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Nemesis

June 8, 2007


An absolutely dominant word. Nemesis. What does it mean? Well, two of the definitions are; 1. Archenemy, and 2. punishment or defeat that is deserved and cannot be avoided. These are strong definitions that fit in context with the ND Football program very well. Because we have them. But, we may not have them for very long…at least the redheaded step-child kind anyways.

(Hardcore disclaimer: This is not an entirely new thought. Lou Somogyi first wrote about this, and it was just discussed briefly on Blue And Gold Radio. These are my 2 cents.)

It has been put forth that the following recent coaches of ND had these Nemesis’ and the results of those games had a huge impact on them being out of a job in South Bend.

  • Gerry Faust and the Falcons of Air Force
  • Bob Davie and the Spartans of Michigan State
  • Ty Willingham and the Eagles of Boston College

Gerry Faust was 1-4 against AFA. Nuff said.

Bob Davie went an incredible 0-5 versus Michigan State. I still have nightmares of this series. I keep telling myself that this stretch of mediocrity didn’t happen. I was in a pretty sweet drug and alcohol-induced haze during Bob’s run with ND, so the details of most of these hideous displays of footbaww are sketchy. We always made MSU look like a real contender in the first half of the season, only to watch them be…well, Michigan State. But was this his Nemesis? Let’s see…

  1. Lose to Archenemy no less than 3 years in a row…..check.
  2. Were the losses justified as payback? Maybe Holtz’s ass kickings had something to do with this. Karma is a motherf’er.

Ty “the molder of men” Willingham went 0-2 versus Boston College. THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!! Did I make myself clear enough? Two of the most gut-wrenching losses I have ever known. The first was a drive to ND from Ohio and then back again on gameday, because we were dumped on by the Ticket gods. Made it back home in time to see Dillingham (only time ever will he be mentioned here on this blog) hand the ball off to B.C. , literally. Then season 2 I was locked up and lost a bet… I will not disclose any other info. B.C.!!! Give me a flipping break. Nemesis

  1. Lose to Archenemy 3 years in a row… well if his ass wasn’t fired and we played them in 2006, you can bet your sweet ass we would have lost…check.
  2. Justifiable? No the ’93 game was all the justice B.C. should have been allowed on the earlier beatdowns. But… with Ty as the Head Coach, losing to B.C. was unavoidable…CHECK.

So why talk about these ass-clowns now? Well, this is just your reminder that ND is on its way to the top again. Weis will not lose to these mediocre teams on a consistent basis as his predecessors had done. Weis’s Nemesis is USC. The way it should be, and I see a change in that for the future, as we become the Nemesis of Troy. Weis has brought back that Holtz feel to the program and will take his rightful place as the successor of the name “Great Notre Dame Football Coach”.

Just a little something to make you put out a fistpump and yell “fuck yes!”. Need some more? Check out our commitment list for 2008-That’s a double fistpump.

Everybody Else Is Doing It…Part Deux

June 2, 2007

Welcome back to Subway Domer’s “Why The Hell Not, 2007 Predictions” This is the 2nd part of the 5 part epic.

ND (2-1) VS. Sparty (3-0) 44-17 IRISH

The Irish haven’t beaten Sparty in South Bend, since 1993. WOW. I knew the streak has been a long one (Thanks TY…Thanks Boobs), but what a drought. That , however, ended very suddenly and very powerfully. The Irish came out to destroy their opponent and did just that with 383 rushing yards. From start to finish, Notre Dame used ALL of its running backs in a stampede of ass-kicking. Travis Thomas led the backs with 132 yards on the ground with just 15 carries. Allen had 52, Aldridge had 101,Hughes rushed for 55 yards and Jabbie snuck in 43. It was like dating a USC song girl… everyone got a shot and everyone scored. Clausen only threw the ball 11 times but hit 9 of the throws for 145 yards. One was a 22 yard post to a wide open Duval Kamara for his first TD of his career. Anthony Vernaglia also got in on the action with a safety on QB Brian Hoyer for the Spartans. He was too busy admiring his new jersey and was almost crippled. Don’t ask me how Sparty scored, I really think that they were mercy points the new MAC officials gave them. (The MAC, always trying to catch up to Big Integer). The Sports Inferno melts down…AGAIN. Better go watch another showing of 300.

