Archive for the ‘Holy Shit We Might Have A Defense To Help Out Weis’ Category

Filling Up With Fist Pumps

July 24, 2007

Steve Filer is Irish. All of ND nation can breath out now. This has been THE commitment we all have been waiting for since September of last year. Steve chose the Irish over Ohio State and of course Michigan. The Irish were pegged a lock for Filer for quite some time, but appearances can be deceiving.

”In the beginning, Notre Dame wasn’t at the top of my list. I liked Ohio
State and Michigan,” Filer said. ”But I got a good feeling for the players and
coaches. In the end, I felt Notre Dame was the best move for me and my family.
It is close to home and it will give me a good education.”

Filer is a 5 star prospect and the #2 ILB in the country. He plays with good speed, but most importantly, instinct and violence. When Filer gets to the ball carrier, the ball carrier goes down. Although he is an ILB in high school, Steve may see his action at OLB at ND. He has good range, and with McDonald, Fleming, and Posluszny in the mix, some of the guys may be interchangeable. (Especially if Etienne Sabino would commit to ND).
This is one of the 4 players I pegged as MUST gets for the Irish in my piece 4 To Score and he is the 19th overall commitment for the incoming 2008 class. The importance of his commitment can not be overstated. This leaves only Michael Floyd from those four to still make the decision to attend ND. With only about 4 to 5 spots remaining, he may pull the trigger before the start of his senior year. Other top prospects on the board for the Irish include; Trevor Robinson (OL), Jonathan Baldwin (WR), Jeremy Brown (WR/DB), and a trio of running backs that include Cyrus Gray, Ryan Williams, and Carlton Thomas. Don’t be surprised if one or two of these players mentioned, commits to ND before the Georgia Tech game. For a complete list of prospects check out Irish Eyes or Irish Illustrated.
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Everybody Else Is Doing It… Episode VI The Empire Strikes Back

July 14, 2007

Welcome to the 5th and final edition of Subway Domer’s “Why The Hell Not, 2007 Season Predictions.” Enjoy!

The Fighting Irish are heading to a BCS bowl for the 3rd year in a row. Which one? Back to the desert for a nineteen year rematch with those couch-burning rednecks from the mountains- West Virginia. The entire BCS shook out like this:

  • BCS Championship #1 LSU VS. #2 Texas
  • Rose Bowl #6 UCLA VS. #10 Penn State
  • Orange Bowl #4 Virginia Tech VS. #8 Louisville
  • Sugar Bowl #9 Georgia VS. #7 Miami
  • Fiesta Bowl #3 Notre Dame VS. #5 West Virginia

(No Mid-Majors made it this year. The leading contenders were supposed to be TCU and Hawaii, but both teams ended up with 2 losses and out of the top 15).

Notre Dame (11-1) VS. West Virginia (11-1)

What could be a better way to finish a great season, than to end a long bowl losing streak? Ending a drought in the desert? We as Irish faithful have heard this mumbo jumbo before. Remember Oregon State and Ohio State? Well, here’s how it went down…

