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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Don't be quick to react...always look at all the viewpoints!

Often we react without thinking...sometimes we 
think, and don't react!

News comes to us and we can only see our viewpoint!

It's hard to put yourself in the shoes of others and see 
opportunity from their "viewpoint" of what it means. 

The next few weeks are going to be interesting in my
opinion...We have to take what comes with 
a grain of salt, and not get to excited or upset regardless!

Now...I usually don't  blog this close together, but
if the next few weeks go the way I see them, I need
my people prepared!

Well...Rutgers went pretty much the way I expected.

We hit 9 wins and are ready to watch our recruits 
perform at the Under Armor and Army All American


We hired Troy Niklas's Father for our new D-cord!

Just kidding...but what Kelly did in my opinion was 
a thing called "Addition by subtraction" 

Diaco leaves....We ALL PANIC!...and BOOM!

Kelly hits a HOME RUN hire!

BRIAN VANGORDER addition to the INCREDIBLE 70's porn 
mustache!...there is a lot more to be happy about here!

Now..I can list the programs he's coached at!

I can shoot stats that will make you warm and fuzzy!

I could show you his LAUNDRY list of NFL draft picks!

His awards...etc!

No...I'd rather tell you about a conversation I had with 
a gentlemen from the south that's well connected in
SEC locker rooms that Brian has been in...

From what I'm hearing Brian is...

Dalton Baby!

He's nonsense, and it's

He was groomed under the same coaching 
tree as Kelly and has a close relationship 
with Brian.

When I say MY WAY...he's known for taking
NO SH#T...he will flat run off players that 
don't comply with the mission of the 

He's not handcuffed to a system...
3-4....4-3?...doesn't matter..

He tailors his D to the personal on the team!

He does have one common preference!


He wants MONSTERS at the LB position!

He want's his linebackers to draw so much attention
that it frees up D linemen!

He likes BRUISERS!...He likes HITTERS!


Not known for his pass coverage so this marriage
is perfect with a veteran like Elliot coaching the 

Of course it's hard to pass from your back!

Word from the Georgia program is that it's never 
been the same sense he left!

He prides himself in creating an "IDENTITY" for his
defense...nasty, hard hitting, pin your ears back

This is a tested coach....with an established track record,
walking into a laboratory full of talent!

I found NO ONE, that had anything but 
positive things to say....He's a perfect fit!


There are some times in life....regardless of your 
position, or happiness in your current situation, if
people request a meeting with you to discuss 
opportunity...YOU LISTEN!

You listen out of respect...and you listen to not 
burn a bridge, or allow an industry to paint a picture of
you in an unflattering light!
*This one is for the ladies! 

I'm a financial planner, I've been doing it for
17 years...I've achieved success in the profession due to 
hard work, ethics and determination!

I own my own firm and my machine is pretty much built
and taking care of it's self...and my family and future!

I'm happy!...I have no desire to do anything else the rest
of my working days...but what I'm doing...

I don't want any other boss than ME...and my clients!
(and wife!) 

That being said....IF

They called...I'd board a to their office and listen!

The entire time they were talking to me...I'd realize that I have 
no desire to change...I have no desire to move my family...
I have no desire to work for them!

But out of respect...I'd listen!

Money is not everything...opportunity can mean
more than income!

Ask Chuck Martin who took a pay DE-CREASE
to become the head coach of Miami!

Cause what if?...I'm 41, what if in five years things change?

What if I get the itch to expand?...or change my challenges in life?

What if?.....So I'd listen!

So with that being said...change you viewpoint!

Change your way to reacting to things when the rumors 
start to swirl!

Cause...Brian Kelly in the past 4 years has had 

He's got one of the highest winning percentages of current
coaches, that have been doing this for twenty or more years!

They are going to call!

He's going to listen!

It means NOTHING!

So relax....If nobody is trying to hire your head 
coach, then you don't have a very good head coach!

There is gonna come a time, when Kelly 
has accomplished all he can at ND, and he
will move on to the NFL!

