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Saturday, December 31, 2011

If it seems like we are walking in circles....RELAX!... There's progress ahead!

Relax...it's just an illusion!

Started the season losing to a Florida team that 
we clearly should have beat...TURNOVERS!

Finished the season losing to a Florida team that
we clearly should have beat.. TURNOVERS!

Wasn't too long ago we had back to back BCS 
appearances (without being connected to an NCAA 
violation or cash...etc) and we were headed in the 
right direction..... Weren't we?

In the heart of the fan...yeah!
To the rational...NO!

The Weis years taught us that you can't win without Defense.

Not at any level!

Now we are turning the corner with ELITE Defensive
talent....we have the BIG BOY'S on both lines 
not just coming in but dominating!...and?

We are missing a BIG puzzle piece!


A HERO!

A quarterback....a playmaker...a leader!...

Now before you crucify Tommy Ree's....and glorify a kid that 
hasn't taken a snap in college as the messiah....and curse Kelly..

A little game of Multiple Choice!...

1. 2871 yards 65.5% completion 20 TD's 14 Picks

2. 2056 yards 56.6% completion 18 TD's 14 Picks

3.4463 yards 63.3% completion 29 TD's 15 Picks

Now the answer...
1. Tommy Rees
2. Denard Robinson
3. Laundry Jones

Coach Kelly made a mistake with the whole "Dayne Crist"
situation, but at the end of the day he
did what he thought was the safe bet....

With that being said...I do hope that Tommy has started
 his last game for NOTRE DAME!

It's time to get Andrew Hendrix reps...and Get Everette Golson
up to speed...and then choose your starter....
and regardless of the first 2 or 3 series STICK WITH HIM!

"Well Florida did it with Leak and Tebow!"

Let's get one thing clear...and this is not a love fest!

TEBOW is a once in a lifetime player!....

PERIOD!

You can't make that magic twice...just look at the season after he left...

Did Urban make Tebow...or did Tebow make Urban!

Florida FELL apart without Tebow...still had Urban!

Now a lot of you are upset...and rightfully so...

But you better relax and give the man a chance to do his job...

Because the future?...Well is not...

It's gonna be tough!....but you know what?

GOOD!

 You wanna be a big boy....play a big boy schedule!...
This is what a lot of teams base their entire program around 
avoiding, by saying...

"We're keeping the money in the state!" 
or
"It's good exposure to play Citadel and get into the south!"

Excuses...lead to being soft...lead to SEC type of beatings!



 Navy (Dublin, Ireland) ****Clearly winnable!

 PURDUE *****Clearly winnable (unless you choke vs them like A LOT of teams)

 at Michigan State ******Tough D...Grad Cousins and most playmakers on O


MICHIGAN  ******Gonna be a dog fight...will this be the season we don't hand the game to them?

 Open Date


 MIAMI (Soldier Field, Chicago) *****Winnable....New QB.... Turmoil form top to bottom

 STANFORD ****About to return to the Stanford of old...their "Luck" has run it's course

 BYU ***Clearly winnable

 at Oklahoma *****DOG FIGHT!.... number 1 toughest game of the year...roll in 7-0 and expect Game Day!

 PITTSBURGH ******Clearly Winnable

at Boston College ******Clearly Winnable

 WAKE FOREST  ******Clearly Winnable

at USC *****The Conclusion!....Let's ruin USC's year!.... Winnable but a Dog fight!


This Ship is headed in the right direction...not to say 
the water won't be rough...but manageable!

We return a TON of elite playmakers....

We have our stable of running backs...with our 
1000 yard rusher returning...

Eifert will be back...with 2nd string TE's better 
than 99% of your starters elsewhere!

We will have one of the best D lines in the country...Working
off of what will for sure be a dominate O line!

With LB's behind them that react and hit like trucks!

Slaughter will become the commander of the secondary...and 
make no mistake...SPEED at the corners!

You can fix experience with SPEED...you can't fix speed
with experience!...

So at the end of the day....
WE ARE:
Recruiting on both sides of the ball better...
Developing talent better...
Modernizing the program...
and Kelly is the reason!

