Archive for April, 2008

Kicking Ass Wu Style

April 29, 2008

Time for 2 more of the 36 Chambers to be opened. Todays deadly assassins are…


Brandon Walker #14
Kicker
6’2″ 190lbs.
Sophomore
Findlay, Ohio
Wu-Name: Childish Gambino

The Irish need a big year from Brandon. No. The Irish need a fucking super-sized year from Brandon. Charlie Weis is a offensive genius… right? Well that may be true but he is also flipping insane when it comes to the kicking game. Weis doesn’t trust it, and he has no real reason to. This is the main reason for so many 4th down attempts and why he didn’t kick the field goal against Navy. Notre Dame is still going to be very young on offense this year and there is no real way of knowing how good they are going to be. If they want to win the close games and the tough road games, Walker must be as cold as ice and willing to sacrifice his first-born child and knock that pigskin through those fucking goal posts. BTW- people from Findlay are totally psycho. My college roommate in the Fraternity house was from Findlay and had a complete arsenal in the closet… we had grenades. Walker HAS to drop bombs of his own.


Eric Maust #43
Punter
6’2″ 180 lbs.
Junior
Roswell, Georgia
Wu-Name: Superintendent God-Botherer

Consistency. That is exactly what we need from Maust. We all thought that is what we were going to get from Geoff Price last season and unfortunately for us all, it just wasn’t there. With a young ball club, field position means so much. When the offense can’t get that first down, it is up to the punter and the coverage to squeeze the opposing team into a corner. That also gives the defense so much more room and confidence to make plays. Not just stop the opposing “O”, but make those turnovers inside OUR redzone. Kick the Eric and kick it hard.

Shit

April 29, 2008
So I just finished my piece on the NFL draft and the Irish players involved. And then Blogger lost half of it when I went to post it. WTF! I don’t feel like writing all of it yet again, so here is a couple of links if you haven’t read anything by now.

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Fucking Blogger.

ROTFLMAO

April 24, 2008

At his press conference today to announce his decision to play for Georgia, QB Aaron Murray cried out “I’m just so fucking happy that I’m not going to play for that douche Urban Meyer. Fuck that guy!”

Enter The 36 Chambers… Irish Style

April 24, 2008

So I was talking to my mom the other day (huge Irish and Packer fan) and I was showing her the website NDLNA.com. I was explaining to her all the site had to offer and how to maneuver around the site. She then stated that she was kind of lost this year on the players and wanted to get to know them a little better. Instead of calling Charlie Weis and straight pimp mom off to the defensive line, I thought I would give a little rundown on some of the players this year.

I love Wu-Tang, my mom loves Wu-Tang, and you should love Wu-Tang as well. With that being said, I am going to attach the Wu-Name for each player in this 36 man list. This list is by NO means a depth chart run down (I’ll get to that on a later post), but more of a list of players that should have ample playing time this year.

If you would like your own Wu-Name, follow this LINK and it will provide you with one. I’ll give two players a post and have a new post every few days or so until finished…

Robert Hughes #33
Running Back
5’11” 238 lbs.
Sophomore
Chicago, Illinois
Wu-Name: Arrogant Menace

Hughes is a fucking animal. Seriously. He is a cross between a rhino and a gazelle. He runs with so much power and yet has some very swift feet. He should see the bulk of the carries out of the backfield this year and honestly, he needs around 20-25 touches to be truly effective. He will, no doubt, take over the goaline back duties. You will also hear me refer to him as “The Chi-Town Colossal Ass-Kicker” as well.


Sam Young #74
Right Tackle
6’8″ 330 lbs.
Junior
Coral Springs, Florida
Wu-Name: Phantom Dominator

Sam Young came to South Bend as a highly recruited 5 star prospect. He has started every game since in his career at Notre Dame. While he played very well at right tackle his freshman year, he was forced over to the left side last year due to a wrist injury. He isn’t a left tackle. He is a force on the right side however and the Irish should see holes the size of Dick-Rod’s mouth on his side. The Irish must have Young perform at his best this year if they intend on moving the ball on the ground efficiently.

