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Thursday, August 28, 2014

One bite at a time...GO IRISH!

There's an old saying that represents the ability 
to tackle a almost impossible task regardless
of how big..

"How do you eat an elephant?"

Answer: ONE bite at a time!

Well IRISH nation...it's almost dinner time.

This season's schedule to some is the 
"impossible" task...just like 2012 was...

No way the IRISH can beat: 
Stanford
Michigan
Michigan State
Oklahoma
USC 

Not after they lost their BEST defender!
:Lynch

Not after they lost their new STUD corner!
:Tee Sheppard

Not after they graduated their best WR ever!
:Floyd

We started the year with a secondary 
where 3 outta the 4 players were 
CONVERTED Offensive players!!! 

It just can't happen!
And...yet it did!

Entering 2012 we had TON'S of questions!

We had TON'S of uncertainties!

We had TON'S of idiots saying we'd go 6-6!

Seem like we've been here before? 

So here we are...staring a new ELEPHANT in the face 
and RICE is the first bite in this epic meal of 2014! 

The only difference?...this is a better team than 2012!

Don't take my word for it...just ask Phil Steele!

"What Brian Kelly has done at Notre Dame is 
exceptional, the schedule is brutal but this may 
just be a better team than his 2012 squad." 
-Phil Steele 

Now...what I'm not understanding from the 
"Irish Taliban" of the message boards is...
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SO WORRIED ABOUT?

It's RICE??? 

I'll tell you right now..this is a great opening game for us!

It allows our young talent to gain some confidence!

It gives Golson a chance to knock the rust off!

If gives res-life a chance to make a decision! 

Cause RICE is not a good team!

The 9 win RICE team of last year was not 
a good team!

If...IF...we don't win this game BIG!!
I'm talking 36 to 10 big...this is gonna be a long year!
By the end of the first offensive drive the owls should 
feel like they got hit by a freaking truck!

This is a team that last season played the 98th SOS!

Thanks to that WEAK SOS...they:

They played ONE top 30 team and LOST!

They finished 49th in total Offense!

Their D allowed almost 200 yards a game passing!

160 yards a game rushing!

Hell..they only beat 1 BIG 5 CONFERENCE team 
and that was Charlie's 1 win Jayhawks!

They beat Florida Atlantic by 4!!!!

They lost to North Texas Mean Green...I didn't 
even know that team existed!!! 

Then capped off their BEST SEASON in decades by 
getting THROAT PUNCHED by the worst
team in the SEC Miss State 44-7!!!
The highlight of their trip?

They will be able to tell their grandkids they got 
their ass kicked in the first game ever played
on turn at Notre Dame Stadium on turf!

Oh..and by the way they graduated their
BEST running back in the history of 
their program and their starting QB!

I'm sorry!...You just can't get me worried about RICE!

This season is not a walk in the park!

But it's not impossible to navigate through!

But I'll leave you with this...I'm hearing Issac is 
killing people!...so Ishaq might not be missed week one!

But ND needs to put this to bed!

Dragging this on is making EVERYONE look bad!

Close this out...punish who needs to be punished,
let the others return and play..but at the end of the 
day... Let this STIMULATE a conversation!

If the rest of the country aren't playing by the same 
rules....then let's give our academics a "BIT" of 
a break...not everyone is able to split the atom!

GOD BLESS and GO IRISH!












Friday, August 8, 2014

You gotta know who to call when you need good info!!! GO IRISH!

You got leaky pipes?...Call a plumber!
You got a history question?...Call a teacher!

Wanna know if your running backs pass the eyeball
test?..Call a SUPER BOWL CHAMPION!

It was a hot day in September 2006...my beloved 
IRISH were pre-season top 3 in the country and 
here comes Penn State ranked 6th!

That day we had the opportunity to partake in a 
bit of spirits and food in the "Hospitality Village",
thanks to an invite we'd received from a friend.

