Archive for December, 2008

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas to all!

And if you somehow missed last nights game, here are a few highlights…

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A Golden Shower

December 25, 2008

I can’t believe porn is now acceptable on basic cable. ESPN must be desperate for ratings.

The Hawai’i Bowl: Hawai’i. December 24, 2008

December 23, 2008

Welcome to the Hawai’i Bowl Anti-Preview for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Hawai’i Warriors. (Whatever happened to the Rainbows?) It’s going to be deep into Christmas Eve for the mainlanders by the time the game kicks off at 8 pm EST, and Irish fans are looking for a big present from the team as they look to end a 9 game 15 year bowl win drought.

Hawai’i won’t be looking to give this gift away and will in fact, try and regift what has been given to the Irish in the recent past– another bowl loss. So Notre Dame can not come into Hawai’i like a bunch of fucking tourists, they have to walk into Aloha Stadium like a bunch of pissed off pirates looking to destroy the native sons of the island.

Hawai’i. The Warriors finished the season with a 7-6 record and were rewarded with yet another Hawai’i Bowl berth (their 5th in 7 years). Their most impressive victory was against then #22, Fresno State. But, the game that everyone is talking about is the Cincinnati game where Hawai’i was up on the #13 Bearcats until collapsing in the fourth quarter to lose the game 29-24. Hawai’i did lose to 3-9 Utah State, but the Irish lost to 3-9 Syracuse… so whatever.

What should you be drinking? Rum. Lots and lots of rum. Since the economy is still in shambles and you spent your last dollar on a Christmas gift for the Secret Santa gift exchange at work, make sure you go with the ole’ reliable… Captain Morgan. You drank it in high school, you chugged it in college, and now that you are all grown up- you still can’t get enough of it and mix it with everything you drink as you curse all of those around you. Whew.

You can do just about anything with the Captain at your side. Here are a few short recipe’s to get you started:
  • Captain’s Booty: 3 oz. CM & 3-6 oz. Ginger Ale
  • Shark’s Nipple: 1/4 part CM, 1/4 part Mountain Dew, 1/2 part Cranberry Juice, & 3 ice cubes.
  • Captain’s Code: 1 oz. CM & 8 oz. Red Bull
  • Subway Domer Crack: 1/2 part CM & 1/2 part Apple juice or Apple cider

There are many other mixes to use with the Captain… and I suggest you try them all.

What should you be eating? Pirates ate like shit. I urge you to not eat like a pirate, unless you want scurvy or some sort of intestinal disease. Eat like the natives, but I suggest that you stay away from the poi unless you like cream of wheat and/or grits. (The Subway Domer KILLS grits). There is another way to enjoy the sacred Taro plant instead of mashing it up into poi… Lau lau.

Lau lau is a dish that takes any type of meat and wraps it with Taro leaves and is steamed. Here is a recipe to try:

•1 lb boneless pork or beef
•1 lb salted butterfish – soaked or salmon may be substituted
•1 lb boneless chicken
•Hawaiian Salt
•frozen taro leaves – thawed and drained
•taro leaves
•liquid smoke (optional)
Preparation:

This dish can be prepared using equal amounts of beef, chicken, fish and pork. I recommend using at least one meat along with the chicken and fish.
Cut meat and chicken into 1 inch chunks.
Rinse butterfish well, remove skin and cut into 1 inch chunks.
Cut and discard the stems from the taro leaves. Wash leaves. Do not dry.

In a large bowl, mix fish, chicken and meat with liquid smoke (if desired).
Take a piece of each main ingredient and wrap all three together in several taro leaves. This is called your laulau.
Place each laulau in the center of a taro leaf and wrap it. Use a second ti leaf to wrap it around the opposite direction.
You should have what looks like a little package. Secure with string.

The completed packets should be steamed, covered for several hours. They can also be cooked over a grill if kept well moist. Lay 3 to 4 taro leaves in the pan. Add half of the luau (taro) leaves. Arrange meat mixture evenly on luau leaves. Put remaining luau and ti leaves on top. Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 3 hours.

Of course, it doesn’t matter what you are eating if you are watching this…

What should you be wearing? Just like the Navy game, I implore you to dress the part. Throw away those Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, and leis and grab yourself a hook, eye patch, and wooden leg. And for you lady friend?
Shiver me timbers!

What freshman will have the biggest impact? This has become an easy answer, because it is so obvious. Michael Floyd. Floyd is Notre Dame’s biggest threat on offense and he makes everyone else better. While Floyd was out for the Syracuse and USC games, the offense looked like it jumped in a Doc Brown Dolorian and went back to 2007. They looked awful to say the least. There is little doubt that this was because Floyd was out. Hawai’i is ranked 43rd in pass defense efficiency in 1-A. They just don’t have the personnel to cover both Tate and Floyd, and because Floyd runs such very good routes, I look for him to have a monster game against the Warriors, and even if he doesn’t have a huge “stat” game, somebody will. That’s why Floyd will make the biggest impact- that’s why Notre Dame will be able to move the ball. That’s why Floyd is probably the MVP of the Irish offense this year.

