Game Shoe


Got to love the look of this -- clean and classy!

The Notre Dame Tattoo of the Year!


This is pretty awesome -- look at all the detail...

This Notre Dame fan has a Twitter handle of @Craigr_33

Friday, June 23, 2017

Domer Huddle Wins US Championship - Again!


Make it THREE!  Former Notre Dame All-American Molly Huddle just won her third consecutive United States Track & Field Championship in the 10,000 meters last night!

The American record-holder in this event -- just keeps going and going and going...

LINK:  STORY

The Cowboys Need a Healthy Jaylon Smith


Former Notre Dame All-American Jaylon Smith -- is all the talk in Dallas these days...

LINK:  IMPORTANT

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Father Ted & MLK Jr. Statue Unveiled Today!


A fitting tribute to the long-time President of the University of Notre Dame and the legendary leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America...

LINK:  STORY

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Domer Perkovic Scores 1st Goal on First Shot!



Notre Dame All-American Sergio Perkovic -- the recent #2 overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse 2017 Draft -- in his first game as a professional -- on his first shot -- scored HIS FIRST GOAL!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Toughest Ticket in College Football -- Again!


Year after year -- the toughest ticket in college football each season involves one football team...

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME.

This year is no exception.

LINK:  TOUGHEST TICKET TO GET

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Notre Dame's Main Building in Summer!


A Happy Father's Day from Notre Dame!


I stopped by the Grotto last night to say a prayer and light a candle for my Dad -- James Arthur Small -- and frankly for all of the DADS out there...

Every year on this day -- I find a way to post this poem from Nelle A. Williams on my blog.  Years ago, I had this framed and put up on the bedroom walls of my two boys; Jimmy and Brady...
 
YOUR FAMILY NAME

You got it from your father
It was all he had to give
So it's yours to use and cherish
For as long as you may live

If you lost the watch he gave you
It can always be replaced;
But a black mark on your name
Can never be erased

It was clean the day you took it
And a worthy name to bear
When he got it from his father
There was no dishonor there

So make sure you guard it wisely
After all is said and done
You'll be glad the name is spotless
When you give it to your son

 

Dad, I hope I've taken good care of your name. 

 

I LOVE YOU, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Notre Dame Trumpets' Choir Sings Lady Gaga...


Friday, June 16, 2017

The Gold for the Notre Dame Football Helmet





Samardzija Blasts Long Home Run Today!


Former Notre Dame All-American Jeff Samardzija -- just hit the longest home run in the Statcast era by a pitcher -- 446 feet!

This is the third home run of Jeff's MLB career.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mike Brey Adds Some Transfer Size to Roster!



Juwan Durham, a 6'-11" forward transfer from UCONN begins the process of becoming a member of the Fighting Irish this weekend!

He will have to sit out the upcoming season -- and then have three years of eligibility...

WELCOME HOME!

LINK:  STORY

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DeShone Kizer's Media Session Today...


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ND Day Interview -- US Senior Open at ND



On a week where the U.S. Open is being held in Wisconsin at Erin Hills -- thought it would be good to start getting excited about the 2019 U.S. Senior Open!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Notre Dame Day Interview: Greer Martini


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Coach Holtz Back at Notre Dame Yesterday


Lou Holtz was back on campus to speak at the Warrior Scholar Project event with Brady Quinn -- but, he found time to head over to his old "office" to speak to some high school football stars -- like only he can...

Georgia Can't Wait to Get to Notre Dame...


This is another story on the DAWG NATION site that speaks to the upcoming game between their Georgia Bulldogs and our Fighting Irish...

I hope we can match their excitement level for this game!

LINK:  DAWG NATION

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Plenty of Transfer Talent Headed to Notre Dame


It's been a busy time for the folks in charge of transfer admissions at the University of Notre Dame...

In the last few months -- FIVE TALENTED STUDENT-ATHLETES -- made the decision to wear the BLUE and GOLD of Notre Dame:

A sixth let Coach Brey know this morning that he has chosen to bring his talents to South Bend -- once the University makes it official, we'll announce it here.

