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Sunday, October 4, 2015

The good..The BAD..The happy...and the SAD!... GO IRISH!

Your successes in life rarely teach you anything. 
Your failures on the other hand are how 
you become GREAT!

Look this is gonna be short and sweet...I want you 
to RELAX...VENT...SCREAM if need be,
then go be with your family and enjoy
your Sunday!

Last night was a good example of why you never 
pour hot water on a frosted windshield to remove the ice!

EMOTIONS were on display!

HIGH highs!

LOW lows!

Let's walk through them in reverse order shall we? 

Losing to a team that we are clearly better than.
Look it happens, and it happens to everyone!

Do you think Louisiana Monroe is better 
than Bama in 07? 

Or is Florida better than Ol'Miss

Was O$U better than Miami in 02?

No...but they were better THAT NIGHT!

It's the parody of the game!

Six years ago we'd have lost that game in the first 
six minutes!

This team has RESOVE!
Beat up...Injured..Playing in a MONSOON 
down two scores in five minutes!!
They never stopped fighting!

You want something to be happy about???

If you wanna beat us, you better pack your lunch
and bring your friends! 

Pray Clemson doesn't fall apart...Cause you play
that game ten times we win nine!

Well..the first 5 minutes!

Dropped passes!....Robinson??? 
What is going on??
Dropped TD
Dropped 2pt Conversion

We dropped passes all night that not only would have
extended drives but would have put POINTS ON THE BOARD!

I know it was wet!!! But Clemson wasn't treating 
the ball like a second grader playing hot potato! 

Play Calling...or should I say Play Calling???

What in the world?...You have 8 in the box...don't run!


Yep..that's 4...How do you expect to win in that 
climate and atmosphere down by two scores handing 
them the ball?

We have to tighten things up!

We got ourselves a GAMER in Kizer!

Red-Shirt Freshman...Down by 14, on the road in 
that rain, with that wind...

Yeah he had the one pick...he also SHREDDED Clemson 
in the second half and led the team in rushing!

Show me another RSF QB that could throw for over 300 
yards in that environment...Think ANYTHING can 
rattle this kid now?

Sure he missed a few passes, but if the ones that hit 
our receivers in the hands were caught?

He'd have had a 400 yard night and still be celebrating!

The youth is starting to believe!
CJ is gonna be SPECIAL not just returning kicks!
Wait and see if he's not thrown into the mix on O
pretty soon! 
The Freshman class is starting to get in their groove!

This is not just the "WILL FULLER" show anymore!

Hunter and Brown are stepping up!

Brown showed Clemson SPEED they've not 
seen in years last night!

Look my IRISH family...This was just a bad night
and the sleeping giant woke 6 mins too late!

It's far from over...This team will fight, and they 
will learn from this, and they will continue their 
journey next week by sinking Navy...

So hug your kids, tell your neighbor to kiss 
your ass if he gives you crap and wait...cause there's 
a lot of football to be played!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

False Evidence Assumed Real....FEAR! GO IRISH!

Few years back I was in New York on business, 
at the end of each work day I'd avoid the normal 
"tell me how great you are" dinners, and escape 
to the streets with another broker I'd known for years.

We were drawn to the energy of the city, the stories and
characters that littered the streets...

One night in Times Square we ventured upon a street performer
dazzling people with the old, "Sleight of hand"

He was good, and was earning due to his technique, and
ability to convince his prey of almost EXACTLY what 
he wanted them to think...

Sleight of hand 
(also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain) 
is hand methods and finger techniques used 
by performing artists in many art forms to 
entertain or manipulate.

Just when you thought you had his number...He'd 
hit ya!...BAM!....Doubt!

Doubt is a very powerful emotion...It controls almost
every aspect of our lives due to it's close proximity to 
another emotion...called FEAR!

See that's what the talking heads have attempted to 
do ALL SEASON...Put FEAR in our heads!

They are hoping, when we aren't looking, the "Sleight of hand" 
can strike and make us forget common knowledge by using FEAR!


