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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pro-active vs Re-active...GO IRISH!

One of my favorite saying in financial planning is...
"Past performance is not indicative of future results." 

Yet our entire life we've been taught that..."Those
who choose to forget history are doomed to repeat it!" 

So what've I seen the past IRISH team 
that loves the "noise"...Loves the role they've played
so many times, not only just this season...but all the way 
back to the beginning of another season, a season where
 we couldn't  possibly beat an Oklahoma team at home..

What I loved about that game was Kelly's ability 
to be "pro-active" in going after another team!

The IRISH this season are not "counter punchers",
they set the tone for the fight!

They want to punch you in the mouth!

They want to get you on your heels...Now that
hasn't happened in every game..but the premise 
is still the same, GO AFTER THEM!

Now there are a lot of people that have already 
chalked this game up to FSU!

That the "noise" will not affect the Seminoles.

That we are just not evenly matched to compete!

And you know what...They are right!

Florida State does't match the IRISH!

FSU                                     ND
Rush Offense
95th                                     67th
Pass Offense
13th                                     34th
Total Yards Per Game
462                                       444
Points scored per game
39                                        34

Now...FSU has played more, they've 
had to go to OT...and yet only 18 more
yards per game? 
So offensively we are pretty evenly matched?

So what about our defense?

FSU                                        ND
        Rush Defense     
54th                                        19th
 Pass Defense
40th                                        67th
Total Yards given
up per game
359                                         348
Points allowed  
21                                          17

Now...I'm even more confused?

Who's Florida State beaten?

Wait...Clemson can't be good they 
were taken to the wire with North Carolina?

NC State
Well NC State did hang 525 YARDS on FSU!
Then got shut out by Clemson?

Okie State
Who have they beaten?
Iowa State and Kansas?

  Well looks like we will have to compare
 common opponents. 

Who has FSU and ND both played?

FSU                                        ND
3rd down 
6-10                                       9-14 
165                                       161
294                                      362
Total points
 20                                       15

So...We rushed for more yards?
We were more efficient on 3rd down?
We passed for more yards?
We held them to less points?

Oh..and we played their starting QB not
their 2nd string freshmen!

And we turned the ball over 5 TIMES!!
Cuse also threw 3 PICKS vs FSU!

So there it is...We turn the ball over too much!

ND has 11 turnovers on the year!
FSU has 12 turnovers on the year!

What seems wrong about this?

Why in the hell are WE the ones worried?

This will be the best D that FSU has faced 
all year!

"With the most complex blitz package in 
college football." -Trevor Matich

This game is ours to win!

And the difference...We are peaking in the
 important areas!
Or D line is becoming the strength of this defense!

Our corners are realizing their ability to play
"pro-active" and go after the ball!

Our LBs are seeing the plays develop, not just
reacting to developing plays!

VanGorder is going to BRING the 
house vs FSU!

I hope they've studied HOURS of tape of
our defense...Cause from what I'm hearing
they will have watched NOTHING they 
will see come Saturday!

Blitz...yes...wait no! wait.. man!

Blitz three? wait FIVE!


"What the hell is going on" my opinion
is the thought, that will be going over and over
through Winston's head...

This is our stage!

This is our moment to show the world!

This is our game to win!

Notre Dame will rise up and will
give FSU all they can handle!

And when the smoke clears...The big message to 
Jimbo and Florida State University?

I hope it was worth it....cause the last coach 
that lied to keep players eligible...Didn't end well!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Your who now?...Cause I knew who you were last week... GO IRISH!

We've all got that one story about a girl or guy that was...
Well..Bi-Polar or just plain old nuts!

One second she was talking about how happy she was
then next...BAM!...Here comes the head-case!!

As football fans we are very similar to this, struggle one 
week and the sky if falling, dominate the next and 
bring on the crystal trophy!

This season, across the landscape of college football
most teams are....Bi-Polar!

We don't know who's good and who's not,
from one week till the next...But the one

Whoever we beat, was over rated!

You have to step back and take a look at the situation
from the outside to really determine
how things are going!

So far so good...

We've beat who we should, and how we should!

We've had that "Shut your mouth" hater game
with our victory over Stanford!