Hospitality Village is a private HUGE tented tailgate
where ex-players...alum and whatever 
celebrity types were attending the game that day
go to mingle, and get in a bit of a pre game 
good mood!

Franco Harris, Tim Brown, some guy from 
CSI Miami I'd never heard of...it was packed!

I was making my way to the bar when I noticed the 
gentleman's ring standing next to me...

MARC EDWARDS!...We talked a few minutes
over Jameson's and then I asked if I could show his ring
to some friends...more than willing he took the ring off, 
I turned to show my buddies...turned around, and he 
was GONE!!!

I was like...

After a few moments of panic we located Marc, 
returned the ring, had a laugh and went on to 
watch the IRISH boot stomp Penn State!

I remember what he said that day..."If your 
in here with us...your not gonna run off with 
my ring!.."

So when I wanted to know if my excitement over
our current stable of work horses was warranted...
I called Marc!
I mean..if you get carried off the field while playing 
at THE University of Notre Dame...you know a thing
or two about a thing or two when it comes to football!

So what have you been up to?

Marc- Since 2005 I left the Bears and invested in a 
group benefits company...but was a bit bored with that so
I decided to work with a friend at Notre Dame 
who was starting up a company called 
Speed Shield.  I still own part of the
benefits company and now I'm doing
consulting with Speed Shield and working for 
myself.  This allows me to travel with 
my daughters who are currently playing  
around the country in travel soccer and 
allows me to visit clients.

We've had some coaches that have arrived 
since your time, that have hit hard and faded 
quickly...What do you see in Kelly that
makes you comfortable about the 
future of Notre Dame?

Marc-Kelly is consistent. He wins games.  
He's right there with the top programs.  He hasn't had
that let down season, like the coach's in the past.
Brian is charismatic and represents the program 
he shows the leadership qualities to 
get out and talk to the people. He understands
that he's on a big stage... Consistency and Charisma!
Brian doesn't abuse his position of power...

What about the "modernization" of the program
what are your thoughts in the HUGE 
change Kelly has brought in..

Marc-It breaks my heart but I understand 
it.   It needed to be done. This isn't the 90s.  Now
it's instant gratification and you have to adapt!
I may not like it, not like the turf, but the game
has changed.  You either wanna be a competitor
or your a dinosaur. It's something I agree with!
Uniforms, Music in the stadium, turf,
it was time. 

What do you see for the future of the sport as a whole?
I mean with that instant gratification athlete 
compared to the athletes you were being 
recruited with years ago? 

Marc- Holtz used to say something all 
the time, years ago, and it rings true today:
"Being part of the University of Notre
Dame is not a right of yours...it's a 
privilege!" 
Kids now a days are being told 
since pop warner how great they are, and 
there is so much more access. The competitive
nature of recruiting, they have created a 
pedestal.  The kids feel they are entitled. 
Not all kids...but in general. 
We need to get back to student/athletes! 

Last summer I had a chance to speak to the 
team. I told them I've been in your shoes
and I played at the highest level.  People 
always want to hear from you and talk
with you..Get educated because at some point
your gonna hear the word "NO" and sometimes 
the phone calls, after this is all said and done, don't
get returned...Get that education!
You may end up working for that nerd down 
the hall someday!
Be nice to him now! LOL

What jumped out to you on our running backs?

TAREAN FOLSTON

MarcFolston seems like the first "dynamic" running
back I've seen in a while...just more "electric". 
Lot's of our backs could run. This kid just does it in 
a more dynamic fashion, he's natural. 

He can start and stop fast..and he's shifty!

Always seems to be moving forward.

He's got good size, runs strong, and has
great hands which is HUGE in today's game. 

GREG BRYANT

Marc- My thought on him is he's got all the talent in the
world, fast and great attitude. Now I'll reserve judgement 
to see how that translates to the field!