But I'd say he will be holding a crystal football 
before we have to worry about it!

Do you think he'd hire a close friend from the 
NY Jets...just to drop him and leave?

So sit back and toast the direction of your 
beloved IRISH!

And realize....the future is bright,


Thursday, December 26, 2013

See ya 2013....You'll be in the rearview mirror..but not forgotten!

Sometimes when you're "within" a moment you don't 
realize what that moment means, until you look back at it
after some time passes.

One of my favorite passages in the book "Don't sweat the 
small stuff and it's all small stuff" is the passage that
asks you stop...take a moment and when
your "tragedy" is happening...ask 
yourself, "In a year will this matter?" and if the answer 
is "NO" then it's not worth getting all worked up over!

We've had a HELLACIOUS 2013 football year!

But you know's in the past and with some time 
to reflect and the aid of a nice glass of Jameson 
Black wasn't that bad!

When "GOLSON-GATE" happened  I was the first 
chicken to scream the sky was falling!

But then...I reflected on our situation and realized
that 12-0 had just gone out the window...but 10 wins 
was still within our grasp!

We battled...lost some soldiers along the way to injury.
We played games without Lou...and won!

We dropped some games to inferior teams...and recovered!

We laid an egg to Pitt...and yet still beat the Big Ten Champs!

So the IRISH glass...1/2 empty or 1/2 full?

We played one of the top 20 toughest schedules in the country!

In fact, out of the top 10 teams in the BCS, with the exception
 of StanfordALL PLAYED weaker schedules!

We played 4 teams that finished in the top 14 of the BCS...
Beat two of them and lost to two of 
them...but not by much!..

Hell...30% of our schedule are playing in BCS bowls.... 

NO ONE played 12 games in which their opponents won 
more games than ND...not one team!

Almost half our schedule won TEN OR MORE games!

And at the end of the day....we did all this with our 
back up QB!

We did all of this breaking in NUMEROUS freshmen starters
and relief players!

We did all of this...and most likely will still win 9 games!

And we did all this coming off a season where we lost 2 asst. coaches!

Take a minute and think about that!

Oh...and we still churned out graduates that will either 
move on to the NFL or into the world to make it a 
better 1/2 full?

I'd say so...


I mean...there's not much to say...they aren't very good!

Their best win I'd say is Arkansas if beating 
the worst team in the SEC is a chest pounder? 

They played the 89th toughest schedule in the country,
and still went 500!

85th in the country in total Offense!

68th in total Defense...but 120th vs the 
pass, so that should just be a field day!

So barring a COMPLETE meltdown we should
finish the 2013 campaign with 9 wins!

So....What's that do for the state of affairs?

It's time to reflect and realize this ship is headed in 
the right direction!

With the playoff system looming and the emphasis on 
a "Body of work" or as we've been preaching for years...
Your "Strength of Schedule" will make your team!

We have have an opportunity laid out before our IRISH!

We have statement games next season vs the REIGNING Heisman 
winner in his house!

We get to the opportunity to send Michigan on their 
way in our house!

We get to ruin Sark's first season at USC for the icing 
on this cake!

Oh...and by the way we get to do all of this with only losing
-3 starters on offense!
4- starters on defense!

And...with this under center!

2014 will be "breaking point" of the ND program!

It will be the "NO EXCUSES" year for the offense!

Brian Kelly has MORE TALENT than he's EVER had
in one offensive huddle!

We have DEPTH upon DEPTH on the offensive side of the 
ball...we should have the chance to WIN every game....NO EXCUSES!

Now...what's the D gonna look like?

Is Jarron Jones for real?

Is Jarret Grace ready to become a household name!

What is Jayon's ceiling...or does he have one?

Are Cole Luke and Devin Butler as good as we think 
they are?

What members of the Golden Army will compete early?

Are we on the verge of RUDY 2 with Joe Schmidt

2012 was special!

2013 was...let's say unexpected!

2014?....What should the teams facing ND expect?