We just need to know....who's gonna be 
The SUPERMAN?

or


Gonna be one HELL of a 2012!

Happy New Year and GOD BLESS!

GO IRISH!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the night before Christmas....GO IRISH!


Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the crib...
The Irish fans were drooling....we might need a bib!

The Recruits were committed to Kelly with care..
While visions of Championships were soon to be there...

When across the TV came such a clatter...
I shot to the web, to see what was the matter...

Our bowl vs FSU, was the topic of the day...
Lou Holtz said "a win"...and "a loss" said Mark May...



We stand in a quandary a no win situation...
Beat the Seminoles...and their program?.. 
Is in desperation!

But have the Irish lose?...A win we both need...
All ESPN will say...is Florida had too much speed!..

So as I watched the moon on the breast of 
new-fallen snow..
It gave clarity to the direction the IRISH must go!

A new face, some fresh legs...to add to the mix...

A Elf with some attitude...named
ANDREW HENDRIX..

More rapid than eagles his teammates they came, 
 He'd audible and yell and call them by name...

"Now, Wood! now, Tyler! now,Floyd and Riddick!

On, Toma! On Manti! On,Tuitt and Lynch!

On Stephon and Ethan...with Big Nix, as mad as the Grinch!

To the top of the rankings was all they desire...
With determination of rock, and fists made of fire!

The future was bright...the cupboards no longer bare...
With reinforcements like Greenberry and Shepard
on their way there!


To all the Irish Family say thanks to Saint Nick...

Coach Kelly has it under control...
Swarbrick made the right pick...

With the BCS on our hearts and talent to fight...

Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!



Merry Christmas and God Bless!
GO IRISH!




















Friday, December 16, 2011

The Chips are about to start falling!.... GO IRISH!

Get ready boys and girls of all ages!...
Brian Kelly is about to flow through with another KILLA finish 
to this years recruiting class!..

Gonna be fun!...
First things first....
He's BACK!...
Feel Free to click on this link above...
Ya see back in August BEFORE the season started I said:
" I will not go into detail about how I know this...but expect to see this guy in Ireland to play NAVY!...."
And all the little bloggers....chatroom tough guys
Obsessive nerd weirdos...all WENT CRAZY...
We'll...YOU'RE WELCOME!

This season was an interesting one...At times I felt like we were turning the corner
only go flying off the cliff the next week!

Coach Kelly is taking on quite the task...
He's trying to do it ethically in an unethical time...

Around every corner there's another salesman!
Another sales pitch.... shinny gold promises
 that don't include a 4 year 
scholarship, but a one year SEC tryout!

Coaches covering things up...while $500 handshakes get passed out like 
free baseballs at Wrigley!
Coaches telling kid's..
"You should come here!...You can't fail...even if you 
you don't even try to pass...you will!"

We wonder why? 
Because that's what the landscape has become...
I don't care if you can read or write...can ya run a 4.4?

But it's about to change!....
Coach Kelly is bringing EDUCATION back...
He's bringing in a new generation of Fighting Irish...
Guy's who hit like this....

But when they talk, sound like this...

They exist...but some of them need convinced..

IT'S WORTH THE BATTLE!

IT'S WORTH THE SACRIFICE!

IT'S ABOUT LIFE...
Playing football and after!


Times are changing...
Kids are getting smarter and smarter...
They are doing their research...
And they are thinking about the future!

Your still gonna have your dipsh@ts here and there..

Who will stay in whatever town they played in, happy making forty
 five grand a year to coach O line for spoiled rich kids..
Or jump on the radio stoking your over rated local team...
Or sell Hondas talking about the last CO-Championship they shared!

It's about doing it right...It's about turning 
left, when everybody else is turning right...

It's about setting a standard...a line in the sand!

A line you DO NOT CROSS!

Notre Dame is about what's right in college football...

And make no mistake...
You CAN have DOMINATION
with EDUCATION!


GO IRISH and GOD BLESS!


Monday, November 28, 2011

What's it gonna be?


8-4
Not what I expect....
Things could have been worse...true!...
Things could have been better...true!...