We are playing Clemson...not "2014 Clemson" with one
of the top Defenses in the country...

Not "Sammy Watkins" Clemson that dismantled 
Ohio $tate!

But..."2015 Clemson"....That's a different tiger!

Here's what I'm trying to figure out...

Why should we have "FEAR"

                                  Who is Clemson...Wait who is the 2015 Clemson?

 First, they started the season returning 11 starters overall!
So almost 50% of the team we saw last year is gone!

Then they lost Williams!
(their version of Will Fuller)
Then they lost their starting D tackle Reader!

So less than 50% of the 2014 team is still intact!

What have they done? 
Vs the 73rd Strength of Schedule!

Beat Appy State? 
But only sacked them once!
Appy State sacked Clemson 3 times!
Appy rushed for over 200 yards!
Turned the ball over...

Beat Wolford? 

Beat Louisville!
Uh...a 1-3 team that couldn't even 
beat the hot mess called Auburn?
Louisville has ONE win vs Samford!
Clemson won by 3 pts!!!

I'd look up their Defense and Offensive stats 
for you but why??? 
Look who they'e played!

Their D has give up scores 100% of the time teams 
have reached their red-zone!

I'm trying to figure out the "FEAR" in this equation!

Teach me??? Explain to me how we are going to lose
this game? 

Hell...I feel like I'm watching 
a"Common Core Math" presentation!

Help me understand how the top NFL draft analysts 
in the country look at this game and say...

McShay & Kiper-"Top 150 draft eligible 
players, there are 10 playing in the Notre Dame
vs Clemson game...ALL ten are from ND!"

Explain to me how this is not a "re-make" of the
Oklahoma vs Notre Dame game from 2012!

 Cause that's what I'm seeing!

I see a Notre Dame team doing what they 
do, and wearing down the tigers!

We are going to line up and go at the Tigers!

ND's O line average 6'5 322
Clemson D line averages 6'2 280!

I pray that our boys feel disrespected!

Other than the game when we lost our
                                       STARTING QUARTERBACK we've
done nothing but hand people their ASSES!

This game is more than just Clemson vs Notre Dame!

This game is about RESPECT!

It's about shutting those IDIOTS up!

It's about showing EVERYONE that this team plays 
with NO FEAR!

They know how good they can be if they just do their job!

Come Sunday morning...When we wake up, and look at the 
TV...We'll hear the same old story..."I think we underestimated
the losses Clemson has suffered to the NFL draft, they 
are just not as good as we thought." 

And you know what...KEEP THINKING that!

Keep giving Notre Dame NO CREDIT!

The job Brian Kelly has done at Notre Dame
and the talent sitting in that locker room is not
a "sleight of hand" trick!

We'll take your disrespect! 

And transform the 
"False Evidence Assumed Real" 
into WINS!

So pour yourself your favorite spirt and 
enjoy the show Saturday night!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Not really sure what to make of this....GO IRISH!

Ever have something come to you so easy that it
frightened ya? 

Just every piece of a puzzle came falling into place, 
to the extent that you just couldn't believe it 
was happening? 

A good friend of mine YEARS ago went to Vegas.
He was there during a business convention, and being 
one of the only single people spent a lot of time in the 
casino and the casino bar....

Now he's my boy, but not exactly the "Don Juan" of
our social circle...  As the night went on and the 
spirits started to affect him, he became a bit...let's say
brave.  Brave to the point of approaching a young 
lady sitting at the end of the bar...

Well to his surprise his wooing of the young female
went surprisingly well, and one thing lead to another,
and an evening of monkey business ensued. 

But after the festivities, as he laid there with this beautiful
specimen on his arm, staring at the ceiling, doubt started to creep 
into his head...and he started to wonder.."Why was that so easy?"

That's what the Texas game left me with in my gut!

And the question kept coming to me..."Why was that so easy?" 

We were SURROUNDED with Burnt Orange!

Very gracious people..of course they were in our house,
and taking a colossal ass kicking...but was it was too easy?

