Archive for the ‘Nevada Wolfpack’ Category

Video Bonanza: Skunkbear Hunting Season

September 10, 2009

The Nevada Hangover… Goose-Eggs Taste Good

September 7, 2009

The season finally is up and running- and so are the Irish. After what seemed like a never ending offseason that had more than a few “pundits” proclaiming that the Irish would get upset by Nevada because they were so offensively potent- things happened a little differently than even I could have expected.

I realize that some of you may still be Goombay Smashed, so I’ll cut right to it and give you your hangover…

Blitzkrieg. The soothing presence of Fighting Irish Defensive Coordinator, John Tenuta, was felt in a bigger way in this season opener than last year. While the Irish only managed 2 sacks Saturday- that was two more than what they had against San Diego State a year ago. Besides that, the pressure was relentless all day. Tom “The Ice Princess” Hammond was quick to point out on more than a few occasions, that Notre Dame had at least one unblocked blitzer on almost every play. This unholy assault on the opposing team was the biggest contribution towards the shutout- something that hadn’t been done in almost 7 years.

Some things that bothered me… I know that I should be jumping up and down and pissing out champagne over a blowout, shutout victory- but the cynic in me can still find some things that make me scratch my head.

  1. Our pass coverage really looked awful. The WR’s for Nevada had at least 5 yards or more of cushion by the time the balls got to them- and they dropped them. Maybe I shouldn’t say awful, but I really expected something more out of these guys. In their defense, ND was playing man-to-man most of the time, and they never seemed to be confused or let a guy get behind them.
  2. Why can’t Nick Tausch smoke the football on the kickoff? I truly think that once a kicker puts on the Gold Helmet- he loses any ability to kick the ball into the endzone, or within 5 yards. His extra points looked fabulous.
  3. The massive transition of half the team to wear visors, was a little funny. I guess what bothered me was that I just wish they were the mirrored visors. Why this bothered me is still puzzling to me, but we won 35-0 so… I’m nitpicking here.

Jimmy is pushing for the stiff arm. 15-18 for 315 yards and 4 TD’s is a hell of a way to open up a season and to start your “quiet” Heisman campaign as a junior. There were many time on Saturday where I was watching Jimmy and thought he had some offseason rust still working against him, but his stats trump anything else that I saw. Obviously, Nevada’s pass defense is the probably going to be the worst that the Irish will see this year. However, Jimmy only threw 2 bad passes and none of the attempts looked to be interceptable at all. He commanded the offense and the team, and he looked like he was having a blast doing it as well. A tougher test is coming up, and I shall reserve judgement until then.

Michael Floyd… I love you. The lore of Michael Floyd grew once again as he caught 4 balls for 189 yards and 3 TD’s. It was an amazing performance. He showed so many facets of his game with only 4 catches. He showed his speed, which is underrated. He showed his ability to go over the middle. He showed how he can go up and get a ball with supernatural body control. As with Jimmy, Floyd has been undersold because of some other really good players in the country like Julio Jones, AJ Green, and Dez Bryant. I’ll take Floyd any day. The one thing that Floyd has to do is come up with that clutch TD or game-winning TD. Not that he needs it to be any better, but to keep the legend growing.

I have to say “My Bad” I have to cut this hangover a little short. I apologize to all of you that were expecting a bit more as I usually do for these. I have had a bad case of piss poor time management these last few days. So my bad- I’ll have more for the Michigan (sucks!) game.

Here’s a little highlight clip to help make up for this mediocre bullshit. Peace:

Nevada. September 5, 2009

September 4, 2009

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Anti-Preview’s for 2009. Much like last year, I will be previewing the game a little differently than some other websites and media outlets. For sure, I’ll talk a bit about our players and the game- but you also need to know how you should be celebrating these games as well.

Like Darwin would suggest, Subway Domer is evolving in these Anti-Previews. Here’s a link to what we did last year. Ahh. Last year. I’ll be doing things a bit differently- most noticeably with the freshman spot. I don’t have it this year. But enough of this bullshit, let’s move on and get this season rolling.

Nevada. Oh, you tricky mid-majors. Nevada is coming off of a 7-6 season that included a loss to Maryland in the Humanitarian Bowl. They run a very high-powered offense that has mastered the “Pistol.” If you need to know more about the pistol, read this in depth post from Blue-Gray Sky.