Golson has proven he's not only got
a short memory when he makes errors,
but also he's go ice in his veins!

The O line is finally starting to come together!
FINALLY...but baby steps!

The wide outs are showing their HUGE variety 
of talent, and skill sets, that it is very hard 
to control for opposing defenses...

And...when you finally start looking...I mean 
really looking, there are signs of the nation taking
notice of the IRISH!

1. Vegas: ND was a 14pt fav to beat Syracuse 
on a neutral site!
This week Florida State is a 20 pt 
favorite at cuse!
So the IRISH are only 6pts less favorite than 
the reigning National Champs?

2. ESPN: The talking heads are showing their 
doubt, is becoming respect!

3. The team: This team is starting to BELIEVE they 
can make noise.... They see they can bang with 
ANYONE who lines up across from them!
They know they can score whenever and 
against whoever! 
This young talented team gets all guns 
blazing in the same direction?

Oh...and all of this with 5 suspended players
3 of which were preseason HUGE parts of 
this team...and don't hold your breath on 
seeing any of them play for ND again..
Makes me sad!...
So what has the Frozen 5 taught us?

When the smoke clears...The nation will have to 
take notice that Notre Dame doing it the right way!

Show me ONE school that would kick out their
starting QB, that took them to the natty, for grades?

Show me ONE school that would suspend 5 
players for academics??

Show me ONE school that has played in the 
National Championship with a 99% graduation rate!

All the things that drive you NUTS about ND,
are all the things that make you love ND!


Kids are getting caught with coke and 
not sitting one game at other programs!


You can do this the right way and still win!


XM-Radio-ESPN-FOX Sports
All have complimented ND on the handling 
of student issues and applauded the ETHICS of 
doing it right! 

Don't think parents of recruits are paying attention!

So.....stay calm...On to the next victim!

The 2-3 Tar-heels of North Carolina

Okay...I know this is not Stanford...but embrace the
ability to take another step forward in EVERY
aspect of our game!

Embrace the ability to get this O line more 
experience and time together!

Embrace the game and enjoy the show!

North Carolina:

Unranked and for good reason!
Not a strong team!

They can score!
They average 36 pts per game scoring..
Problem is they average allowing 36 pts per game!

Expect Riggs to cover the slot and the D
to get after the QB regularly!

They have two wins vs...Well, AIR!
Liberty 56-29
Before you go..."They scored 56!" 
Ask your self "How did Liberty score 29?" 

San Diego State 31-27 

Now their D is the BIG ISSUE!

They are 121st in the country in pass Defense!
Allowing over 320 yards per game!

They are 92nd in rush D!
Allowing almost 200 yards per game!

This game is all about our run game!

It's about getting prepared and ironing out 
the kinks and doing work!

We need to put this away fast and then get the 
loose ends worked out cause we all know 
what's next!

Sit back and watch the chips fall where they may my
IRISH family....The next few weeks are gonna
be very interesting!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Guess what kids...Monsters aren't real!..GO IRISH!

As parents we've all had "that" talk..
NO!!!...not "THAT" talk..The talk about "monsters".

The talk that no matter what you see on TV, or 
read in books, monsters are just not real!

Well the talking heads this week have been in 
going crazy trying to create a monster that's 
just not real!

That monster?
The mighty Tree....or Cardinal..or whatever the 
hell they are calling themselves these days!

Well guess what folks...HARBAUGH is in San Fran!

This is not your fathers Oldsmobile!

Now look I get it with your little "act" your bit of
"tom foolery" so to speak..The epic:

Well guess what folks...ND hasn't struggled with 
it's cupcakes!

You can hate and deny the progress Notre Dame has 
made on the field...You can say "look what Bama did to them" 
..."They didn't deserve to be in that game!" hold LSU to nothing, and push them 
around....still a "CONTENDER"!

You destroy the Buckeyes TWICE and 
they are still "DESERVING"!

You can get beat TWO years in a row,
by an UNRANKED Arizona and your
still a "Mighty Duck"

Saban get's ass raped by OU and they
"Didn't really want to be there!"

And we are the "pretenders"...Welcome to the
world of double standards!

That's why the old Damefan is here to interject 
with some REAL research and knowledge!
So let's break down some numbers!