I glanced up at the score board for my traditional 
pic and a hand flew in, as I was snapping the picture
  it started to turn into..."Are we this good?"

That's a question best answered at the end of every week 
until seasons end...."Are we this good?" 

I mean we did what we were supposed to do to 
a six win regular season team!

It's not like they were in the game at any time!

Hell, if we'd have been losing at any point that 
would've have been cause for concern! 

But we weren't..and sadly this game 
came at a severe cost to us!
Exit right, Folston joins Jarron, with a season ending injury.

Welcome to college football Mr. Adams, and in 
dominant fashion!

5 carries...average 10 yards per carry, 
and two touchdowns!

First freshmen since Darius Walker to accomplish
such a feat!

This week we will take the next step answering the 
question of "Are we this good?" 

I know this video has ZERO to do with the game
and even less to do with being a "cavalier" but 
I just couldn't get it outta my head!!!

It's what I picture when I think "Cavalier"

So who is Virginia

2014 was a hard year for the Cavalier faithful..

They finished 5-7...

Richmond Spiders? 
Kent State? 

North Carolina 
Georgia Tech..BADLY
Va Tech

Now they lost 4 games by a combined 20 points!

But squeaked out 2 of their wins by a combined 7

But here is their real issue..that FIVE win 
team isn't there anymore, due to returning 

Hence why they got MAN HANDLED by UCLA
and a freshmen QB!

34-9 with 3 minutes left in the game! 

It wasn't close! 

So it's safe to say I see why Notre Dame is favored 
by more over Virginia than they were Texas!

So this game for me is about taking the next...


I wanna see MORE of Josh Adams and Dex Williams!

I wanna see Cage and Tillery compete!

I wanna see the O-Line, do what they want, when 
they want!!

I wanna see the Defense continue to SMOTHER their
opponent the way they should!

I wanna see Zaire BUILD upon the confidence
that the Texas & LSU games should have instilled in him!

But I wanna see a team that takes NO ONE for granted, 
and competes from kick off to victory formation for 
60 minutes straight!

SHOW ME, we are this good!

SHOW ME, the depth we've built!

SHOW ME, how your gonna build upon these
games and get ready for the gauntlet that
is ahead for the IRISH!

Cause when all is said and done...We don't want that 
beautiful female waking up telling us how much we 
owe her, cause it was "Too easy!" 


Here's to my "friends" at Blue Gray Sky "Polo Grounds"... LOL 

I'll tip one to you guys in my home pub,
 you were "blowing" my blog up!

Great Article!!! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Just when I thought I was out....YOU PULLED ME BACK IN! GO IRISH!

Sometimes in life our  feelings have double meanings, 
we can say one thing then COMPLETELY go the other direction!

That's why I've always been a "Follow my actions...not my 
words" kinda guy.

I was out...I was outta the "blogging" business...due to 
weird little message board heroes that would actually 
get mad at me if we'd lose...?

Some went as far as using other friends message 
board names to post stories about me that were...
Don't get me wrong..very entertaining but about as 
accurate as a North Korean motivation video!

Then the "FANDOM" of Notre Dame got me also!

The trials and tribulations of rooting for a program 
that actually respects the game and has a moral compass! 

The icing on this cake was the insane HOPE!

That we'd actually have a selection committee that 
would change the ethics of an already corrupt system!

We traded the devil we knew (BCS) for the devil 
we had no idea about...

I thought..."NOW we will finally come closer 
to leveling the playing field!..."  We will eliminate 
the ability to "cupcake" your way to games you don't 
deserve to play in!!

No more beating up on San Jose State and thinking your 
earning your spot...

And....REALITY sunk in... We have athletic directors  that get 
"revenue" sharing on the committee.. We have ESPN
saying small "Christian" schools don't "travel well"...

I kinda thought we might have a problem, when Archie
Manning wanted NO PART of the job...

And here we are...Same place we started...Looking 
at the real selection committee...

So...I'll focus on what I care about...NOTRE DAME!

I'll focus on the team that can show the country that 
you dont' have to cut those corners...