Nevada runs this crazy shit with a quarterback named Colin Kaepernick, who passed for over 2000 yards and rushed for over 1000 in 2008. The Wolfpack also returns 2 more 1000 yard rushers in Vai Taua (that’s a lot of vowels) and Luke Lippincott. An interesting stat: in 4 of their 6 losses, Nevada scored over 30 points. In the other two losses, they failed to score 20 points. Those two losses were to Texas Tech and Missouri- that’s a little different than losing to New Mexico St. and Louisiana Tech. So, yes- the offense is good… but against bigger and faster defenses, the Wolfpack puts its tail between its legs.

Speaking of defenses. I won’t say much about Nevada’s, other than they ranked like 119th or something in pass defense in 2008. You have my attention Betty Crocker.

What should you be drinking? I’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time. What drink would be fitting? After much internal debate and even more research and development… I have rationalized this drink as the Season Opener: The Goombay Smash. The biggest reason that I can offer is this (A) It has orange juice, and we should all start drinking at 8 AM for this Holiday, and (B) It has pineapple juice, and we should continue our celebration from signing day and pay tribute to Manti Te’o.

Here is the recipe as I make it:

  • 8 OZ. of Captain Morgan
  • 8 OZ. of Coconut Rum
  • 4 OZ. of Brandy
  • 16 OZ. of Orange Juice
  • 16 OZ. of Pineapple Juice
  • Mix all ingredients. Serve in a glass with or without ice cubes. Drop a couple of Maraschino Cherries in and drizzle with the cherry juice.
  • Drink up bitches.

It MUST be noted, that The Goombay Smash can be made in a variety of ways. One alteration is the substitution of straight brandy for an apricot brandy or even Grand Marnier. The drink is fruity enough for me, to not deter from the above recipe… but feel free to experiment.

Here is a video for those who need a visual… and for those who want to make fun of weird middle-aged guys- like this guy:

What should you be eating? Wolves eat Elk, right? Well there you go. Eat Elk. There is a supplier in Chicago, that if you are passing through- you should be able to pick some up. Or you could go kill one tonight with a Wookie style cross bow. Ask Ted Nugent.

So you got your ground Elk meat, now let’s make a burger. Use this recipe:
1/2 lbs Elk Burger

1 Medium Onion

1 Can Tomato Soup

! Tbsp Vinegar

3 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1/2 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 Cup Catsup

Salt, Pepper and Chili Powder to Taste


Brown elk burger and onion. Add rest of ingredients and simmer on the stovetop for 30 minutes.
What should you be wearing? Well, if your hunting Elk, I would normally advise you to wear some camo. Something for the hunt. Something like this maybe:

But not this time. Wear anything- ANYTHING other than that awful “gold” shirt, also known as The 2009 The Shirt. There are enough different green and blue tees floating around the stadium- don’t add anything new. I know my pleas will fall on a lot of deaf ears, but it had to be said.

Offensive MVP: Jimmy Clausen. Much has been said and much has been written about Jimmy. As much as anybody on the Notre Dame team- including Coach Weis, Jimmy has to perform. If Clausen goes out there and piles up a list of stats like: 24-31 339 yds. 3 TD’s 0 INT’s, than this team will have the confidence to walk into Ann Arbor (whore) in a week and take care of business. if he struggles- than we may not know what we really have this year. I fully expect a Hawai’i Part Deux on Saturday, and while the entire offense could shine, it’s Jimmy’s star that must shine the brightest. For all of the talk in these past months about jimmy becoming more of a leader and taking control of the team- I want to see it. I want to believe it. I want to snuggle up next to it and smile like a teenage girl in love. With all of the talent on this side of the ball, it is still Jimmy that will take all of the praise and all of the hate- regardless of any other facts. Clausen comes out slinging the motherfucking rock like a crackhead on a binge- that’s a good thing.

