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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!





























Friday, March 28, 2014

Performance...one component at a time!...GO IRISH!

When I was fourteen, like any kid that age, I become 
obsessed with muscle cars... I'd hit car shows and 
see the 500...600...700 horsepower monsters!

I was completely overwhelmed by the mechanics 
of how it all worked...That if one tiny component 
was not firing...the whole engine failed 
to perform... 

It wasn't until a friends dad broke down a V8
engine and laid it out in the yard, explaining 
every piece and what it's role was, that 
I could understand the machine...

The dilemma we suffered with last season wasn't the 
"performance" of our engine...We had
a 4 cylinder back up QB trying to fit 
under the hood with V8 parts!

Now we move on to the 2014 campaign..

OFFENSE:

This offense will be predicated upon the 
"Golden" arm of Everette Golson...

This will be by far the fastest offense Notre Dame has
had in 30 years...and I mean "Big Boy" 
speed..not "Big Ten" speed...

Let's Break down the unit from a talent perspective!


Everett Golson:
Last time Notre Dame entered the season with 
a schedule that most thought was "Horrifying" 
and impossible to navigate through without six 
or seven losses....He was a freshmen first year 
starter....

Now we are dealing with a kid that has not 
only been mentored by Brian Kelly, but by 
one of the best QB Gurus in the country.

Whitfield called Golson "The best young 
QB he had worked with in years!"

Golson is a kid that doesn't have the ability 
to be rattled in my opinion...

As a freshmen he:
Beat OU at OU
4 losses in 14 years at home

Beat USC at USC!

Went UNDEFEATED in the
regular season vs a top 25 SOS!

All this with LESS talent around him 
than he has today!

ENGINE BLOCK= CHECK!

Now that the core of the engine is strong..
we can support the performance..

What type of units are we dealing with?

BACKFIELD:



Terean Folston:
As a freshmen, by seasons end he had established 
himself as the most explosive running back in 
the garage!

With only seeing action, due to minor injury, 
in 5 games (game with double digit touches) he
was able to average over 5.6 yards per carry
and make himself a threat that D-coordinators 
had to account for... 


Greg Bryant:
This former 5 star, top 5 running back talent, was 
sidelined freshmen year due to medical issues
but is back and running like a man possessed!

"He runs VIOLENT!" was one 
of my favorite observations by some of 
the coaches in attendance at the weeks 
prior ND Coaching Clinic.

Every person I've talked to has mentioned the 
downhill running style and pure package build
of young Bryant!

"He's gonna be a household name by seasons end." 
-Former soon to be 1st round D lineman


 Bryant is not a back that can be taken down
 by just one defender....speed/power/anger.. 
He's gonna be very fun to watch!


Cam McDaniel:

Cam finds him self on the outside looking in, 
but it's a role I think from the time I've spent speaking 
with his father he embraces and prefers!

This is Southbend's version of Toby Gerhart left
in the dryer too long!

He's consistent...he's reliable..and what he may 
lack in flash...He makes up for in determination!

The former Player of the year in Texas is all day 
tough and refuses to allow young talent to take 
his spot in the engine!

I think you'll see Cam in MANY different roles this
season...he blocks well..has great hands and 
from what we've seen he NEVER gives up!

FUEL INJECTION=CHECK!

WIDE RECEIVERS:


Later this season when someone asks you "Hey what's 
the story with that stud wide receiver that runs like 
a 4.4 and has great hands for ND?" 

Your answer will be..."WHICH ONE?"

Michael Floyd WAS a V8 ENGINE!

Golden Tate WAS a TURBO!

Now we have components that embody bits and 
pieces of both... We don't know if we have 
 ONE AMAZING WR....Yet!

But what we do know is, part for part...piece for piece..
This is the best group of young wide receivers we may have
EVER had at ND at one time!...

Chris Brown:
My pick for breakout performer of the year in this 
group... The light came on for him last season and 
Rutger's corner backs are still having nightmares!