You dont' have to 
cupcake that schedule!

When a player screws up...You can punish him, 
because you care about player enough to punish him!

You can graduate young men and prepare them 
for the world..even if that world is in a boardroom and 
not on a football field!

You can set the standard, and who knows...Maybe others
will take notice and follow? 

Maybe the committee will notice and realize, what the sport is, 
and why it was created...

But hey..."You may say I'm a dreamer...
But I'm not the only one!" LOL

I'm done...On to the WEEK AT HAND!

On to THE 2015 Notre Dame FIGHTING IRISH!

On to....What's for dinner!

BEVO courtesy  of Texas.

Okay...So who is Texas

First let me say I have respect for Charlie Strong
I thing he's cleaning up the program and respects 
the game...With that being said he's gonna need a few
 more seasons to get it back to "Mack Brown" type play!

2014 Texas was a 6-7 team

There were glimpses of the W over WVU.

But there were more harsh realities that made the Longhorn
faithful I'm sure have nightmares at night..

Now granted they played a pretty brutal SOS!

West Virginia was BY FAR their best win!

Followed by:
North Texas?
Kansas Weis-Hawks?
Iowa State? 3? 
Texas Tech who couldn't stop air? 
Oklahoma State

Okay..who were the losses?

Arkansas...really badly.
K-State...shut out.
Oklahoma..respectable showing!
UCLA..respectable showing!
BYU..really badly

It was a rough year...they were just not in A LOT of games!

They return 13 starters, that has I do believe turned into 11
due to injuries...and will be throwing 3-4 TRUE freshmen
at a very veteran Notre Dame team...


Ranked 106th in Scoring offense
Ranked 98th in Rushing offense
Ranked 88th in passing offense

So it's safe to say that they are not great on that 
side of the ball and have struggled to find a QB!

Ranked 31st in Scoring defense
Ranked 59th in rushing defense 
Ranked 11th in passing defense

So..more respectable, but in their losses they 
average giving up over 31st per game...

I think what we will see Saturday is two ICONIC 
programs in different stages of development...

Your gonna see a "healthy" Notre Dame defense that
averaged allowing 12 pts per game until the injury bug 
set in...

Your gonna see depth...speed and players familiar 
with a system that isn't new to them.

Your gonna see a single caller who understands his 
role, and the success he can have vs ANY DEFENSE
if he just does his job...he's 1 of 11 and he 
just needs to play within that system!

We saw "average" QB play can win
championships last season...

We will see an O-Line that will make NFL scouts
set up and take notice...And a running back benefiting 
from that chemistry..

We will see a wide receiver core that has no weak link..that
can hurt you in multiple ways... 
No more.."We got Floyd and everyone else." 

We will see the best Linebacker in the game flying 
around like a tiger on a wounded gazelle!

You'll see a secondary that is opportunistic and hungry!

You'll see scheme and stunts, and stunts and scheme
from VanGorder!

Your gonna see the future of Notre Dame football Saturday!

The range and skill of Alize Jones.
The speed and size of Equanimeous St.Brown.
The elusiveness of CJ Sanders!

The precision of Justin Yoon...
You will see what it's taken Brian Kelly years to 

And it's gonna be one hell of a show!

So sit back say a prayer for health and happiness of
our players and watch them UNLEASH HELL on 
the Longhorns!


***Just a "friendly reminder"..these are my "opinions"
this was written not for the "War and Peace" crowd so 
I'm sure there are grammar issues...
Guess what...I DON'T CARE!

If you don't like it...go read about Caitlyn Jenner

Friday, November 14, 2014

Quick look...over on the grassy knoll.... GO IRISH!

****This is me ranting a bit***
***I'm not real happy right now***

Enjoy the show!

Let's say you walk into a McDonalds 
next week, you meet the counter worker
and the two of you just don't hit it off!

After struggling to get your order, he kinda
gives you some lip and you return it with a 
not so favorable comment on why he's 
working at Micky Ds at forty years old!