So sit back and remember the good times of 2013...but 
also remember the bad times....cause it's the bad times 
that will make 2014 that much sweeter!




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Balance is key...You're either "optimistic" or "realistic"... Can you be both?

Your favorite team often falls into the part of your brain 
where the concept of "balance" is foreign. 

It's kinda like your love them unconditionally!

They screw up..sure your disappointed, but it doesn't make 
you love them less!

They succeed..your pride is often displayed by a a natural glow 
coming from your face...along with a devilish grin that a surgeon  
couldn't remove!

When it comes to our BELOVED IRISH...well, that takes
me to the dilemma of, am I too "optimistic" and 
are my expectations "realistic"?

This season has reminded me of a Christmas special 
with beautiful ladies, awesome music, incredible stage
decorations...then halfway through you realize your
host for the evening is Charles Manson!

You're deflated...your excitement is tempered and you 
just don't know how the ending is gonna go, 
but your not quite as excited as you 
were when the whole thing started!

Home of the overly educated...eccentric and not quite 
as funny as they think they are, really geeky band!

Oh...and the no. 8 Stanford Football team.

Stanford is no joke!
They've played a really odd mix of games this season.

They somehow figured out how to lose to
 Utah...who is 4-7!

Then they completely DESTROYED the 
Ducks who are 9-2

Then with the exit of Lane Kiffen the Trojans 
have pretty much beat the hell outta everyone
they've played including Stanford..but not ND??

So the Cardinal?...who are they?

Well they are a 9-2 team ranked top ten in the country 
who has:

1. Played a TOP 5 Strength of Schedule!

2. Their Defense is 22nd in the country
-but 101st vs the pass!
-and 3rd vs the run!

3. Their Offense is 69th in the country
-32nd rushing the ball!
-90th passing the ball!

So what does that all mean? 

It means lets be "optimistic" 
"But Damefan are you sure?" 

Look I'm from Ohio...I've lived with OVERLY optimistic,
yet WILDLY un-realistic people my entire life!
I know the difference!

Well...I'm here to talk to you about why we should be:


1. IF...IF we establish the run we can control the game!
-Stanford is not a great pass defense, but if they 
know your passing the ball every down they 
will drop eight and make it very hard for us!
Coach Martin will have to call a good game!

2. IF..IF we show up on defense!
-Stanford can run the ball...control the run,
force them to pass, which they are not great 
at and you control the game!

will all have to have the games of their year!

3. IF...IF we don't turn the ball over!

But is it "realistic"? 

I mean...they've played tougher teams!

They've seen "elite" speed!

We are BEAT UP...and have several starters out!

It's at their house!

They are still dumb enough to think this was a TD!
   Things have just not gone our way this year?

But....this is why they play the game..

This is why the IRISH have the word "FIGHTING" in 
their name!

This is our chance....will we RISE UP...or get beat down?

Are we "optimistic" with good reason?

Or are we just not being "realistic"?

Well my brothers and's gonna be about the 
"X's and O's" of the game...

ND-One of only 3 teams with 3 wins over 
BCS top 25 teams!

ND-has two wins over BCS top 12 teams!

ND-had played 7 top 50 defenses and is 4-3 

Stanford- has played 3 top 50 defenses and is 2-1

Stanford- has played 6 top 50 offenses and is 4-2

ND has played 2...and is 2-0

You know what...I'm not really sure what it all means....but 
it seems to me that this is gonna be one hell of a game!

What this means to a season playing with a QB 
that was never recruited to be the starter, and with 
the amount of injuries we've experienced....Hell I'm not mad at ya!

Just imagine what happens next year!

For that my friends I'm very OPTIMISTIC
and that feeling is very REALISTIC!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wow...That game made me....Uh..

Let me tell you right now...this may sting a bit,
but if I don't get this outta my system, I may 
cut my own ear off in frustration!

This game...this scheme..this COMPLETE 
pooch screw that we laid on the field 
in exactly what would NOT
be happening if we had all 
the right pieces!

I'm not here to make any excuses for this game!

