Archive for August, 2007

Charlie Weis Reads Subway Domer

August 29, 2007

At least I would like to think so. A few weeks back in my “Freshman Are Special People” piece, I stated that Allen and Tate would probably be returning the kicks for the Irish. So imagine my lack of surprise when Weis stated they were 1&2 on the depth chart. This is of course… AWESOME. We haven’t seen a duo with that much speed retuning kicks in a long time. Weis stated that this could be an “Outhouse or castle” type situation. Meaning, feast or famine. Being freshman they could choke like a Florida St. kicker or simply kick ass. I’m betting on the latter.

In other news…

  • Vernaglia looks to be the starter at ROLB. Good for him. The bigger question is if he can hold off freshman Brian Smith and Kerry Neal. Both frosh are impressing the staff and will see solid game action.
  • Darrin Walls is a starter now at cornerback. He beat out Ambrose Wooden during camp and will play opposite Terrail Lambert. Darrin may start to live up to the hype for himself , as he was highly ranked as an incoming freshman last year. He saw live action right away in 2006 facing off against super stud Calvin Johnson. Ambrose Wooden will be the nickel back.
  • Derrell Hand will serve a 3 game suspension for his indiscretions.
  • Will Yeatman (Lacrosse god) will be the #2 TE, beating out Ivan Drago’s lost son Konrad Reuland.
  • The kicker battle is still waging at the cost of 1000’s of lives and $2,346,785.74 per day.
  • Weis knows his QB, do you? Do they?

No Title Needed

August 26, 2007

After what seemed like an eternity, but was really only a week, Subway Domer is back. At first I was really sweating that I might miss something or would log back onto the net and find out Clausen was arrested. Then I read the newspaper and saw Clausen WAS arrested, and I thought to myself, ‘Maybe I do need a week off?’ The more I thought about it the more I came up with the same conclusion… this might be alright-for 1 week out of the year. I mean what did I really miss?

  • Jimmy Clausen was arrested for some retard law. Weis doesn’t care, so neither should you. I’m sure the message boards were going ape shit. Another 2 days of unreadable word vomit.
  • We don’t know the starter at QB for the season opener. Did you really think we would know anything Weis doesn’t want leaked out? I’m actually a “I really don’t give a fuck” guy right know. Weis knows what he’s doing and will probably make the right decision. Everyone fighting over Clausen and Jones is starting to look a little too gay for my taste.
  • Everyone thinks that USC is the greatest team ever assembled and there is no way they lose the NC. Someone tell that to Mack Brown.
  • Fuck Michigan.
  • I missed watching the same drills run over and over for the media’s 20 allotted minutes.

If I missed something huge please let me know, but I think I was safe. So what did I do? Preparation. Like the players, we fans must prepare ourselves with the upcoming season.

  • Schedule off days from work.
  • Get all tailgating gear in order. (Big props to my B-I-L John for the new handmade corn-toss set).
  • Tickets…. check.
  • Flag flying.
  • Watched The Rites of Autumn. This set never gets old and really gets the blood pumping.
  • Watched Rudy.
  • Visualized and waiting to attack.

Starting Monday… Game week.

Like The Pheonix…

August 23, 2007

I’m back bitches. Let me catch up on a few things, and I will have some info for you. I’ve been held hostage by a swarm of angry Yellow Jackets and was forced to …. I’ll tell ya later.

Crash

August 16, 2007

Sorry everyone! My hard drive crashed and I am going to be down for a few days. I will post part 2 of “What Do We Know” as soon as I get rolling again. Don’t worry the Tight Ends will be on there. Thanks for your patience as I have none for Dell and their Phillipino Army.

Thanks,
Subway Domer

What Do We Know? Part 1

August 15, 2007


After the first week of practice (and a few days), they are still many questions surrounding this team. I’m not sure when the answers will come, other than to say ‘ We’ll see on September 1st. Here is a rundown of things we do know, along with a few maybes. What’s a blog good for if we can’t speculate?

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks

This is the easiest, we don’t know. We may think we know, or we think we might know because someones brother’s nephew’s cousin’s neighbor’s kid lives next door to someone who says they know a kid on campus and he thinks that so-and-so is the starter because this student overheard a confession of Darrin Bragg’s and said he walked out smiling. Internet rumors are stupid as they are rampant. The media certainly doesn’t help matters by throwing ANYTHING against the wall until something sticks. (Someone will tell you they told you so sometime after kickoff against Georgia Tech. Weis has said that he won’t release the name until then, so I think we should just take his word and chill. With that said however, whoever the starter turns out to be, Demetrius Jones should, and will, see significant time under center. He has displayed too much talent, savvy, and leadership skills not to. Whether he is the starter or a redzone guy or whatever…#3 will play.