Now a little reminder of what being the C.R.E.A.M. of the crop really is…

Inches… One More Time

April 23, 2008

While I was dicking around Google today, I stumbled upon this video. It was made by the Naval Academy’s graduating class of 2006. It was intended to inspire the 2006 Navy football team to finally end the long streak of losing to the Irish. Fortunately, for the Irish, Quinn and company were just way too much for the Midshipmen.

You have to wonder though, if the 2007 Navy team remembered this video and used it as a tool to inspire them to a victory in South Bend.

As much as the loss to Navy hurt Irish fans and the team itself, you just can’t help but sit back in wonderment at what that Navy team finally accomplished in 2007 after 43 years of heartbreak.

They fought for that inch.

The Immaculata Commitment

April 23, 2008

It was a foregone conclusion. Theo Riddick is Irish. The 5’10” 185 lbs. running back from Immaculata High School in Somersville New Jersey announced his decision to attend Notre Dame in 2009 at a press conference today.

Riddick spurned offers from the likes of Penn State, Pitt, Boston College, and Maryland after making visits to all of the schools. Riddick is an early Rivals 250 prospect and is currently rated as a 4 star prospect.

When Riddick was asked about Charlie Weis, Theo stated, “He was excited. He said, ‘how am I supposed to sleep?'”

Weis doesn’t seem to sleep very much at all. Once again the New Jersey native has gone into New Jersey and come away with a blue-chip recruit.

Riddick is the 4th commit for the Irish’s incoming class of 2009 and the 2nd running back.

Welcome To Notre Dame Riddick!!!