He's a legit 4.3 to 4.4, he's long...has great hands, 
towards the end of last year, and ALL spring 
has perfected the art of route running!

C.J. Prosise:
Built like a linebacker runs like a gazelle and 
has hands like venus fly trap!

Another 4.4 kid that can line up in the slot, 
I'm so looking forward to Linebackers
attempting to cover him across the middle!

Amir Carisle:
When I see Amir running routes and making 
plays I hear the theme to Welcome Back Carter!


This is who we thought you were gonna be!
Fast...dangerous and determined!

My gut is Amir might have a senior year that 
may remind us of Theo Riddick's, only not 
lining up at RB due to the workhorses in that stable!

Slot/wildcat/reverse/kickoff/punt return

Expect to see Amir A LOT!

Corey Robinson:

The Admiral's son may be the biggest surprise to
everyone in the country besides Brian Kelly!

When I saw the offer go out I was like..OH NO!
Another celebrity's kid?

But this is the exception to a rule!
He is a rare talent... at 6'5 and over 210lbs
he controls his body like he's Stovall senior season!

He has pin pointing the ball ability that takes years 
for most wide outs to achieve..and he works hard!

This may be the best diamond in the rough we've landed
in decades!

Oh...and don't forget Will Fuller!!! 
Tori Hunter!!...etc...etc... Talent on top of talent!

 TURBO=CHECK!

TIGHT END:

Ben Koyack:

The next in a line of great Tight Ends at Tight End U!

Anthony Fasano/John Carlson/Kyle Rudolf
Tyler Eifert/Troy Niklas

Koyack flashed greatness last season...but this is the 
first season he's been at ND without a name like 
Eifert or Niklas on the roster!

I think he understands the young studs behind him and
what Mike Heuerman and Smythe would like to say 
about this position!

I expect Koyack to average a TOUCHDOWN A GAME 
this season....He's a NFL Tight End waiting to happen!

CARBURETOR-=CHECK


O-LINE:

Since Notre Dame showed Ed Warriner the 
door and hired Harry Hiestand...the O-line play 
has done nothing but trend upwards HARD!

There is so much talent in this group it's almost impossible
to highlight just one!

Ronnie Stanley-
Matt Hegarty-
Nick Martin-
Connor Hanratty-
Christian Lombard- 
Steve Elmer-
Hunter Biven-

It's almost ridiculous the talent in one place!

This is the frame that holds this car engine and 
allows it the ability to perform!

Next week I'll review the D and the battle we will be facing
to replace our 1st round draft picks leaving...


But for now realize this....The D protected the O, while
we recruited and reloaded!

This season the balance will be in place!

The components have arrived and more performance
arrives in June...

We have the only 2 time Home Depot Coach 
(mechanic) of the year building our engine!

And in my opinion...it's gonna blow people off the feild!

GO IRISH & GOD BLESS!

Remember....SPEED KILLS! 


































Friday, February 14, 2014

Uncritical devotion.... Are you a fan?

Your family receives UNconditional love...

Your team?...UNcritical devotion...  

What is a fan?

"FAN" 
Short for "FANATIC"
Fa-nat-ic adjective /fe-'na-tik/
:marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense
uncritical devotion.
<they're fanatic about their team. 

UNcritical devotion?

There is a place where reality and perception meet...
It's called a "FAN'S MIND" 

They "perceive" what they feel is "reality" and through
"UNcritical" devotion convince themselves it's real!

Trust me...I live in Ohio, NOBODY sees this more 
than I've seen it in my 42 years!

But we all suffer from it here and there!

We all get a bit too excited...or a bit too sad over
events and at the end of the day....analysis of the 
situation will cure all!


Recruiting...the intense overdramatic 
male version of "Days of our lives"

...and like sands through the hour glass...so goes the 
2014 recruiting cycle to an end!..

The rich got richer...the poor got poorer and
 I'm sure there was some shady dealings 
that will make Sports-Center
when discovered...