CAM MCDANIEL

Marc- You know every time I talk to somebody it's
the comparisons to me.  I like it, he's a hard nosed 
kid who runs with everything he's got.  He can 
run, he's not gonna break the league record but he's 
gonna get ya the hard yards to close the game out!
He kinda brought a tear to my eye last year.  I 
can't remember the game but they just kept feeding
him 3 yards here, 4 yards there...that's the football
I played!  It's encouraging to have this 
much talent.  It's a good change up of 
of  the style they play, I want them in the back
field together like the "Thunder & Lighting" 
days with Bettis and Brooks. 

What do you think the return of Golson 
will mean to the run game?

Marc- Add fifty to one hundred yards rushing 
in every game. Now you got a middle linebacker 
that has to spy to see if he's gonna take off. That
will open the middle of the field to the slot 
receivers or the tight ends.  Golson's return
is huge. It adds a HUGE dynamic!
With Malik we can do this without worry 
the back up is important cause your dealing 
with QB 1-A to QB 1-B.

Does his return affect other aspects of the team?

Marc- Oh yeah, the defense!  All three areas 
of the game are intertwined, you could have the best 
D in the league but if your offense is terrible you'll
lose games.  I think in 2013 the defense was out there
too much due to 3 and outs and drives being stopped!
A good offense will make a defense more effective!
Offense is different than defense. If one guy doesn't 
do his job it's a sack.  On defense if one guy makes
an outstanding play...the other 10 just have to do 
their job! The defense will be more effective 
this year with Golson's return. 


Don't hand that ring to anyone!

Marc-I'm still pretty big and fast...They won't make
it very far!


Now on to some rumblings I'm hearing from camp!

There is excitement flowing through everyone in
camp.  They realize that this new defensive scheme
will give them the ability to be very hard to
game plan against especially in early season.

You won't be seeing the same defensive lineup two
plays in a row. There will be a constant rotation
of talent coming into the game to play very
"situational" football!

Golson is cementing his starting position
everyday in practice!

I think we have a talent rich QB position right now.

Golson is showing why he should be the starter and
Malik is showing why you don't need to worry
about Golson getting hurt!

The D line is making noise!

We all entered the season worried about the loss of
talent to the NFL...well from what I'm hearing we
may not skip a beat!

Trumbetti is OWNING things in camp!
Turning heads and showing why he should be
on the field snap one vs RICE.
Romeo has work to hold his spot...
And that's a good problem!

Sheldon Day is an All American waiting to happen!

And, Ishaq is very happy to have his hand back on the
ground, where he's always been the most comfortable!
THE FRESHMEN ARE HUGE!

Cage will play...he's as big as a Buick and handles
like a Mustang!

We only need 10 to 15 plays a game from him!
He's a huge part of the ND future at D-Line!

The light has turned on for Max Redfield!
He's the commander of the secondary and is
running the show like we all figured he would!

The fun battle of camp?
Turner vs Onwualu!

Onwualu is showing the coaches that he doesn't
want to watch..he want's to play!

Riggs is as advertised and is trying to be the
Robin to Russell's Bat-Man for the dynamic
duo of shutdown corners for ND!

But make no mistake...Butler/Luke/Watkins 
are all ready in case of needing the NMI!

Chris Brown has been turning heads and is
by far the most dynamic receiver in camp!

He's poised to have a HUGE year and the
pace of the offense will make this years
receivers, by years end...one of the country's
top units!

Daniels
Fuller
Carlisle
Proisie
Robinson
Brown
Hunter

Good Lord!

Tempo/Speed/Size/Scheme

This is gonna be a huge year for the Notre Dame program!

We have the coaches, we've recruited the talent,
we have the schedule to prove our point!

Now let's get to work salute Coach Kelly for
getting us here!
GO IRISH and GOD BLESS!




BUY ME!

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AWESOME!

Get out today and get your copy!.

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Hit up the ND Club of Columbus!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

LORD... It just amazing the stupidity in this world..

We have two types of functions in our body, voluntary and involuntary. 
Some functions we can control..and other functions our 
body controls for us, like breathing and digesting. 