NY Giants Working Jarron Jones at Left Tackle


Former Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones -- a free-agent with the NY Giants was "cross-trained" at offensive tackle this week...

LINK:  GIANTS

Notre Dame Adds Transfer from Naval Academy


His name is Alohi Gilman -- and he "left a mark" on Notre Dame football this past season...

Gilman made a game high 12 tackles in Navy's 28 - 27 win over our Irish.

Here's hoping he leaves a mark on a Trojan, Wolverine and Cardinal in the coming years!

LINK:  GILMAN TO ND

Friday, June 9, 2017

Anna Rohrer '19 is a Warrior...



If you watched her last night (which I did) running the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Track & Field Championship -- you could see it on her face that something wasn't right...

Now we know the rest of the story.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Big Ten Hoops Star Transfers to Notre Dame


It finally became official this afternoon -- when Notre Dame sent out the release below...

6'- 4" sophomore center Jessica Shepard, a one-time Big Ten Rookie of the Year -- is now officially enrolled at Notre Dame.  Shepard, who will have to sit out the upcoming season, will have two years of eligibility left with Muffet's Fighting Irish.

Shepard had a 35 point / 20 rebound game during her freshman season with the Cornhuskers. She averaged 18 points and 9 boards a game her sophomore season.

Jessica was the consensus #3 ranked player in the country -- in the recruiting class that landed Notre Dame Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey.  A great get for ND!

LINK:  SHEPARD IS IRISH

Jessica Harris '19 Talks Qualifying 7th at NCAA




Three-time All-American Jessica Harris from Notre Dame...

Domer Bryan Rust Scores Another Huge Goal!

Former Notre Dame hockey star Bryan Rust -- just did it again -- his 7th goal of the NHL Playoffs, putting the Penguins up 2 - 0 in tonight's 5th game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs!


A Family Affair at the NCAA Track Meet!


Notre Dame's Dani Aragon '17 and her sister Christina (Stanford) are seen here in this photo just taken at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, OR.

The sisters finished in a virtual tie, with Christina beating her older sister by 5 hundredths of a second in the 1,500 meters -- qualifying them both for Saturday's final!  




Pretty cool moment for the Aragon family!

Notre Dame's Jessica Harris also qualified for Saturday's final with the 7th fastest time in the Prelims!

LINK:  1,500 METER RESULTS

Domer Mancini's Big Night for the Orioles!


Former Notre Dame baseball star Trey Mancini -- did something no one has ever done in an Oriole uniform last night...

He's the first in franchise history to hit a game tying home run as a pinch hitter -- and then follow it up with a game winning home run in the next at bat.

What a night for the rookie!

LINK:  VIDEO AND STORY

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Video of Jaylon Smith Running Around at OTA


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Domer Becca Huffer Back "Home" in Michiana

The ND grad is back in town this week to play in the Four Winds Invitational...

Hottest Pitcher in Baseball -- Jeff Samardzija


The former two-sport star at Notre Dame -- Jeff Samardzija has racked up an incredible pitching streak...

59 strikeouts vs. 1 walk in the games started since May 1st.

INCREDIBLE!

LINK:  STORY

Monday, June 5, 2017

Notre Dame Adds Transfer WR from ASU!


4.4 speed...

LINK:  NEW MEMBER OF THE FIGHTING IRISH

Kizer: "Rookie Making an Instant Impact"


Some high praise for the former Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer...

LINK:  ROOKIES MAKING AN INSTANT IMPACT

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dallas GM Talks Jaylon Smith's Recovery


You'll want to see this...

LINK:  JAYLON SMITH

Notre Dame and the United States Military...



When America has called -- Notre Dame has answered...

An anonymous donor has offered to match gifts up to $1,000 to assist Veterans in their cost to attend the University of Notre Dame.  Please consider making a gift -- you can do it at the link below.  THANK YOU!

LINK:  GIVE HERE

Domer Counsell Has Brewers in First Place!


