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Sunday, February 26, 2012

You called down the thunder...Well now you got it!....GO IRISH!

This is a unique position to be in....No, really!

Think about it a second....We screwed up last season!

We have to admit...We shot ourselves in the foot the
first two games...GAVE away, what should have been 
pretty easy wins!

You play that USF game 100 more times...we win 99!
And the Michigan game?...Please, the only thing missing 
from that gift was a big RED BOW!...

Nobody will EVER be able to determine what those two
gifts cost us in the long run!....Top 5 recruiting class?... Probably!

Now we are backed against the a place we don't wanna be...
Against odds we don't want, and most pu$$ies would dare
 EVER schedule..or they'd be "nuts" to think they would...(get it?)

The 2012 season is a reckoning!'s like Wyatt in Tombstone....

We can get on the train.....or...


We can make our own rules, and play like there is no tomorrow!

Personally, I felt like we should have done a little more 
of this type of play last year...
There is an old stock broker saying....
"You throw enough spagetti against the wall..
Some is bound to stick!"

We have the talent to take some chances!

We have the speed to take some chances!

We have NO expectations next season....NOBODY thinks
we can survive the season...I've seen morons thinking we 
might not make six wins for a bowl?

Same morons said the EXACT same thing about Lou's 88 team!

Look I'm not here to blow smoke up your skirt!

I'm not saying we are bound for an undefeated season...

What I'm saying is our job next season is to defy 
rational thinking...

To win the games we should....keep the BIG games close...
And punish some teams for thinking we can't!...

This is the year that we HAVE to beat the teams nobody thinks
we can!....We have 2 of those games....
Oklahoma and USC!..

This has to be the Missouri year!

This is my state of mind...SHOW ME!...

I know you can recruit...
Two back to back Top 10 Recruiting classes!
Number 1 QB in the nation!
Number 1 overall athlete in the nation!

I know you can develop talent...
Ask Jonas Gray how much he likes Coach Kelly!

This guy didn't exist until Kelly and his staff arrived...
Now he's headed into the first round to be picked by
some lucky NFL team!

Now show me your magic! me coaching...
Show me the reason you were Home Depot Coach of the Year...
Too Funny!...Thanks Brent!

Here's a little tidbit to carry ya over!...

Big Position changes coming!...Some so obvious that 
when you hear it you'll be like..."why didn't I think of that?"

Kelly recruits size....speed....talent!...Now he's mixing 
up playmakers and doing what he can to fill the field with them!
(Think Patriots!)
This guy used to be he's here...and etc....

I'm hearing that Golson is PRIORITY number 1 for study...playbook...reading defenses!....etc..
I've also heard from some DB's that he was THE MAN in practice!..

He just needed some time to develop...the word "freak" 
is used often, and with good reason from what I'm hearing!

Get ready for a certain WR to step up and fill some BIG SHOES!

My favorite part of losing Greenberry is how he was going 
to magically pass up my boy...
DaVaris Daniels!

Daniels has not only been in the weight room 
for a year...but in the playbook for a 
the system for a year...and practicing against 
COLLEGE db's for a year!...
at 6'3 and 205...
This is the new WR for ND!...

This off season is going to go fast and furious!

Longo is KILLING the boys in conditioning right now!

The spring game is just around the corner and with spring 
comes new freshmen hitting the ground in June!

In closing I'll leave you with the...
Jameson Douche Bag of the Week Award!

It goes to the ENTIRE Michigan Fan Base...
with the exception of 
Andrew Mettle
Richard Trimmer
Joe Bowman
This strange obsession with the Damefan is making 
me a bit....well...

We all know that the MGoBlog crew is dreaming of 
sniffing the Ol' Damefan's undies!...

But now...a new stalker...
This guy adds a whole new level to the word...
Somehow I've become one of the top ten reasons to hate ND!...

So I'd like to thank God...and the fans for this honor!...
GOD Bless and GO IRISH!...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The TOUCHDOWN CLUB OF COLUMBUS!....interesting...

Every February a few things happen that make the snow
and the winter a bit more bearable....

1. My birthday...recognized nationally?  NO!

2. The Touchdown Club of Columbus 

The Touchdown Club of Columbus at first seemed
 like a pretty cool gig...
You come down and meet some nice guys...swap some stories, have 
dinner and see a bunch of awards given away...

Most of the time it was a way to see leaches that would 
never date these kids unless they thought they 
might have an NFL career ahead of them...

Exhibit A:

I've met some pretty cool players and coaches over the years...
Colt McCoy-Toby Gearhart-Brady Quinn-Mike Leach...etc...

This year was very interesting...

The first person I ran into was this guy...
Jeff Quinn Head Coach of the Buffalo Bulls!

Coach Quinn won a National Championship at Grand Valley State
with Coach Brian Kelly!