They've played the 65th 
Strength of Schedule!

They've played 4 games!

2 cupcakes!
1 UNRANKED struggle!

Let's talk about the cupcakes...Which is 
where 90% of the "monster" stats come from!

They beat UC Davis...The fighting..uh Mailmen
They did what anyone else would have done to 
them...They beat the hell outta them 45 to ZIP!

Rushed for 150 yards
Passed for 312

On to USC
Now I'll be the first to tell you they got 
jobbed vs the Trojans!

A "cut block" call cost them the TD that would 
have won them the game..But the bottom line 
is, they couldn't score!

USC held them to 10 pts?
UNRANKED Boston College didn't seem 
to have that issue? 

On to ARMY!....
Yeah..the 1-3 Army, that just lost to YALE!!

Now...two shutouts?
UC Davis and Army?

Then comes a night game at!

Cause that's a "tough place to play" unless
it's ND playing there...Then it's not!

The "mighty" Washington D held them to 
ONE TD in the 2nd half and lost by 7!

The same Washington that Eastern Washington 
scored 52 points on!
So Eastern Washington was able to score
32 more points than STANFORD???

Yet...Stanford is a CONTENDER 
And ND who's won by taking a knee in almost every 
game by a margin of victory of over two TDs per game is

Stanford has played one good team...and LOST!

So...Thanks Army and UC Davis for our 
#1 scoring Defense ranking!

Thanks USC for being OVERRATED and
making that loss look respectable!

Thanks Washington for SUDDENLY being 
someone?...Even though you almost lost
to HAWAII!!!

This MONSTER is not real!


Not even top 50 in turn over margin!

78th in scoring offense!
ND-47th averaging over 35 pts per game!

This is a classic case of....Sorry boys you've not
watched the games! 

This dog can't hunt!

So Griese...Time to start drinking again!

Cause sober your not very good at breaking 
down big games!

Bottom line is it's time for Notre Dame to 
demand respect and...

It's time to
it's place in the college football

It's time to
it to the Stanford team and 

You want respect?

You want them to know who you are?



Friday, September 26, 2014

Deja vu....? I feel like we've been here before.. GO IRISH!

Something just seems very familiar about this season?...

It's always.."But wait till they play _________."


 "When they play ________ they  will get tested!"


"We won't know who they are until they play ________."

This is old hat for Notre Dame fans, until we stand holding
the trophy we will NEVER receive the respect we deserve
because...We are Notre Dame!

It's like all the people that "HATE" on that one guy that
graduated with them from High School, that actually  
accomplished something...

It wasn't his work ethic...."He got lucky!"

It wasn't his dedication to his craft..."He met the right people!"

It wasn't being a good businessman..."It was, right
place right time!"

You want respect?...You gotta SHOW UP!


We beat Purdue...I was there!
That's what we were SUPPOSED to do!
Lucky "Maddy Marie" necklace and all!

So what did INDY prove to us...Well one thing is,
this is NOT the 2012 squad!

That we do, what we should do, to teams that are not on our
level...We beat them, and it's not even close!

We beat them...

The same margin of victory for other squads is 
"DESTROYING" someone...for ND it's 

A Washington State team that LOST to Rutgers,
and then LOST to Nevada takes the Ducks 
to the brink of destruction and what....


"Marriotia is a Heisman champion!" 
vs Washington State? by a TD??

LSU losses to an UNRANKED team at home 
and what?....Not a peep? 

But ND shuts out Purdue in the 2nd half and wins by 
more than 2 TDs and we..."Struggled" ?

Not a word about their 2nd TD being off a
fumble in the red zone??? 

We beat the teams on our schedule walking away, 
that we should beat WALKING AWAY!

3 games so far this season, entering the 4th 
quarter, NONE were even close!

That's the difference between 2012 and today...

That's what I expect to see Saturday...but we have to realize
that there are 2 sets of standards in college football..

We beat Purdue on a "neutral site" by 16 and we were

Oregon had "INJURIES"

ND was playing without :


Amir for 1/2

Not a word on ESPN about our "injuries"?

We shut Michigan out at home in an "historic" game
and...The game was "Closer than the score showed."?
"Michigan had 4 turnovers!" -Howard
Yeah...we were leading 21-0 before the 
1st one!