Defensive MVP: Manti Te’o. I almost hate having to put his name down with absolutely ZERO plays in college. But, let’s say he goes out there and makes 7 tackles, has a sack, and a forced fumble or a fumble recovery. That’s a pretty good opening game for the highest profile defensive player to come to Nd in quite a long time. Solid play from Te’o could change the entire perception of a defense that I believe is being underrated throughout the country. The defense will be an aggressive unit, and Te’o just has that “it” factor, that makes these types of defenses great. I just have this feeling that Te’o lives up to all of the hype and praise that he got before he stepped foot on the Notre Dame campus. I’m feeling it.

The Sleeper: Nick Tausch. I know you’re thinking that this is complete bullshit to have 2 freshman in these past 3 categories. Deal with it. Te’o is not your normal freshman (we hope) and Tausch unseated a 2 year starter at kicker and kickoffs. I want to see kickoffs into the endzone and maybe a field goal. I want to see this leg in action. The kickoff depth is so important to field position and setting the defense up for success. Tausch will have to grow up and blow up in a hurry.

Something else to watch: The defensive line rotation. The story is out there, but it is buried a bit under Te’o, the offensive line, and Jimmy. How is the defensive line rotation going to work? Essentially, the starters are in place with Lewis-Moore and Neal on the ends and Ian Williams and Ethan Johnson on the inside. We also know that Fleming will go down on the edge from his linebacking spot in the nickel. But, I want to see how guys like Newman, Hafis, and even Richardson are used in real game situations. The defensive line has more depth than at any time in over a decade. A lot of this depth is unproven and will see either their first college action or only their second year of that action. The linebackers are more athletic, and this defense may have one of the best secondaries in the country- but they HAVE TO have the defensive line do their job. With a nice rotation, I believe this defense will stay fresh and kick the shit out of most of their opponents. Just a hunch.

So who’s gonna win? IRISH 49-17. Sound insane? Well, I was going to go with 49-10- but that sounded a little cocky. ND will get a nice lead, but then Crist will enter the game and throw a TD himself. I know the line is at 14, or something like that, but if the Fighting Irish don’t win by at least 3 TD’s… I will still give this team a big question mark. I fully expect our defense to stuff the run, and when it’s time for Nevada to throw, there will be too much pressure on Kaepernick and he will throw a couple of picks. The offense rolls with a nice mix of plays that have been lost since the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Man- I’m fucking pumped.

Nevada Week Update 9/3

September 4, 2009

Nevada Week Updates

September 3, 2009

Practice Video 9/1

September 1, 2009

This is a picture, riddled with irony… I love it.

Irish Blogger Gathering… Domer Law Brings Judgement

August 31, 2009

Holy shit, and welcome back to the IBG. It’s a horrible name for a great bunch of bloggers who have come together to share thoughts and answer obscure and not-so-obscure questions about The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

Let’s get started…

This weeks Gathering is hosted by Domer Law. He was the first to answer the call that I put out to the other members, for some help to kick the season off. So, let’s get rolling…

1. My season preview included music video footage for each position group. What song or video do you feel typifies this year’s Notre Dame team heading into the season? Embed a youtube or other similar video if possible.

I’m not sure if I can express this enough. I truly believe that 2009 will be very much like the 2005 season. I usually don’t compare season from the past to what they are now- but I started the comparison with the 2004 and 2008 team last year, and it’s spilling into this year. I fully expect the 2009 team to be as explosive offensively as the 2005 squad, but what excites me even more, is the possibilities that the Irish have on defense. If the 2005 squad had the 2009 version (or even the 2008 version), they may have been undefeated in the regular season.

You get the point… right? So, I’ll kind of cheat here and give you this old, glorious clip.

2. Post a picture that to you portrays the attitude of this year’s team and discuss.

OK. So that’s 2 pictures, and it’s a little sappy- but this answers the question. I am jacked up, and you can see from the determination on the eyes of my daughter- she is too. Yesterday was “Flag Day” in the Subway Domer household. My wife baked me a football cake, and my daughter and I put out the ND flag. It flies from the first week of the season, until after the Blue & Gold game.

But what this picture really shows is family. That is what, by all accounts, this team has really turned itself into- a real family. They are all there for eachother- and for their coach. A lot of the key players were on the disastrous 2007 team, and a few more were on last years team that unraveled in the last half of the regular season. In a year that has lofty expectations for everyone involved in the program, they will need eachother to keep their edge and their focus as the season progresses. This is what family does for you.

