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Friday, January 25, 2013

He's got Phillips in the corner!...He's giving him the business!

Is this your reaction lately when people see your 
Notre Dame gear?

What the Hell is going on?

Life is funny sometimes when you're at the top,
people only want to tear you down...

When you're down, they talk about how good it 
is for everyone when you're up!

This has been an interesting few weeks, but
my mom always told me these things happen 
in threes!

1. BCS National Championship Game:
You know I thought the refs really affected the complexion
 of the game on our first drive...nope Ronaiah Tuiasosopo 
has done more damage than Yeldon and Lacy could have
done in five games!

2. Brian Kelly interviewing with the Eagles:
This is a part of business that most people don't understand,
but that's because they've never been in a position of power 
where they could play two companies off each other.

This one is gonna take a while to get over....Look, 
the only thing I find more fascinating than the mind of a 
"fan" is the mind of someone "religious".   My kids will live
what I feel will be a very charmed life in comparison to how I was raised
 With that being no point will I teach them 
to trust until that trust is broken!
This is a very unfortunate thing that happened to a very 
caring, and let's say "naive" kid.

But this is the point where the DAMEFAN tells all of 
you to take a moment and....
Chill the F out!
Have you forgotten what the hell happened this season!
What is going on with recruiting?
How much talent we are returning?
How much talent we are sitting on?
Coaches are getting more money!
Facilities are getting upgrades!
Stadium is getting work!

Trust is 9 minutes...NINE MINUTES
that will tell you it can ALWAYS be worse!

And what's funny is I live in a town where these fans 
are NOT too embarrassed to talk about a HOAX!
There are hundreds of thousands getting hoaxed by this 
daily here!

Notre Dame is exactly that, but it's more like this

Whatever we will get blown outta proportion!

We had a kid de-commit because Kelly interviewed...
That's the story that ESPN had...
They didn't tell you...
He then committed to a program where the head coach was 
interviewing with the Bears the SAME WEEK!

It's Notre Dame!'re never gonna get an 
honest story from the press...cause nobody 
likes stories about good things!

We are the only program in the country where 
the word ALLEGED means GUILTY!

Over the next three weeks I'm going to break 
down our games in the order of difficulty and 
tell you why we might get another shot at 
Saban next year!

Top 3 toughest games for ND next season?
Stanford-Oklahoma-Michigan State

Let's start with: 

Goodbye both Tight Ends,
Ertz and Toilolo are both leaving what is a young
quarterback and what had become a safety blanket 
 through the season.  They combined for 95 
catches last year and 10 TDs.  This, combined with the 
loss of Stepfan Taylor (Stanford's ALL time leading rusher)
could make the Stanford offense a bit sluggish next year!
BUT...that D with Murphy, Skov and Gardner returning will 
be tough!

Landry Jones...see ya!
They also had 3 premier underclassman leave in 
Kenny Stills... their leading receiver is gone!
Tony Jefferson... their leading tackler is gone!
Tom Wort... their best LB is gone!
With all the losses on the offense and defense 
this game is not against the Oklahoma of old!

Michigan State:
Bright Spot?...2nd year QB!
Not so bright?...2nd year QB!
MSU was 108 in total offense last season and 
that was with Bell who averaged 138 yards per game!
Also TE Sims is history as well, as is MSU's best 
defensive player in Gholston!

But this week is about wrapping up what 
is sure to be a top 5 recruiting class 
and putting some more talent in place
to make the IRISH MOB exactly 

My pick?...the kid I want to be the icing at the 
top of this IRISH Chocolate cake! (Sorry Lou!)

This kid is a MONSTER!
At 6'3 315 lbs, he's a house and fits right into 
place when Lou get's picked in the first round 
after next season!

Anyone who watched the Army All American game knows 
this was the best D lineman there!

And from what I'm hearing...we are in very good shape 
with him!

USC has become a dumpster fire with people jumping ship 
like they just hit an iceberg!

So next time you feeling like this:

Realize that we have MANY more things to 
be excited about, than we do to be upset about!

So stop...pour yourself one of these:
Pop this into the DVD
And realize...We're in pretty good hands!


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Licking our wounds & trying to get that taste outta our mouth!

WOW!...was I wayyyyyy off on my 
assessment of that match up!

First of all, let's start with giving Bama props!

That is a well oiled machine and other than getting caught
off guard along the way by Johnny Football....pretty much
did what they wanted, when they wanted for the past 
4 seasons...

Let's put some things into perspective.

What Bama has done winning 3 outta the past 4 
is not's LEGENDARY!

Let's look at how it stacks up...

In the past 40 years this is how many 
National Championships have been won
by other programs!

Michigan 1
(one was Saban's)
Ohio State 1
Texas 1
Notre Dame 3
Oregon 0

It's hard to win ONE!


That's more than Michigan-Ohio State-Oregon
We arrived on Saturday..hit the pool, had some drinks
 and then hit up South Beach!

South Beach is what happens when Project Runway 
and the Real Housewives had intercourse...and had
25,000 kids!

It was great meeting everyone...and thanks to 
all the folks that bought drinks, and shared the same
optimism that I had until....about the time the 
refs put it in our ASS on our first drive!

Now...don't get me no point am I making ANY 
excuses for this game....Our boys played hard...many played great,
some played like they hadn't all year!...(that was not a positive!)

But...I would have LOVED to see how certain members of 
our defense would have reacted if Bama scored on us...and 
BAM...we scored on Bama...

Eifert's first down...SCREWED

Fumble on the punt...SCREWED

Would it have mattered?....I'm not saying we would have 
won...but would we have been down that bad at half?...
I'd say no!...

Louis Nix...absolute BEAST...loves ND, hates to lose!