Now breathing is a two way street...you can control your 
breathing to help calm yourself, or like women often do
during child birth, or to blow out the candles on a birthday cake.

But then your body will also breath for you...these 
are "involuntary" functions!

INVOLUNTARY FUNCTIONS: Those bodily activities
that are not within your conscious control. 

Now in life you meet people that are "educated" and very 
"intellectual" like myself...or you can meet people that are 
message board cult members or the "sky is falling" idiots 
where their reactions are "involuntary"...meaning they 
speak without thinking!

And trust me every fan base has them, even 
ND Nation..wink..wink.. 

It's up to you to do what I refer to as "analytical research".

You analyze the situation and use common sense to determine 
the value and performance of a company/team, in the 
market they perform, and against the competition of that market!

Now in College Football this is done through the
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE



In the past decade our beloved 
NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
have played on average the 23rd toughest 
schedule in College Football.

Now to give you a comparison test of where 
that is exactly:

Past TEN YEARS average SOS:

Ohio State 48th
Alabama 34th
Michigan 40th


So this tells us that on average Notre Dame has a much 
tougher road to achieve success than the other 3 listed teams!

Now let's address the situation of employees/recruits:

ND has higher academic standards, requires a foreign language
and  requires their students to go to class...

They recruit nationwide, and do not allow reduction of credit 
hours or small class loads/requirements during football season.

That DRASTICALLY reduces the % of qualified recruits.

So if next year out of the Rivals top 250 

Team A=can recruit all 250

Team B=Can recruit 125 of the 250 

Which team has a better chance of landing elite talent?

This Brings me to the "stupidity" I see every day..and not just
from Notre Dame fans..but from the mouth breathers who think 
their team is "elite" that can't understand "analytical research"


This is the face that has brought NOTRE DAME back!

Who took the "WEIS" players and within 3 seasons was playing 
in a National Championship!

He didn't need to wait to get all "HIS PLAYERS"...

He didn't need to play a cupcake schedule to achieve success!

He didn't need to tear down the academic standards and 
traditions that make Notre Dame the Mecca of 
college football.

He EMBRACED the Notre Dame system and made it modern!

He's made Notre Dame a HOT TOPIC to the youth again!

He's dressed up the program to make it appeal to the younger 
fan and recruit...while making sure the tradition remains!


Still mad about the helmets not being painted
 the night before a game?

He's got kids looking at ND and realizing the EDUCATION 
might just be worth the sacrifice....the commitment!

He RECRUITS!

He's INVADED states like Texas and Ohio and 
taken their top talent from under their noses!

He's fixed relationships with programs damaged by the 
piousness of past coaches! 

He's CONSISTENTLY closing top 10 recruiting classes with 
high caliber talent that then turns around and translates into 
TOP TEN DRAFT classes!

*7th ranked class so far this season* 


Remember it's Kelly that brought us into the 
MODERN era of physical training with 
CAMP KELLY and LONGO BEACH!

The ability to do stabilizer muscle training with the addition of
the sand pit...and the endurance hill!

The ability for the players to have an "exclusive" players lounge
so the players have a place to be away from the media
and pressure of the classroom!

The emphasis on nutrition and meal plans, custom to 
EACH players nutritional needs and deficiencies!..

Shamrock Series Uniforms!

Leprechaun Gloves!

FEILD TURF 
&
MAJOR STADIUM 
RENOVATIONS!

Hell we have NBC special TV broadcasts about our
PRACTICES!!! Strong & True ring a bell?? 

There are coaches in the country who's teams are 
pre-season top 10 that 
HAVE NOT: 

1. won a bowl game in years

2. won their conference in years

3. haven't beat a top 5 or 10 or 15 ranked team in years!

and all that with a WEAK SCHEDULE!

And none of their fans are bit#hing!

So take a step back and:

2014
is positioned to be HUGE for the IRISH!

We are positioned with the opportunity to 
make HUGE statements, on 
some HUGE stages!

LORD!...now that all of that is 
off my mind...on to some...