This is the college football world we live in, so you have
to stop and step away and do some "analytical" 
research to form an "educated" opinion of the 
state of Notre Dame football.

What have we learned so far? 

We have no clue yet how this team will react to:
1. Hostile environment
2. We have O line issues
3. We have 5 players in "LIMBO"
4. Injuries
5. Can we come from behind?
6. Can we close out a close 4th quarter game?

We are a work in progress right now...We've proved only 
one thing so far...WE BEAT WHO WE SHOULD BEAT!

Now...moving forward do we beat teams that are on our
level...Or maybe a step above?

Who steps up when adversity shows it's ugly head? 

We have allowed 1 TD in the 2nd half in our first 3 games!
Are we really that good at 1/2 time adjustments?

Is Van Gorder as good as we hope he is?

Is Everett as good as we think he is?

We have questions, and we will take one step closer to answering 
them on Saturday night vs Syracuse!

Who is Syracuse?
We know they are good at the Freshmen 15!

They've played the 78th Strength of Schedule
They have impressive wins vs:

Central Michigan..but so did Kansas..?

They beat Villanova by 1 pt...
(yes in football!)

Then got beat pretty well by Maryland!
Who may just be the worst team in 
the Big Ten...I know, that's hard to believe!

They are 54th vs the pass

They are 26th vs the run

And..the O seems like they can 
score...vs? Who they'e played?

This game for me is like thowing spaghetti
against a wall...let's see what sticks!
We need to "experiment" a bit with Cuse!

Try a guy here and there and see how it
works out!

Get Tori some touches, get the O line fixed!

Throw some things in the game plan you've not
tried, and see how they work!

Get the game out of hand early...and let Malik
close it out throwing the ball around! no point do I feel I know how to coach, 
but from my pub I have two eyes and some things 
have jumped out to me!

First thing?...It's time feed the BEAST!

Let's take a walk through our 11 offensive possessions.

Drive one: FOLSTON: Great field position, Folston had
a few good runs...ends in TD!

Drive Two: CAM: stalled drive missed field goal

Drive Three: BRYANT: Starts on our 20, Huge
plays from Bryant, we get to the ONE foot line
can't punch it in..ends in points FG!

Drive Four: FOLSTON: After the Purdue fumble,
we fumble and hand the ball right back!

Drive Five: CAM: He lines up in the back field for ONE
run for 4 yards...Golson goes 5 wide we score TD!

Drive Six: FOLSTON: Holding call costs us big..PUNT

Drive Seven: BRYANT: We start on our 38, few good
carries HUGE 3rd down catch to convert, and we score..TD

Drive Eight: CAM: punt

Drive Nine: FOLSTON: We start on our 30, has few good
carries, great screen pass illegal formation call
costs us, and we kick a FG...Points!

Drive Ten: BRYANT: After Butlers pick we are on
Purdue's heres the "X FACTOR" of Bryant
even being on the field...We run read option and Golson
takes off for yards...The D when he's in the game focuses
on him, and even when he doesn't touch the ball he
makes an IMPACT!...FG points!!

Drive Eleven: CAM: Joe's pick puts us in a position to
just end the game by taking a knee..we run 3 plays
and PUNT!

I may not be a coach...but I can see a play maker when I see one!


I love Cam..don't get me wrong..but until Bryant needs
a break, and Folston is outta breath...let him watch, then
bring him in to close the game!

We are about to have the opportunity to make
statements on the national stage!

Let's get our issues worked out so we
can do exactly that!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Well..What did we learn? GO IRISH!

There's an old saying that if something walks like a duck..
Quacks like a duck...
Has feathers like a duck....

It's a duck!

WOW...That game didn't exactly go the way my 
Michigan buddies thought it would....Or the way 
I thought it would....Well since Kelly has had all "HIS" players
in the seats...He's 2-3 vs the Wolverines.

Including a HISTORIC ass whipping, we all witnessed 
last weekend...So what did America learn?

To the educated they learned...VanGorder can 
fist pump is ass off, better than ANY member of the 
Jersey Shore!

We learned that Golson is as legit as advertised!