Your "special" order Big Mac comes  
off the grill with an extra ingredient fresh 
from the mouth of your new friend...

Do you sue him?...The Ten dollar an hour
counter worker...or do you blame Ronald and 
his Golden Arches?

You sue the company!

Now...The company is run much like a team.
Each aspect of that team has a job to perform and 
when a person breaks down on their specific 
mission that day, the ENTIRE team fails!

But only McDonalds gets the lawsuit!

We've taken a kid and blamed him almost 
like a "patsy" for all the errors, regardless 
of if they are his fault or not!

Why?...He's the quarterback for

And that position comes with ALL the 
credit when things go good!

And ALL the blame when they don't!

Hell, there were idiots calling for a back up 
that hasn't had ONE COLLEGE pass 
attempt to be put in the game!

Of course...That was BEFORE the
O-Line woke up and gave Golson the time
to rattle off 28 unanswered points and 
get ND back from 34-3 to 34-31!

A "TEAM" is just that...pieces working 
together achieve a goal!

Like a car engine...If you turn the key on 
a V8, and 2 spark plugs are firing your 
gonna know about it RIGHT AWAY!

Why do you blame a QB for allowing a 
blind side shot to cause a fumble? 

"Oh..he should have "felt" the pressure!" 

Shut up!

Let me punch you in the back of the 
head, and then blame you for not
"feeling" it coming!

How about calling a 3 step drop slant?

Who's fault is it when the ENTIRE offense
knows you called a 3 step slant...That 99% of 
the time is gonna go to the EXACT 
same WR...And you don't block your man,
and keep him from jumping DIRECTLY 
into the pass... 


What am I missing here?

Now look I'm not saying that NOTHING 
is Golson's fault, but making him the 
blame for EVERY issue is like 
blaming Obama for a local mayor
embezzling from the playground
fund...And I blame Obama for A LOT!

FSU was a horrific loss!
And don't get me wrong, I'm as mad at the 
inconsistency of refs as you are!

But this game STUNG TWICE as hard,
cause we lost to an inferior team!

We allowed a team, that if we play them ten 
more times, we win 9!



You eliminate these STUPID mistakes 
and I'll put ND up against any team in the 

Hell, we played like complete trash for an ENTIRE 
half of the game, and still were in a position to win!

And not against a 500 team, or a team 
that won't even be bowl eligible!

Which takes me to the next topic that's on 
my angry mind!


We lose to the current what No.3 and No. 6 
team in the country and we are 18th??

We beat's nothing!
But to Oregon is a statement win!

We are 18th in the country...But we are
the "signature" impressive W for 
ASU and FSU??? 

No. 9 beats no. 10 on the road and we 
drop 8 spots?

But no. 8 losses to no. 14 at home and 
drops 4 spots?

FSU gets jumped by a team that lost 
at home to an UNRANKED team
while FSU is still UNDEFEATED!

Strength of Schedule???
Which was supposed to be a HUGE factor 
in all of this has been tossed out the window!

It's the BCS with less members!

It's the "Schedule a 2 game season, and if you
can win one of the the two we will make you top 

This thing is a joke!
Got me feeling like I'm in a bad SNL skit!

I got no idea which way is up!

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

They are FORCING ND's hand to join a 
conference, and if you can't see the flaws in 
this current system after just three weeks...

So...I'm gonna end with this...Drink'em if 
ya got'em!

Smoke'em if you want'em!

Cause the last thing we have is a unbiased panel 
helping determine the National Championship race!

AND NO!!! I'm not breaking down a match up 
with a 3-6 Northwestern team that 
Michigan beat!

Give me a damn break!



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rattle the GUN!...Establish the RUN! GO IRISH!

There's a HUGE difference between
those who have 
and those who are still 

The Florida State game gave a few of us, and
also a few of the players I'd say, the sense that
Notre Dame had ARRIVED this season!

But at the end of the young as this program is,
we are still ARRIVING!

This Notre Dame team is not a machine yet!

They are not ready to just show up and win!

They are still a work in progress, and the beautiful 
part of all this is...The Navy Game was 
PERFECT timing!