We gave away a few games...
We showed up and played really good halves in certain games...
 But at the end of the day...I didn't see a game we "couldn't" have won!

It's been a while since I could say that!...

IMPROVEMENT
check...Ton's of it!
First 1000 yard Rusher since 06'...and an ACL away 
from having 2!

Our offense can score on whoever you put in front of us and
our defense can compete with any team we play!

We averaged over 30 points a game on offense!
While holding our opponents to under 20...

Our Defense can win games for us!...
When have you heard that in the past 10 years?

Brian Kelly needs time!

We answered a lot of questions this season...and created 
a lot of questions!

Question 1 QB?
That is a big one!... In my "humble",( don't laugh at that) 
opinion we are an elite QB away from being one of the most 
dangerous teams in the country on offense...

But we cannot be a one trick pony!

ANDREW HENDRIX
Runs hard...passes like a bullet...and seems to 
have a WAY better grasp of the offense than some 
would have thought!
He moved the ball well against Stanford and gave the line time 
to slow down the rush enough to get the receivers into space!

He adds an element that the other team must respect...
If you drop 8 he'll gouge ya for 10 yards with his feet...if you blitz, 
he'll roll outta the pocket and accurately throw down field!...

This is what College Football has become!...
If you are a pro style QB....better hope you survive to hit 
the pros!


EVERETT GOLSON
WARNING: before you watch this realize 
you might not sleep tonight!
For what Golson lacks in size he makes up for in SPEED..
He's hard to get ahold of and very slippery in the open field..

His arm is amazing...but he's not seen college action other than 
scout team practice!...but he's special!...
and 6'1...

This is without talking recruiting...Unless you're signed
and on campus you're up for grabs!...

Question 2 DBs?

This was supposed to be one of our UNGODLY strengths this 
season...Didn't turn out that way at times...

RJ had a solid season and will get drafted....Gary 
Gray is another story...he had great moments and he had 
games like the UM game...hard to watch!..
He'll have his shot in the legue...

Harrison Smith...Come on...he's in!

Who's next?
Bennett Jackson is gonna be special!
Might be our best open field tackler on the team!

We have Motta-Slaughter to anchor the safety!

Now...who's gonna step up?
Lo Wood-Jalen Brown-Josh Atkinson-
We got depth...but little experience!

I'm not too concerned about the D line or the O line!
GOD it feels good to say that!


Looks like a murders row!
And you wanna talk rotation...
ISHAQ...
Rabassa...Springman...Councel...
Niklas...Houndshell...etc...
FRESH MEAN LEGS!

And on the O line next season...the debut of 
THE MARTIN BROTHERS!


So we got some questions....
We got some answers.... 
We just need more discipline...
Less mistakes....
More commitment...
More ANGRY play....
and no more of this...
Last thing we want is for you to pull an URBAN and have
 a heart attack!


Because remember....At the end of the day this is 
NOTRE DAME and we are the mecca!...

We are the standard, and the goal of all that is good
 and right in college football...
We were here before, and will be here after...
 You can try and tear us down, but we 
will always rise up from the ashes!

Why....
WE ARE 
NOTRE DAME
BITCH!

GOD BLESS and GO IRISH!

See ya when the bowl is announced!




Friday, November 25, 2011

Just waiting on our moment!.... The odds are on our side!...


Appreciation
It's something we all feel good when we receive, but all too often is seldom and far in between the criticism and negativity of the every day world!

With this being Thanksgiving Week...I thought I'd hand out a few thanks!

Michael Floyd
You brought your talents to THE University of Notre Dame and at a time when the light of the program was flickering but not burning hot...and for that I thank you!
It's been a pleasure watching you and seeing what you've become...
It's one of those situations where I can look at it and say.
Did we need Michael Floyd?
Or did Michael Floyd need what Notre Dame would make him,
and I'm not talking about a better wide receiver...but a man...


Coach Brian Kelly
I'm not gonna list all the good things he's done...
For the simple fact of...if you can't see them then your too 
stupid to read the list I'd create!