What offensive player needs to step it up? It would be easy and correct if I said Jimmy Clausen. As Jimmy has struggled, people point directly at the most visible face of the offense. This is inaccurate though. Clausen needs help, just as all good quarterbacks do to move the ball. The offensive line? All of them? Well, most of the offensive woes can be attributed to poor pass protection and uncanny ability to be worked over by inferior defensive lines. I’m sure they are capable of stepping up and doing the task against Hawai’i, but I think Armando Allen is the player that has to rise to the occasion. The question is if he is healthy enough to do so. If he is, Allen provides Clausen not only with a very good dump off option that can move the sticks and keep drives alive, but also a running back that can explode at the line of scrimmage and get 4 or 5 yards at a time. Allen may never be the game breaker that Irish fans were hoping for, but he is becoming more and more like Darius Walker. And I’ll take that.

What defensive player needs to step it up? David Bruton, what the hell happened? Bruton has to step it up against a team that likes to spread it out and chuck the rock. Bruton has had chance after chance to have more interceptions than what he ended up with this year, but he kept dropping one sure interception after another. The last TD that Syracuse scored to eventually win the game was on Bruton as he had his hips in the wrong direction as the WR came off of a cut. That was after Hammond and Hayden were talking about “NFL scouts drooling all over David Bruton.” As much as any player on the defensive side of the ball, Bruton can change the outcome of a game. He has that knack of being in the middle of the sction, we just need him to attack that action and put the Irish in good position to win the game. I think Bruton can do this, and i believe that he will as well. His last game as a member of the Fighting irish may turnout to be his most memorable. That’s what we need.

What special teams player needs to step it up? With Mike Anello out with a broken leg, I was going to go with his gunner partner David Bruton, but then I really started thinking about it for a few moments and it comes down to the central figure of special teams… the field goal kicker Brandon Walker. Yes, we need good snaps and good holds but we need Brandon to keep improving as he has over the season. Notre Dame has had 2 games against Hawai’i in the past and both of those were in Hawai’i and both were close games. Close games come down to extra points and field goals. Brandon Walker has to be money.

Who’s gonna win? Despite an obvious talent advantage on paper for Notre Dame, they will face stiff competition against the Warriors. This is the Warrior’s home field and they are looking forward to playing the high profile Fighting Irish. I think the time has come and the tide will turn for the Fighting Irish and the bowl streak. the streak dies and the Irish impress in what is a no win situation as far as the national media is concerned. Call me a homer, but I’ll take the IRISH 44-17 in a pull away victory in the fourth quarter.

Mike Haywood Miami (OH) New Head Coach

December 23, 2008

Per Joe Schaad at ESPN, Mike Haywood is the new Head Coach at Miami of Ohio. I’ll have more later.

Miami of Ohio will name Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood as its head coach on Tuesday, sources familiar with the situation said.

The hiring of Haywood will bring the number of African-American football coaches in the Bowl Championship Subdivision to six of 119 programs. He will succeed Shane Montgomery, who resigned last month.

According to two sources close to Haywood, he has agreed to contract terms with the university.

The RedHawks were 17-31 during Montgomery’s four seasons as head coach and went 2-10 this season.

Haywood will join Turner Gill at Buffalo, Randy Shannon at Miami, Fla., Mike Locksley at New Mexico, Kevin Sumlin at Houston and Ron English at Eastern Michigan as the only black coaches in college football’s top tier.

Haywood, a Notre Dame graduate, had been offensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish since 2005. He previously worked as an assistant at Texas, LSU, Ball State, Ohio University, Army and Minnesota. In 2005, he was named NCAA Division 1-A assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.

Irish Blogger Gathering… Pig Blood, Urban Meyer, and the Hawai’i Bowl

December 22, 2008

As the bowl games draws ever so near, The Subway Domer jumps back into the Irish Blogger Gathering to answer the Polynesian flavored questions set forth by Neil at Domer Law Blog.

Hele mei hoohiwahiwa. There has been some controversy about the Irish accepting a Christmas Eve bowl bid, as we are a Catholic institution, and many feel that the bowl game will get in the way of celebrating Christmas. Give me your thoughts.

Huh? It’s my understanding (as a Missouri Synod Lutheran) that Christmas Day is the required day of worship for Roman Catholics. So what’s the big deal? Plus, if you are traveling to the game, there are quite a few Catholic Churches in Honolulu. So, what’s getting in the way of celebrating Christmas? The Bowl Game, or you? Yes, if you want to celebrate Christmas and watch the bowl game, there may be a few adjustments to make, but it can certainly be done and done in a manner that can still reflect your beliefs. Me? My wife and I are going to church at 5:00 pm (instead of the traditional 11:00 pm), coming home and watching the game together since she has to work on Christmas. So- whatever.

`Onipa`a. The Notre Dame administration has decided to stand by their man and bring Coach Weis back as head coach next year. What specific changes (a) do you think ought to be made in the offseason? (b) do you think will be made in the offseason?

A) I think the team needs a coaching overhaul. This has been discussed quite a bit in the last few months. I, personally, think that Latina, Mendoza, Haywood, Oliver, and Powlus should be replaced. As far as candidates for those jobs are concerned, I can’t say exactly who could fill them, but I’m sure there are very suitable coaches out there.