It was perfect in the sense that it "tempered" expectations 
and attitudes within a locker room.  To a team that was being 
told, "You just pushed around the National Champs"
by every sports reporter in the country!

We needed that "reality" check, that
moment of clarity so to speak, to bring us 
back to realizing that there are four 
more fights ahead of us!

The joy this brought to me, was I sat and 
watched a game that should have been 59 to 29!

But what would that have done? 

The "noise" got to our boys a bit!

The "noise" got to all of us!'s up to us to make our own NOISE!

For me this season is a time of reflection!
First thing I've learned is...DAMN do we have
one of the BEST coaches in the entire 

Let's start with Spring Ball
Here's who is no longer able to
play due to injury!


Now heres who is not able to 
play, because ND follows the 


Now Here's who we graduated

So...that's 10 Starters to graduation!

And down 11 on our current roster?'s like we are on scholarship restrictions!
And we are 7-1!!!

So...take it easy!

Realize that this team is playing at a

In February I said that this class was the best 
class Kelly had signed since he arrived at ND!

I took a lot of flack off that comment!

I had message board idiots saying I was crazy!

That 5 losses this season was a minimum!

Well...Have you see the freshmen STUDS 
emerging on a weekly basis? 


And next on that list, ready to let the college 
football universe know his name? 

This's gonna be about reaction!

This week is about speed!

This week is about what the FUTURE
of the IRISH will look like!


Now for any of you that think the college football
God's never shine on Notre Dame.

I give you opportunity no. 1 to give the 
playoff committee something to think 

So what's the no.9 team in the country look like?

They are 7-1
The big thing that sticks out to me is the 
INCREDIBLE amount of luck that has 
helped ASU get to 7-1!

Who have they beat?
Weber State
Whoever that is? 

New Mexico
LOL...I know!

Yeah..they still have a team!

1st INCREDIBLE bit of luck!

Washington's gonna take awhile to make 
them look like they are playing on 
blue turf! 


Utah had to miss TWO...TWO chip field 
goals to hand this game to ASU!
The Utah that lost to WSU!

Now...their loss? 
Who just completely WOODSHEDED 
them at HOME!

Now...they've played a good 

On Defense they are...Decent!
Rush D they are 88th in the country!
Allowing about 180 yards per game!

Pass D they are 36th!
Allowing 205 yards per game!

So their D gives up on average 400 
yards per game!

So scoring shouldn't be an issue!

They are 44th Rush offense!
Almost 200 yard per game!

They are 23rd in passing Offense!
Almost 300 yards per game!
That explains the high scoring games!

They score A LOT!

They allow A LOT of scoring! 

Rattle the GUN!
Establish the RUN!

Those of you that have followed my work for 
awhile will recognize this title from 2012!

This was the same title for the Oklahoma Blog!

Why?...This game has all the same type of 
feeling as that game!

Under-dogs on the road!
A game that will show the country that
Notre Dame is emerging!

We will RATTLE the GUN with 

We will establish the RUN with 

Kelly is a good QB...He understands 
Graham's system and operates it to a T!

But...You can shake him!

You can rattle him!
The X FACTOR in this game?


He's gonna confuse...and rattle Kelly ALL NIGHT!

The first three games of the season:
Kelly=Sacked 3 times!

Kelly injuries his ankle!
Last 2 games?
Kelly=Sacked 11 times!

He's gonna bring the noise to Kelly!

He's gonna show him things that he's never seen before!

This defense is now YOUTH...on top of YOUTH
on top of SPEED..on top of AGGRESSION!

We've seen teams attempt to pressure Golson....
                                              Ask Syracuse how that worked out for them!

This game is about what team is gonna be standing when 
the smoke clears...Cause make no mistake...

Arizona State is no. 9 right now cause they've 
gotten VERY LUCKY!

Notre Dame is NOT number 2 because of this!
That flag remains in the pocket of that idiot!

The IRISH are no. 2 in the country and 
Golson is your front runner for Heisman!