3. What do you perceive as the team’s biggest weakness heading into the season?

The uncertainty of both the offensive and defensive lines. I’m not sure if you could call that a weakness, but it is what I see as a possible weakness, and that could kill us if things don’t work out the way we want them to.

The offensive line is getting moved around, and have a new starter at LT that was our original starter at LT in 2007 (not much praise for that year). How will this line play as a unit? This is the key to the entire offense.

The defensive line will depend upon a lot of unproven youth in their 2 deep rotation. If the youngsters can really contribute, than the entire defense will benefit. If the defensive line is limited to just 3 or 4 players, than we may see a lot of issues rushing the passer and stuffing the run.

Hogs. Gotta give it.

4. With the exception of the 1990s, Notre Dame has won a National Championship in every decade since the 1920s. What are the chances (a) that Notre Dame wins a championship this year, and (b) if not this year, when do you predict the next championship for the Irish?

This is a loaded question. But, I will answer it as honestly as I possibly can.

A. The chances are very good that ND GETS to the Title game- but if they have to play Florida (most likely opponent), Texas, or Oklahoma… I just see them getting crushed. I don’t see a title in 2009.

B. 2010. Mark it down. Every one comes back- and they finally take the title. (Isn’t life great?!)

5. Nevada runs the Pistol offense, Navy the Triple Option, and Michigan the Spread Option. Which offensive scheme do you think is the most difficult to prepare for, and why?

I have to go with the pistol. The “spread option” is so widely used anymore, that most teams see it at least 6 times a year. In Notre Dame’s case (and the only case that should matter), they see the triple option every year, so there is some familiarity to defending it, albeit for one game. The pistol is unique and is very effective in both the run and pass game. Tricky, tricky.

6. Is Colin Capaernick the best quarterback we’ll see this year? If not, who is?

He certainly has the stats to back that claim up, but… no. Who? I’m not really sure of the who, but it ain’t him. My money will be on either Barkley or Corps- whichever one is starting when we play them.

7. Prediction time. We have to get on the record before the season kicks off. Give me:

(1) Overall prediction for wins/losses. 11-1. We will beat U$C, but that one loss is going to sting, and I’m not sure who it is just yet. Probably MSU or PITT- but we BEAT $C THIS YEAR.
(2) Projected bowl game and result. I’m not sure which one- but a BCS bowl. What the hell… we beat Georgia Tech.
(3) Predicted final ranking. #5
(4) Best player on the team. Jimmy shows why he was the #1 recruit in 2007.
(5) Heisman trophy winner. Colt McCoy. Not because he will deserve it, but because everyone wants to give it to him right now.
(6) National Champion. Florida. We all know this to be true.
(7) Prediction for Nevada game, including score. IRISH 49-17.

Fall Camp Updates… It’s Actually The Bye Week

August 26, 2009

10 Quick Facts About Nevada

May 17, 2009

If you didn’t know by now, Mike Frank has made the move from Eyes to Irish Sports Daily, an ESPN affiliate. Nice job Mike.

Occasionally I’ll post a good quote, or an entire post, from any number of Notre Dame message boards here at Subway Domer. (As long, of course, as it is not “premium” information). The following is a post from the aforementioned Irish Sports Daily by the member KenND. If his facts hold up, it will be more like a rabbit hunt than a wolf hunt come September…

  1. 2008 record: 7-6.
  2. The only common opponent with ND in 2008 was Hawaii. Nevada lost 38-31.
  3. Nevada’s wins: Grambling State, UNLV, Idaho, Utah State, Fresno State, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech.
  4. Average ranking of Nevada’s opponents in total defense, not including Grambling State: 76
  5. Record against BCS teams: 0-3.
  6. Average score in the three losses against BCS teams: 48-23 (Texas Tech, Missouri, Maryland).
  7. Record against Top 25 teams: 0-3.
  8. Average score in the three losses against Top 25 teams: 48-23 (Texas Tech, Missouri, Boise State).
  9. Average win-loss record of the teams that Nevada beat, not including Grambling State: 5-7.
  10. Record against Bowl teams: 2-5 (wins were against Fresno State and Louisiana Tech).