Throw Tuitt out for nothing?... F-U it's Pitt!

Turn the ball over three times?... F-U it's Pitt!

Play with absolutely no emotion?... F-U it's PITT!!!!

Now...let's assign some blame!

Your Honor I'd like to call Coach Chuck Martin 
to the stand....

What in the Hell was that last night?

First things first...You do realize we are playing with a 
skeleton crew on defense...We are stopping NO ONE!

So slowing the game down and pounding the 
ball to protect this defense at 
it's most vulnerable state??

That never crossed you're mind? 

So you decide that with the absence of what?...6 starters 
on our defense, and losing our 1st round Daft pick
D lineman...that trying to sling the ball 
around on a team that ANYONE has rushed 
on in the past was a great idea?

No...let's not run the ball at all in the second half?

No..let's reward the ONLY REAL running back 
on the team, that broke the freshman rushing record
THE WEEK BEFORE with what,
FOUR touches the ENTIRE GAME?

Really?...That made sense to you?
I mean I know it's Pitt, and they are 63rd in the country 
vs the that should be intimidating!

At one point I was expecting to see Weis's big ass
burping his way though a press conference
after this debacle!

Coach Brian Kelly, do you swear to tell the 
truth, the whole truth and nothing 
but the truth?

What in the world?...Take control brother!

Look...this is year four, and if a player is just 
not progressing...then you gotta get him 
outta there, regardless of the "C" on his uniform!

We have Defensive secondary running around like 
fairy tale characters!

If it's not a players night...then SIT THEM DOWN!

Let's get some new blood flowing!
Eilar Hardy
Devin Butler
Max Redfield

You can't tell me, that at WORST, these kids 
wouldn't at least TACKLE the player when 
they have one running at them!

I hope Coach Kelly takes a HUGE long
look in the mirror and says..
"WOW...That was fu#king embarrassing!" 

With our 3rd string we should beat Pitt by 20!

Look...I'm not looking to "NEG" you out...but 
this season is what this season is....we got caught
with our pants down!

We were a motor-cross racer without the proper 
spare tires on the truck!

This is Notre Dame's offense!

Got a great engine...speed and is full of horsepower.

But the front wheel is Tommy Rees....God love Tommy,
I'll never fault a kid for giving 100%, he is just 
limited...he's a great kid, and in a game 
when everything is clicking...he's more than 
enough to win...

But in a game when we need a QB to put the team on 
his back and make something from nothing.

In a game where we are needing the offense to bail out
the defense...Tommy is a square wheel on a dirt bike!

It may roll clumsily here to there,
but it's never gonna be smooth enough
 to win a race!

The quarterback at Notre Dame affects both sides of the ball
when you run a Brian Kelly type system.

Why was our D so dominant last year...The offense had long 
sustained drives...Keeping the defense fresh and ready!

By the time our 65 yard, 11 play 5 min drive was 
over...the D was rested and ready to attack!

When we had a 3rd and 4....if no one was open, Golson
would take off and get the first..When the pocket collapsed, Golson
would rush and gouge the defense for 15!

When the play would break down, Golson would scramble and
someone would get behind a defender and he had the arm
to make them pay!

Trust me my IRISH family....the darkest hours often 
produce the greatest light!

We have 3 more games....then we roll into spring 
ball with a commander at the helm of this 


And mentored by the best QB coach in the country!

The missing piece is returning...time to make the picture!


**My editor was busy sorry for the 
grammatical errors!

Can't get my secretary to accept editing my 
blog as part of her job description! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

There are girls you date, then there are spring break girls!

Life is all about timing...and anticipation!

The timing of an event must be right in order to test our
normal everyday standards!

Like when you trying to work out and eat right...then 
some lady brings brownies into work with cream cheese icing!

You don't want to eat one..but damn they are right there, 
and it's just bad timing!

Anticipation will build excitement if you 
can get excited about normal everyday

Navy reminds me of spring break!

There were girls you'd date...if your buddies where 
watching..Then there were girls you'd date, cause 
all your buddies where out of town on spring break!