MVP- Anthony Vernaglia 17 tackles(8FL); 2 forced fumbles; Safety; INT

ND (3-1) @ Purdue (3-1) 42-0 IRISH

Another game at Ross-Ade and the weather is of coarse, RAIN,RAIn, RAin, Rain, and more…rain. This became an advantage to Weis and the Fighting Irish as they have been pounding the ball with ease. Tiller thought that having his players wear speedos would put fear in the hearts of the Irish. Instead, the Irish seemed to have put in an extra gear, as to not be touched by these fairy princesses. The defense and special teams was lights out and did HALF of the scoring. McNeil took a pick 61 yards to the house, as did Tommy Zbikowski for 37 yards return to the house. Tommy Z also took a punt 84 yards for a score. James Aldridge scored 2 TDs and led all rushers with 116 yards on 22 carries. Travis Thomas saw limited action due to an ankle injury suffered during practice. (Should be 100% for the Bruins). The remaining TD was a 17 yard reverse by George West on a 3rd and 15 play. Tiller blamed bloggers everywhere for the loss.

MVP- Tommy Z 12 tackles, 2 sacks, INT for TD, 84 yrd PR for TD and a forced fumble.

ND (4-1) @ UCLA (5-0) 17-14 Bruins

The land of roses was not so rosy for the Lads of Notre Dame. The offense struggled in the first half. ND only earned one first down and that was during the first series on a QB scramble by Clausen. The Bruins did not do so hot themselves, but a blocked punt and a long punt return set them up for 2 easy scores from within the 10 yard line. It was 14-0 at the half. The Irish put themselves back in the game with 2 long scoring drives that in its totality took over 32 plays and 18 minutes. Both TDs were the Clausen to Carlson variety (12,9). The defense did what it needed and got the ball back from the Bruins with 3:03 remaining in the game. On the very first play with the ball back, Bruce Davis blindsided Clausen and forced a fumble that was took down to the ND 23 yard line by Dragovic. The bruins managed to secure one first down and wound the clock down to 0:43 seconds before Kai Forbath came in and knocked down the 25 yard chipshot. ND got the ball back with decent field position (ND 42) and Clausen threw 2 quick strikes to David Grimes to get the Irish to the UCLA 27 yard line. After ND called a timeout they had 4 seconds remaining to tie the game with a field goal. Once again the Irish kicking game let them down and sophomore Ryan Burkhart missed the 44 yard kick as it ricocheted off the right post. DAMN!

MVP- Carlson 8 rec. for 104 yards and 2 TDs.

Next Up: Fredo, Condoms, and Seamen

Ranking: 15 A.P. / 19 Coaches

Shillelaghs, Megaphones, And Bragging Rights

March 30, 2007

I’m sure by now most of you have realized that Notre Dame has a few rivalries. In fact, they may have more than most teams. And some of you may have even figured out that there are trophies that go along with some of these games. Seriously, they do. Why don’t we know them more? With a school steeped in tradition as much as Notre Dame, it seems to get lost in all the other hoopla surrounding these games. Subway Domer is here to educate you in these fine pieces of hardware.

There are truly 5 games that are considered Rivalry Trophy games. Southern California, Purdue, Michigan State, Boston College, and Standford. One of these games has 2 trophies on the line each game… but I’ll get to that further down the post.