The game got off to a fast start for W.V. Vaughn Rivers took the opening kickoff 99 yards to the house to go on top 7-0. After a 3 and out for the Irish, W.V. took the ball at their own 20 and marched down the field in 12 plays and scored on a 4 yard run by Slaton to make it 14-0. The game was then delayed 65 minutes after W.V. fans took their nacho boxes, torched them, and threw them on the field. Among the 397 arrested; Noel Devine, Pac-Man Jones, and Deion Sanders. (Apparently Deion didn’t get enough bowl action at the 2nd straight Emerald Bowl appearance by his Florida State Criminoles… they lost to Navy). After the smoke cleared, literally, W.V. kicked off to Armando Allen. AA took it 71 yards to the 27 yard line. 2 plays later, the Irish got on the board with a 21 yard strike from Sharpley to Kamara. The Mountaineers took it right back to the Irish with another long drive (83 yards on 14 plays) that ended with another TD run by Slaton that put W.V. up 21-7 at the half. Fox made the mistake of putting cameras outside of the ND locker room at halftime. They now owe the FCC millions of dollars after Charlie’s halftime speech turned out to be more like a Sam Kinnison reincarnation. It seemed to work though. ND took their opening drive right down the field with fire and balls. Thomas for 3, Aldridge for 4, Hughes for 4, Jabbie for 2, Schwapp for 6 etc. 21 plays for 81 yards and a 1 yard TD by Jabbie that took 11 minutes off the clock. (21-14 W.V.) The defense had been giving up long drives to W.V. and they were resulting in TD’s. They needed a stop, or Weis was going to have a heart attack. They gave up 1 first down and got the ball back with a shanked punt that went out of bounds at the W.V. 41 yard line. The very next play the Irish came out with a 5 wide set. (Kamara, Tate, Grimes to the left and Demetrius Jones and Crlson to the right). Sharpley took the snap in the shotgun tossed it to Grimes and then Grimes unloaded a bomb to Carlson sitting all alone on the 3 yard line after 4 defenders followed Jones on a crossing route. TD Irish… It’s tied 21-21. Start the 4th… West Virginia proceeded to take another drive down the field after several big runs from Pat White. They lost their groove a little though after Chris Stewart got in on a play and CRUSHED White on a blind sided sack after white rolled out to his right on a pass play. White was helped off the field and did not return for the remainder of that series, and the Mountaineers settled for a 37 yard field goal by Pat McAfee. (24-21 W.V.) ND had to answer with only 5 minutes remaining in the game. What an answer it was. The kickoff was returned to the 38. 3 plays later Sharpley saw Hord running free on a post. Evan cocked his arm back-WHAM!!! Reed Williams crushed Evan’s arm and forced a fumble that Johnny Dingle fell on. W.V. ball; leading 24-21 with 3 minutes left. They ran Slaton left and Slaton right for a first down. The clock was winding down, but Weis was holding on to his T.O.s. They ran Slaton right-BAM!!!…kaboshed by Kerry Neal and the ball was on the ground. Crum picked the ball up on the 2nd bounce, ran 5 yards and saw Zibby coming up behind him and handed it off to him. 83 yards later TOUCHDOWN IRISH!!! 28-24 ND with 1:34 on the clock. ND squibbed the kick down to the 27. White threw 2 incomplete passes and then on 3rd down, threw the sealer to Ambrose Wooden for the INT. 3 kneel downs by Evan later…Fiesta Bowl Win. Morgantown implodes.

28-24 IRISH

MVP- Tommy Z. 15 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 FR forTD.

The Irish finished 2nd in the polls behind LSU. 2008 should be grand.

This was not a return to glory story. This is an Empire rising from the ashes of desolate times caused by previous regimes. It is time to rule once again.

“This team is now the ultimate power in the Universe.”

No Condoms For Johnson

June 28, 2007

In what is turning out to be a whirlwind recruiting class for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, another top prospect has committed to Our Lady Of The Lake. Ethan Johnson, a 6’4″ 265 lbs. defensive end from Lincoln High in Portland Oregon, made the decision final Wednesday night and became the 17th prospect to commit for the incoming 2008 class. Johnson is rated as a 5 star by scout and is the 48th overall player by Rivals.

Ethan turned down offers from UCLA, Oregon, Skunkbears (what else did you expect), and wait for it……U$C. Apparently, Snoop Dogg and Will Ferrell are not high on Johnson’s priorities.

This is a HUGE pickup for the Irish, which needed to shore up its front 7 this year. That makes it 3 DEs, 2 DTs (NG), and 3 LBs. Expect at least another LB, if not 2.

I would add more, but I am in “shock mode” with 17 commits before July. Please do not attempt to wake me!

Irish Slaughter The Competition

June 27, 2007

Notre Dame received its 16th verbal commitment for the 2008 incoming class on Tuesday. Jamoris Slaughter, a 4 star prospect (Rivals & Scout), is a 6’1″ 185 lbs. defensive back from Tucker High School in Georgia. Most sites recruiting services has him listed as a safety, but the Irish like him at cornerback.

Jamoris chose the Irish over Georgia, LSU, and oh by the way…SKUNKBEARS. What’s the tally now? It is amazing how many good defensive players are now flocking to ND with Corwin Brown directing the “D”. It can not be said enough…”Corwin Brown is KICKING ASS.”

ND now has 9 defensive standouts already in this class. If this 3-4 thing works as well as the recruiting, we may have a nice surprise on our hands this year. Well, I won’t get ahead of myself…yet.