Make sense?...Navy is the full figured lady!

Yeah...she's pretty...She's nice and she's here...but 
damn, she's a bit bigger than the standard you're used too!

Now to the "idiotic" fan of other programs pointing out 
Navy on our schedule is like justifying playing teams 
from Florida with an "A&M" behind their name!

But to the "educated" fan we all know why Navy has 
a relationship with Notre Dame and that is to be 
respected and honored!

But Navy can be like that full figured girl A LOT!

When your not looking this can happen!
She creeps away and re-appears and SHOCKS YA!

Navy is one of those teams!

In the past 4 years they've:

Taken Ohio State to the final minutes 
and the Buckeyes barely escaped!

Taken South Carolina at home to the 
wire..and the Cocks barely escaped!

They run the ball...they are very disciplined, and they
play with heart cause they all know: They are 
NEVER gonna play football beyond this 
stage of life!

So you have to respect them!

So who are the 2013 Navy football team?

Wins over:
Indiana- Nobody
Pitt- Nobody this year
Deleware- ? Uh yeah
Air Force- Bad

Losses to:
Western Kentucky- I got nothing
Duke- Not much better
Toledo- and were done!

They are 61st in Total Defense

89th in Rush Defense always a top 10 rushing team!

Now with that being said..this should be a very 
similar game to the Air Force match-up from
last week!

On to more interesting topics:

Watkins is IRISH as I'm sure most 
of you have heard!

I first laid eyes on Watkins at the ND coaches clinic
in March...The kid walked around the practice 
like a 1st round draft pick being shopped 
by NFL teams...he is not short on confidence 
that's for sure!

From what I heard just this morning this is domino 
one, in a decent size line that should be dropping 
in the next few weeks!

Then we have a few that are "work in progress" type
of situations...

 Two are HUGE names ready to pop,
and one that popped, then un-popped, all 
are due to academics!

These kids getting into ND will be a marathon not
a don't expect them anytime soon!

One would be as big a get as Jaylon last season and 
can play ANY position...but he's gonna have to hit the 
books hard to even come close!

The other is a substantial need with what I'm sure will be
 a mass exit of our current D line come draft day!

But again this kid is not splitting the atom anytime soon!

Sometimes being ND is hard...cause at any other school
they'd already be committed regardless of grades!

A big time Offensive playmaker is getting ready to 
join the ranks also...just working on timing!

We are on the verge of taking that next step 
in the re-birth of the IRISH program!

Notice since Kelly's arrival each recruiting class 
get's better and better!

Each season more and more young talent hits the 
roster and is making a substantial impact!




Kelly recruits a different breed of kid than we've seen 
at Notre Dame in a very long time!

No more free lunches!

No more 5'11 D tackles!

If ND offers...there's a reason!

So with that being said...not much going on,
the team is together...a bit dinged up but timing 
seems to be on our side with 
the bye week approaching!

Get a W vs Navy!

Move on to Pitt!

Relax and get healthy!

Cause BYU is no walk in the park!

Then it's time to chop some trees!

So drink it if ya got it, and have a great weekend!


Picked up this locker name tag this week...
Just felt right to me....May you walk with the 
angels big Ace...See ya again some day and 
rest in peace!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Light at the end of what started as a pretty dark tunnel...GO IRISH!

A wise man once said...."Wake up every day and thank 
God for the good times, but also thank him for the bad 
times...Why? It's the bad times that make the good times 
feel so much better!" 

This season has been like riding on a roller coaster with 
a pit bull sitting next to you!

You're up.....Then you're down!
You're thrown from this that side!

Your stomach at times feels queasy...then 
celebratory happiness kicks in...but you never have
a real safe feeling that the ride is gonna end without you
being bit...HARD!

So here comes Air give us the MUCH needed
break in the gauntlet known as the 19th toughest schedule
in college football!

Now normally I'd break down a bit of the Air Force 
team for you...but at 1-6, and the teams they 
beat  resemble a Big Ten out of conference 
schedule...So I figured why break this game down?