USC

The Jeweled Shillelagh is the hardware given to the winner of the annual contest of the Trojans and The Fighting Irish. Legend states that Howard Hughes’ pilot brought this Gaelic Warclub, made of blackthorn oak, over from Ireland in 1952. The Notre Dame Alumni Club of Los Angeles created the award. The winner of the contest is awarded the trophy with a new medallion to mark the victor. ND has emerald shamrocks while USC has ruby encrusted Trojan heads. Although the trophy was created in 1952, the entire series is recorded back to 1926. There have been 5 ties and those games are represented with a combo medallion. The original shillelagh was retired after the 1995 season. There was simply no more room for anymore shamrocks or heads. It now resides at Notre Dame because the Irish won more games up to that point. (We still do even after losses for 5 straight seasons with a 42-31-5 mark). There is a new trophy that is a little longer than the original. It was purchased by Jim Gillis, a former baseball player for ND and USC. It is the same kind of oak and hails from the County Leitrim in Ireland. It was introduced in 1996.

Purdue

In continuing with the shillelagh theme we next look at the Purdue game. It is simply called The Shillelagh Trophy. It was donated by a merchant seaman and Fighting Irish fan, Joe McLaughlin. He purchased the blackthorn oak club while in Ireland. The winner of the game has received this trophy since the 1957 game. The winner has its initials put on a football medallion, along with the score, and that is placed on the oak stand the Shillelagh sit upon.


Michigan State

Known only as The Megaphone Trophy, this trophy may now be the most famous of the ND trophies…or should I say infamous. Introduced in 1949, it is a joint sponsorship by the Alumni Clubs of ND and MSU in Detroit. Half of the megaphone is painted blue with an ND monogram and the other side is white with a green MSU. The score from each year is painted on it. The current trophy is the third one in use since it has run out of room for scores twice before. This award became nationally known after the 2005 and 2006 games. The Spartans were outraged when ND did not present them with the trophy after they were victorious at ND in 2005. ND stated that it has been the custom all along to give the trophy to the opposing team after a defeat away from the field. This might have been the starting point for Johnelle to become crazy as a bat. Most of the ND players and Coach Weis himself, admitted to not even knowing the trophy existed. This is probably true since the picture you see is from the video game NCAA 2007 by EA sports. I could not find a pic of it anywhere else.


Boston College

This is the only rivalry game in existence, that I have heard of, that contains two trophies to the winner. The one depicted to the right is called The Ireland Trophy. It was created by the Notre Dame Student Government as a sign of goodwill and sportsmanship. The second is called The Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl. This second trophy gives this game its unoffical name- The Leahy Bowl. This is after legendary ND and BC coach Frank Leahy. Frank coached BC during the 1939 and 1940 seasons leading the Jesuits to a 20-2 record. He than left for his Alma mater, ND. BC fans will say he was stolen away, but remember… they are idiots and are insanely jealous of ND.


Stanford

This might be the most obsolete trophy. It is not even published by a video game. It was presented for the first time in 1989 by the Notre Dame Club of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Legends Trophy, is a combination of Irish Crystal and California Redwood. Whatever the hell that means.

There seems to be a continuing theme amongst all the trophies. Notre Dame Alumni ,or in one case a fan, were the originators of the hardware. So why the secrecy? Why are there no presentations? Why don’t the players get to hoist these bad boys up after a victory and yell “Take that Stanford! You stupid trees. Check out this sweet crystal wood thingy”? Maybe ND has too much tradition to be able to squeeze another ounce of tangible lore. ND is an Independent. All or nothing, and that is the way we like it. But wouldn’t be nice to have a little more to celebrate. Or a more emotional rallying call such as ” Let’s kill those Trojans and take the Shillelagh back!” Maybe you’re thinking I’m insane or a little to preoccupied with hardware. But what about all the Heisman talk? That is an individual award (or so it is supposed to be). These rivalry trophies represent the TEAM and in doing so should take precedence over all others, excluding bowl games. I leave you with this thought. Remember the Minnesota-Wisconsin game when the kicker made the game winner and ran straight over to grab the ax? That was a great moment. Can’t we as the GREATEST University in the land have something as similar? No jumbo trons, just Pride and exuberance.