College Football Recruiting...it's the one thing that
makes grown men into idiots...because they feel 
watching two minutes of YOUTUBE highlights 
from dozens of games...gives them the 
SAME INSIGHT, as college coaches making 
MILLIONS a year on a evaluating
a kids talent level!...

"I was watching "FILM" on this kid..he's a must
get for us!"

YOUTUBE CLIPS ARE NOT FILM!

Years ago Lucent Technology was a growing company 
in Columbus Ohio...and a little old lady,that was 
referred to me from the assembly line area
that was nearing retirement...

Lucent had enjoyed much success but was capped out!

I BEGGED her to sell her stock...BEGGED!

"I can't, my friend on the line next to me said 
HE THINKS it's gonna split..." 

Yeah..it SPLIT...as in leaving town..her half million 
was reduced to less than fifty grand...because her 
"friend" wasn't QUALIFIED to make that 
analysis...

The "FACEBOOK" fan page of wanna be sports 
news people are the worst at this...

Heck...most of your "Big Boy" sites are just throwing 
spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks!

Leave the analysis to the people QUALIFIED to 
make the proper analysis!!

Brian Kelly just inked what I feel, and many sites like
247 Sports and Rivals agree, as a "SUPERB" class!


Let's talk "COLLEGE FOOTBALL" conditioning!

The "art" of "development" 

The ability to take this:
Spring game 2007..Then 5 months later!


This is June 7 on 7s soph year!

So....what do you think:

6'6 252lb Grant Blankenship 
or
6'3 253lb Jonathan Bonner
or
6'3 275lb Daniel Cage
or
6'4 275lb Jay Hayes
or
6'5 265lb Andrew Trumbetti
or
6'6 235lb Jonathon Williams

What will they look like in nine months?

What size...strength...speed can they add?

This is a new era...no more 5'11 D tackles 
cause that's all you can land...

At some point you have to realize that the 
coaches at THE University of Notre Dame 
might know a bit more than you do. 
NO MATTER how much Madden or 
NCAA you've played!

You have to realize..the coaches don't look
at "star" ratings!

They don't care what a"web-site" says about
 one kid or another....

And thank goodness for that or we may have never
had Ian Williams...or Tyler Eifert...

We would have never seen the Honey Badger or
Johnny Football!

So relax...

Let the "QUALIFIED" identify the talent...

Let the "QUALIFIED" recruit whom they see as
good fits into the locker room and class room,
that's coaching!

We didn't hire  them because 
we thought they were UNqualified!

We've got the best coaches...

Let's be the best fans!...


And the next time your "fired up" that this kid or 
that kid is IRISH material or not....Just sit back 
and realize...you're not "QUALIFIED" to make that
ASSumption...


Now...for a bit of around the water cooler chit
chat I'm hearing...

 EVERETT GOLSON
I heard from a DB on the team that was 
excited to see Golson live...

"I didn't see him..he was gone when I arrived!"

So I said..now that you've seen him and how 
he can throw...what are your thoughts?

"I thought how much difference could there be?
Tommy was a senior and was a good QB from 
what I'd seen in practice and games."

"But then Everett threw the ball with some of the 
guys, it only took about ten minutes to see how
big a difference there really is."

"Everett can throw to pockets that only the 
receiver can get to the ball."

"When a WR catches the ball you don't just
see it...you hear it!" 

"He throws with so much power and accuracy, it's
gonna make me better practicing against it!"


"He's challenging all of us and we've not even
begun to practice...this is just pick up throw
around time when we can get together!" 



Grab your glass...toast this class and realize...

WE WON 9 GAMES with our back up QB!

We beat top teams in the country with a 
"skeleton crew" on D!

We just infused talent, that we've not had 
in DECADES, into a program that
was already loaded with play makers!

There has NEVER been a time to be more excited
than now for Notre Dame football...

So stop creating drama when there isn't a 
reason for it!

GOD BLESS & GO IRISH!