From Camp!

 THE FRESHMEN ARE BIG BOYS!
Kolin Hill above!

Tranquill...etc...

But the talk of the 
weight room is Daniel Cage!

BIG AND STRONG!
Staff is very happy the way everyone has shown up 
in shape and ready to compete!

Trumbetti continues to impress, but not just with
strength...but speed!

He's fast and moves like a LB coming off the drills!

His agility and footwork are incredible for 
someone his size and strength!


Everyone is battling already to become the 
ALPHA of their respective units!

Davaris vs Farley in the tire pull tug of war!

Jhonny Williams vs Nic Weishar!

Jaylon vs Durham, battled for 
FIVE MINUTES...with Smith pulling out the W!

Sheldon Day is ready to make a STATEMENT 
this season...every person I speak with can not 
say enough about his strength and speed!

Riggs impressing and studying the nickel!

Shumate moving all over the place within the 
scheme to maximize the amount of talent on the 
field at one time!

AGGRESSIVE..is the word I hear over 
and over when describing the defensive scheme!

Everett is running off the field voluntary  
work with the receivers, and from what I hear 
it's not "voluntary" in Golson's eyes!

So relax IRISH faithful!

And enjoy the summer!

Kelly has this thing 
WELL IN HAND!

Next step?...
We shall see...


ANYONE who lives in Central Ohio area I completed my new 
home pub...we are going to be having some great 
NOTRE DAME GAME watch parties!

Find me on Facebook and look for details!


GO IRISH
 & 
GOD BLESS! 



















Friday, April 4, 2014

Sometimes you just have to gamble and go all in!..... GO IRISH!

A good gambler doesn't need the best cards
in every hand to enjoy success...

The way you play, with what you're given...is what makes 
a consistent winner!

The way you hold your cards, your facial expression.
The tone of your voice..the way you stack your chips!

The attacks you make....pinpoint and critical!

Then every now and then you have to just go ALL IN!

This can pay off, or it can back fire!

This is the position of the Notre Dame Defense this season
by my opinion...

ag-gre-ssion: noun
1. Hostile or violent behavior or attitudes
toward another ; readiness to attack
or to confront. 



This is what I've heard about the new defensive 
scheme...We are going to play AGGRESSIVE with 
an emphasis on attacking. 

The "bend but don't break" mentality is gone now!

This will create two situations...

1. More "BIG PLAYS" on defense...I expect to see a 
defense that will go after the QB and the ball aggressively!

Different stunts...and personnel packages, due to 
the influx of speed and young talent.

This will have the DBs in man coverage most of the time and 
will attack the QB with multiple looks and blitz packages!


2. This will make us more vulnerable to offensive "BIG PLAYS"
We are GOING TO GET BURNT here and there.

The difference this season...Can we survive the games
that we are burnt in, by outscoring our opponents due to 
having the proper offense?

Look...Nix and Tuitt are gone!

We are going to have to gamble to be efficient!


It's an odd situation...we upgraded at almost EVERY 
position group in the past three years as far 
as talent...now we have to develop and train the 
young talent to perform!

In 2012 I remember the message board 
couch coaches screaming "THE SKY IS FALLING" with 
our DB situation...We had Bennett and Russell, two players
NOT recruited to play DB, and Farley a kid that 
had only played limited time in High School and at WR!

But we had speed...

You can make up for a lack of experience with speed!

But you can't make up for a lack of speed with experience!

That was my message in 2012 and look how that went?

We have the horses now...young aggressive THOROUGHBRED 
studs at almost every position on the defense...now we just need 
to set them loose in the right scheme...


2014's D will be as dominant, if the coaches can develop 
the talent....The verdict is just not in yet! 

What are our hole cards?

1. Talent- We are deep at certain spots and thin at others
but we have young aggressive talent that shows no
celling as far as their abilities!

Jaylon Smith:
This season we will actually see
Jaylon. Freshmen year it was more "See ball..
now got get ball!"...Now his understanding of the 
game. His ability to read plays..to position himself
should make him a household name by week three!