Our overall team "speed" is what we'd thought it was...

And...Michigan is...Not as far away as you think, from
running things in the Big Ten... read that right!

Let me take you for a bit of a trip down memory lane!
Imagine this lineup vs ANYONE with 
"Brian Kelly" as coach..

QB-Jimmy Clausen 
*currently with the Chicago Bears

WR-Golden Tate
*super bowl champion now with Detroit

WR-Michael Floyd
*currently with Arizona 

Slot WR-Theo Riddick
*currently with Detroit 

TE-Kyle Rudolph
*currently with Minnesota 

RB-Robert Hughes
*currently with Arizona 

RB-Armando Allen
*former Chicago Bear

OLine-John Sullivan
*currently with Minnesota

OLine-Sam Young 
*currently with Jacksonville

OLine-Trevor Robinson
*currently with Bengals

Oh..and on the D?...

LB-Manti Teo
*currently with San Diego

DT-Trevor Laws
*former Eagle

DB-Harrison Smith
*top 15 NFL draft pick
current with Minnesota

DB-Darrian Walls
*currently with NY

DB-Robert Blanton
*currently starting for Minnesota 

DT-Ian Williams
*currently starting for San Fran

Ryan Harris-Jonas Gray-Fasno-Fleming

See where I'm going here????

Charlie could recruit talent!

Charlie could call plays!

Charlie could destroy a buffet and burp 
his way through a presser!


Michigan has a few simple issues to fix 
but they are dealing with a double edged sword!

With their schedule Hoke could trip his way 
to 8 wins...If he splits Penn State and O$U,
which neither look very good, 
lose to MSU..which is gonna happen...

He's 9-3, and he's safe!
You just put a band aid on a issue rather than 
a stitch!

Hoke- Early success with already developed talent,
then recruited well and couldn't ever put it together!

Weis- Early success with already developed talent,
then recruited well and couldn't ever put it together!
Tell yourself whatever you need to hear Michigan nation!

But if it walks like Charlie...
Recruits like Charlie...
Eats like Charlie...
And loses like Charlie...
It's Charlie!


This doesn't come from me "hating" Michigan...Very opposite 
actually!  I don't "dislike" Michigan unless they are facing 
Notre Dame!

Coaching...that's your issue!

He's not paying attention to the little things!
Exhibit A:

Look at him...look at his lack of traps???? 
Has he been in the weight room?

Where does chin one end and chin two begin?

He's out of shape and got MAN HANDLED by a first year
starting soph NT!

It was legalized assault what Jarron Jones did to this kid!


You don't think I "kinda" grew up rooting for MICHIGAN
at least ONE DAY A YEAR???

One of my longest and closest friends in the world
LOVES MICHIGAN (notice the
Denard T-shirt) as much as he loves 
butchering the English language!
Trust me we've celebrated "Birf-Days" together!

Hell...he told me yesterday he expects us to 
re-match in the four team playoff???
 Yeah...he bleeds Maize and Blue!!

This is from the HEART!

Your one great coach from returning to GLORY!

And this ain't him!

You have NFL caliber talent ALL OVER that team!

It's just not gonna happen with Hoke...

Now...on to our beloved IRISH!

It's gonna be a long night and hopefully paramedics
will be standing by....cause Purdue is HORRIBLE!

They've played the 171st Strength of Schedule!
And they are 1-1

They have quarterback issues!

They have the 97th ranked rush D so this should
be a fun night for this guy!
With teams averaging almost 200 yards on the ground 
per game, they are  47th in pass D...there's another
210 yards in the air!

They beat a horrible Western Michigan team by 11!

They got ass crammed by Central Michigan!

And now they get the IRISH full of confidence, rolling
and hitting on all cylinders and in a dome!

Yeah...this could be like the first 30 seconds of a
Tyson fight in his prime!

So next time your sitting around and decide to criticize
the direction of THE Notre Dame Fighting IRISH...

Take a good long look at the list of NFL talent...that 
Notre Dame didn't get a chance to fully enjoy!

Thanks Coach!


Cheers my IRISH family....Here's to you!  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What?...GO IRISH!

CON~FU~SION: noun: The state of being bewildered
in one's mind about something.