I would also like to see this team start drinking blood as an off-season training regimen. Maybe not human blood, but I’m sure they could get away with pig blood or deer blood or something like that. Chug it, bong it, smear it all over their bodies- just get brutal with it. This team needs an attitude adjustment, and I’m betting that becoming more like a vampire falls into a major attitude adjustment.

B) What’s going to happen for sure? nobody knows, but I’ll guess and say that Latina, Haywood, and Mendoza are gone. Other than that, I’m sure Weis will talk about changing the mindset- blah, blah, blah. Did Weis major in Psychology? He talks enough bullshit to be either a shrink or a politician.

Pupukahi i holomua. What are your expectations for next season?

This is a loaded question. I’ll try to answer this with as much grace as possible, but I know some of you out there will just call me an idiot fanboy with a sign over my head. Oh well. But look at this schedule:

  • Nevada
  • @ Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • @ Purdue
  • Washington
  • U$C
  • Boston College
  • Washington State (San Antonio)
  • @ Pitt
  • UConn
  • @ Stanford

Just looking at that schedule and knowing roughly what the 2 deep will look like in 2009 and doing the same for the opponents, I can say with a straight face that I think the Irish will fare no worse than 9-3. I think they could do even better, but I won’t get crazy and call for a National Title run. However, I have been comparing this team to the 2004 team for weeks now, and the 2009 squad could be a lot like the 2005 team. Two big differences are that the defense in 2009 will be light years better than they were in 2005 and Clausen is not as good of a leader as Quinn was during his years at Notre Dame. I think Crist will do a nice job pushing Jimmy, but Clausen will win out in the end. You have to remember that Clausen is still only a TRUE SOPHOMORE, and he should develop even more in 2009. Do not make the mistake of saying Dayne is a better QB by watching his high school gametape over and over again.

O ka makapo wale no ka mea hapapa i ka pouli. Also, if we start looking for a new coach next year, who do you think we (a) can get, and (b) would be the best possible hire? (i.e., is all of this Urban Meyer talk hot air or substance?)

I refuse to answer this question in December of 2008. I will say that Urban is NOT COMING TO ND. I don’t care what you read in any article, book, or message board. Stop kidding yourselves and looking like a schoolgirl with a crush. Weis has the job and was reaffirmed by the AD just a few weeks ago. We can revisit this later in 2009.

`A`ohe lokomaika`i i nele i ke pâna`i. ‘Tis the season, so tell me: What is the best gift you are giving someone this holiday season?

The Griswold Family Christmas. Every year I host Christmas for both my side and my wife’s side as well. (Separate dates). I like doing it, even though it can be a major hassle. It makes me feel great to be able to do this for my family and it takes away some of the pressure of Christmas off of the rest of the family. Call me Clark, just don’t send me a Jelly of the Month Membership.

Mahalo nui loa na ho’olaule’a me la kaua. What are your predictions for the game? Will the Irish be celebrating on the long plane ride home, or will this be another long offseason of listening to the chatter about our decades-long bowl losing streak?

I am hosting a Bowl Pick-Em contest. Like most of those contests, they include your confidence points. I put the max points on the Irish (34). I think Notre Dame comes out guns blazing. Mike Floyd and Brian Smith return and provide impact status instantly to the team. I have heard all of the arguments from the talking heads and fans alike saying that Hawai’i will be too much for Notre Dame on their home turf. Fuck that. This is a young Irish team with a ton of potential and I think they put it all out on the line- not to end the streak, but to springboard into 2009. IRISH 44-17.

Bagpipe Monday… Christmas Week

December 22, 2008

Last week I asked you how many bowl games that you were going to watch this bowl season.

  • 48% said 5 or more
  • 23% said 15 or more
  • 11% said 25 or more
  • 11% said only the Hawai’i Bowl (that’s sad- really sad)
  • 7% said they were going to watch ALL of them

I have to say that I am going to try and watch ALL of the games this season, but there may be 2 or 3 that I just won’t be able to. 31 still ain’t bad.

Don’t forget to vote in this weeks poll, and have a Merry Christmas.

Remember This Guy?

December 19, 2008

I posted in an earlier Link-O-Rama about the Michigan fan that was selling his fanhood to the highest bidder on ebay.com. The deed is done, and now there is one less skunkbear fan to deal with. At least the chicks are hotter.

Link-O-Rama 12/18

December 18, 2008

It’s time to throw your calender out and rearrange the week. It’s not Friday- it’s Sunday. Blasphemy you say? Hardly. If the Hawai’i Bowl was played on a Saturday- then today would be Sunday. It’s Outback Math. Anyways- here’s a few links to keep you occupied:

If You Wanted To Know…

December 18, 2008

I made this spreadsheet about Notre Dame’s opponents in 2008 and 2009. You know, just in case you weren’t sure.

Hitler Is A Notre Dame Fan?

December 16, 2008

I don’t know where this originated, but I saw it posted at NDNation.com on Rock’s House. Even if you’re a Weis supporter, I guarantee that you will laugh. This was also the same basis for a few other college football movies.