Cole Luke:
Cole was thrust into action, and by pure talent alone 
was not a liability but a tremendous asset.
Speed and closing ability make him special..now 
with the opportunity to take the starting CB 
position, the sky's the limit...but he's got Devin Butler 
to talk to about that campaign!

Jarron Jones:
WHO IS JARRON JONES?
This kid is a complete bi-polar mystery to me!
He played like a man possessed at times last season!
BYU linemen are still having flashbacks of him 
destroying their running back!
What and who will he be this season?

2. Experience
 We have kids on this D that have played in 
almost every game since they arrived at ND!

Sheldon Day- BREAKOUT YEAR
Russell-BREAKOUT YEAR

We need our experience to rise up on the field!
-Ishaq Williams
-Austin Collingsworth 
-Mathias Farley
It's time...you've faced some of the best teams in the
country...now experience should help with that next 
step in evolving their game!

3. Re-Enforcements
I told a guy February tenth that this might be the 
best class Kelly has landed since his arrival!
I don't care about the stars!
I don't care about the ranking!

I see talent...deep developable talent!
We need some of this talent to emerge!

We saw freshmen arrive and contribute last season, 
this season in my opinion will be NO DIFFERENT!

I don't see many breaking the depth chart offensively!

But I see several that can be difference makers right away
on D!

-Nyles Morgan?
With Grace and Councell hurt and with an 
undetermined return date?...Morgan has a 
chance to contribute right away!

-Pete Mokwuh?
Running the 4-3 opens the door for Pete to, 
if properly conditioned, make a tremendous impact
quickly!...

-Jay Hayes
-Andrew Trumbetti
-Kolin Hill
-Grant Blankenship
-Drue Tranquill 

We have BIG kids with athletic ability just 
chomping at the bit to play and make plays!

This is the first class in years with this many over 6'3 
athletes that can lose weight and move position or 
gain weight and move position!

These guys are multi-functional players!

We have questions on D....that's no mystery!

But we have the pieces in place, and soon to arrive
to make us a very LARGE PAIN IN THE ASS for
opposing O-coordinators! 


 This may come as a shock to some...but word is we 
were moving in a new direction defensively either 
way from what I'm hearing!

This guy wins...he's coached in the best conference 
in college football and at the biggest stage in the NFL!

I've got little doubt he'll have us ready!

But we are gonna have to flip a coin here and there!


JAMESON DOUCHE BAG OF THE WEEK!

This week the Jameson Douchebag of the week?

The bad 20% of the Notre Dame Fan base!

It's like religion...
The Jewish think they are right!
The Baptists are sure!
The Catholics are convinced their correct!
The Mormons want to show everyone 
the "truth"

So they fight, argue and shed blood...

Yet they all have the same goal...to walk with our 
Heavenly Father!

-Facebook Pages

-Blogs

-Chatrooms

-Forums

-Websites

-Twitter

STOP THE INSANITY of bashing each other 
when we all want the same thing!

For NOTRE DAME to enjoy success!

I live in the worst sports city in America...believe me!

I know UN-RATIONAL!....Stop giving them a run for 
their money!....We are all IRISH FANS!

Stop the trolling...and bashing and personal attacks!
This was just an example...this was a post on 
Facebook for a blog...it was, as you can tell, not received 
very well!

But for some reason the "dislike" of the post ended up 
being all the Damefan's  fault!

Not the 14 people who agreed with me...not the 
other comments around mine...just me?..

Now at the end of the day a guy like me FEEDS off
this type of insecurity...but not everyone is like me!

We aren't gonna all see eye to eye...but if you don't 
relax...let it go and realize we are all gonna have
different views!

Hell I wonder if people who like my blog read it more than
people that hate my guts that don't know me and have
never met me! LOL!... 

Let's just for the lack of a better way of saying it...
"Get along!"

GO IRISH and GOD BLESS!