Running Backs

There is now a stable of horses in the backfield for the first time since the mid to late nineties. 5 of them to be exact, and ALL have something to bring to the table. The starter will be Travis Thomas and should see most of the carries. He is a captain and has a good mix of power and speed along with a toughness that cannot be coached. (Justin King just wet himself). If it wasn’t for our need at linebacker last year, Thomas would have seen a large amount of carries. Weis had to run what was basically a 3rd down offense for most of the game because of Walkers limitations as a finesse runner. That will be a huge advantage for the Irish this year as opposed to last year. Behind Thomas is James Aldridge. JA has a load of talent and is the same type of runner as Thomas. This will be very important to the Irish as fresh legs are most explosive. ND doesn’t have to change its playcalling with JA in when Thomas takes a breather. He (Aldridge) will see a lot of carries… just less than Thomas. Junior Jabbie is a personal favorite of mine since he committed to the Irish. I love the name and the H.S.- Junnior Jabbie from The Hun School. That’s badass. Jabbie impressed Weis in spring practice, BEFORE, the Blue-Gold game. Charlie kept saying it, and then we all saw it. Whether or not this translates into this season at all is still a question mark, but he is involved with the competition for playing time which translates into a better unit overall. That leaves the 2 frosh. Armando Allen and Robert Hughes. I have no doubt that Allen will see significant P.T. on special teams and running the ball because of his speed and quickness. Weis loves him and we NEED that homerun threat in the backfield. Hughes will really have to surge on the depth chart, I believe, to see much playing time if any. He may be a “redshirt” before it is all said and done barring any injuries to the other 4. He did make it a point during recruiting that he wanted to play right away and Weis may have promised this, and Weis is a man of his word. We are stacked with talent and should see a lot of production from this unit. Leading the way for these guys will be Asaph Schwaap. Schwaap is a beast who should be laying out any and all who stand in front of him and his runner. Luke Schmidt will see some action as well at FB after a good spring showing and is probably the best runner of the two.

Offensive Line

Already this camp, we are starting to see what should be the starters emerge. As of right now the starters consist of: LT-Paul Duncan, LG-Mike Turkovich, C-John Sullivan, RG-Dan Wenger, RT-Sam Young. This will be a very physical line and as the line goes, so will our running and passing game. We will probably see some action from others such as Matt Carufel, Eric Olsen and Matt Romine. Should something happen to Sullivan (God forbid) Wenger will slide over to Center and either Olsen or Carufel will take over the guard spot. John Latina wants a unit that is versatile and interchangeable, and finally with depth we may have that. Chris Stewart returns to OL after a spring stint at NT, but he has some catching up to do despite having, by all accounts, all the physical tools to make an impact. This unit may surprise a lot of “national” media outlets. On paper they have a small amount of total playing time, but will make up for it with a nastiness that was lacking from last years unit.

Wide Receivers

Yet another huge question mark for the Irish is “Who’s catching them?” Only David Grimes has really cemented himself in at WR. I think we will see a large rotation of players. The freshman, Duval Kamara, is a physical presence. He will see the field a lot this season. No one else on the depth chart has his size and abilities all wrapped into one sweet package. George West has made huge strides this offseason and should be the number 2 guy… as of right now. D.J. Hord has really been impressing the staff and media with his practice play. If he can translate that onto the field for gameday, we may have finally found our speedy deep threat. Robby Parris is also in the mix. This could be a blessing in disguise, since defenses will be unable to lock down on who the #1 target might be. That’s 5 guys listed, and don’t forget about Golden Tate and Barry Gallup who both have great speed and could really mix things up. This unit is severely lacking experience and that may hurt us right away. However, they will improve and could become very deadly with the variety that they offer. Seriously, watch out for Kamara. He could be our answer to USC’s Mike Williams from a few years ago.

Tomorrow, I will have the defensive units for you.

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August 13, 2007

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August 8, 2007

May You Be Silent

August 8, 2007

Not to go on a rant or anything, but…This has got to stop. I making this post as a plea to Irish fans, and SERIOUS college football fans in general. It is simple… No More Mark May. Quit posting about what he said in message boards. Quit talking about him to your friends. Quit e-mailing ESPN about how wrong he is (the websites in his namesake can stay) and why he is the ultimate Douche Bag. This is the ultimate waste of time. Take an economics class or research why “Shock Jocks” are so popular. It’s called- supply and demand. The more you moan and bitch about what some idiot talking head is saying about your team in front of the camera, the more it is going to continue. ESPN has made sure that every program that they have, follows the same formulas as Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn. It’s debate class, and Mark May has hit the jackpot. He has found the largest national fan base and has spit venom in its direction for no REAL reason other than money. He is not going to be fired for making outlandish statements, because everyone is tuning in to watch. We may not be tuning in for his opinion, but we are watching none-the-less. ESPN catches a lot of slack for their programming and their biases, but… what would you do with out them? How many college games would you see each week? I would love to burn them, but I love my MAC games on Wednesday, and my Big East games on Thursday. I do. I love ESPNEWS and ESPNU. I do and I am not going to apologize for loving the greatest gift (College Football) God has given to men since Eve (minus the banishment from Eden thing). So for the love of Christ man, ignore that piece of shit Mark May and let him talk about his lust for all things Pete Carroll. It really doesn’t matter when we start winning championships…. and then he has no purpose. Peace.