Post-Game Pressers

April 21, 2008

Clausen

Weis

Eating Hot Dogs

April 21, 2008

As I was laying down the hot dogs on the grill tonight, I thought to myself… “Wish I had a steak.” And then I realized I still had to post a few tidbits about this years Blue-Gold game. But, what to write? I mean, if you haven’t got it all read from the web by now… what do I have to offer? Probably not much, but as I was savoring the sweet flavor of pig ass and lips I started to put together a little memoir in the skull that maybe you will appreciate.
I tried to just enjoy the game this year and not over analyze every player and position. Because of this I am not going to start saying in this post who should start or not and what each player needs to work on (even though I’m sure I will still state a bit of it), but rather, I am just going to lay down my thoughts on the game. If you have any mushrooms, I advise you to take them now…
Field of Dreams
The new turf looks absolutely great. For now. I was almost disappointed that the rain stayed away for the game. I wanted to see how the field would hold up after only been laid for a short while. The color was bright, the field actually looked flat with a slight crown, and it was very short… I wonder how long that will last. The one thing that makes it look like the field the Fighting Irish play on was missing however. The lines in the end-zone that have become the staple of Notre Dame Stadium were eerily missing.
Recruit This
As it is with every Spring Game in the Weis regime, recruiting was at a fever pitch. The Fighting Irish played host to a slew of top High School talent and it looks as if most of the kids came away very impressed. The Irish picked up two very big targets in Cierre Wood and Tyler Stockton and were pressing hard for guys such as Jordan Barrett and Craig Roh.
Not only were the top juniors in attendance, but a major portion of the incoming class of 2008. That class (2008) is going to be one of the closest knit bunch of players we may ever see. (Does that even sound right?) Every time I looked down at the sideline at those guys, I saw them joking around and having a great time. We’ll see how much they are laughing once they get to ND and start up two-a-days.
Jimmy!
Jimmy Clausen can sling the motherfucking football. Anyone else that says otherwise is a dick and deserves to rot in hell with a flaming goalpost stuck up their ass. (Are you listening ESPN?) The arm is fully healed and it looks that way. I saw a player that could make any throw and had a ton of zip on them as well.
The biggest thing Jimmy HAS to work on is his decision making under pressure and as he rolls out of the pocket.
Three things stuck out for me Saturday about Jimmy- 1) The bomb to Tate was dead on the money and that was missing from his game last year. 2) He found targets in the middle of the field and that was missing last year. 3) He got rid of the ball quicker and that was missing from last year. So all in all, three of the things that really hurt him as a passer when he actually HAD time to throw last year- it looks as if he has improved on and will become a better quarterback because of it.
Oh Captain
The three captains were chosen for the 2008 season and it comes as no surprise that Maurice Crum and David Bruton are two of those players. The wild card was going to be the offensive captain. Was the Sam Young going to get the nod or maybe Jimmy Clausen would be voted into the position? Nope. The senior WR from Detroit Michigan, David Grimes, was voted in and will be part of the Triad.
Wildcats
So, the team is either using way too many steroids, hate each other, or have really gelled into a mean bunch of S.O.B.’s. (I respectfully decline to use the word “nasty” as it will appear approximately 792,491 times about this team in one sense or another in the next 10 months).
The fight was one of the bigger highlights of the game. You all should know by now that McNeil and Ragone were the firestarters and once again, as it was during the practice fight, Eric Olsen went apeshit. I know Weis publicly denounced this scuffle, but he has to be happy that this team isn’t completely comprised of lay down pussies. Now if Finch- I mean Chris Stewart, gets involved… then there might be a felony issued.
Cover Band
Either our WR’s can’t get separation and we are in SERIOUS trouble, or our defensive backs are just that good. The DB’s were hip for hip on all of our WR’s for the entire day.
Gary Gray looks like a lockdown corner. I know, Tate got him on that deep ball and Kamara caught the game winner on him as well. But, the pass to Tate was as perfect as it gets and Kamara was in actuality, out of bounds on the TD catch. McNeil played extremely well and was a disruptive force for the defense. These two are on the 2 deep. That means we are just loaded at corner right now and have more depth here than we have had in at least 15 years.
The rest of the DB’s played well for the most part too. McCarthy is locking down his safety spot as his main competition, Sergio Brown, did not stand out that much. Bruton is Bruton and will make a claim for A.A. status this year, and Lambert and Walls did everything they had to do. Lambert looks bigger and is playing that way with a vicious hit on Armando Allen that knocked him silly for a while.
Harrison Smith is a freak. He will see the field a lot this year and after praising McCarthy, I have to say that Smith is looking like a HUGE threat to take that spot if Kyle starts to slip. His size and athleticism will allow Brown and Tenuta to put him all over the place including in the box as another LB. 22 is for real.
Butterfingers & Milk Duds
Clausens stats are a bit misleading. 10-27? Good game? Well, he did have at least 5 if not 6 balls just out right dropped by the WR. Not only that but the refs were killing him with a penalty on a few catches and one on a TD reception by Grimes. Add that with a couple of “sacks” and you have a very good 10-27 performance.
Kamara was a big part of the drop party, but you shouldn’t be too concerned. He has missed a lot of practice due to classes and is still 6’5″. He’ll be aight.
Dirty South
I liked what I saw from our Ca$h Money lineman. Mo Richardson led the team in tackles and looked very quick and aggressive. He needs to keep improving as the Irish need that speed off of the edge in 2008.
Ian Williams played better in my eyes than some other experts. I had contacts on. He engaged the blockers and was disruptive in his assignments. He should be the main man next year, but he will need a breather from time to time to be truly efficient.
Sam Young and Chris Stewart are running machines. What I mean is, they create superhighways for our running backs. I have no doubt that the Irish run right for the must have yardage. Flipping HUGE. Young still needs to get quicker feet and Stewart needs to get a little more mean… and then they will be better than a Crave Case from White Castle.
I Was Running
The running back situation is the same as when Notre Dame last played. Robert Hughes is the MAIN man. Do you want a nickname for him? How about “The Freight Train”, or “The Chi-Town Colossal Ass Kicker”? Start to get them ready because once 2008 gets going you might need something other than “HUGHES!!!” to yell because it may be redundant after a while. He looks great. In the words of a former co-worker “The perfect balance of speed and power”. The guy was talking about a truck, but so is Hughes. He cuts well, has good vision, and has that burst to put him in the second level.
The change of pace is of course Armando Allen. Allen did very well Saturday and survived a wicked hit by Lambert. But, he still did not break a long run which Irish fans are just sitting on and waiting for. I think he needs to bounce it a little more to the outside. He has a tendency to want to cut inside and then across. This gets him into trouble with the backside pursuit. Even with that fault, he still managed to turn out 50 yards on 11 carries which was on par with Hughes and his 22 for 100.
James Aldridge needs something. I’m not sure what it is, but maybe it’s more carries. He was almost absent from the game it seemed at times. When he did touch it… I don’t really remember anything about it.
No carries for the fullbacks… YES!
This Is The End
Well, I’m going to wrap this thing up. I already lied from what i put in the opening paragraph about not over analyzing the game, but it’s hard not to do. I know i missed out on writing about a lot of what happened at the game, but I have no doubt someone somewhere has already posted it for the 17th time.
Now the long wait starts until the opening day of summer camp and the prospect of kicking ass begins. Until then, stay tuned to Subway Domer and the rest of the Irish Blogging Community as we all will surely have a few good things in store for the off-season.
Go Irish!
Recruit Like A Champion Today