Urban Meyer
My thanks is first and foremost for not coming to the
 University of Notre Dame...
Not because you're not a good coach...but for realizing that your health will not allow you 
to be the coach you used to be,
and not taking us down that road.
I can't think of a better program, if there is any truth 
to all these rumors, to take a job at...
My only hope is that the unrealistic expectations of a decent program
 thinking they are big 
boys doesn't take the final shred of health you have
 left and leave your family without you!

Now...on to the topic at hand!

The "almost" certain 
HEISMAN Trophy Winner 
ANDREW LUCK and the 
The number 4 Stanford Cardinal!

This is one of "those" games...an opportunity to make a statement...
To silence critics...and to show the direction of the program!

So what's it gonna be?

We play this game right after the MSU game...no problem...
Now with our injuries....Flip a coin!

We are due!...I watch a lot of college football....and at the end 
of the day the one thing that amazes me is the "moment" games...

There is a saying...It's better to be lucky than good!

Well it's been AWHILE since the "luck" of the Irish has
graced the Irish with it's presence!

The "luck" plays that determine the victor!... 
This season there has been a ton!

Missed field goals!...
Turnovers at crucial moments....

The DENARD nerf football bomb that cost us a game!...

Braxton Miller's prayer pass vs Wisconsin!
The 5 turnovers that allowed Wake Forrest to beat FSU!

Oklahoma not realizing that Texas Tech was gonna come 
to play that night...

The PURE LUCK MOMENTS!...

They happen EVERY SEASON...

But I just can't remember when they've happend to us!

For us, every victory is earned....Every loss deserved!

WE ARE DUE FOR ONE OF THESE!...
Will it be this week?...or the bowl?

Stay tuned!...but we are due fellas!

Notre Dame get's your best shot!....there is no such thing as 
playing the University of Notre Dame and not 
being PUMPED up for the game!...

Playing Notre Dame is what Grandfathers tell grandchildren about...
It's what old men talk about at McDonalds at 6am over and over again
to all their retired friends....We are the MEMORY!

So...Do I think Stanford will not be "emotionally" ready!...
Are you F-ing crazy?

This is hide your children....put the dog out....
THROW EVERYTHING AT THEM kinda game!


When I first started doing financial work years ago a mentor told me that the 
stock market was like throwing spagetti against the wall...

You just have to hope some sticks!...


This is the best way I can explain our game plan for Saturday vs the number 
4 team in the country!...
Look, the blueprint on how to stop our Offense is out!...

If you can apply pressure with 3...and drop 8...
We are not gonna score a hole lotta points...and most 
likely Rees is gonna mistake one of your defenders for one of 
our receivers and throw a PICK!...

So what are we gonna do?

Are we gonna....


Or talk about what "coulda" been?...

I know the odds are not with us....Vegas thinks they should spot us a TD!...

But at some point....at some time...

We deserve our moment!

We've put in the time to earn...our LUCK!..

And we are willing to meet Karma half way by throwing EVERYTHING
at the Stanford Cardinal!...

So what's it gonna be?

Let's make'em believers!

GOD BLESS AND GO IRISH!


Friday, November 18, 2011

It's about to come CRASHING DOWN!.... Get your shades ready... The Future is bright!

STABILITY
 :not easily moved or disturbed
:Not subject to sudden or extreme change or fluctuation
:Having no known mode of decay; indefinitely long-lived.
a house built on stable ground; a stable platform 
has no reason to be rebuilt.

This is what every program strives for...and in the current landscape
 of college football is very hard to accomplish.

This is what Brian Kelly is doing slowly but surely 
at The University of Notre Dame.

In the past weeks we've talked about what Coach Kelly has done to 
bring stability to the team...

Offense....CHECK
Defense....CHECK
Special Teams....CHECK
Recruiting...CHECK

If you haven't seen improvement in these areas....then you
like to bitch more than watch!

Now those are the easy things to see....but what's not easy 
is perception...

The court of public opinion!...

Years ago if you saw this...you thought Football Greatness...

Now you think...Murder?