I was there with Kelly, one of my great buddies and fellow Irish 
follower. He and I eagerly went to work asking Coach 
Quinn about Coach Kelly...

Me-"Do we have the right guy?"

Quinn-"Oh yeah...(smiling as if I was nutz for even asking!)"
"Coach Kelly is a champion...he will win and win big at ND!
He just has to fix it and get it his way first...his guys...his QB,
then you'll see."

Me-"I've read that the key for him is getting "his" QB?"

Quinn-"Once he builds his type of offense they will dominate, 
he knows what his type of QB is capable of, and he knows how to 
coach him up, and get the most out of him!"

Talking to Coach Quinn was like talking to the President of the Brian Kelly 
fan club, if that existed... He was almost 
giddy, talking not only about what Coach Kelly is 
able to do within the college game, but what he learned from 
him, and what it has done for him... 

Moving on...also in attendance was my life long buddy...
Joe Bowman...
Joe is a scout and handles the midwest but is a huge UM fan...
Now the first thing I noticed is that the list of 
"Buckeye Blue Chips" 
The "elite" players in the state of Ohio were being honored...

Now take that with a grain of salt...."elite" 
chosen by Ohio residents....that translates to?

5 star Kyle Rudolph...NO!

3 star Jake Stoneburner...YEAH?

So where you're committed is more important than your talent! 

Last year I got Pictures with Eilar Hardy and Andrew Hendrix, past 
"Buckeye BlueChips" 
(luckily they were picked for this BEFORE they committed!)

This year I took notice that the best Running back in the state
William Mahone was not in attendance?

But what I did find funny is there were 3 HUGE High School Kids!
All from Ohio....clearly the biggest kids in the room...all committed to?
The University of Michigan?
(oddly enough not one of them signing autographs?)

After laughing so hard and handing these kids some pre-typed
transfer letters to ND...we continued our walk...

That's when things got interesting...
I noticed a face I recognized...
Former Asst. Coach for Notre Dame Tim Hinton..

Coach Hinton is a gentleman I've met before and he is cousins with one
of my clients who was with me at my table...

Coach Hinton was a class act!...
He held Notre Dame in the 
highest regard and said his decision to leave had 
NOTHING to do with football....who coached at ND or
who was coaching at was a family matter and I 
feel that's all I really should say for the Coach's privacy!

But make no mistake...he loves Notre Dame...Said his wife 
cried for most of the trip from Notre Dame to Columbus...

He also sang Coach Kelly's praises and wished us luck!

Coach Warriner was there also....LOL...that's a story 
that goes without saying...he looked a bit bitter 
for being asked to see the door at ND!....

This year we were very fortunate to have 2 guests sit 
at our table...and really nice kids also!
Ray Graham and Pat Bostick from PITT

It was a great time having dinner with them....
Ray was there to accept the "player to watch" award for 2012...
and Pat was there as a current Employee of PITT too...I'd say
keep Ray company?

Ray and I talked a bit of trash back and forth about our ND vs PITT
games the past 2 years...had to remind him that he only rushed for
about 60 yards a game between the two...LOL

Pat liked to throw his OT victory over us at me....even though
he did throw 3 picks in that game....? Charlie!...ARGH!...

But overall great guys...

Both talked highly of Coach Kelly and what he was able to accomplish in 
the Big East...and that while Coach Kelly was in the Big East...
they didn't see ANY more of these!

The evening was great and made the end of the season feel pretty 
much like I thought...We are moving in the right direction!

Tyler Eifert won the Tight End of the year award...
Even though...I'm not sure he even
knew about it?


Saturday, February 4, 2012

At Some Point Notre Dame Is Gonna Have To Make A Decision!

The World of College Football is changing!

It's not what it was for the past 100 years! 

When this all started it was "college" football....College? 
It's almost hard to you got kids studying 
"aids awareness" or "ball room dancing"
or Hell...not studying at all!

You have players that after 3 seasons transfer schools and take 9 
credits with them?

Quotes like
“It’s the education part,  I know all these schools athletically can offer me the same thing. The academic support at _______ State, there is no way you can fail. Even if you’re giving minimal effort there is no way you can fail.”

Dirty Pool... Scandals..."Get my Dad a rap career!"

"Buy me a car...get my mom a job....get my girlfriend accepted!"

Maybe I'm getting old?...Maybe now that I have a kid coming 
up on college age I think differently?

Maybe the "WIN" no matter how mentality never really 
appealed to me because Notre Dame didn't have 
to adopt it!

But what does this produce!


This is a Notre Dame Fan's problem!

This will never happen at ND!
We will never take a kid with a 1.7 GPA
or...a JUCO player that can barley spell his name!
Or let kids create college schedules JUST to keep them eligible!

This is the "make it happen now!" generation!

It's...."He won in his 2nd year!"....and got sanctioned in his 9th!

We are our worst enemy!...I'm not innocent to this charge!

Excitement breeds...BLINDNESS!