I mean they are BAD...not just a little bad...
But really...really bad!

So instead I'd like to talk about my MID-Season
surprise players...and what impact I think they 
will have moving forward!

At this point...I didn't expect to be talking O-Tackles!
But Ronnie has asserted  himself as a first year starter
and as reliable and mean!

He plays with no fear...and just seems to always 
be part of the "big plays" on game day!

There are times when I see the OLB ready to blitz,
he'll seem to have wide angle on Stanley and then
he flexes out with the speed a 6'6 320 lb kid 
normally doesn't have...he's an All American before 
he leaves Notre Dame!

With Steve Elmer and Ronnie Stanley caliber of talent, 
our drop off with seniors graduating should be 
minimal next season!


With the return of Everett Golson just around the 
corner and the departure of TJ Jones, young players 
like Fuller are exciting not only to watch...but to imagine 
what could be possible with a QB extending 

Fuller is a burner with GREAT hands!
He gets off press coverage with ease and has demonstrated 
the play making abilities that have made the coaches
want to put the ball in his hands!

His transition from freshmen to sophomore year should 
be an exciting one...especially with finally having all 
the pieces in place to run a "Brian Kelly" offense!

Combine Everett with Fuller and Robinson sprinkle in some
Daniels with Niklas, and the emergence of 
Tori Hunter?....Lord..that's a top 5 passing game!


The easy choice would have been Jaylon Smith!
But I think...when you land the "HIGHEST" rated recruit
Notre Dame has landed in 20 years...You kinda figure he'll 
be a game changer!...and HE HAS!

But when you see a kid like Devin Butler CRASH 
onto the scene, it's exciting!

With Jackson graduating the need for a corner to step essential!...Butler is that guy!

Sometimes I watch him and my mind will say...
"DAMN!...RJ looks like he's picked up some speed 
in the off season!" 

He's not lost...he's not confused, and again plays with 
a motor and aggression that is a breath of fresh air!

Most frosh CBs are just concerned with not getting burned...this 
kid wants to make plays!

The thing that jumped out to me with
 Cole is his pursuit!

He PROWLS a runner coming out of the backfield!

He closes....and then tackles!

He's experienced some growing pains this season, good QBs 
have picked on him here and there...but every game 
you see less and less of that....he's a big play waiting 
to happen...a tackle for loss, a QB sack...a pick!

He brings sideline to sideline speed to ND!

The defense with Grace returning...and Jaylon with an 
entire season under his belt...we need some D line 
talent to be born!...But the future is gonna be very 
fast and hard to control for teams facing
the D-Boys!

Next year will be, in my opinion the first season 
that we don't feel the HUGE drop off due to 

We will need some answers for NIX & TUITT no 
question...they are once in a decade type of talent!

But the cupboards are stocked...and the current 
recruiting class looks to be shaping up nicely...and
from what I'm hearing...there are some REALLY 
exciting additions that will be joining the 

On to the :


This one might not make sense to all of you...but 
there are a select few it will make perfect sense!

Some people are very upset the way their life has turned the point, that with every breath and every 
bit of dishonesty they will attempt to spread 
negativity about others...

It's sad..but the bottom line is, and the moral
to this story...don't let your buddies have your 
password to forums where they can make you
look like an idiot trying to spread fiction!

If your not happy the way life is turning out...CHANGE IT!

Air Force-Navy-Pitt-BYU-Stanford

When the history books are written...will this season be 
the "rebuilding year" because of the loss of Teo and Golson?

Or will this be the year that a team was born!

A year that the young talent rose up!

A year where at the darkest hour...the brightest light was born? 

We have an opportunity ahead of us....

We have the chance to show that our two fluke losses,
where exactly that!

We have a mission....The Future of Notre Dame football 
is very bright...

So...the big question is this....What does this CURRENT
team have the ability to taking ONE game 
at a time....?

That's gonna be the Real light at the end 
of this season's tunnel!

This season and next...the IRISH are, and will 
remain a force to be reckoned with!