Former Notre Dame baseball star Craig Counsell has his Milwaukee Brewers in 1st place -- 1/3rd of the way through the 2017 MLB season.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Power of Notre Dame Football on Display


Equanimeous St. Brown and Josh Adams -- are adorning magazine covers already...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Domer Malik Zaire '17 -- Off to the Swamp!



The SEC just just loosened its restrictions on transfers --- which should open the door for former ND QB Malizk Zaire 17' to attend the University of Florida for grad school and the opportunity to extend his college playing career with the Gators...

Florida's opening game is against the Michigan Wolverines on September 2nd.

LINK:  SPORTING NEWS

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Mike Brey's Irish Getting Bracketology Respect


Here is ESPN's Joe Lunardi's first look at his 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket -- the Irish are getting some respect!

LINK:  BRACKETOLOGY -- 2018

Three Domers: College FB Hall of Fame Ballot


Three former Notre Dame All-Americans; Mark Bavaro, Rocket Ismail and Aaron Taylor are on the ballot for election into the College Football Hall of Fame...

The official announcement will come January 8, 2018 in Atlanta.  Notre Dame leads all colleges with 46 former student-athletes and 6 coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Here's the 2018 nominees:

LINK:  COLLEGE FB HALL OF FAME BALLOT

Troy Pride: 11th Fastest College Football Player


Troy, a defensive back for the Fighting Irish -- ran a 10.47 in the 100 Meters and a 21.36 in the 200 Meters at the recent ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championship.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bonzie Colson Ranked One of Top Players...


Not a surprise...

LINK:  ESPN'S TOP 25 PLAYERS

Chargers' Blog Has Onwualu Making Roster


This would make my day...

However, there are still 99 days until the start of the NFL football season -- and anything can happen.  Just have to keep working...

Here's the story:

LINK:  FIRST LOOK AT CHARGERS 53 MAN ROSTER

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Domer / Holy Cross Priest Named Bishop!

Rev. William Wack, C.S.C. -- a South Bend native and Holy Cross Priest who graduated from the University of Notre Dame -- was appointed yesterday as the Bishop of the Pensacola - Tallahassee (FL) Diocese by Pope Francis...

I hope the Seminoles and Gators are ready for Bishop Wack!

LINK:  CATHOLIC NEWS STORY

Anders Bjork Signs NHL Contract Today!



Notre Dame hockey star Anders Bjork, agreed to a three-year contract today with the Boston Bruins...

LINK:  OFF TO THE NHL

Jeff Samardzija Forgot the GOLD HELMET!



That's former Notre Dame All-American wide receiver -- turned starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants -- Jeff Samardzija, knocking over a teammate as he tried to get to Bryce Harper in a little baseball brawl Memorial Day...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day -- 666,441 Have Died for Freedom



A day we remember those who have died to keep us free...

Here's a running tally of all of those who have made the greatest sacrifice for our country.

LINK:  THE CASUALTIES OF WAR


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Domer Tory Jackson Gets Head Coaching Gig!


Bay City (MI) John Glenn High School announced the hiring of former Notre Dame hoops star Tory Jackson as its new head basketball coach!

Special thanks to Michael Weathers for alerting me to this story!

Here's the story -- the interview process had a unique twist -- never heard of this before...

LINK:  JACKSON

Orioles Trying to Convince Connaughton...


In the next 50 days or so -- the Trail Blazers need to make a decision on Domer Pat Connaughton...

The Baltimore Orioles are lurking.  Irish fans may recall that the Orioles gave Pat $480,000 as a signing bonus while playing hoops for Mike Brey -- in hopes he would pitch for them.

Pat's been paid $1 million or, so -- for his two years with Portland.  The Blazers have to decide by July 25th if they want to pay Connaughton $1.4 million for his third year or, release him...

LINK:  ORIOLES

LINK:  OREGON LIVE

LINK:  BALTIMORE SUN 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend: Danielle Green Story


Friday, May 26, 2017

A Domer's Grandson -- Graduates from College


More Positive News on Jaylon Smith!