Stephon Tuitt...LEGEND waiting to and NFL!

And that brings me to the offense....WOW!

Most of you watched this game and saw no saw the FUTURE!

I saw a quarterback that the National Champions 
could not get to..and could not control or contain!

60% completion ratio...270 yards 1 TD and 1 Rushing TD


Oh...did I forget..this is his FIRST year starting!!!

Give me those numbers before the game...I'd say "Great...we win!"


This offense will be IMPOSSIBLE to stop next season!

Were there bright points...yeah...Did the end result suck..yeah!

But can you see us back in that game next year?...YEAH!

This program's arrow is pointing UP like no other!

Next season you will finally see the "Kelly Offense" 

So we got home....depressed...sad...and BAM!


Brian Kelly interviewing with the EAGLES?

Now...if you didn't see this're an idiot!

If you handled it like Kelly did...your still kinda an idiot!

This whole process was handled wrong...and right all at the 
same time...did it have to happen?...YEAH

Could it have been handled differently?...YEAH!

End game?...THE SAME!

This all began with Charlie Weis...and ended with 
a new contract for our REAL coach!

Charlie came in and won a few games...then parlayed 
that into NFL teams trying to take him...and BEFORE 
Jack Swarbrick was there...convinced the powers that be,
that it was better for the program to give him a HUGE long 
term deal....Smart?...NOPE!

Now..once bitten and twice shy Notre Dame has a 
REAL head coach...but there is only one problem!...They 
aren't paying him!

Okay..what do:
Kirk Ferentz-Iowa
Mike Gundy-Oklahoma State
Gary Patterson-TCU
Brett Bielema-Arkansas
Brady Hoke-Michigan
Gary Pinkel-Missouri
Paul Johnson-Georgia Tech
James Franklin-Vanderbilt
Gary Anderson-Wisconsin

All have in common?

They all make more money than 
Brain Kelly!

All with less success coaching....and 
have not sniffed the National Championship!

In fact..the BIG slap in the 

Kelly has mentored Jones for years!

He has followed Kelly from Central Michigan
to Cincinnati and now to his own 
big gig at Tennessee!

Making more than Brain Kelly!

With higher paid assistant coaches.. more trainers
and more support!

This is what all the drama was about!

If you want to compete at ND, with the big boys you 

You can't have programs trying to hire away your can't have programs with better 
facilities and nutritional and strength programs!

You can't have LESSER coaches making 
more money, with better suport, at smaller, 
less important programs!

This wasn't about Brian Kelly wanting a NFL gig!

This was about Brain Kelly wanting Notre Dame 

We are at the door step to being a player 
EVERY year at the National Championship 

So....sit back relax...and let the man work!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Could the drought be over?....See ya Monday at 8!

Like water on the highway on a hot summer day...we've 
seen this before...but as the car got closer we 
realized it was just an mirage!

Bob Davie?... coordinator
George O'Leary?...cautionary tale
Ty Williingham?...snake oil salesman
Charlie Weis?...coordinator

We thought we were close...

In 05 the IRISH were seconds away 
from a Fiesta Bowl win on a 3rd and 
nine with 1:45 left in the game and 
down by 7...

We just didn't have the D line to 
make the stop...and lost..
Hope, like spring flowers was growing!

But when your starting Safety and Linebackers are
much smaller than your starting QB?...
We wondered?...can we really outscore everyone?


But the MIGHTY QUINN brought interest again
in the Notre Dame brand...and from the ashes a new  
hero emerged...the problem?...he had all the weapons...but 
not enough on the other side of the ball...and on the tails of 
a coach that spent more time golfing than recruiting!
We once again lost more than expected...We lost the 
opportunity...the chance of having a 


That would have used a 

We could score on ANYONE...but ANYONE 
could score on us!

Our NFL defensive talent was limited...We would strike gold
here and there with an Ian Williams or Tommy Z or Justin Tuck,
but the across the board...the talent was there!

So back to the chalk board we went...pride in hand and hopeful
but with very little to hang our hat on...

But happened!
We were looking, and ready to hire!

Option 1?...Health Issues forced him into retirement..
We passed!

We knew we needed a LEADER...a GENERAL
someone that could not only draw up the blue print,
but build the MACHINE!

We needed guidance...strength and someone 
that had been there before..that NO stage was 
too big for him or his staff...

We needed...

"NOBODY does it like Notre Dame!"

From day one, he did the job and never looked back!

He dealt with defections to the NFL, swayed by past 
Generals not having the best interest of the Irish in 
their sights!

He dealt with the tragedy of death, an employee
and student of the audio/video dept. when the media
 searched for a witch to hunt..

He broke down and rebuilt, what WAS a country club
atmosphere, along with the sense of country club

He molded himself...a high flying offensive guru
into a DEFENSE first minded mentor!

He realized..that the ND glow was not gone...but
just in need of POLISH!

But what he did mostly, was take what he had...add 
who would fit...and mold CHAMPIONS!

That will be on display Monday at 8!

Because this is our time!

So pour yourself a favorite spirit!

If you have a "lucky shirt"...or "special spot on the couch" then
get it ready!

If you're wearing the same socks or haven't shaved since our last loss!
 EMBRACE that you're starting to look like Merlin Olson!

Because ALL those Christmas cards...all those babies pjs,
all the trash you've heard from your friends, and 
all the HATE that has been spewed about ND!

Is about to be served up with a nice hot glass 
of KISS MY A$$!

And when that last down is played...and the crystal ball 
is raised into the air...I'm gonna find a local pub, 
light up a cigar...sip some Jameson, raise
my glass to the heaven and say...

"See Beno...You were right, Kelly is the man
and Notre Dame is special!"

We miss ya buddy!

Beno Cook


See ya at the game!