Dude, we’re sophomores.

Behind The Ball

April 19, 2008

Things are hectic around the Subway Domer household. My wife’s birthday always seems to fall on, or around the annual Blue-Gold spring game and takes up a little bit of time. Add that to a slew of home projects and WHAM… you just flew through a weekend. With that said, I haven’t been on top of things these past few days. Whoops! Two commits later I am back online and ready to rumble as much as the Fighting Irish are doing with each other on the field.

Notre Dame has once again, for the third year in a row, gone into Southern California and grabbed a 5 star prospect out the Poodles clutches and newcomer Slick Rick. (Rick Neuheisal from UCLA for you unenlightened ones).
Cierre Wood

Cierre is the #1 RB and #3 overall prospect according to Rivals.com. He is a gamebreaker. Tons of speed and lateral movement. If his senior year is like his junior year, be prepared to hear the Reggie Bush comparisons. Tons of talent hear with Wood, and now the Irish have the tedious task of keeping Wood to his commitment while he is living amongst the enemy.

This recent commitment will add solid depth into what is shaping into a very deep and talented running back stable joining SO. Robert Hughes, SO. Armando Allen, JR. James Aldridge, and FR. Jonas Gray.
I personally met Cierre at the Blue-Gold game (as well as about all 30,000 plus from the looks of things) and he was a very good kid. He signed anything that came his way and posed for any photo op an adoring fan asked for from him. He handled the spotlight very well and was very well spoken and courteous to any and all. You can label him an “ND Man” right now.

Now a little foretaste of the feast to come…


Tyler Stockton

The Irish received another commitment that was just as big as Wood. Tyler Stockton is a 6’1″ 295 defensive tackle from The Hun School in New Jersey.

What in the hell is going on? For what seemed like an eternity, ND has struggled to recruit defensive players, and more specifically defensive lineman. But, after a good haul last year, the Irish are looking to keep the momentum rolling with a solid commit from Mr. Stockton.

Stockton adds much needed depth to a defensive line that is very much need of top notch players. The more the merrier and definitely the fresher.

WELCOME TO NOTRE DAME WOOD & STOCKTON!!!

One more thing. I met Jake Golic at the Spring game as well. Jake is a really nice kid and seems very eager to get to ND and continue the Golic tradition. Honestly though, it took a second to recognize who he was. He looks MUCH bigger in person than he portrays on video. He also mentioned that he read Subway Domer (I was wearing my shirt and HAD to ask). Cool.

Last Hits Before The Game

April 17, 2008

Practice

Lambert

Weis