I'm praying this young man gets back to his old self...

LINK:  FORT WORTH TELEGRAM

LINK:  DALLAS NEWS

LINK:  FANSIDED

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Xfinity's "GO IRISH" TV Spot...


Michael Floyd Talks About Coming Home


Jaylon Smith Talks Return to Practice Field



The former Notre Dame All-American is practicing "every other day" for the Cowboys as he makes his comeback from knee surgery...

Fr. Ted -- Born 100 Years Ago Today!



On May 25, 1917 -- the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. was born...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Domer Jimmy Small '08 with Damon Dotson



Don't try this at home...

"Irish Still Don't Need a Conference..."


You'll want to read this...

LINK:  NO REASON...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Domer Jaylon Smith -- Back on the Field!


Over the Last 297 Days at Notre Dame...


Monday, May 22, 2017

Fr. Jenkins' Baccalaureate Mass Homily



Saturday's Baccalaureate Mass is (in my humble opinion) the highlight of Commencement Weekend at the University of Notre Dame.

Must See: 2017 Laetare Medalist Speech



Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. is the recipient of this year's Laetare Medal -- the oldest and most prestigious award given to American Catholics.

LINK:  HIS STORY

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Replay: VP Pence's Commencement Address


Watch LIVE at 10 AM ET: ND Commencement


Today's the 172nd Commencement Exercises at the University of Notre Dame!

You can WATCH IT LIVE -- right here -- beginning at 10 AM ET!

LINK:  LIVE BROADCAST

Saturday, May 20, 2017

DeShone Kizer's NFL Rookie Card


Maybe someday it will be worth something...

Notre Dame vs. Denver -- ESPNU at 2:30 PM ET



Kevin Corrigan's Fighting Irish take on the Denver Pioneers this afternoon -- with a trip to the FINAL FOUR at stake!

Denver has had our number -- winning the last five, four of these games were be one goal, three went in to OT.

The key today -- can the IRISH win enough face-offs?

LINK:  CBS DENVER

LINK:  TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

Friday, May 19, 2017

My Favorite Notre Dame Class of 2017 Stories





More than 3,000 degrees will be conferred this weekend at the University of Notre Dame.

The Class of 2017 has a number of members who I have had the honor of getting to know over the last four years -- WHAT A TALENTED CLASS!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Sound Inside the House That Rock Built!


These photos were posted today -- as an elaborate sound system is being installed on each side of the new video board at Notre Dame Stadium.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ND Lacrosse to Wear New Helmets Saturday!


Kevin Corrigan's Fighting Irish will face their old nemesis -- Denver University -- this Saturday for a trip to the FINAL FOUR!  The Pioneers have won the last FIVE GAMES -- four by one goal, three went in to OT...

LINK:  STORY

Here's the Latest on Jaylon Smith's Knee...


Things seem to be looking up for the former Fighting Irish star!

LINK:  JAYLON SMITH

Latest on DeShone Kizer in Cleveland



LINK:  MORE ON KIZER

Monday, May 15, 2017

Replay: Notre Dame's Undertones...


Sunday, May 14, 2017

REPLAY: Fighting Irish 40rty from ND Day!

FINALS:  NOTRE DAME STADIUM


PRELIMS

Browns' Head Coach Talks DeShone Kizer


Nice Feature on Cailey Grunhard '21


A Mother's Day Story from Notre Dame...



Tonight at 6:40 PM ET -- Jessica Harris will be running in the 800 meter Final at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jessica's Mom will be cheering her on from the Notre Dame cheering section in Heaven...  I know some people sitting in that section!

GO IRISH!  GO JESSICA!

Happy Mother's Day from Notre Dame!


This is a photo of my MOM -- Joan Small, who left for heaven back in 2012.  She was a great Mom to my brother Jay and me.  Boy, did she love Notre Dame...

We miss her -- especially on days like today.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the MOM'S!!!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Kizer in His New #7 Cleveland Browns Jersey


Here's a Sporting News story about Kizer's opening practice with the Browns:

LINK:  SPORTING NEWS