This is the only way I can describe the Notre Dame 
vs Michigan games say...oh the last

It was an pretty normal series..until!

It started in 2004 when Darius Walker erupted on UM 
and then again when UM was no.3 in the country and 
ND went in under Weis, and then did it again!

Flash forward...Now, NEVER, in all my years of watching
college football have I seen my Irish lose to a team they 
were better than more...than Michigan!

In fact I think the only team luckier than Michigan 
playing Notre Dame is Ohio State playing Michigan!

So this game in my opinion is a bit confusing!

I mean we all know we don't like each other!

The best team rarely wins...

It's week two so it's extremely hard to understand 
who either team is...

Michigan sounded clubbed Appy State
Which was like watching this pup spend the 
weekend at Michael Vick's house!

Now with that being said Appy still rushed for 
over 4.3 yards per carry and converted 2 outta 3
4th downs, and Appy is HORRIBLE!

This game was dominated by Gardner and Funchess 
who make no mistake are dangerous!

Now which Gardner is gonna show up?
The one we faced last year, or the one Toledo almost beat? 

Funchess...not a blazer but good size and hands!

Green DESTROYED a defense that may be 
"slightly" better than most really good high 
school teams...So what can we get outta this? 


Notre Dame soundly took apart Rice.

Now don't come at me with this "Rice won ten 
games each of the last two seasons!" crap...
Yeah..they did, vs AIR!

Rice "Tresseled" it...They played NO ONE!

So here's Rice...
Slightly bigger...Slightly meaner...
Really small dog!

Granted Rice does have a legit 1st round 
draft pick on their D line, that we didn't hear
his name ALL DAY!...But the supporting cast around
him was pretty weak...

ND dominated every aspect of the game..and 

But with that being said a few things did jump out to me.

1. The game was clean: Penalties/mental errors etc. 
2 Penalties in the ENTIRE game..

2. Golson is no longer "Stepping over dimes
to pick up pennies!" 
What I mean by that is, in 2012 when the pocket would 
break down he'd jet!!

Now...when he sees that 5 to 7 yard run he continues to 
buy time, and look down field, for the 20 or 30 yard 
pass rather than the 5 yard run....Maturity! 

This is the fastest overall team I'd say that ND has 
had in over 30 years!
Top to bottom!

4. BIG FROSH...The Freshman now blend in with the 
rest of the team...the size difference between them and 
the rest of college football is nothing!

So what should we expect?

Well that's the tricky part...on paper ND is the favorite,
Vegas realizes it!

Michigan's O line?...Better?
We'll see!

Does Michigan have any other receivers?...
All 3 TDs Funchess!  Out of the 16 complete
passes almost 50% went to Funchess!
We'll see!

Can Michigan's secondary keep up with the speed
that ND has at WR?...Sparty couldn't..We know 
that Peppers isn't 100%!...
We'll see!

Now flip that coin to the IRISH!

Did we really play as vanilla of a D scheme as 
Kelly led us to believe vs Rice?
We'll see!

Is the O line really as good as we think?
We'll see!

Is Golson really as good as he looked..or was that
just a great example of 4 and 5 star players
vs 2 and 3 star players? 
We'll see!

We'll see!

Each team has something to prove!

Notre Dame wants to show Michigan that
when they asked for the series to 
was no big deal to us!

Hence the announcement today!

Hoke in my opinion is coaching for his job
this season...I mean UM will only take so many
7 win seasons and losses to "big brother" and
 Ohio State before the "Michigan man" 
is shown the door.
Is he the Charlie Weis of Michigan football? 

So this..."end" of a great series is playing right into
the hype machine and about to be on full display
on NBC....
We'll see!

I'd love to tell you what you want to hear, and that I'm
predicting a slightly closer game than Rice...but if history
has shown us anything. It' s that ND has had gun fights with
Michigan numerous times in the past.  The outcome wasn't
talent...the outcome wasn't coaching...the outcome wasn't a
lack of weapons...It just seemed like they were using a
weird gun...

Let's get 2014 off on the right foot this year boys...
And not shoot ourselves....



The committee is meeting right now!
They got a team of monkeys working around the clock to
make a decision on a investigation that was
"supposedly" over A WEEK AGO!