Hell, there are over 100 College Football Programs!

All fighting for the same prize!...

And some haven't won it in YEARS!...some have only 
one it once in decades!....some only once in 4 decades!...

Yet we all argue...we all fight...and we all call for the coaches head
when it doesn't happen fast enough!

What we have to ask ourselves is...."Where do I stand as a fan?"

How important is this....and how important is it to do RIGHT?

My years doing financial work has allowed me now, 
knocking on reflect on my career...
It's not much different than college football...
My success has come from 3 areas..

1. Honesty-Don't lie...Do it right and you'll sleep at night!

2. Hard Work-be willing to do what the lazy advisors won't!

3.Refusal- to short cut like the other guys..easy doesn't mean right!

Don't do ANY THING that would prevent you from 
liking what you see when you look in the mirror!

Sure we could cut corners....churn out players...
Once they leave....WHO CARES!

But that's just not Notre Dame...
We don't graduate 50% of our team...We graduate 99%
We send them out into the world with more than 
"Golf course management" degrees!

This is why you need to give it some time!
Apple corp. didn't shoot outta the gate with Apple stores 
busy with 100 customers waiting to spend 
thousands of dollars for the next sales person!

Notre Dame knows it screwed up!

It knows it didn't change with the evolution of the game!

It knows that you can't hire brilliant coordinators and hope 
they make great HEAD COACHES!

But now that they realize it....GIVE'EM TIME!

Coach Kelly is about to go...OLD SCHOOL at NOTRE DAME!

 You can see it on his face that he just needs to do 
what he's always done!...
He's just under a MUCH BIGGER microscope than he's ever
been under before!

He's not just poaching a kid here and there, or if he comes across
a kid who's girl can't get into college so he pulls some strings!

Or waiting for a scandal to pop up so he can profit!
Or sliding a $500 bill into a QB's hands at a "charity" banquet!
He won't do it the wrong way!
Not at ND!

He's building a program!

He's rebuilding a once great corporation that 
has the industry....has the tradition...
has the production line...but hasn't had
A BRILLIANT CEO in about 20 years!

And a board of directors that WON'T take dirty ethics!

And you know's not gonna happen in 24 months!

It's might not happen this season!...We are ND!

We don't schedule CUPCAKES....You line'em up!..
We'll play'em!..  

But in this business plan you gotta give the man time to dust off 
the machinery...and update the software!

We we're two blown games away from the BCS!

I blame both on COACHING!

We pushed around the BCS Sugar Bowl Champs for 3 quarters
it was working so well....WE STOPPED DOING IT!

We allowed an inferior team to come into our house and 
run with us for 4 quarters and pulled the plug on our
starting QB...after 30 min...

But we also DOMINATED a team that finished 
 the season top 10!

Did your team?

You think he doesn't realize this...?

You think this doesn't keep him up at night!

And he still brought in his 2nd top 10 class!

He knows what he needs to do....He knows how to build
a program...and he knows how to WIN!

He's learning how to do it at NOTRE DAME!

This is a whole different ball game he's playing in...
And learning to play in!

But this is not his first RODEO!

In closing I'll leave you with this little nugget...
A TRUE story about "champions"
A TRUE STORY..about doing it right?

A few years ago a friend of my wife's called and asked 
us if we wanted to go to a Jay Z concert...
Anyone that knows my wife will tell you, that was 
not happening!...not that she doesn't appreciate 
the glory of the hova!

But, just not her cup of tea!
Me on the other hand....YEP!
She asked if I could come and bring a buddy of mine
Rich...We went and it was private suite.... booze

In that suite was a bunch of friends of my wives
girlfriend's ex-boyfriend
and a current NFL Defensive End...

About 5 of his team mates...all flashing rings 
of the National Championship they had won 
at a college that will remain nameless together!

As the evening progressed and with Jay to the
bringing it, we all starting talking a bit of trash...

Notre Dame this....UM that...their school...etc..

All in good fun...but as I always do in a social setting 
I starting looking for "net working" opportunities...

I'm always needing brokers!

But the common theme become quite clear!

They we're all...


This peak of their life came and went...and now they 
have no ability to earn income because
 NO ONE helped them...

NO ONE...told them the benefits of a degree...

NO ONE said..."maybe Aids awareness" as a
career choice might limit ya!

Because at the end of the day..
NO ONE cared outside of their ability to help win..

This is not what Notre Dame considers the word
CHAMPION to define!

Because their school helped them on the field
and failed them in life!..

Coach Kelly will Make Notre Dame Winners!

It could happen by cutting corners....tossing out 
some cash....letting academics become secondary!

But that is NOT what making 
Champions is all about!

But looking at our schedule next season....we have
a murders row of games!...

And some idiots will be calling for this!

As soon as something doesn't go our way!...

You want to win?

Give it time to do it right!...


**Big shout out to Brent Warren for his help!