OJ Simpson...Bill Clinton..and Jim Tressel walk into a bar...

Sounds like a good joke doesn't it?

But this is what can happen in todays society....QUICKLY!

Your reputation is only as good as your last news article!

We have not been news for years!...

When nobody was looking our articles have gone away...

We hired the wrong guys, for the wrong reasons, and got
all the wrong results...

Bob....Played D...
Ty...Golfed...
Charlie....well, Charlie really liked Charlie!

Coach Kelly understands this "brand" is not what it used to be...
You can't say..."We are ND" and have kid's ready to come!...

The team is day and night better than at anytime in 20 years...

But now...we gotta modernize!...



We gotta customize!...


And personalize!..


Then when the blue hairs aren't paying attention!...

Bring the SWAGG!

The definition of INSANITY
Doing the same thing everyday but expecting different results,
sound familiar?

This coach is not only trying to fix the team....
Get performance...
Win games...

Hey...anybody can cheat....You have to be "special" 
to do it the "legit" way!


Now the Coach's next battle...
 Take us and put us in the minds of the youth of America that weren't alive to 
remember the dominance!...

This is the resurrection of greatness.... The return of the King!...

And Coach Kelly is at the helm stacking bodies!..


Let us not forget....
We haven't even seen the majority of the BIG BOYS Kelly recruited..

Ben Councell-Matt Hegarty-Davaris Daniels-Anthony Rabassa

The list continues...and continues!...

Next step...BOSTON COLLEGE!

After that?...There is no after that!...

Take care of business this weekend...then worry about the next!...

This is where we are....Coach Kelly knows where 
we want to be....and the players are hearing the call!


GOD BLESS AND GO IRISH!...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Running on fumes!... SKELETON CREW!....

Okay...let's be honest!....
Notre Dame would be getting better EVERY game, if we were not a jigsaw puzzel missing some pieces!

We are a Skeleton Crew brother!

Cave-out for year
Kapron-out for year
Filer-out for year
Riddick-hurt
Manti-injured
(remember the Program...Are you hurt or injured?)
Blanton-injured

We are bruised...and baned up!...but 
STILL FIGHTING!

Now let me first of all say...I think we beat Maryland....
I think we beat BC...

I think we can give Stanford a game!....
That game could be called- UPSET...or that game could be called
-Beat the red headed kid next door in the head!...

Injuries will determine that!...KEY INJURIES!...

It's oddly like last season...
With the exception of NO BLOW OUT LOSSES!...
So last year...beaten up...injured...KEY SENIORS not playing...
4 game winning streak to finish the season!
 One thing is for certain.
BRIAN KELLY CAN COACH!

He has done more with Notre Dame in a season and a half than EVERY COACH 
we've had since Lou Holtz!...

If you can't see that this team is better at EVERY ASPECT of the game...

Then you can't see!...

Offense....Hello 1000 yard rusher...
It's been years since we could be at the 5 min mark of the game, have the ball and say...
"Let's just pound the ball and run out the clock!"

Defense...Really?
When was the last time our defense even mattered?...Be real!...

Special Teams?...
How many years...now I'm talking YEARS, has it been since a team we played kicked away from one of our returners?...
We have a legit scoring machine taking back kickoffs!

Now recruiting?...

Anyone remember the 24 hour span of time?

Tuitt back from GT

Lynch back from FSU

Ishaq at 4am

Golson...from NC!...

I mean people!...RELAX this is what it is...the building of an empire!...

This place rose from nothing and became the center of the college football universe!

And when we weren't looking, someone forgot to tell us to polish the dome!...

We have fallen....been kicked...stomped at times....but we are 
rising from the ashes!... Moving forward...
But in a game of 
inches the rebuilding of an empire comes a brick at a time!...

But the architect has arrived!

Tomorrow vs Maryland could be a win or a loss...

You can't win 9 games till you win 8!

But regardless, the IRISH are moving forward!...

Don't be dumb enough to let your expectations keep you from enjoying the ride!

  
1 brick at a time!....This is the next step!...

GO IRISH 
And God be with the families of the victims of the Penn State tragedy!